SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with chocolate head. Aroma is interesting and very pleasant, notes of mint actually come first immediately followed by dark roasted grain and baking cocoa. Flavor is aggressive dark roast, espresso, malt, baking chocolate and mint with a strong dark roasted bitterness, not very sweet. Heavy body with silky mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Overall, very interesting, tasty, big beer. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
From a 12oz bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma has plenty of mint notes, with some chocolate characteristics popping through. Minty, chocolate chip notes - a lot less disgusting than I expected since I haven’t had good experiences with mint in beers before this. Alcohol is really well masked. Alemax (16) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
First thing I noticed with this beer was the head. Pored less then a finger worth. Dark tan with a slightly pink tint. The smell is deep. Chocolate. Menthol. Cigar Tobacco. Sweet Pipe tobacco. Backwoods sweet cigars. Licorice. Also has an oak component that chills in the background.
The taste is chocolately, menthol, Pipe tobacco, that Backwoods sweet cigar taste is back. Cinnamon. Cloves. Resinous with a tanic mouthfeel. The mint is never really the star of the show. I can’t imagine it could be any more pronounced without being overbearing. thornecb (6058) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Chocolate mint aromas. Thick with dark chocolate and espresso upfront turning to mint before the lasting chocolate truffle finish. IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
12 oz bottle from BevMo, Livermore. Nose is chocolate, light mint notes, and a hint of roasty coffee. Black with a medium, lightly lacing, cinnamon tan head. Flavor is very much a chocolate mint with light bitterness and white pepperiness. I would love to see this tweaked with a little cayenne or chipolte. Finishes lightly bitter.
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Nice black pour with a dark tan head. The aroma reminds me of thin mint girl scout cookies, but something about the mint is forced, a little too much extract. The flavor is pretty spot on what you would expect from a mint chocolate perspective, strong chocolate flavor with an even stronger mint presence. Medium body for an Impy Stout but it has a lingering tingle from the mint that hides the high alcohol content. I didn’t know what to expect from this beer but I give it an "A" for creativity and an "A-" for execution. notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pour is viscous and black, with a substantial dark tan lace - nose is all bittersweet dark chocolate and fresh mint leaves, along with a light bit of earthy char/roast - low carbonation - slick mouthfeel - flavor is intensely bitter and charred up front - far too much so - thankfully the dark chocolate and mint from the nose arrive later, but not until the bitterness has assaulted the palate - thankfully, the chocolate and mint are all that are present in the finish, so it ends on a strong note - decent, but the one unpleasant bit. degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours an incredibly dark brown with almost perfect opacity and a head like cappuccino. There is recognizable mint on the nose, as well as a deep, dark cocoa richness like baker’s chocolate. Intensely bitter, with definite dark chocolate notes; the mint shows up more on the finish as a cooling, herbal note. Texture is like motor oil, in a good way. Really really heavy and really really good. AirForceHops (7806) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Got bottle in a trade, thanks Jason! Snifter shows a pitch black color with thin white head. Nice aroma that is similar to a York peppermint paddy. Taste has large amounts of fresh mint up front with baker’s chocolate and roasted malt in the middle of the sip. The finish is real sweet with chocolate and the mint again. The texture of this beer is incredible. Slick and smooth. Could be the smoothest mouthfeel I’ve ever had in a beer. Also, is this really 9.6% ??? Because I get no booze, anywhere. I really wish I had some Girl Scout Thin Mints because it would be a perfect match! Very nice after dinner/dessert brew. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Sampled Thanks to Carrie for picking this up for me! Pours a very dark The aroma is an amazing spot on version of andes minis. Great chocolate and mint candy. Flavor is not nearly as good. Extremely dark bitter chocolate. Earthy and dusty and dry.