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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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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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ktwse (1955) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1355) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2011
pours dark dark brown with high head aromas of dark bread, raisins, gingerbread, hints of orange, brown sugar mild palate with taste of ginge bread, lame ending. It has an interresting aroma but there is almost no complexity when actually tasting the beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2011 Bottle from Systembolaget, at home. December, 2011.
Pours dark - almost back. Fast vanishing head. Spicy aroma of soft gingerbread, cloves and ginger. Some chocolate action. Weak body with a strong spicy taste, some chocolate but mostly dominating flavours of gingerbread. Noting special but I bet it pairs well with some cheese.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemikalGab (43) - Borgomanero (Novara), ITALY - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Pours a deep black/brown colour with dark ruby reflexes in the light. 2 1/2 inches of medium-bubble-textured frothy head, fine lacing, medium to light carbonation. The aroma is quite persistent, I can smell it right from the moment I open the bottle, even more from the glass. Big gingerbread biscuits on the front, with bitter cocoa and cereals, hint of cinnamon. Taste is very sweet and a little spicy with ginger at the beginning, turns medium bitter on the back of the tongue. The body is medium to light. It has a short (not more than 3-4 sec) bittersweet finish. I wasn’t expecting anything extreme from the moment I read the ABV (let me down a little bit, to tell the truth). Very unusual approach for Brewdog’s standards.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tkrjukoff (4030) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle 33 cl, SB. Pours black brown with a huge creamy tanned head leaving good lacing. Aroma is ginger bread, malts, sweet, chocolate and toasted. Flavor is spicy, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malts, bitter and ginger. Finishes spicy and roasted.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enricou (2) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011 does not count
0,33l bottle. Looks quite nice, even though foam doesn’t last very long. Looks like dark cola. Smells like ginger biscuit dough, lot’s of spices. Ginger, cardamom and herbs in aroma. Slightly sweet taste, not too overwhelming though. Nevertheless, spices are a bit too dominant, not my favorite Brewdog product. Would be better with more ABV.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawthorne00 (2403) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head that fades to a coat. Aroma of cardamom, ginger, nutmeg. Taste is modestly sweet with some plain chocolate and lots of spices. OK, if rather heavy-handed on the spices.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
visionthing (2677) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle. Dark red with a light brown head. Moderately sweet with lots of cinnamon and ginger - lots of it! Very little bitterness, but this is a very christmassy beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (5336) - ITALY - NOV 28, 2011
scura buona schium abuona persitenza naso speziato piuttosto intenso cannella zenzero non molto corpo malto delicato lieve cacao cannella zenzerto finale non amara ma abbastanza secca

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (3284) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2011
0.33l bottle. Not for children. A deep brown body on this one and it has a nice lasting fluffy and creamy light chocolate head that’s lacing quite heavily down the glass. The aroma has lots of spicy tones; ginger, cardamon, cinnamon, cocoa and some nice roasted and chocolate hints in here as well. Lots of ginger in the flavor and it’s lasting for quite a while. Average to soft carbonated and a light oily mouthfeel. Not to bitter and it ends dry with a everlasting spicy ginger, cinnamon and cardamom aftertaste. Not horrible to drink. Was actually baking some brownies as I drank this one and I had a little bit in the batter. They turned out quite delicious actually!


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