Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout

Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout

Brewed by: Shipyard Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Stout
  • Variation: Imperial (Double)
  • Seasonal: Winter
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBU: 54

Notes: Member of Shipyard’s “Pugsley’s Signature Series.”

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Mint Chocolate Stout is a dark, silky beer with aromas of chocolate and licorice. There are notes of chocolate and coffee upfront followed by a subtle spearmint finish.

Hops: Progress, WGV, and Perle

Malts: Process Pale, Flaked Barley, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Rolled Oats, Whole Wheat, Black, and Caramunich II

Additional: Natural flavors added

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows Shipyard’s “Pugsley’s Signature Series” brand label template, with dark green and chocolate brown background colors.

Color: Deep chocolate brown or mocha.

Aroma: Spearmint over dark chocolate, like a mint patty candy.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22 oz. Bottle

Served in: Tulip

We bought Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout for a family bottle share event. It was everyone’s most anticipated entry, and turned out to be the most disappointing beer of the evening.

Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout’s bubbly latte colored cap foamed up at the pour, then died off almost immediately. It left behind a tiny froth ring around the edge of the glass.

This ale smelled MUCH better than it tasted, with the aroma of both mint, and dark chocolate — just like the name of the beer. Its nose was decent, and then this stout went downhill fast, once it hit your lips.

Mint Chocolate Stout’s consistency was pretty thin, with too crisp of a mouthfeel for an imperial stout. It was not chewy enough, but the real problem with this ale was its flavor.

Those components were not cohesive, rough around the edges, and seemed to work like clunky parts. The transition between mint and chocolate was dis-jointed, with very artificial mint taste like:

  • Wrigley spearmint chewing gum
  • Toothpaste
  • Skoal Spearmint chewing tobacco

There were more analogies, but we think you get the idea. This “ale with natural flavors added” tasted anything but natural…

This Shipyard release might have been a disappointment, but we are not going to abandon ship on Shipyard. We have enjoyed many of their ales in the past, and will give them a pass on this one.

Final Score: 1.5/5

1.5 Stars

Shipyard Mint Chocolate Stout could have used gooier consistency, more chocolate, and less artificial tasting mint.

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