#HBBAdvent Beer 18: Panhead Black Top Oat Stout (New Zealand) / Weird Beard Black Christmas Cranberry Stout (London)

Such was the demand for this year's #HBBAdvent calendar that we completely failed to anticipate demand - three cases of Panhead Black Top Oat Stout was nowhere near enough! Thus, quite a few of you will find Weird Beard Black Christmas in your box - an enviable substitute.

Panhead Custom Ales says: As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.

Weird Beard says: A festive stout with subtle roast character that plays well with fruity and slightly tart notes from the cranberry. Sorachi Ace hops, which there are plenty of in this beer, gives hints of vanilla and coconut.

We say: Two beers, two of our favourite breweries. We wanted to go to the dark side for the Sunday before Christmas (nothing sinister, just that the last few advent beers were pales so it was time for some stouty goodness). One beer channels the spirit of the Antipodean Westie (aka the hard rock-loving, car-obsessed bogan of Kiwi lore), the other channels the spirit of West London. Both perfect for Sunday night sipping. - Jen

Each night, we'll reveal the day's hand-picked beer from our Big Beery Advent Calendar. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter or Instagram (#HBBAdvent). Find Weird Beard Black Christmas and the Panhead range (exclusive to HB&B) in store or via our online shop while stocks last.