Santa Paws

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #172
Ranked #27,633
3.58 | pDev: 8.66%
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 20, 2013
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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.
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Ratings by vinicole:
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3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by vinicole from England

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.

Dec 01, 2016
More User Ratings:
3.55 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 17, 2020
3.62 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Dec 17, 2018
3.5 by safaricook from Netherlands on Dec 15, 2018
3.71 by desint from Belgium on Nov 16, 2018
3 by hasse67 from Sweden on Apr 22, 2018
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3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by janubio from Spain

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

Feb 05, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Bloo Kid 2. Pleasant toasted malts, hints of toffee and good body for its low abv. However, its also a bit unidimensional and has trace of the honey its suppose to have nor any christmasty spirit

Jan 23, 2018
3.46 by Dazka from Italy on Dec 29, 2017
3.3 by Tschude from Switzerland on Dec 26, 2017
3.58 by mothman from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2017
3.71 by jhart96 from England on Dec 25, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by yaron73 from Israel

A bottle from "BEERA" Store in Sofia.

Aug 04, 2017
3.34 by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal on Jul 05, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by 911CROFT from England

330ml bottle into a large snifter. Paid £1.65 for a single.

Pours an opaque, very dark, mahogany body that appears almost black once settled in the glass. A dense, creamy, one-finger in height, ivory coloured head with excellent retention slowly condenses to a thick, foamy cap, leaving behind substantial bands of sticky lace.

The dark and bittersweet nose predominantly comprises of heavily roasted malts, charred grains, brown sugar, burnt caramel and stone fruit. Herbal and leafy hop profiles become apparent towards the back-end, while hints of alcohol and an overall robustness give the impression of a gravity bigger than 4.5% ABV. Taste roughly follows suit, leading for the most part with heavily roasted dark malts and lighter traces of burnt caramel. Mid-palate, faint impressions of toasted rye bread and raisin-like dried fruits provide modest sweetness and a change of pace, before dark roasted profiles begin to re-build towards the back-end. In the mouth, a light body paired with a modest amount of fine carbonation gives a feel that despite being disappointingly thin, remains reasonably smooth and easy-drinking. Towards the back-end, traces of spice and hints of herbal hops become very faintly perceptible. Roast derived bitterness however comprises the majority of the finish, leaving coarse roasted barley, coffee and ash to linger on the palate with a touch of lightly drying astringency.

Overall this is a decent but unremarkable beer. Despite starting strong with an attractive appearance and inviting aroma, its weak body and one-dimensional roast-forward taste soon become a little tiresome. Granted, it’s easy drinking and reasonably complex for the low 4.5% ABV, but the rich feel, sweet toasty malts, and peaty smoke characters I enjoy in the style are noticeably absent, while any input from the ‘Scottish Heather Honey’ the label promises also fails to make an appearance.

Jan 23, 2017
3.86 by Hip_Hop_Hooray from Wales on Dec 25, 2016
3.75 by steverx8 from England on Dec 13, 2016
3.63 by TGS from California on Dec 13, 2016
2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Dec 11, 2016
4.05 by fallenshadow from Ireland on Dec 10, 2016
3.62 by Martine from England on Dec 09, 2016
3.84 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2016
4.04 by ThomasKoren from Finland on Nov 12, 2016
3.97 by Dkline39 from Illinois on Nov 11, 2016
3.85 by jkhara12 from England on Jul 31, 2016
3.5 by Hanyuu from Finland on May 16, 2016
3.83 by k3ve from Switzerland on Mar 14, 2016
3.12 by hdtrice from England on Jan 06, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Andrewharemza from Australia

From bottle, pours Brown black but when held to light looks a ruby red with almost no head. Aroma roasted nuts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste follows the aroma just that the aroma seems stronger. Very nice.

Jan 04, 2016
4 by beerinabottle from Ireland on Dec 26, 2015
3.75 by Bpayne88 from England on Dec 25, 2015
3.69 by samEBC from Belgium on Dec 17, 2015
3.85 by Kiro from Russian Federation on Nov 24, 2015
3.5 by life_of_agony from Australia on Sep 06, 2015
4.22 by ogonoku from Russian Federation on Jul 31, 2015
3.79 by Refloosh from Australia on Jul 01, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

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.

Mar 07, 2015
3.48 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Jan 26, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by bark from Sweden

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.

Jan 21, 2015
3.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Jan 21, 2015
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