BelgianBeerGal (4159) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12oz bottle from Belmont. Pretty cool idea and it turned out well. Pours like you would expect it: thick, dark and a huge head. Strong aroma of baking chocolate and maybe, just maybe a little mint. Flavor is pretty bold: it starts with bitter chocolate and coffee, then I swear there is some hop bitterness and then the mint turns up in the finish a tingles your lips. This is way better than the similar beer DFH made. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Beverage House S.V. - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick dark tan head that took its time to settle. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The flavor is also chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with the addition of the perfect dose of mint. Fantastic! Finish is slightly sweet, smooth, and not astringent. Medium to full body. This is an excellent beer. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty nice, it smells like mint chocolate (like those Andes mint chocolates), roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like mint and bittersweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla and licorice. I guess I was expecting this beer to be sweeter than it actually is, but I like the roasty bitter minty chocolate flavor a lot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew, might have to get another bottle of it soon! $3.99 a bottle. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured dense, pitch black with a thick forming, light brown head. Nose had roast and mint chocolate. More on the chocolate side. I was hoping this wouldn’t be to heavy on mint and to my surprise it wasn’t. A nice harmonious mixture of roast, booze, mint, and chocolate. If you like mint chocolate candy or ice cream or anything like that, this one is for you. ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle from 16 Tons in Eugene. Pours DARK, really as close to black as I’ve ever seen from a beer, slight brownish head, significant lacing. Aroma is a little dull, just a hint of mint, with even less chocolate. Lots of bitterness and grassy notes, some element of the mint is surely fresh to bring this out, and maybe some dark chocolate, too? Very full body compliments a very lengthy finish. Really a massive beer, even cold. At 9.6%, the warming is there, too. Interesting, but doesn’t blow me away. I might have wanted the mint to be a little less sharp, but then maybe that’s not the idea.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Pours black with a fluffy dark chocolate head. Aroma is cocoa, some spiciness, vanilla, earth, just a touch of citrus, not a whole lot of mint going on in the aroma. Taste is crisp, minty, earthy, a touch of bread, a touch funky, grass, long bitter chocolate finish. Subtle flavors reminiscent of the Holiday ale Stone did with Nogne O and Jolly Pumpkin. More dry than I expected. Not as malty. The alcohol content is evident in the flavor. Some nice lacing. Syrupy, full-mouthed feel. Lightly carbonated.
I see now, reading the bottle, this is an Imperial OATMEAL Stout; explains some of my surprise in this dissimilarity with other Russian Imperial Stouts.
Overall, definitely worth a try. Would be nice around a fire I’m sure. BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Deep mahogany that borders squid ink with a tightly packed latte head. Aroma of brownie batter, rich fudge, dark and milk chocolate chips, and a hint of peppermint. Vibrant leafy mint is present but subtle. Wish there was more. Still, the cocoa, molasses, and and brown sugar is tasty and inviting. Really good. matthewjk (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
This is an odd beer. I like certain aspects of this beer, but not all. Mint & chocolate should probably not be combined in an ale. As always, screw all of you for logging into this site. Damn you all! dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours near black with a pillowy espresso head. Aroma has strong mint, cocoa, roast, coffee. Taste is sweet base with plenty of roast and herby mint which then moves back to a sweeter finish. Lighter bodied and creamy. Finish has a cool mintiness that is refreshing and seemingly palate cleansing. Unique beer for sure! I like it, but I can’t help comparing it to Ken Schmidt’s other collaboration with Stone. That’s probably not fair, but the Macadamia beer set incredibly high standards. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of lightly roasted dark chocolate malts with mint, lactose, a touch of coffee, a touch of black licorice, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts, a bit of lactose sweetness, and some black licorice. Through the middle, the mint comes through with a bit of coffee and some more cocoa. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and coffee, mint, a bit of black licorice, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and minty finish.
D - Very drinkable. The balance is really spot on with the mint and the base imperial stout.