J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Wow! Everything about this beer is unique and amazing. Starting with the skunky aroma in the bottle which quickly dissipates and is followed by dark chocolate. Even under an intense light, this beer is black, no hint of any color at all (I’ve only seen this once or twice). This makes it daunting, sitting there sucking the light out of the room into it’s black vortex ringed with brown foam. However, the first taste is pure delight, exploding into a mouth filling sensation of dark and bittersweet chocolate and fresh mint wrapped in vanilla cream. It literally tastes like someone took Junior Mints, soaked them in alcohol and then added fresh mint and ground them all up into a delicious drink. Nothing here tastes artificial and although there are some big flavors here, it’s all extremely well balanced in all aspects. The mint is the most surprising in that it’s very apparent in the taste without being overpowering, and that’s a tough thing to do. There is a dry huskiness and some lightly astringent hops in the aftertaste, but this is really dominated by the chocolate and mint. This is probably the best dessert beer I’ve even had and like dessert, you’re done once you’ve finished it. I’ll end as I started. Wow! joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
12 oz. bottle. It pours black with a beautiful, stable tan head. The aroma is lightly minty with lots of dark chocolate and hints of coffee. A little menthol. The flavor has more dark cocoa and mint. The finish has some floral hops that balance really nicely with the bitter dark chocolate and mint. The body is perfect and the alcohol is very subdued. I loved this one... now to the store to buy at least six more! Foxbush (2028) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 12 oz bottle at the Stone brewery. The stout poured a dark black with small tan head. The dark roasted malt contributed to a wonderful beer. There was mint on the nose , but not while drinking. There was some cherry flavors as well. The alcohol was balanced and added to the overall experience. This was a wonderfully smooth beer drinking experience. I hope to see this on the East Coast. I undersatnd a homebrewer developed this recipe. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 12oz bottle. Has a very nice dark pour with a 3/4 inch mocha head. Visually a very nice beer. That’s where the good ends for me. Nose is fairly medicinal with coffee and chocolate overtones. Taste starts out with a menthol coffee thing but ends with a very harsh long lasting bitterness. I am guessing some very bitter dark chocolate was used. I appreciate the creative effort but this was not a good one for me.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Pours a pitch black with a small tan head which fades to some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and some mint. Taste is of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, mint, some espresso, and a little vanilla in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a super creamy mouthfeel and a semi oily, semi bitter, minty finish. overall, a very interesting and pretty tasty Imp. stout.
b3shine (8864) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; black with sticky mocha head. Smells and tastes just as the name indicates with a good mouthfeel. NICE! LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with tan head that subsides to mere swirls atop.DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Aroma: Huge fresh mint, mint Cliff bar, chocolate cereal.
Taste: Mint,dark chocolate, sasafras, roasted malt, chocolate cereal. Spicy hops. Pleasantly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy carbonation.
Overall: Very tasty, extra drinkable for being a 9.6% Imperial Stout. I couldn’t quite nail down what I was getting from the nose, but it’s interesting. I would also say to those who quickly say “It’s a York Peppermint Patty” that they should dig deeper. Next time I have a Peppermint Patty, I’m going to proclaim IT’s like a Ken Schmidt Classic!
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 12oz bottle. Pitch black color. Big foamy lighter brown head, with excellent retention, leaving excellent lace. Goes nowhere. This stuff smells amazing. Smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. This is probably the best smelling-beer I’ve ever had. Wow. I have to admit, I love mint chocolate anything to begin with, so I was looking forward to this brew. Only other mint stout I’ve ever had besides this is DFH Black and Red, and most people thought it was a mint bomb. I thought it was pretty OK. That said, this is way more balanced... Still enough mint to satisy, a good, big amount, but not so much as to overpower the chocolate. Texture is incredible. Smoothest, creamiest thing ever, yet still a nice soft carbonation. Nice bigger body, chewy enough, but not sticky or viscous at all. Big chocolate aroma, some roasty coffee, all of which is complemented wonderfully by the big mint flavor. Taste is very nice. But sweet is prominent. Might be bordering on too sweet for me personally, though. Yeah, people will penalize it for that, I’m sure. But this is a sweet brew. Like someone else told me beforehand, it’s more of a sweet stout, really. Alcohol, what alcohol? If there’s any hint of it, it’s swallowed up by the intense flavor and aromatic of this brew. I don’t think I’d want to drink two of these in a row, no way. But a 12oz portion of this to myself was one of the most delicious, intensely aromatic interesting and unique experiences I’ve ever had in beer, or with my palate in general. I definitely need to try this again, to see if the initial excitement lasts through the test of time. 10 / 5 / 7 / 5 / 17 alexsdad06 (10378) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Re-rate, 1/1/13: Still awesome looking. Nose isn’t quite as mind-blowing as I remember, but still very nice. Bigger chewier body, light smooth carbonation, creamy texture. Good sweet taste, little bitter, nice minty chocolate aftertaste. First time I drank this, I savored it for an hour. This time, I shared it, but downed my half in less than 10 minutes. 8 / 5 / 7 / 5 / 17
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a medium sized creamy tan head. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, mint, roast and everything that goes into a great stout. Mint can sometimes be overpowering in these beers, but I thought this was well balanced with everything else. The flavor again shows great balance between the chocolate, roast and mint, especially once it warmed a bit. Some decent bitterness at the back. Very smooth mouth feel and medium plus body. No alcohol to speak of. This is pretty solid and I have a couple to sit on for a bit. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2012
don’t care for this one. pours black with tan head. Mint with hops in the background. Flavors start with mint followed by mint. Don’t care for this combination. Its a good job of brewing. Doesn’t work for me. Bitter chocolate finish.