Santa Paws - BrewDog
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3.31/5 rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label describes it as a Christmas Scotch ale with heather honey included in the ingredients. Better late than never....
Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark ruby-brown hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of burnt grain, mild coffee, faint caramel, a twinge of molasses, ale yeast and stewed leaves. The honey isn't discernible. Rather one-dimensional.
Tastes of dark malt with a lingering bitter finish. Notes of roasted malt, burnt grain, coffee, mild molasses/caramel, earthy yeast, stewed leaves and a hint of ash. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent carbonation and an insubstantial body (though the low ABV partly accounts for this). Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted malt, burnt grain and a whisper of caramel.
Meh - OK but far from stunning. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by roasted malt and little else. I was expecting a lighter, more caramel-laden brew with a degree of sweetness. The honey doesn't show up either. So-so body; too thin. It has more character than a lot of brews, but comes across as closer to a baby porter than a Scotch ale. Not to 'style' and not all that festive either. Not Brewdog's best effort - no need to seek it out.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 00:14:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
Santa Paws from BrewDog
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