tom10101 (6223) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle (12 oz) at home. Thanks to kbudd19(? - not totally sure about this one) for this one! Pitch black with a medium beige head, decent retention, leaving some lacing. Aroma is exactly what you can expect from the name of the beer (mint, chocolate and roasted malts, caramel) but it doesn’t make it more enjoyable than expected. Taste is also mint and chocolate forward with roasted malts, caramel malts, alcohol notes and mild peppery presence. Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Minty and chocolate finish with light alcohol warmth. There’s no doubt that it’s a well-executed beer and probably exactly what the brewers intended to do but once you get past the fun of the unusual minty presence in an RIS it quickly become cloying. AdmiralVernon (1198) - SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
A: Black coloured with a one finger brown head N: Chocolate, port wine, peppermint, light coffee T: Coffee, bitter dark chocolate, peppermint O: Quite bitter and less mint flavours than expected. Decent. RRistow12 (926) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours black with khaki head. Aroma is big time mint. Flavor is huge mint up front with some dark chocolate and coffee. Moderately bitter with drying mouthfeel. Interesting and pretty tasty beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours pitch black with a thin, half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Sweet chocolate malt aroma with subtle roast but not much mint character. Sweet baker’s chocolate dominates the nose with cocoa, fudge and chocolate cake along with lactic sugars, toast and coffee bean. After it warms, there’s a very faint mint presence but it’s overpowered by the chocolate, malt and lactic notes.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger roast presence than the nose suggests. Still, it has lots of sweet chocolate but there’s also burnt toast, espresso bean and oatmeal. Dessert-like chocolate cake and sweet malt flavors with lactic creaminess and sweet sugars. Some burnt malt and earthy hop bitterness. The mint comes in faintly towards the end of the palate but lingers well after with a cool, refreshing finish. Could use more mint but it’s well balanced and the high abv is excellently masked. One of the better stone collaborations. chinchill (5224) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2015
12 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus snifter.
Appearance: Pours nearly black with a short, dark tan head that soon faded into a thin collar and few, bubbly ’islands’.
Aroma: Dark roasted malts, mint (mainly peppermint) and chocolate dominate. Some black licorice and alcohol esters too.
Flavor: The mint is there at a nice level: fairly obvious but not overpowering the rich, dark roasted malts or even the notes of dark chocolate and hints of dark, dried fruits. Bitter dark chocolate, light spearmint and faint coffee in the mildly bitter finish.
Feel: Full, smooth body with light carbonation and light warming. A faint bite from the mint and alcohol.
Overall: Perhaps not as good as I was hoping for from Stone, but given that this is a chocolate mint RIS it is certainly well done and roughly as expected. The high ABV is well hidden. Although the mint treatment was conservative, I’d probably like even less in an ale as good as the base Stone RIS.
RyanBilling (4) - - JUN 16, 2015 does not count
Pours dark and thick with bold aromas of mint and chocolate. Taste is spot on mint chocolate, not too sweet. Finish is all chocolate. They really nailed this. Perfect for beer float. Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Minty roasted caramell chocolate toffee aroma. Minty chocolate cocoa flavour. Too much mint flavour... DialSquare (5119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2015
On tap at Daily Growler in Upper Arlington - not sure how they got a keg of retired brew, but here we are: blackish pour, frothy tan head. aroma of chocolate, mint, roasted malt. tastes follow suit - rich sweet mint chocolate chip that stays drinkable somehow. finishes moderate bitter. palate on the thin side of medium. quality. 7.8 snoworsummer (5956) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Draft at Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a creamy bubbly tan head. Tastes like mint chocolate chip cookies, dry wood, booze. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet mint chocolate chip ice cream with light alcohol. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2014
2012 bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Black pour with a very small head. Aromas are chocolate fudge, mint, light coffee and raisins. Tastes more minty than the aroma. Strong mint and dark chocolate. Tobacco and raisins in the finish. Thick mouthfeel. I liked this way more than I expected to.