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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 ’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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2011
330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
5+ Sweet doughy christmas pudding spices, dried mixed peel. A bit sickly.
4 Dark, small off-white head.
5 Meh. Watery spicy taste. Not a stout by a million miles. Looks like the marketting bullshit has crept into the brewing side - this is a gutless beer slathered with caricatured spices. Strangely, I don’t get either cocoa or ginger, which I really like. I’m getting cinnamon and clove, which I dislike. A mess.
3- Fairly thin palate, OK carbonation. Basically only the spices survive into the finish. As I said, reads "gutless" on the beer-o-meter
10 The most positive I can be about this is "drinkable". So certainly not bad enough to throw away, but normally these guys do much better with the dark beers, this has to be one of their worst. Only their hoppy ones have been worse, from memory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Clear red borwn body with an average sized light brown head. Aroma-taste: chocolate, spices, ginger, cinnamon, cloves-with a significant abrubt bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmeup (588) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2011
Hmm! strange one this, looks like sarsaparilla and i reckon has a bit of that flavour too. Has Cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove and some floral character there as well. Hop dry bitterness in the finish. Quite like it, just one or two though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suurjuust (2053) - ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2011
Dark brown, tan head. Spicy, peppery, gingerbready nose. The taste is mostly the same, but with some vague maltiness and cocoa tones thrown in. Finish is bitter with roasty notes. Aftertaste is dry and peppery. Somewhat watery palate. It’s not something I would drink often, but it is strangely appealing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbierlover (638) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2011
33cl bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head. Aroma of ginger, marzipan, cinnamon. A bit too much spice in it, but it’s a good Xmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hallstein (357) - Skogn, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2011
Aroma like a very good christmas beer, appearance is not so good, little head, and no stay. The taste hits you with a very gingerbready taste, a little to much for my taste, with some additional spices. Feels good in your mouth, and overall a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (4738) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2011
33cl bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon and coco. Fairly roasty. It smells exactly like IKEA biscuits (ginger biscuits). Flavor is quite spiced with alot of ginger and some cinnamon. Some roasty bitterness too. Quite stout-ish base, spiced with those biscuits. Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall, the first of its kind to me, and quite nice indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (2298) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2011
Mörkbrun kropp, nästan svart. Ett enastående stort cappucionofärgat skum, långvarigt dessutom. Doft: pepparkaka och örter. Smak: pepparkaka, svagt av kaffe och röda frukter. Pepparkakan biter sig fast i eftersmaken. Något vattnig dock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a clear, dark amber with a medium off-white head. Light shines right through this one. Aroma is all ground ginger, cloves, maybe even a hint of nutmeg, and easily the most pleasing thing about this beer. The flavour follows on from this, adding a slight maltiness to the finish. Mouthfeel is lacking; it’s too light, and while the carbonation is quite pleasant the beer itself just leaves me feeling unfulfilled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2089) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2011
33 cl bottle, Brewdog online store, Sheffield, UK. Pours brown with a slight ruby hue. Pure gingerbread aroma with perhaps extra nutmeg. Medium carbonation, sweet with cinnamon and spice coming through, a mingling of hops and cloves. Finish is long and spiced. Better than I thought it would be.

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