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BrewDog There Is No Santa

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Hark! A limited editon seasonal stout brewed with cocoa nibs and ginger stems.

In the true spirit of Christmas ícheersí we at BrewDog have taken it upon ourselves to create a Santasís 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 BrewDogís not for life, itís just for Christmas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2010
[cask at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Dark brownish black with maybe a hint of red pour from the cask, with a decent creamy-coloured head. Aromas of roasted malt and some hops, plenty of gingerbread as well. This is the prime taste for me Ė it reminds me very much of German winter gingerbread, the spicy stuff usually covered in icing. Some nutmeg and clove flavours in there as well. Decent stuff on cask [01122010]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget. Being a huge Brewdog fan this was a must have for me. The aroma is very pleasant, a lot of spices mixing with the normal stout aromas. It looks like a stout as well, black, maybe the foam is a bit thin though. Then there is the taste, it is not all that great. The spices are decent but somehow, there is also a lot of hops, specially the first few sips that ruin everything. Usually I am all for hoppy beers but not when there are spices like these. I bought two bottles, going to let the other one sit in the cellar for a while and see how it turns out.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garza (572) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma dominated by ginger. Taste of rosted malt and ginger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10198) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2010
Itís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8223) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (3790) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6120) - 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, canít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - Ňrnes, 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. Itís definitely christmasy, but like other heavily spiced christmas ales, they donít really fall harmonize. Decent, but too spiced.

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