KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Dark rich brown pour with a nice fluffy tan head. The aroma is mint and bitter cocoa. The mint and bitter cocoa are present in the taste as well but there is a hint of dark candied fruit too. No one flavor dominates this beer, but the bitter cocoa is present throughout.
Stine (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Muddy Pig. Deep brown with some burgundy glow and a metallic hued tan head. Searing mint aroma with a dirty mocha touch. Calming down with warmth, as the substantial malt body unearths itself in caramelized sugar, cocoa, and toasted coconut flourishes. Sugary and falsified with candy. Flavor retains a mild vinous character that imparts black licorice and prunes; burnt dark chocolate brownies and hints of eggnog layer a bit loose over a lightly acrid, thin folgers roast. Higher gravity would be salient to counteract the muddle of flavors that sits in watered down discontent. Chocolate grahams, some wood, and lots of contrived spearmint flavor in the finish. A rambler, disconnected and slightly dissonant, with a few overblown voices.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Muddy pig. nice coffee and mint aroma (plus the usual stout suspects). Dark brown/black body with minimal head. Strong mint flavor dominates the coffee and roasted malt flavors. Good, but the bourbon aging is a real benefit to this beer as the vanilla and oak compliment the mint and coffee rather nicely.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with light head. Aroma of coffee mint and stout (in that order). Flavor matches aroma. Delicious
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draught at the 10th Annual Ice Cold Beer Festival in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark cola brown brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates clean with no film or ring top. Aroma of roated dark malt, some coffee and molasses with a touch of a candy mint wafer. Taste is medium to full bodied, very little carbonation with an iced coffee and light mint flavor. Finish i semi-sweet with a more distinct coffee aftertaste than the chocolate mint flavor.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 had at ABR 07. like was said IT IS UNIQUE. i liked the mint mixed in but could use more coffee and slightly LESS mint but wow it was good and refreshing for sure. will try to hunt this down again for sure.
EDIT: By some miracle of the beer gods, I stumbled upon a freshly tapped keg of this at Old Chicago in Apple valley, MN. which is nice since we drove 450 miles for growlers and when we got there, they were out.!!!! Anywho, i thought it was about as tasty as I recall. It seems to have strong mint right away that faded a bit over time. as for the coffee it too seemed to fade slightly overtime. But, the end result after it sat for ten fifteen mins to warm up a bit was really really good. Had a nice dry finish, you could taste a sweet/minty flavor but it was not overpowering, and the coffee was quite subdued almost more of a burnt/heavily toasted stout. Overall it was good. a++
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Had on tap at OC in A.V. Tastey stuff, mint is a bit more subdued then the Bourbon version it seems. Still good rich and malty, with a decent coffee backbone, that seems to fade as you drink it. Nice to see that it made it’s way to the cities, will save me yet another trip to the brewery.
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black muddled pour, with a nice cream and coffe head. The milky palor of the beer isn’t all that appealing. Strong aroma of Andes mints and light roasted sweet coffee. Strong. Flavor is right off a vegetal and planty with basil-like mint. Savory. Follows with a sweet sticky candied mint. Flavor feels very artificial and not natural. Leaves a bitter coffee mint sitckiness. Lightly drying.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at brewery. Moderate to thin dark brown head. Slight burnt aroma . Fully opague - black. Taste is full coffee, bitter from coffee, not hops. Resinous and thick. Burnt toast. Mint is quite muted and late. A bit heavy handed with the coffee for my taste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear black color with a small tan head. Dark chocolate, mint and coffee punch the nose. Fairly full bodied. Nicely balanced mint and dark malts wondering about. Finish with a dry malt linger. A pleasant surprise. A nice winter brew.