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Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hark! A limited editon seasonal stout brewed with cocoa nibs and ginger stems.

In the true spirit of Christmas ’cheers’ we at BrewDog have taken it upon ourselves to create a Santas’s little helper for all those battling through the festive season.

Our crack team of elves, penguins and red nose raindeer have been crafting, brewing and perfecting this warming winter stout as a reward for all those driven to the brink and back in the name of Noel.

Now all you have to do is don that customary yule tide sweater and find a roaring open fire to enjoy it by.

In fact this beer is so good, we specifically advise against sharing it with any chimney intruding, night time visitors.

Oh and just remember, this BrewDog’s not for life, it’s just for Christmas.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle. "Pours out in a dark brown colour with a rich fluffy tan-coloured head. Spicy aroma of cardamom, ginger, orange-peels and roasted malts. Medium-bodied with notes of orange-peels, gingerbread, roasted malts, anise and mild peppery hops. Medium-bitter dryish and crisp finish of peppery and orangey hops with spicy notes of gingerbread and cardamom.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garza (567) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours very dark brown with a small tan head. Spices and roasty malt in the aroma. Light sweetness, lightly bitter and spiced mild round flavour. Good character, medium body, too much carbonation. Short spiced and light bitter after taste. It was good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2098) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma dominated by ginger. Taste of rosted malt and ginger.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10124) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2010
It’s black/red-brown with a huge, creamy head, and the aroma has notes of Christmas spices, cocoa and licorice. The flavour is moderately sweet and rather thin with notes of Christmas spices, ginger, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and the finish is dry.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (6746) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle. Low fluffy light brown head. Hazy dark brown body. Spicy peppery cinnamon aroma and flavor that is pretty sweet. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2010
27-NOV-2010, bottle @home, from "Superbrugsen". Dark brown with nice off-white head. "Brunkager"! All the x-mas spices in the same bowl...! I had heard a lot of stuff about this brew. Mostly bad... ...but this is actually nice, though the drinkability is not very high. I guess it must be hard to finish a bottle by yourself? Too spicey, but fun experience.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (4936) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2010
330 ml bottle, batch #297, bought at Coop OBS, Bryne. ABV is 4.7%. Dark brown to black colour, big beige head. Strong sweetish aroma of ginger, cocoa and oranges. Light bodied, can’t be expected to be a match for its big brother Santa Paws. Fairly refreshing flavour, not very sweet, strong notes of ginger and cocoa, bitter and peppery finish. Seems somewhat unbalanced with all its spiciness, lacks a malty backbone.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown, and settles black with a big, creamy, dense beige head. Snailtrails are left left and right. Aroma is very spicy. Loads of ginger, sort of gingerbread like, cinnamon, and doughy, bready sweetness. A bit soapy. A good sweetness hits the tongue at first, along with a strange, soapy astringency. A bit too harsh. Light to medium bodied, generously carbonated. It’s definitely christmasy, but like other heavily spiced christmas ales, they don’t really fall harmonize. Decent, but too spiced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Bottle at fins... Bbf 2011 drunk 2013...deep black.. Thin tan head... Soft dark roast big spice nose... Little thin... Dark malts... Huge spice.. Quite dusty... Stick 3.6 mixed gass tap at cloister ... red brown ... bubbly tan head ... big cinamon light close nose ... light fizz more bottle level that last few kegs ive tried ... soft dark fruity roast ... again big cinamon spice ... almost but not quite over spiced... quite like this ... 3.6 cask in cloisters .... deep black ... thin tan head ... big spice ... lots of nut meg .... huge roast ... big malts ...gingerbready .... quite nice 3.5 ok better on mixed gas. wow

bottle at home ... dark brown ... thin tan head ... soft spicy cinnamon nose ... dark roast ... big cinnamon ... gingerbready ... pretty interesting if a little over spiced 3.6

Bottle at home ... bbf 2011 drunk march 2014... dark spicy malt nose ... soft roast ... massive mellow spice ... soft roast ... quite german ginger bread 3.8

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours very dark ruby red color, that appears black when not hold up to the light, with a frothy beige head. Aroma is of ginger, cinnamon, cocoa , brunkager, pebbernødder and some very faint roast. It reminds me alot of christmas though. Flavor is quite spiced with alot of ginger and some of the cocoa and some cinnamon, i get some faint roasted malt and hops. Yet again the flavor reminds me of pebbernødder and brunkager, and is quite christmasy. The body is light to medium with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall an above average christmas beer, but i wouldn’t call this a stout at all, more like a spiced dark ale...


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