Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Collaboration
MINT CHOCOLATE IMPERIAL STOUT
Appearance: Dark brown-black in color, as expected with dark tan/khaki colored head. Head is actually a really incredible color- I can't remember any other beers I've had with foam like that. Retention of head is fair, condensing into a thick layer that leaves lovely spotty lacing around the glass.
Aroma: Dominant aroma is of sweet chocolate syrup and caramel malt- mint is present but subtle on the nose. Roasty character detected as well; no hops bouquet to speak of.
Taste: First and foremost, chocolate. Reminiscent of milk chocolate; not overly sweet but with plenty of dynamic chocolate flavor. Faint notes of roasty & toasty grain are present, as is a grounding, balanced bitterness. The mint is light in the background, but increases in intensity as the beer warms. It is the perfect counterpoint to the chocolate. This beer is a thin mint cookie in a glass!
Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied with suitably light carbonation for the style. Overall quite creamy and rich. Slightly boozy, and entirely pleasing. Really an amazing mouthfeel.
Overall: This was hands down the most amazing stout I have ever had. I have never in my life liked the mint & chocolate flavor pairing. I would even go so far as to say that I have essentially hated mint chocolate things my whole life. This beer though- this beer was the perfect marriage of the flavors. No element was out of balance. This will sound cheesy, but this beer was not just a beverage- it was truly a work of art. Job well done, Stone, Ken Schmidt & Iron Fist! Please make more of this! :-)