mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours almost black with a huge tan dark brown head, leaving some lacing as it fades some. Aroma is almost like an andes mint, just with more of a bittersweet chocolate aroma, smells more boozy than 9.6. Taste is dark chocolate with a tad bit of coffee in the mix, a decent hop bitterness in the finish and then finally the mint kicks in at the end, its not overwhelming with the mint, it could have used a bit more, maybe not as much as DFH black and red, which I liked but it did almost become cloying, overall this was another great brew from from stones collabo series. MattH (888) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle. 12 0z. $3.29. Brentwood Whole Foods. Aroma is mostly cocoa but there’s also tobacco and a little mint coming through. Flavor up front is dark chocolate which is followed by mint. Finish is bitter. Though not overly bitter like some Imperial Stouts. Very easy to drink. Smooth palate with light to medium carbonation. BHeart (72) - - OCT 31, 2012
Pours dark brown, semi limited head but nice lace anyway. As it warms the smell moves from hops, to chocolate, to mint. Nice minty and vanilla opening, and maintains throughout. Peppermint party. Migrates into chocolate, whisky, smooth finish. Quite bitter aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Thanks to Dan Fromson for this bottle! Shared with GT2 as well. Pours a rich, deep chocolate color with a pretty frothy pour and nice lacing. Nose brings definite peppermint, Andes chocolate mints, and a touch of roasty bitterness. The flavor incorporates a touch of vanilla sweetness along with the really nice aforementioned mint and chocolate character. Smooth, delicious palate. Superbly nice effort. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
355mL thanks to dfroms. Pours clear, deep sepia looking black in the glass. Larger, reddish mocha head. Big, sheen, rocky retention. Webby lacing. Nose is very sharp Andes mint chocolates, peppermint York patties. Taste is the same plus a hefty dose of bitter dark chocolate. Long, very bitter finish. Good stuff. No sugar, no stickiness, no olive/brine, no paper, no astringency. Palate is the standout- excellent. For what this is supposed to be, a mint chocolate stout, I don’t think it can get any better than this.
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Phone rate because I’m tired of having a 1,000 beer backlog. Please ignore the typos. Attractive pitch black hue with a massive brown head that leaves impeccable lace. Good retention. Aroma lives up to the concept fudgy, nutty cocoa, chewy chocolate. A bit dusty/nib like. Medium earthy and herbal menthol. Light biscuit, brownie and hay. Pretty clean on both yeast and hops. Flavors just don’t cut it quite as well. It’s far too bitter for the concept and the bitterness feels like it is coming more from roasted grain than hop. Could be a scaling issue. Mint is there. Pleasant and in balance. Chocolate is less pronounced than the nose and made less of a player because of the dryness. Despite the alcohol the finish is quite dry. Slightly earthy, tobacco. Roast slightly too oppressive. A touch of mineral in the finish. Creamy carbonation, fuller bodied, medium warmth. Close to the target, but not quite dialed in. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
12oz bottle from Total Wine.
I think that this is a well-crafted beer. It has a nice chocolatey flavor with touches of mint. I didn’t want to drink something that tasted like an Andes mint, which would have been too minty. This beer has the right balance. Great job, Ken & team. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2012
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has good retention. The aroma features a bit of herbal mint and blackened grains. The flavor, like the nose, is a fair amount of green mint, nicely supported by dark bitter chocolates, mocha and bitter black walnuts. The palate is full, smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering bitter walnuts. Overall: Very tasty concoction, I am pleasantly surprised. bb (9695) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Blackish beer with a light brown head. Chooclate and malt aroma with light toffee. Chocolate and mint flavor. Medium bodied. Chocolate and mint lingers with toffee and light roast. oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle from beerboxer. Aroma is wet dog. Pond scum and mint. Color is black with a off white head. Taste is roasted malt with a mint finish. Mint is not over powering.