RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Ale brewed with cacao nibs and mint leaves and aged in whiskey barrels.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3348) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2016
From notes. This was enjoyed at Jolly Pumpkin on October 1 for Zwanze Day 2016! Finally, a stout! The pour is a lighter black color with a thick beige head that falls slowly, leaving no lace. The aroma is really interesting. There is a nice cocoa to it, but its more of a bitter bakers chocolate. The mint is light and definitely leafy. There is a pretty hefty oak and a light whiskey that helps clear out the sinuses with the mint. Damn. The flavor it a little better. The chocolate and mint blend a bit and with the oak and whiskey, its almost like an Andes mint. This is a really interesting take. The mouth feel is lighter with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly boozy mint finish. Its good to have something thats not a sour or saison, but I wish it were better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2248) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2016
On tap at Torst tap takeover. Poured black with min tan head. Aroma sweet minty light vanilla. Light carb med bod. Taste very candy cane choc sweet malty. Tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2413) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Dark black. Very similar to regular 17. Minty. Lots of chocolate. Andes chocolate meets thin mint. Coats the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (5463) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Poured a deep black color with aromas of cocoa, earth, whiskey, light mint and some vanilla. Flavors are big chicolate, with whiskey, mint notes and some earth, solid and very enjoyable, solid beer and like this one a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3646) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle shared with the crew. Mint is in the aroma but muted by the flavor. Flavor is chocolate and a little mint. Smooth. A little barrel sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Pitch black and complete opaque without a trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Half finger beige head that immediately settles. Not much in the way of lacing. Nice color but couldve use better retention/lace. Inviting aroma with organic mint and freh herbs. Real mint leaf and fresh sage dominate the nose but underneath theres subtle roast and lighter malt sweetness. Some burnt toast, coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate along with caramel and toffee but the aroma is really dominated by herbs and mint. Medium to full body wih a really strong herbal/minty flavor. Fresh garden salad with organic mint leaf, sage and peppery arugula. Even though its barrel aged, the mint still dominates the palate. Theres a subtle barrel presnce wih faint oak, vanilla bean and and delicate spicy bourbon. Underneath, theres some faint roast and heavy malt sweetness. Booziness from the bourbon is complimented by bakers chocolate, licorice, oatmeal and caramel. Much more complex and flavorful than the regular version. Not as acrid/dry with a pleasant and well integrated barrel character and very refreshing mint flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Matt. Thanks man! Pour is pitch black with a small brown head and sticky lacing. Big minty aroma - spearmint, cocoa, some vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and caramel in the aroma. Taste is big dark chocolate, minty, botanical, coffee, somewhat nutty, earthy, and spearmint with a roasted finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good, but a ton of mint that overpowers the majority of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9575) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Matt for the pour! Thick black pour with tan head, dissipating quickly, aroma brought notes of oak, cocoa, roast, whiskey, slight dark fruit, lots of spice. Taste was a mix of big dark chocolate, coffee, roast, nice whiskey, rye, nice oak, hints of earth, more mint, herbal notes, finishing fairly herbal, slightly sweet. Well done, but I think I like the regular better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2015
not quite as good in my opinion as the non barrel aged version. its a little to hot for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1588) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Pour is beautiful and totally black. Aroma is soft mint, light chocolate malt, Light toffee, and Light bourbon. Flavor is well balanced mint, chocolate malt, light Vanilla, and light whiskey. Really really well put together.

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