Emperor Norton's Peppermint Stout
Manchester Brewing, LLC

Emperor Norton's Peppermint StoutEmperor Norton's Peppermint Stout
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American Stout
3.14 | pDev: 23.89%
Manchester Brewing, LLC
New Hampshire, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Emperor Norton's Peppermint StoutEmperor Norton's Peppermint Stout
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 24
Photo of thepeter
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a strange opaque murky black, with a grey/brown head and decent lacing. Smells of Peppermint, Peppermint, a small amoount of cocoa, coffee, and then some more Peppermint. It tastes lick licking a chalk board that had been sprayed with binaca (remember that stuff?). Felt a bit chalky in the mouth as well but decent medium body and carbonation. I actaully enjoyed the clean minty aftertaste, but overall I was not a fan. Worth a try if you think it is something you'd like, but I will not bother with it again.

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Photo of silentjay
1.96/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

pours black with an almost grayish-khaki colored head that retains and laces well.

smell is of peppermint. strongly peppermint. only stout aroma is a touch of chocolate that can barely be detected if searched for. would like a bit of a beer aroma in this beer.

taste follows the nose, but with a tad more chocolate. some roasted malt and coffee flavors come through too, but only in the middle as the peppermint dominates the beginning and end of this beer. unfortunately the flavors don't quite work together for me. at all.

almost medium mouthfeel with little carbonation that finishes watery, but leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh due to the toothpaste flavor that lingers a long, long time.

not about to pour it down the drain, but I am also not overly enjoying this one. Brush your teeth than minutes later drink a light bodied and subtly roasty stout, and you should have a general idea of what to expect from this one.

Edit: as I get further and further through the bomber, the temptation to pour this down the drain gets greater and greater thus lowering my drinkability rating

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Photo of albern
2.21/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a novelty beer that really doesn't work. The beer is inky black with a dark tan head, not much retention, no lacing. The nose is overpoweringly peppermint, maybe a bit of coffee grind, maybe some charred dark malts. The nose isn't all that appealing.

The taste isn't any better. The peppermint might have worked better with a slightly sweeter malty stout. The peppermint in this case accentuates the coffee grind, burnt roasts, and charred flavors. It really brings those flavors down a few notches. It has a mouthwash type feel in the finish, and the burnt flavors on top of the peppermint have just done me in with this beer. I'm glad I only paid $4 for the bomber so no remorse in pouring this one down the drain. Try again Manchester because this is a failed experiment.

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Photo of cactusjuggalo
3.62/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this to be a strange but still pleasing brew. Pours a rich black color that leaves a nice brown head. The head disappears quciker than i thought it would though and there is no real lacing to speak of. The peppermint is very very strong out of this one. Sort of reminds me of those star peppermint candys i used to get as a kid. Thats really the main smell i didn't get a wiff of much else. Taste is a different matter than smell though, some chocolate muscles its way through. The peppermint is still there but not really as strong when you think about how strong the aroma is. Very thin and very drinkable this is not a bad beer at all it just sort of strange, but in a good way. Not for everyday drinking but i can see myself buying a few when i want something different.

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Photo of younger35
3.92/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra in a recent trade with BeerTruth. I'm very intrigued by this beer as peppermint in a stout is fairly new to me. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice pitch black with a decent half finger dark brown head. After a few minutes the head dies down leaving just a thin collar with no cap and no lacing.
Smell- Definitely peppermint in this one as it's fairly menthol like and spicy in the nose. Maybe a bit of chocolate works its way in with all the peppermint but it's fairly light. This smells exactly like a candy cane.
Taste- The peppermint is a bit more subdued than the nose led me to believe and it's integrated in the beer fairly well. Peppermint sticks and a bit of an earthy cocoa nib like thing mix to give a candy sort of vibe. Honestly, as I sit on this beer and slowly drink waiting for it to open it, it never really does. It's just straight up peppermint and chocolate. The finish has plenty of chocolate on the finish that lingers.
Mouthfeel- On the thin side of medium with a lightly crisp bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall not too bad. I was pretty worried when I glanced at some of the other scores and saw how low they are. I don't think this beer is too bad even though it is sort of one dimensional. Interesting beer to say the least. Thanks much Adam!

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Photo of Perkyanda
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a really lovely black, dense and completely opaque. Head was the color of the foam on top of a Coke, and nice and thick, but with little staying power.

The scent is strongly peppermint, with a chocolate undertone. Hardly any "beery" scent comes through, and really, it smells a little like old candy. It's also a little astringent, actually.

The taste is... interesting. This is a total novely beer, and not that awesome. This is not a well balanced beer. There is some stoutyness to the actual drink, but no deep complexity, no fun malts or hops pop out at all-- the mint takes over. The aftertaste is good, like a minty candy stick, but after a few seconds it shifts into a sort of mouthwash aftertaste... that eventually fades into something almost.... meaty? Not fun at all.

Mouthfeel is ok, but not stoutlike-- it's thin without being crisp, but it's at least heavier than a summer beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.13/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22oz, not 100% sure where I bought this one.

