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Brewed by BrewDog
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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13558) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle. It’s a nice looking stout, dark, dark brown in color, clear looking and topped by a dense finger-thick beige head. The aroma is of the spiced kind, with ginger, cloves, cardamom, prunes and raisins. Some cocoa too. Not much roasted malts to be detected, but that’s quite evident in the flavor, where the spices are much less dominating than in the flavor. Some coffee and chocolate too. It’s thin and dry on the palate, a bit low on bitterness, finishing dry, roasted and spiced, followed by a quite pleasant hoppy bitterness. Well, it’s a nice beer, and I wouldn’t mind sharing it with the white bearded man in red, but frankly, if he dropped by, I would find something better and more warming. 101109

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7410) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Jan, many thanks Jan! shared with my dad 05.11.10 Pours quite a dark brown colour with light beige head that is creamy textured. Incredibly spicy nose, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, it’s all there along with some fine dark cocoa, quite stunning aroma. Cocoa powder in the mouth, dry finish, the taste is good, its chocolaty, malty and spicy but as fine as it is never quite reaches the high bar that the aroma set. A9 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.9

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2010
I really like the name of this beer. It tastes like watery coffee that has had chocolate banana bread soaking in it. The aroma is of chocolate and nutty malts. It’s too light in color for a stout, and the palate is a little watery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Kvickly, Haderslev.
Pours dark brown, bordering on black. Fine, staying, light murky white creamy head. Aroma has good spices, clear ginger, some chocolate, raisins, light glögg. Medium to high carbonation, a bit thin but very dry palate. Flavour is good, the cocoa gets through nicely, adding light zest and dryness to the chocolate base. Good, lingering dryness in the finish. Very different to many other (sweeter) Christmas beers, this is a nice change of pace even if it is nowhere near perfect.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
espenra (873) - Kurland, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
10cl sample at Håndverkerstuene. It poured a pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is laden with peppers, ginger and koriander. Flavour is also very spicy. Lots of peppers, ginger and koriander again. Some carbonation. A fun beer to try, but a 33cl bottle is just too much. Medium long, lingering aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Habanero (2617) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Bottled. Pours deep mahogany with a large off-white head. Excellent lacings. Low carbonation. Spicy nose especially of ginger, cinnamon and star anis with lightly roasted malts. Sweet flavour, again with yule spices, malt, caramel and hoppy notes. Medium bodied. Nice bitter finish. Very x-mas like despide the name but maybe too overpowered by the spices.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
Brown, clear ale. Huge, lasting, creamy head. Malty aroma with loads of ginger. Notes of cinnamon too?. Soft carbonation. Spicy flavour dominated by ginger. Some bitterness. Some underlying malty sweetness. Watery, yet sugar sticky palate. Im noit very fond of spiced xmas-ales, but this is surprisingly good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (4210) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle.Dark brown almost black colour with creamy beige head.Aroma is spicy and sweet taste of ginger and cake most like Danish Brune kager.Good mouthfeels and for me the best X-mas brew so fare.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a nice thick espresso coloured head. The head retention isn’t too good though - hence the less than perfect score for appearance. The aroma at first is dominated by roasted malts and ginger. After a while the cocoa bits start showing up as well. On the palate it is rather light wiht lots of chocolate flavours and a nice hoppy note. Pretty long finish. A very nice beer that I’ll drink again. And for me, that’s a big thing with Christmas beers...... This one stands out as being a balanced beer without excessive alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 23, 2010
Deep brown, small brown head. Aroma is christmas, pebernødder, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, fresh baked cookies. Taste has cocoa, light body, slightly roasty, roasty sourness, ginger, dry hoppe finish. A really alternative take on a christmas ale.


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