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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chrisv10 (15516) - DENMARK - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with small beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, cinnamon, spices, ginger and some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (15296) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle, 4.7%. Spicy aroma, pungent christmas spice, but not the ginger they mention on the label. Almost black colour, good stable light brown head. The flavour starts off quite roasted, clean and a little bready. Then comes a clean bitterness, could be cocoa bitterness. OK drinkable beer, but the spiciness is a bit silly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle at home (served way too cold - Papsø temperature - se I will give it a couple of minutes......). Black - offwhite head. Spicy, light ginger, high malty, roasted and light burned malty, cocoa, light body, light notes of cloves. Ok - not too spiced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is spices, anise, caramel. Flavour is spices, anise, caramel, malt, ginger, cinnemon, coffee. Medium body. A lot of spices in this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (14074) - 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 15/20
imdownthepub (13374) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2012
Bottled, 330ml from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Chestnut with cream head. Heady aroma of spices, leading to rather a sweetish, honeyed, smooth malty beer with a lavish dose of ginger. There is a chocolate element but this is smooth and milky. Not a blockbuster but reasonably decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (13276) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle from Kvickly. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. DArk red-amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter bad spicey flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Boring and bad stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Strong and perfumed spicy aroma with a touch of dried fruits. Sweet roasted flavour with coffee and chocolate notes, and lots of spice. When you know it you recognize some ginger, but it feels like a big mix of spices. Odd and oddly fascinating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2011
On tap at Cask and Kitchen. Colour; dark brown with off-white head. Nose; nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Taste; same as smell, spicey, thin and watery! It should be stronger and more viscous to carry the level of spice in the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12134) - 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.

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