Friday, December 27, 2013

Manzanita Brewing Company Night Before Christmas Mint Chocolate Stout

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Manzanita Brewing Company Night Before Christmas Chocolate Stout Brewed with Peppermint. I didn’t get a chance to drink this the night before Christmas, but rather the night after Christmas and since this is a seasonal I thought I should get this review up ahead of the tons of beers I bought over the summer.  I picked this bottle up at Royal Liquors (here) in San Jose.

From the Manzanita Brewing Company website: “This year we told Santa he could have the day off while we deliver Night Before Christmas, an American stout flavored with cocoa and peppermint. With a memorable aroma that recalls our favorite Holiday sweets, Night Before Christmas' robust, creamy body supports the flavors through to their delicate finish. We hope you enjoy Night Before Christmas as a holiday treat from our family to yours.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a very thin tan head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malts and peppermint.
Taste: Mint and chocolate, like a Peppermint Patty, but not overly sweet nor overly minty.  Chocolate is more on the bitter mild side vs. sweet and candy-like side.
Overall: A very nice Holiday beer, Manzanita Brewing Company Night Before Christmas Mint Chocolate Stout is delicious.  I enjoyed this 7% ABV offering from Manzanita Brewing Company and would purchase again.  This is my first time trying this brewery’s beers and based on this one I’d most certainly try their other offerings.


Mark Harvey

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