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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DownKarin (1) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012 does not count
This is a surprising beer! Get one if you can. Pour it over ice cream if you dare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Had this beer in Manzanita’s tasting room. They served this stout in a glass so warm it felt like they had burned a candle in it, so the beer wasn’t able to give its best interview, but it still showed off some serious attitude. Peppermint candy and warm chocolate undertones collide in a dessert brew that would make for an amazing beer float. Night Before Xmas has the appearance of a panther’s coat; it’s black, silkiness indicative of the stout’s rich flavor. A good bet to be a future Manzanita favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
On tap at brewery. Dark black pour with dense sticky tan head. Nose is chocolate and mint. Taste is Lotsa peppermint with chocolate and cocoa behind. Fear of overpowering mint faded immediately. Becomes just a piece of it, not the focal point. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Huge spearmint and light peppermint and chocolate aroma and taste with some candy and roasted grain notes and a bright lightly sticky palate. Really quite a nice beer.

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