Peppermint Bark Porter
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Peppermint Bark PorterPeppermint Bark Porter
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #612
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,450
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 10.47%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
80
From:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  2
Gots
  17
SCORE
86
Very Good
Peppermint Bark PorterPeppermint Bark Porter
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2015 consumed 1-28-19.

Pours a rich dark brown. The head is 2 finger, tan, and frothy with good retention. The foam clings to the side of the glass as the head dissipates.
The nose is quite rich with peppermint. There's just a slight hint of chocolate.
Taste - a mellow peppermint mixed with chocolate. The peppermint is more up front and the chocolate is on the backside.
A lot thicker bodied than I was expecting from the ABV. The peppermint leaves a crisp feeling in my throat.
This was an accidental aging project, but it worked out great. I should get this beer and try it fresh sometime.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost completely black color. Medium body with just a bit of a creamy feel. Aroma is peppermint but not overwhelming or overdone. Roasted malt,chocolate, and some vanilla. Taste is identical,just a little sweet but appropriate for this beer. The mint is not overpowering and allows the chocolate and other flavors to come through in a very pleasing way. Not a beer to have more than one but it was a very good porter that worked great as a dessert beer

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Photo of zshaft
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours nice black with pillowy head that travels with the beer as it is downed. nose is light peppermint with some roasty notes and faint chocholate. taste follows nose with nice fresh mint floating from front to mid palate giving way eventually to a chocholate and roasty end palate. finishes dry with lingering peppermint. mouthfeel is medium but for the abv is adequate. I bought this with the notion that it would be peppermint overload. it was not which is a good thing. the peppermint gives the beer a freshness to it and the chocholate notes really balance it out. a nice surprise. im not sure how many I would want but one bomber was a treat. nice festive beer. glad I tried and great around the holidays.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 2015 vintage. Acquired the last bottle from the local beer shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Blackish on the pour, opaque in the glass. Over a finger of frothy khaki-cream color head that leaves good spotty lacing.

S - Prominent aromas of peppermint / candy cane give way to notes of cream, chocolate, vanilla, oak wood.

T - Taste is the same - notes of chocolate, vanilla, cream, oak, wood, mustiness, with an overlaying peppermint bark spice. Milk chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Lingering notes of chocolate & peppermint. Medium-full bodied with good carb.

Overall, a decent seasonal peppermint stout; definitely a nice holiday vintage. Would be interested in seeing how bottles of this stuff hold up for a year or so. A nice holiday offering.

Two Brothers Peppermint Bark Porter 2015 -----4/5.

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Photo of 98green
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Scottsdale taphouse. Interesting twist on a solid porter. The peppermint is certainly there, but it isn't overpowering. I think one is plenty in a evening, but it is a refreshing change up.

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Photo of bwood06
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours an opaque black with a bit of red around the edges with a white head that is 1 finger in height. Head is well retained throughout an is a bit rocky by the time the glass is finished. Moderate carbonation clings to the edges of the glass. No visible rising carbonation due to the color of the beer. 4/5

S - Peppermint and dark chocolate absolutely dominate the aroma. Dark malt with earthy hops come out as undertones but this aroma is very simple and straightforward with massive minty chocolatiness. 3.75/5

T - Just like the aroma, peppermint and dark chocolate dominate the entire profile. No real transition from peppermint and chocolate to earthy and grassy hops. Dark cereal malt acts as an undertone. Hops are more of an undertone with the peppermint and chocolate leading straight into the back end bitterness. Lingering bitterness on the back end but bitterness does not linger for too long. 3.75/5

M - Medium carbonation burn and healthy dose of dryness throughout the entire profile. Heavy body despite the carbonation burn and dryness. Lingering dryness on the palate upon swallowing. 3.75/5

O - This beer really is just like eating a piece of peppermint bark, but without anywhere close to the amount of sweetness real peppermint bark actually has. Dryness is a minty dryness that lingers for quite some time. Enjoyable, but in small quantities for me, and as a dessert beer. 3.75/5

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Photo of Sabtos
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This sounded good, but tasted pretty bland and cola-esque. Body was super light, caramel colored cola, prickly, little woody bitter roast and a tiny hint of mint.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2015 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of peppemint, chocolate, and coffee. Big upfront scent of peppermint. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Subtle hints of dried dark fruit and earthy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt forward taste with notes of peppermint, chocolate, and coffee. Lots of upfront peppermint flavor that lingers. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of cocoa, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Light undertones of dark fruit. Also some light hop bitterness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice twist on a Porter. Nice upfront peppermint flavor that doesn't bury the dark roast.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from draught at Firkin on December 18, 2015. Look is dark brown with a tan head and nice lingering lacing. Smell is peppermint, cocoa and roasted malts. Taste is peppermint, cocoa, roasted malts and hints of dark dried fruits. Feel is full in body, light carbonation and a smooth finish.

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Photo of Vixie
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, not quite black when held up to the light. There is about a half inch or so of a tan head that reduces down to lacing across the top, giving a nice look.

Smell is mainly mint with a hint of dark chocolate. Reminds me of a mint chocolate bar.

Peppermint dominates the flavor at first, followed by dark chocolate. There is a touch of hop bitterness at the finish, and the mint flavor lingers.

Slightly thin feel for the style, but nothing really to complain about.

A bit of a unique holiday beer. It is almost 2 weeks before Christmas as I am trying this, as I was in the mood for a new holiday beer. I think the best way to describe this one is the liquid version of a mint chocolate candy bar. How much you like it likely depends on how much you like mint, and being a big fan of it, I enjoyed this one. Not one I'd want to drink huge amounts of, but a nice beer for the season.

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Photo of Redrover
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Peppermint Bark Porter. On tap at Pints in Elmhurst, IL.

Served in a shaker, the beer is dark brown with a light brown head and great lacing.

Awesome aroma of peppermint and roasted malts.

The taste tracks the smell. Peppermint, coco, roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit. This is a great beer to share with your non BA friends.

The mouth is silky with low carbonation and a bit of heft.

This is the best "new to me" holiday beer of 2015.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a simple black with a modest head. The aroma is not the most inviting - I get mint, but in a rather toothpaste like way. The flavor is much better. Candy cane peppermint is the major flavor, but dark chocolate is also present, along with some mild woodsy hop character. The finish is very mint fresh. Mouthfeel is bit thinner than most porters. Overall this is a truly odd and likely divisive beer. Were it not for the approaching holiday season I would likely not be as fond of this beer. However, Christmas puts me in the mood for a peppermint twist, and this is a nice way to fulfill my craving. YMMV.

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Peppermint Bark Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 80 ratings