Santa Paws
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #332
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,068
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 8.64%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
74
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Notes: A 4.5% decadent scotch ale brewed with Scottish Heather Honey. A robust malty beer packed with flavour and at a strength you can drink all (Christmas) day long.

A baby scotch ale which is perfect with Christmas pudding or whilst playing Pictionary with your gran. This is our antidote to the chaos of the upcoming festive season. Raise a glass of this Christmas beer, share it with friends, family and strangers, and sit back and enjoy the view as the world descends into a fairy light fuelled frenzy. And, if all else fails, just blame Santa.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Bpayne88:
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The colour is deep brown (60 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is beige and compact; it sinks slowly leaving some very fine coffee-like lacing.

The smell is loaded with cocoa, figs, raisins and hints of metal. It gives an impression of being stronger than 4.5%.

The taste is smooth and semi-dry. Figs, roasted malt, mild coffee, rye bread and hints of charcoal. Light to medium body. The aftertaste got some clean bitterness, chocolate, citric peels, smoked ham and brown sugar. The finish is somewhat bitter and roasted.

The carbonation is medium strong; the many small bubbles are smooth and long-lived. The liquid is somewhat light and smooth.

A highly drinkable dark beer with interesting fruity flavours going on.

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Photo of janubio
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark colour with red tones to the light. Medium head good retention and lace. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, spices. Smoke notes. Medium body, creamy and smokey texture. Normal carbonation. Taste is more smokey that smell, chocolate and spices, nutmeg. Easy drinkable Christmas beer, because of the look graduation. But I primera the strong and more complex belgian Christmas

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Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of lucat
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown. Tan head. Thick but dissipates quickly.
Aroma of toasted bread and stewed veg'.
Improves with the taste. Forward roasted malt but a bit harsh.
Decent depth of taste and feel.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NightINgale
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Dentist666
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear mahogany beer with decent tan head. Smell of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavour - roasted malts, coffee ans so on, close to good robust porter or stout - unexpectedly. Smooth and drinkable, but not scotch ale.

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Photo of valianes
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of desint
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow - review from Christmas, I forgot to upload here.

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. There was some roasted malts, earthy flavours and 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

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled

bottled, winter seasonal;
Christmas scotch ale brewed with Scottish heather honey
Golden ale with minimal white head
Sone Pine and sweetness in the flavour

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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of k3ve
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Santa Paws from BrewDog
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 74 ratings