flatmatt (1635) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Chocolatey aroma with mint, bourbon coming through after a moment. Like one of those Andes mints. Except for the bourbon, I suppose. Anyhow, flavor is creamy cocoa, coffee, with the mint, and again bringing in some bourbon. I like it a lot. ljthiessen (1540) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 26, 2017
Bottle. Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate and mint, really nice. Taste is more mint, but some nice chocolate as well, really nails the flavours. Sammy (13121) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2017
Thanks for sharing, Brian. Big mint and mocha flavour. Better than ice cream. Still a novelty rather than a great beer. Dark coloured body. JStax (7395) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle shared by jabier at muckfest. Thanks! The beer is a heavy dark brown with a beige head of foam. Ande’s chocolate mints all over the place. Dark chocolate and lots of sweetness. Big body and Medium carbonation. djd07 (16452) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong mint, wood, milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Medium body, roasted malt, mint chocolate chip, vanilla, boozy finish, very good.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2017
12 oz bottle acquired from Binnys Naperville (Naperville, IL). 2ndf Half beer. Pours a rich viscous black hue, darker than the previous, ominous midnight tones and no light at all with a darker brownish dulled head atop. A solid layer dies down to a smaller film, full enough with solid lacing and lighter retention overall. Aromas are cocoa, coffee, mint and mocha appeal. Caramel, roast, toasty malts meet some gentle spirit barrel, oak and mellow tannic appeal largely covered by mocha, coffee, and some refreshing yet not overwhelming mint appeal. I’m intrigued, the mint, coffee, and dark chocolate appeal melding well as it settles. Initial is fuller bodied, a touch creamy, quickly roasty and dark chocolate appeal. A potent cooling, earthy mint appeal grows on the palate and into the middle. Oak, whiskey, vanilla and spirit meld with the mint. A bit decadent, the mint really takes off into the middle and backend, perhaps a touch more potent than I’d really prefer. Chocolate, tannic, and roasty / toasty appeal taper out and the flavors work a bit awkwardly together for me. The mint kinda ebbs and flows, working well the firmer coffee and roasty appeal, bitterness at times but not enough dark chocolate or sweetness to really support it and work against it when the mint really pops on the peak end. This is certainly interesting, the barrel well integrated, but the mint just a bit too big for me (and I understand, mint is a hard beast to tame). Interesting stuff, fun base, well done barrel aged stout with a potent coffee and mocha appeal but a bit heavy handed on the mint as we flow to the middle and backend. Nice. AWISLguy (3497) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2017
12oz bottle from Binnys in Highland Park. Very dark brown pour with a brown head, leaving some spotty lacing. Aroma is minty fresh, with chocolate and roast, plus some light caramel. Just not in-your-face strong, as would be a benefit. Taste has a strong mint chocolate component, along with caramelly malts and some roast. There is a vanilla thread running through as well. Quite sweet, and supremely a dessert beer. More than medium bodied, the carbonation is soft, the blend is quite good and there is some alcohol presence. Finishes sweetly mint chocolatey, with some more sweet additions. Not sure why this is not too sweet; it is sweet, but something ... the roast? the chocolate? is able to punch through some slight semblance of balance, or at least enough not to be cloying. Again, Odd Sides has nice dark stuff! 14 ineedbeer (2329) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Poured from an October 2016, 12 oz bottle.
Aroma is very minty with some medium light coffee notes and some light chocolate and roast. Light bourbon and alcohol notes with hints of oak.
Pours black with a medium large, thick, creamy, dark mocha head that exhibits nice retention as it slowly recedes to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Light lacing and fairly long legs.
Flavor is rather sweet with quite a bit of mint. Moderate chocolate notes with light roast and medium light coffee notes. Light bourbon and alcohol spice with faint oak. Medium bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and a bit oily with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, this beer matches its adjuncts rather well. It tastes a bit like eating an Andes mint while drinking coffee. n1940 (179) - Dunbar, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2017
12 oz. bottle in KBS signature glass. Quiet pour with faint carbonation and a complex aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, mint, and roasted barley. The beer is opaque dark with a tan head and ample lace. It has a smooth roasted barley start with coffee notes expanding into the middle. The finish is long and durable with hints of chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Complex and aggressive. A soft warm alcohol glow at the very end. Good mouthfeel throughout. Mmmm! This beer is made for mid-winter at 45 degrees north latitude, italianjohn (3335) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Black pour with a thin tan head and very light sticky lacing .... aroma of thin mints/peppermint patties, some cocoa and roasted malts ..... taste is of creamy mint, cocoa, roasted malts and coffee with some booze and dry oak ..... some sweet bourbon notes .... dry and roasted finish with lingering mint and some warm.... sadly the aroma of the mint doesn’t translate to the taste .... body is medium to full .... bit slick and oily