DownKarin (1) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a surprising beer! Get one if you can. Pour it over ice cream if you dare.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.