Brothers Craft brewing is based in Harrisonburg, Va. and was founded by three siblings. Its original name was Three Brothers Brewing, but after seeing how the community and locals embraced them, they started to consider them family and rebranded themselves as just Brothers Craft Brewing to include all of them in their new identity. Production began in 2012 and the much-awarded brewery has been able to happily share its passion with all of its fans.

Today’s review is one of the special beers, Peppermint Bark Yuletide, a Russian imperial stout aged for two years in bourbon barrels, conditioned on peppermint and chocolate and packaged in 750ml bottles. The stout uses Brothers Craft Brewing’s Resolute as its base and debuted on July 21, 2018 in a “very limited” number of bottles that were sold to the public after brewery’s Horizon Society members were given an allotment. It was then rereleased earlier this year on July 20.

Poured from bottle #11, this RIS pours black with a deep tan finger of fizzy head which hangs around for a while before shrinking to a healthy tan ring around the outer edge of the glass. Aroma is full of booze, expected for this 14.1 ABV stout, and bourbon, sweet malts and a bit of peppermint aroma.

The taste hits hard with the warming booze once again and the malts have become a bit sweeter. Peppermint and semi-sweet chocolate are players but don’t overtake the bourbon goodness which I am sure was the main intention for this beer. A light malty cereal feel is present during the whole drinking process and at times I feel like I am having a bowl of toasted oats.

The mouth feel is coating and clingy, but as Peppermint Bark Yuletide warms the alcohol becomes less pleasant and the balance falls apart just a little. Given that this is is a sipping beer I took a little longer to drink and come to my conclusions about the balance. The finish is slightly sweet with a light alcohol burn and a decent peppermint flavor.

Brothers Craft Brewing Peppermint Bark Yuletide
BREWERY: Brothers Craft Brewing
LOCATION: Harrisonburg, Va.
STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 14.1 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: n/a
RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2018
AVAILABLE IN: 750ml Bottles
BEERS POURED: One
Overall, Peppermint Bark Yuletide is a very nice Russian imperial stout with plenty of bourbon touches. However, I am not really sure about how I feel about peppermint in a stout. The balance tried its best to stay together but could not meld together like I would have hoped. This is a nice beer with many great assets but just lacking a bit on balance and deep complexity.
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