A- All the standard stout checks- deep, dark brown, almost black, really nice and voluminous head that is a stained-wood brown itself. Fizzes out pretty quickly.

S- Peppermint, candy canes, all that good stuff. Mild roast coffee. Pretty one-dimensional, but expected.

T- Wow. Roast coffee is overpowering the mouth on this one. Peppermint is there in the finish and is pretty strong, but the acidic dark roast coffee is throwing me for a loop here. Almost like the bottom of a pot that's been sitting, the heavy roast flavors aren't really going anywhere or doing anything for the peppermint. Perhaps chocolate would have been a better focus?

M- Acidic black coffee is the first thing that comes to mind- thin, not very impressive.

D- Didn't finish the bottle, which is rare. I really never pour out a beer. I got 3/4 of the way through the bomber and had just had enough. Glad I tried it, won't be buying another one or giving it to friends. Interesting, but not a winner. I think if it was more chocolatey and a bit thicker in the mouth it could be a step in the right direction.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bomber this beer was a very dark brown color with one finger of head that did not retain itself particularly well and left little lacing. The aroma was dominated by the peppermint leaves along with coffee and some roasted malt. The flavors were also dominated by the mint that really quashed everything else. Coffee and chocolate malt could be detected underneath, albeit weakly. The mouthfeel was ok, the body medium/full and the carbonation a little high for the style. An interesting theory but poorly executed.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black color with a huge tan head that sticks around forever. Smells of mint, lots of mint. Hints of coffee and chocolate on the edges, but this one is heavy on the mint. Taste is creamy chocolaty with a hint of roast and lots of mint. Creamy almost watery mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. I've had this twice now and when it was really fresh I found the peppermint overwhelming. Now the flavors are starting to come together a bit with the roasty stout character able to show itself. This is an interesting beer, but I still think its over minted and drinkability suffers.

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Photo of tigg924
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head that goes quick, dark brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: A big dose of peppermint with a bit of chocolate

Taste: huge dose of peppermint, some chocolate and dark coffee

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, slightly bitter, light borderline watery

Drinkability: This tastes like an Andes candy and has a taste that borderline reminds me of a dentist office. The body was way too light for a stout. If you like peppermint, you may like this. I will pass in the future as I had a hard time finishing this.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on February 12, 2010. The pour is a rich dark brown to nearly black with a finger of creamy, frothy tan head. The aroma is not as pepperminty as I expected having read the earlier reviews. It is in there but the chief aroma is coffee grinds, chocolate malts, and light hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the average stout. As for the taste I also had an expectation of overpowering peppermint and I did get a bit of it. But like the aroma, the taste was a balance of burnt coffee grinds, raisins, and chocolate malts. I will try anything once and I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Appearance: Pours a thick black with almost no head. Tan film-like bubbles float on top. No light passes through.

Nose: BIG peppermint stick aromas on top of bitter dark roasted coffee grounds.

Palate: Sharp for how thick and dark it looks. Tastes like a trendy peppermint coffee from Asteroid-Dollars. The mintiness adds an acid or hop-like edge and keeps the stout light feeling on the palate.

Notes: An interesting brew for sure. Glad I tried it, but probably won't need to have another one. I could see some people really loving it, on the hand. It's definitely well made. FFO flavored coffees.

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Photo of Brad007
3.94/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a brown one-finger head into my glass. Good presentation I'd say.

Aroma has a slight hint of mint followed by cream, coffee and chocolate as well. Seems about right for the style.

Taste is minty with cream and coffee standing out the most as flavors. Mint likes to hang around the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering mint and coffee. Carbonation's a bit high here but not too overpowering.

It's a basic stout accentuated by a hint of peppermint. Easy to drink but otherwise, worth a try only once.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the local homebrew shop. I can honestly say that I've never had peppermint in my beer, but I'm excited to try it.

Poured this into a tulip glass. Typical dark looking stout, with a thin tan film across the top of the body. Some lacing on the glass.

Wow, peppermint is correct. There is no denying that there is peppermint or peppermint flavor in this beer. Beneath this strong aroma is the smell of chocolate malts and not much else. The aroma is a bit one-dimensional, but it does deliver the peppermint.

The flavor reminds me those small Andes mint bars mixed with wintergreen gum. Or maybe like somebody took peppermints, crushed them and mixed them into a somewhat chocolaty stout. Flavor is mostly a copy of the aroma.

Mouthfeel much like most American stouts, except that this beer leaves your mouth feeling like you just brushed your teeth. Refreshing, but weird at the same time.

Drinkability is so, so. The beer is definitely interesting, but I wouldn't want more than a pint of this. I'm mostly drawn back to my glass, because I can't really figure out what is going on.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try this beer. Quite unique, but I'm not sure how well the peppermint works with this stout. Maybe if the base of the beer was bumped up a bit and the peppermint was toned down a touch the flavor would seem less jarring. Either way, I love to try new things and I'm glad that Manchester Brewing is throwing something out that is a bit different. Go pick one up. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.77/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, revealing midnight brown body with a decent amount of thick tanned head. Some lacing. This beer totally smells like peppermint. If you do not like peppermint-scented things, you will not like it. I happen to think the smell fits the name. Intense peppermint aroma, like in a brewed peppermint tisane with a slight malty profile after. Smells like peppermint tea, seriously.

