These Stone collaborations have been consistently pretty killer. Some have been just ok, but none have been bad so far. This is one that I have been really excited to try so I’ll just get on with it.
It’s an Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and mint and has an ABV of 9.6% and I’m drinking it from a tulip glass.
It pours a thick, oily, inky black which instantly becomes totally opaque as the glass fills. The head is the color of an iced coffee and it leveled out at about a finger’s width for the duration of the sipping experience.
I’m getting a strong coffee and chocolate flavor. I can pick up the mint a little, but I think that’s just because I knew to be looking for it. There’s a sweet malt quality and a hint of alcohol. No hops what-so-ever, which is fine for an imperial chocolate stout. It smells like some coffee flavored liquor but not as sweet. I like it.
WOW! Perfect score! That was the first thing that went through my head. Oh man…hang on… I’m distracted by the after taste. Let me think about it for a sec and I’ll get to it in the next section….
Ok, back. There is so much body in this beer it is ridiculous! I hate to use the word “smooth” because every Miller/Bud/Coors commercial, and every frat boy at the sports bar who doesn’t know beer uses that word way too often without really knowing what it means. I didn’t even know what it meant until this beer. It’s like drinking liquid velvet. It’s like silky sheets caressing the naked body of a reclining supermodel…in my mouth. Try it. Just….try it.
I was worried that it would taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I don’t know why it would taste like that, but that’s what comes to mind when I hear “mint chocolate.” Basically what it is, is a superb chocolate imperial stout. The mint, eh, it doesn’t really show up all that much. I’m still working on the glass so maybe it’ll creep up on me as I sip but it really doesn’t need to. I’ve already been won over. I guess I should take off a point for not being able to notice the mint, but you know what? I don’t want to. Oh right, the after taste. It is a strong, coffee after taste, as if I just sipped a good iced coffee (not the overly sweet stuff from Starbucks). And you know what? As I’m typing, there’s the mint. It was hard to pick out because it doesn’t cool your mouth like you’d expect mint to do. I’m glad it was so subtle.
You might be wondering why I always review beers so highly. It’s because I’m a snob and I only buy what I think I’m going to like. I struck gold with this one. I’m a little sad that it’s a one-time run. If you like Chocolate Imperial Stouts, I highly recommend that you try to find it before it’s gone.
Sip slowly and enjoy in good company.