There is no doubt that home brewer Ken Schmidt is a champ. Why? This is his second collaboration with Stone Brewing Co., after winning the the American Homebrewers Rally in San Diego, CA. His first collaboration (Kona Coffee Macadamia Nut Coconut Porter) was brewed with Stone, Maui, and himself. This above Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout swaps Maui for Iron Fist Brewing. This is the 15th edition in Stone’s collaboration series.
There is no doubt in my mind that Ken Schmidt is one of the most creative brewers in the San Diego area. Thus, it is no surprise that he won (for the second time) our annual March Madness Homebrew Competition and AHA Rally. His winning beer is exquisitely well-crafted with amazing chocolate and mint flavors, and was, quite frankly, a challenge for us to replicate on our own system. But, given our past success with Ken’s first beer, and by enlisting the help of Brandon Sieminski from Iron Fist, I’m sure we’ve nailed it: a lusciously smooth imperial oatmeal stout teeming with cocoa and mint. This is one to enjoy now as an after-dinner sipper, or to cellar for several years. — Mitch Steele
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Remember Stone Brewing Co’s Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter? It started as homebrewer Ken Schmidt’s winning entry in the American Homebrewer’s Association Membership Rally (brew off) in California. His brew- Aloha Plenty was based off of the Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing. Stone brought in Maui and Ken to brew the collaboration.
Fast forward to the most recent AHA Rally. Guess who won again? Ken Schmidt. The above is a picture of the hawaiian shirt laden homebrewer, as he brews Stone Mint Chocolate Stout with Iron Fist Brewing.
To be released soon.
Perennial Artisan Ales 17 will arrive in the tap room in St. Louis, Missouri on 3/17. 17 is a mint chocolate stout, aged in whiskey barrels.
Recent Perennial news: They just released a collaboration with Half Acre Brewing – Plan B, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale w/ Currants
Sam, the creative leader at Dogfish Head Brewing has given the world a bit more info on the draft only Black & Red release. It’s minty, chocolatey, fruity & unexpected. B&R wasn’t on DFH’s 2011 release schedule. It’s a fun surprise.
Black & Red is a velvety smooth dry-minted stout with a serious fruit problem! The huge portion of heavily roasted grains brings a rich, chocolaty character which contrasts it’s sweet fruity full-body. As you tilt your glass, you’ll notice that the black color you are perceiving is actually a very deep reddish hue and the rich creamy foam has a tinge of pink to it. Black & Red starts off roasted and warming with a robust mintiness from 100 lbs of organic mint (from our friends at Washington’s Green Grocer) added to the secondary fermentation and finishes out sweet and smooth. It’s Darn-right pudding-like in it’s depth an chewiness. Best enjoyed 6 ounces at a time from a sniffer in lieu of a banana split.
Black & Red is a dessert beer. It is sweet, minty, roasty & chocolate-ty. It is meant to be sipped from a snifter for sure, but for you mixologists it’s also yummy blended with a dry roasted stout, like our like our Chicory Stout or one of those Irish nitroginated wizzbangs. We’re also getting good reports from folks enjoying the Black & Red with a scoop of vanilla ice cream plopped right into the glass!
Style: American Stout
Availability: Draft only. Limited markets