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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MalcolmTucker (924) - SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Spicy aroma that is very festive. Spicy flavours with a distinct hit of cinnamom. Ticks all the boxes for a winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Very Dark brown with a pale cream head. The aroma isn’t strong - mild coffee and liquorice plus some seasonal marzipan. Relly nice hints of cloves and cinnamon in the flavour against a background of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8009) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2295) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5422) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2012
First bottle of 2012, and a missing link among the Christmas beers I have available. Pours a deep brown, ruby-hued body with a medium, creamy light beige head. Nose is reminiscent of ginger bread: ginger, clove, cinnamon, light pepper and sweet caramel malts. Hints of coca-cola. Taste is dark malts up front, then a cascade of Christmas spice: clove, cinnamon, cardamom and most presently ginger. Fading into a mild bitter coca-cola-like finish with some peppery tones. Medium filling mouthfeel, and very tasty overall for a 4,7 % ABV beer. I kinda like this "little brother" of BrewDog’s other Christmas ale: Santa Paws. It’s more balanced and doesn’t overwhelm you with spices, and very drinkable as well, for a spice/herb/vegetable beer. Here’s to a completed Christmas and to the new year! Chin chin! :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2012
Pours a very dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is spicy with cinnamon and cardamom coming out most along with chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is also spicy with some choc and roastiness coming through. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2012
Nice spicy fragrance and flavor with elements of ginger, cinnamon, malt and cloves. Distinct bitterness in the aftertaste, but somewhat thin in the body. A really tasty and spicy Christmas beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rarbring (2262) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
Aroma: Smelling of cinnamon buns with Christmas soda.
Appearance: The beer is clear brown, with a large slowly rededing tan head that leaves lots of lacing.
Taste: The taste is surprisingly not sweet at all, bread, cinnamon, bitter cocoa beans.
Palate: Medium carbonation, medium body with small bubbles, a very dry feeling.
Overall: Actually a bit unbalanced in it’s lack of sweetness.
Note: Bottle. Reviewed 2010-12-02.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
(Bottle) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty spicy nose with ginger, liquorice, dark bread, ginger biscuits, brown sugar and a touch of chocolate. Malty, spicy taste with notes of ginger, liquorice, cocoa, black rye bread, lots of gingerbread and a certain spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, mainly dry. Brings me back to mom’s gingerbread at Christmas (and makes me sound a bit like Proust...). Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1457) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2015
The aroma in the dense light brown foam reveals cinnamon, clove and an unusual scent of brown cakes. The taste has sweetness at the same cookie-like manner. There is also a pleasant taste of roasted malt with cocoa tones in the background. Hop bitterness is long and continuously and slightly ripe fruit in the luggage. Clove and orange peel takes you briefly from the many flavors.

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