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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 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear and brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, sweetness and spices with cloves and cinnamon. The flavor follows the nose closely. The palate is sweetness and spices. Overall an average beer with too many spices and a lot of sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown colour, off-white head. Spicy aroma with roasted malt. A bit sweet roasted malt, chocolate and spicy ginger in the flavour. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2011
Pours dark brownish amber with a medium off-withe head. Tonnes of cinnamon and ginger, and also some sweet caramel malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
grungejesus (51) - SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2010
bread, chocolate, grass, butterscotch, ginger, brown, clear, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, lively, bitter, Ser ut som julmust. Luktar tunn/vattning kakao, lite som yogi te och lite stjärnanis. Smakar kakaopulver utspätt i vatten med lite ingefära. Beskan påminner om bittermandel och förmycket kardemumma. Eftersmaken påminner om de beska kryddorna i glögg. Ett kul försök till julöl, men det är inte mer än bara "kul".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear black with a reddish hue and a creamy beige head. Very spicy nose, strangely it appears mostly soapy with lavender - not cocoa and ginger. And the hard roast malts don’t really come through at all. Rather light-bodied, again spices with a fairly malt bitter finish. A strange inharmonious spice stout. 141210

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle; consumed @ Chris O’s pre-NY tastings. Many thanks Chris for this. An old bottle I assume. Aroma is pine; Christmas pudding, burnt toast and melted caramel. Taste is caramel, berries, tart, toffee, chewy malt, spicey and all wintery. Fnish is tart; spices and cinamin. Interesting. I didn’t feel the cocoa but the ginger was probably dried up and disguised as a spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (14052) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2012
Small bottle. Dark brown body, minimal head. Herbal aroma with a light touch of ginger. Thin palate. Taste is herbal too, with some cough syrup but no alcohol warmth to follow, which in this case would have made it better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cool_Bond (2331) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2013
Pretty unimaginative beers. The smell is just right. The taste is more of, but not too much. The aftertaste is boring. No good Christmas beer.

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