BrewDog There Is No Santa

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 Santass 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 BrewDogs not for life, its just for Christmas.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Monkeypower (172) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2010
Dark with a fine head. Cocoa and christmas in the aroma, with notes of cardamum, ginger and hops. Flavor with ginger and cardamum as well as fainter notes of cocoa and alcohol. This is an excellent christmas beer for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
saxo (17637) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle from Brugsen. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dominated by a horrible spice combination, that smells decent but tastes very bad. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rane (1052) - Nibe, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown nearly black with dense brown head. Aroma very spicy, smells like cinnamon, but from what Im reading it must be the combination of ginger and cocoa nibs. Taste soft and spiced, cinnamon notes. Considered that it is so spiced, Im surprised that it isnt hammered by the rateberians, must be something with the brewer ;-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle. Its a nice looking stout, dark, dark brown in color, clear looking and topped by a dense finger-thick beige head. The aroma is of the spiced kind, with ginger, cloves, cardamom, prunes and raisins. Some cocoa too. Not much roasted malts to be detected, but thats quite evident in the flavor, where the spices are much less dominating than in the flavor. Some coffee and chocolate too. Its thin and dry on the palate, a bit low on bitterness, finishing dry, roasted and spiced, followed by a quite pleasant hoppy bitterness. Well, its a nice beer, and I wouldnt mind sharing it with the white bearded man in red, but frankly, if he dropped by, I would find something better and more warming. 101109

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (10072) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Jan, many thanks Jan! shared with my dad 05.11.10 Pours quite a dark brown colour with light beige head that is creamy textured. Incredibly spicy nose, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, its all there along with some fine dark cocoa, quite stunning aroma. Cocoa powder in the mouth, dry finish, the taste is good, its chocolaty, malty and spicy but as fine as it is never quite reaches the high bar that the aroma set. A9 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
princesslala (131) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2010
I really like the name of this beer. It tastes like watery coffee that has had chocolate banana bread soaking in it. The aroma is of chocolate and nutty malts. Its too light in color for a stout, and the palate is a little watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12305) - 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 glgg. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
espenra (1006) - Kurland, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
10cl sample at Hndverkerstuene. It poured a pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is laden with peppers, ginger and koriander. Flavour is also very spicy. Lots of peppers, ginger and koriander again. Some carbonation. A fun beer to try, but a 33cl bottle is just too much. Medium long, lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Habanero (4444) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Bottled. Pours deep mahogany with a large off-white head. Excellent lacings. Low carbonation. Spicy nose especially of ginger, cinnamon and star anis with lightly roasted malts. Sweet flavour, again with yule spices, malt, caramel and hoppy notes. Medium bodied. Nice bitter finish. Very x-mas like despide the name but maybe too overpowered by the spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
Brown, clear ale. Huge, lasting, creamy head. Malty aroma with loads of ginger. Notes of cinnamon too?. Soft carbonation. Spicy flavour dominated by ginger. Some bitterness. Some underlying malty sweetness. Watery, yet sugar sticky palate. Im noit very fond of spiced xmas-ales, but this is surprisingly good.

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