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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Mega Mint Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout by Heathen Brewing

May, 2018
Judges Rating: 
24 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Mega Mint Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout by Heathen Brewing would normally be judged as a #20C (Imperial Stout), however, this beer has mint in its component, which makes it more qualified under #30A (Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer). 

The appearance of this beer when it was poured revealed a very dark brown bordering on black color that had a nice small tan carbonation.  The aroma of this beer had roasted malts (chocolate) and subtle mint, but no hops. The taste was quite extraordinary. Even though the aroma only suggested a subtle mint , the flavor of mint was noticeable and bold and not in in a bad way.  All these flavors of chocolate and mint melded very nicely together along with the malt sweeetness and moderate hoppiness. The flavor of mint and chocolate were center stage and complemented one another nicely. 

It is almost as if this was a liquid and alcoholic version of a Mint Patty candy. The body and the mouthfeel of this beer was very smooth and was between medium and heavy. The carbonation was low, but that didn't detract the beer at all.  Had a very nice smooth sweet finish with a minty aftertaste with a little alcohol warmth. The beer is labeled as 9 percent ABV.  A nicely made beer that I can see enjoyed on a rainy and cold evening, or any time you're in the mood for a minty, chocolaty brew!