Monday, January 22, 2018
Southern Tier Thick Mint
Style: Imperial Stout
- Untappd: 4.01/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.14/5
- RateBeer: 3.84/5
"Inspired by the legendary cookie, Thick Mint joins our world-class rated Blackwater Series of dessert beers alongside Crème Brûlée, Choklat Oranj, Salted Caramel & Choklat in 2017. This imperial stout is a mouthful of perfectly balanced mint & chocolate. Roasty malts coalesce with notes of Belgian dark chocolate, sweet mint & just a touch of sweet caramel. So decadently delicious, you’ll wish you’d bought another box… er, bottle."
Sits pitch black in the glass with ruby red edges and less than half a finger of tan head.
It smells like Andes chocolate mints. Dark chocolate syrup and a stinging mint sensation. It's more of a Peppermint Pattie than a Girl Scout Thin Mint. I'm not picking up any roasted character with this, but I don't think that was the goal here. Some minor alcohol is noticeable.
Well, you get what you pay for on the taste. As promised, this is a liquid Thin Mint cookie which produces genuine chocolate taste and a ton of mint. I know mint-flavored anything is an acquired taste, but the die hard fans will love this one. Other than the chocolate and mint, there really isn't a whole lot going on here. I think this may have forgotten it was 10% stout as, like the nose, there isn't a lot of flavors that is associated with the style. No malts, roast, coffee, etc, but the end result is liquid dessert, so you can't really knock it.
Mouthfeel isn't the thickest stout, but it still has a robust body that is never thin. For such a big dessert beer, it finishes relatively clean and leaves no residual flavors behind. The body is smooth in texture and there's no alcohol burn.
Thick Mint, while not staying 100% true to it's style, is a dessert beer at its core. It might be one-dimensional, but as a lover of mint chocolate everything, I enjoyed this one a lot.
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