Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9.6% Alcohol by Volume

69 International Bittering Units

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Today, Stone Brewing Co. released the “Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout,” a collaboration beer with San Diego homebrewer Ken Schmidt and Iron Fist Brewing Co. from Vista, Calif. Schmidt was chosen to collaborate with the San Diego breweries after his original creation won the Stone (4th Annual) 2012 March Madness Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. The winning beer earned Schmidt the opportunity to have his recipe professionally brewed at Stone and distributed across the U.S. Fresh mint leaves from Stone Farms and chocolate made by Southern California chocolatier ChocoVivo were included in the beer, showcasing the mint chocolate flavors that blend together perfectly. However, to get an extra kick of cool mintiness found in Schmidt’s homebrew version, which used a chocolate mint extract, Stone searched for a 100 percent natural flavor extract to add to the beer (hence the “Ale brewed with cocoa and mint with natural flavors added” line on the bottle.) The result is a beer with aromas of herbal mint, cocoa, and hints of caramel in the nose. The first sip tastes of pronounced peppermint, cocoa and dark roasted coffee malt flavors that burst on the palate.

ID: 49812 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank683
Overall Percentile98.6
Style Rank136 of 1779
Style Percentile92.4
Lowest Score3.8
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.220
Weighted Score3.763
Standard Deviation0.303

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  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle from @BellaPrimeaux. Burnt black pour with a very tight and short tan head, syrupy lacing. Hint o' mint right up front in the nose then dark chocolates, near-burnt molasses, a hint of mint, earthy hops. Taste is just enough mint, rich deep dark chocolates, roasted malts, hint of burnt molasses. Liquid Über Andes Mint goodness. Near burnt minty chocolate linger which is welcome. Thanks Aimee for this very interesting and tasty stout.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.8 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Hesitant to try another mint stout, I couldn't pass up the chance for a $2 draft pour. Heard great things about this concoction as well, so I had a feeling I wouldn't be let down. Dark opaque body with a lasting brown head and splotches of lacing surrounding the glass. Bitter chocolate followed by fresh mint are both carried throughout the aroma and taste. Nutty with hints of vanilla and toast. Not overly roasty for a stout, thus allowing the two key players to do their thing. Medium bodied, and not very robust.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pittsburgh didn't get a large allotment of this so I snatched up two bottles gleefully. Bottle into a snifter is pitch black with a beautiful mohagany head that caps nicely. Aromas of cocoa and roasted malts are touched lightly with faint mint. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes this a joy to drink, and I enjoyed this most around cellar temperature. Favors of bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and cooling mint are present. The mint is done in such a way that it's massively refreshing and enjoyable and just works. This is superb. My only flaw would be that the buttering hops are perhaps a touch too prevalent and detract a tad from the chocolate/mint - but that's being nitpicky. A truly wonderfull brew.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    A tar blackness in color. Big frothy textured brown head rises robustly above. There's good hang time on the head. Settles eventually into a thick ringlet and film. Cocoa dark chocolate in the nose. Bitter, roasty, dark chocolateLet it warm a bit and the mint comes through. Who'd dunk a beer could be a dessert. Full bodied and creamy.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    #3600! Not sure what role Iron Fist played with this beer. Nobody who had this last night likes that brewery much, but we all love Stone and Ken as well, so we went into this with sky high expectations, espcially given the style and ingredients. We were not disappointed. For some reason a couple of us got the mint right of the bat, and a couple (like me) needed a minute or 5 for the beer to open up, but man did it pop when it did. Decadent without being the slightest bit overly sweet or cloying. Near perfect balance between the mint (think Andes), cark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of bitterness. Goes does ridiculously easy for nearly 10%. Can't wait to have this as dessert in a couple days, all on it's own. We followed a huge chocolate porter with this. I'm wondering if I could like it any more as a standalone. Phenomenal either way. LOVE the combo of these flavors. Great idea, and well made!

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