After drinking Evil Genius’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and going on a two week chocolate binge thanks to the dear old Easter Bunny, it seemed only fitting to try another chocolate laden brew. With some inspiration from a York Peppermint Bunny, Flying Dog’s Mint Chocolate Stout seemed to be the perfect choice. Originally founded in Colorado back in 1990, Flying Dog beers have been produced in Frederick, Maryland since 1994. The Mint Chocolate Stout is part of a series of beers named Brewhouse Rarities.
The beer pours an opaque dark mahogany color. The thin tan head shows minimal retention. Once completely dissipated, there is a little lacing left around the perimeter of the glass.
On the nose mint dominates the bouquet. It is afresh and clean mint aroma like smelling a muddled mint leaf. In the background there is a note of unsweetened cocoa. When you put the two together it is almost reminiscent of an Andes mint. There is a hint of sweet cinnamon hidden beneath a notable aroma of roasted malts.
On the palate, the mint once again dominates. Once again it is a fresh mint flavor that is crisp and refreshing. Underlying the mint is a chocolaty note that offers both unsweetened and milk chocolate components. While not very sweet for the most part, you do get a hint of sweetness on the finish. The beer has a creamy mouthfeel and is a lighter style than most stouts.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
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