Santa Paws

Rating: 3.05

This one is another of the coutless beers I had over the Christmas holidays, a 4.5% abv. reworking of a Brewdog beer that was originally an 8.2% beer. I believe this version was a new one to the Brewdog portfolio late last year and sold out quickly so I was lucky to get hold of a bottle when it was still available. Part of the reason for its success was more than likely down to the fact that is was priced well and the strength isn’t through the roof. This one was drank on Christmas Day although it has taken until now to get my review up, here’s what I thought of it.

Santa Paws

Appearance (3/5): A dark mahogany colour with some reddish brown tinges at the bottom. The beer has a thumb sized, bubbly head that is tan brown and fades to a thin lacing over the surface of the drink after approximately twenty seconds.
Aroma (6/10): Dark malts and some caramel that gives the drink some sweetness to it. This is coupled with some lighter coffee and a roasted aroma early on. The coffee aroma starts to become more pronounced further into the smell and there is an earthy, almost nutty aroma that follows with some bitterness too.
Taste (6/10): Dark malts and plenty of roasted flavours hitting you initially with a very dark and  bitter. There is some dark chocolate and a little sweetness from this and the hints of caramel, although this isn’t as strong as with the smell. there is a nutty taste that matches the nose though and some light spice as well with the beer coming across almost like a brown ale at times.
Palate (3/5): Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation that gives it the tiniest touch of fizz around the middle. There is some initial sweetness that fades and turns to a bitter finish that is dry as well.

Overall (13/20): A fairly average beer from Brewdog here, although that might be a good thing when one considers it is a Christmas beer and I’ve not had the best of luck with some of them even with the ones I picked this year coming out slightly better than last years selection. This one is has a drinkable mix of roasted malts, earthy flavours and some sweetness but nothing that was all that enjoyable or interesting when it comes down to it. Not the best and not the worst but certainly not one worth picking up again, I just wonder what the original, much stronger version tasted like when that was available.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £2.00

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