TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2009 Poured from a growler at the Flossmoor Tapping (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a pitch black syrupy pour, a bit brown around the edges, largey opaque, with small brownish head that dissipates to nearly nothing. Aromas are minty, lighter than full blown gum with chocolatey frango mints underneath, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and very faint warming alcohol. Not really bourbony. Initial coats a bit but doesn’t necessarily finish extremely strong, with mint, touch of smoke, coffee grounds, and frango mint dark chocolate. This is nice, a touch of warming alcohol (faint bourbon? I’m not really sure..). Finish is a bit empty, but the mouth coating helps cover up that flaw. Thinner, but tasty. Cheers.
Sledutah (6543) - Utah, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle shared by Dallas
Black with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma of mints, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavors of dark malts, mint chocolate and woody
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thin beige head. Malty and chocolatey nose with mint, coffee and a cough drop note from the mint. Very mentholy. Cough drop flavor with some sourness (possibly from the barrel, possibly infection setting in), chocolate and mint before a coffee finish.
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler: the aroma has lots of mint with lighter chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. It pours a dark brown with orange highlights around the edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and mint. The finish has lots of vanilla and bourbon...too much bourbon. Light-medium bodied with mild carbonation that comes across a tad thin.
vtafro (5904) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) Bottle at fantasy tasting at Paul’s. Black pour with tan head. Barely any mint, roasted, chocolate, bourbon whisky tones fill out this stout.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is minty and not much more. Flavor is sweet mintiness and a hinto chocolate. A bit thin and fizzy. Not bad but not my cup of tea.
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Opaque brown-black with a frothy beige head. Hardcore peppermint in the aroma, think peppermint patty. Quite different, highly unique. The peppermint actually works quite nice as a balancing bitter to the big roasted, chocolate malts. A good bottle to split, taking one of these to the head is pretty intense. Well executed, a little artificial and overflavored, but still nice.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a treat from an unknown member of the Flossmoor Station Mug Club who brought a growler to last night’s tapping, forming an interesting contrast to the DIPA being consumed. It looked almost black in the glass, showing some brown around the edges, and had a smallish tan head. The aroma was of Frango Mints, chocolatey and minty, and brought back bad memories of Christmas shopping in days of yore. Only a light touch of Bourbon came through in the flavor. It was mainly Peppermint Patties (better memories here) with some coffee and dark caramel. A bit thin, over all. Not bad, but also not a brew that I would want a steady diet of.
Iphonephan (5541) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of peppermint patties. Flavors of mint, chocolate and notes of coffee. Gentle roasted finish. Nice dessert beer.
Skyview (5421) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh wow! Sampled on draught at the ABR ’07 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick light tan head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of a chocolate mint wafer with a touch of bourbon and coconuts. Taste is full bodied, very light carbonation with a more coffee mint flavor with some bourbon character. Finish is smooth, creamy, with a nice coffee and mint aftertaste. Remind me to order my yearly supply of those Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies. This brew was a wonderful experience.