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Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suurjuust (844) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbierlover (580) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hallstein (96) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (1916) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1366) - 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.

2.8
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1786) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slakemythirst (188) - - DEC 13, 2011
Flytande mahogny. Pepparkakor, saffran och russin. Bra att skölja ner köttbullarna med i jul. Kommer stå på mitt julbord.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2011
330ml bottle. I stumbled across this beer at a bottleshop when I took a wrong turn - fate? Coloa coloured with brown and red flecks throughout and an even layewr of loght brown foam. The ehad stays put and leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks like a slice of Christmas cake in a glass and smells like one also, with spices, raisins, prunes and ginger. In typical Brewdog fashion the flavour is a bit out there and again there is that Christmas cake feel. You get the same taste from this beer as you do when you bite into a piece of Christmas cake. Full in the mouth and long on the palate with a bit of a harsh aftertaste. Different but okay.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ktwse (1477) - SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2011
Pours very dark brown with a medium off white to tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is quite intense! The first thing that strikes you is the gingerbread. It’s as if they’ve crammed gingerbread cookies into it. Beyond that hints of dark, dried fruit, some malt, but overall not very complex. Taste is a bit of a letdown after that intense gingerbread sensation. There’s a subtle bitterness from start to finish, almost like an ESB. The gingerbread does appear somewhere midway through the taste, with a slight sweetness, but it’s much more withheld in the taste. Body is a bit too light with a bit of a fizzy carbonation that kind of stings. Overall impression is fun but not great. I wish they’d upped the ABV a bit on this one, would probably have made it more interesting.


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