Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2013
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Heavy chocolate and mint in the nose. Rich body, massive bitter dark chocolate with great mint accents and a bitter finish. The closest you can possibly get to After Eight in a bottle! 220413 BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
Horizontal face off versus Perennial 17: Both bottled and served in identical snifters. The KIS poured a deep brown with a smaller tan head and spotty lace. (4) The P17 poured near opaque with a bigger frothy tan head and very good lace. (5) haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
The aroma of the KIS has a nice milk chocolate, walnut, roast and minty character along with some tobacco and prune. (8) The P17 aroma has far more pronounced fresh mint leave vapour but less chocolate and roast. (7) I prefer the KIS to the 17.
The taste of the P17 is very minty much like the nose with a far amount of roast and charred malt. Sort of herbal and a wee bit medicinal as well. Just not getting a lot of chocolate in the Perennial version. (7) The KIS gives much more of the Imperial character with chocolate and roast with a moderate mint note. Some smoke and char along with a dash of dark fruit twang. (8). The mouth feel on the P17 is lively and bready while the KIS is more oily , lush and aggressive. Once again another category that the KIS wins out (4 to 3).
Overall while the Perennial looks nicer and displays full on fresh mint, the KIS (Ken Schmidt/Iron Fest/Stone) just comes off more like an Imperial Stout that has mint. (KIS =15, P17 = 13)
Bottle at Fathers Office in Culver City. Pours a deep black color with a nice, light tan head. Strong sense of mint in the aroma with some coffee and smoked malt. Amazing dark chocolate taste with mint lingering in the background. Alcohol is hidden making this a very good stout. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2013
From the bottle. black pour with a fluffy tan head. Nice lacing as well. Aroma is chocolatey with some mint notes. Taste is like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Very tasty and creamy with some minor bitter chocolate aftertaste. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 14, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Ariel. Black with a brown head. Aroma of mints, some dark chocolate, some cocoa and roastiness. Roasty flavor with chocolate, mint and a bitter finish with some peppermint breath. Medium to full-bodied.
maekchu (3911) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 11, 2013
Bottle from Asahiya. Dark chocolate, thin mints, licorice. Pitch black, thin dark brown head. Mint chocolate and burnt malt / overboiled coffee and then creamy chocolate, with a hit of alcohol / finish has a small, almost peppery, burn. Medium body, very creamy. Good stuff. Sharp flavors. Unusual. Ed5388 (3480) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a small cocoa colored head. Aroma of dark chocolate, some sweetness, and hints of mint. Taste is lots of chocolate and roasted malts upfront, and the mint works its way in towards the end, but is pretty subtle. DocJitsu (1978) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours an opaque, nearly black color with faint cola colored glints around the bottom edge when held to the light. It showcases a thick, rich mocha colored head that retains well. Some light notes of milk chocolate with sorghum in a soup can emerging more boldly. The nose, however, is quite mild, given the style. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Creamy and thick, balanced by a hop heat and mild carbonation bite. The hop is, once again in a Stone product, overrepresented in this beer. However, to a much less degree than so many of their other offerings. I guess they have their cult following for just that reasons. Hop gluttons. Aside from that, the mint chocolate presents very cleverly. I’m impressed with how well they engineered this beer for the mint chocolate to emerge the way it does. I’m giving it an extra half point on taste just for that reason Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Strong dark brown head of incredibly small bubbles. Milk chocolate, sprucy hops, spices and roasted grains. Black in color. Wow, a nice hint of mint in the flavor. Not overpowering, just enough to notice. More sprucy hops, dark chocolate, sweet molasses, chilli peppers and some licorice. Very creamy and smooth in the mouth. Finishes dark and strong with lingering dark chocolate and sweet malts. A pretty good and novel imperial stout. arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours dark black with a small white head. Aroma is mint chocolate chip. The taste is mint chocolate followed by bitter dark chocolate. Amazing!