Tastes pepperminty and stouty. Not sweet. Fairly light body. Very much like beer with peppermint tea. I would have wished for more roasted and chocolaty flavors coming through. Carbonation is slight and tingly, but gives way to a thin smooth mouthfeel. Weirdest medicinal aftertaste. This is perhaps the most refreshing stout I've ever had... consider using it as a digestif. It's not very strong in any taste beyond the peppermint character and if it were sweeter, it would be more of a dessert beer. I kind of like it the way it is. Quite drinkable.

Overall, it's very different. Maybe I'd appreciate peppermint more in an RIS than in a regular stout, but this is certainly a worthy artistic interpretation.

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Photo of BetterDarker
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours an opaque mahogany with thin finger of light brown foam with nice lacing.

S - All about the peppermint. The mint is very dominating, faint hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the background. I can not detect any hop aroma.

T - Cool peppermint, when cold it is almost medicinal, but as the beer warms the mint softens. Some roasted malt in the finish, but for me this is all mint.

M - On the thin side with some carbonation on the low side.

D - I'm torn over this one. For a dessert beer this is PERFECT, however, if I'm in the mood for a night of drinking stout, this is too one dimensional for me.

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Photo of portia99
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as winnings in the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF from VanillaMike. Thanks Mike! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an opaque pitch black without a hint of light passing thru, even at the edges when held to a light. A finger of mocha colored foam sits on top briefly...fades to a skim coat of bubbles and a thick collar.

S - Cool, slightly sweet...definitely pepperminty. Roasted notes slightly in the background - coffee, burnt aromas, touch of bitter chocolate. Peppermint really sits on top of every other scent and is the focus...very interesting. Have to say I'm liking it.

T - Somewhat thin coffee flavor infused with peppermint. Mint is well integrated into the flavor. Does not dominate at all...just gives an overall coolness to the flavor. Still plenty of Roasty stout character. Dark roasted grains, somewhat burnt in character. Coffee that was in the aroma isn't in the flavor so much. Overall, this works, but a slight letdown after the aroma.

M - A little bit on the thin side for my liking but not quite watery in feel. Carbonation is on the low side, but it works well in this beer. Very cool peppermint feel in the mouth...not one to drink outside in the 10 deg weather we're having here today. Wish it had a bit more body to it, but overall, I'm not complaining.

D - This is a very smooth stout. Roasty, sweet, and minty...balanced fairly well. I once made a mint stout homebrew which worked really well, so I had really high nostalgic expectations for this. Mostly lived up, but completely. Definitely would like to have this one again. Interesting beer that I can't compare to any other commercial stout...give it a shot - sounds a little strange, maybe - but pretty good beer.

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Photo of BraveUlysses
2.41/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great appearance...very dark body with a nice coffee colored head. Strong mint smell, with a background of caramel...sweet, but not overwhelming. Standard stout-like taste at first, with the peppermint flooding the mouth after a second or two. Mouthfeel is a little thin-bodied and flat for my taste. Kind of a novelty beer...good for splitting with some friends during the holidays but not one I'd drink on any sort of regular basis.

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.72/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep black. Leaves a tan brown head that sits and stays while leaving some bubbly foam lacing. Smells like mint. That's it. I can smell it from here. Nothing wrong with that and it is something I have never smelled from a beer before. Taste is the mint right away, but it is not as overwhelming as you would think. It's balanced well with some bitter oats and and piney hops while keeping the mint at the forefront, but not dominant. A bit of stickiness lingers towards the end as well. It is more carbonated than your ordinary stout, but drinks smooth and easy; definitely worth a try. And keeps my breath fresh.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee and mint nose. Flavor is roasted/burnt coffee and strong fresh mint leaves. The brewer puts the ABV at 5.5%. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley's Beverage Dover, NH.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Vanillamike for sending this in our recent trade!

Stout brewed with peppermint leaves.

A: Pours a gorgeous looking stout black with a creamy and sticky, two fingers of dark brown colored head. Retention is good but no lace was left behind.

S: Oddly metallic aroma when cold. Ewwww. Surprisingly, it takes on a gentler, sweeter note as it warms. Also, I picked up some toasty malt near the end.

T: So weird to taste a flavor that my brain keeps telling me doesn't belong in beer. Heather laughed and said it tastes like someone squirted toothpaste in her stout! Peppermint and citrus hops...very interesting.

M: Slightly sweet, slightly dry. Pretty darn minty. Finishes dry with a bit of a fruity tang.

D: We're glad got to try this. A peppermint stout...who would've thunk it? Heather thinks this would be vastly improved if they'd used some chocolate malt or something sweet to give this more of a chocolate mint brownie flavor.

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Emperor Norton's Peppermint Stout from Manchester Brewing, LLC
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 24 ratings