Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 4: Brewdog Hinterland, 9% (Scotland)

Each night at 8pm, we'll post a blog about the day's hand-picked beer in our Big Beery Advent Calendar - why we love the brewery, why we've chosen the beer, why we think you'll love it too. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter.

Brewdog says: "A 9% abv oatmeal milk stout brewed with vanilla pods and cocoa, it is a eulogy to the depths of the imagination – and what dwells therein. On the aroma, deep reverberating roasty bitterness and sweet dark chocolate. Also in evidence, woodsmoke, rich vanilla, mocha and marzipan. When tasting, Hinterland reveals itself as the beer moves from cellar temperature to something warmer, yielding all of the above plus dried fruit, rich ganache and ending on a resoundingly warming finish redolent of chocolate liqueur or plum brandy."

We say: People are quick to diss Brewdog, with its ill-advised PR stunts and seeming ubiquity. But we’ll have no truck with Tall Poppy Syndrome here. At the end of the day, Brewdog continues to make some of the tastiest beers in the country and this limited edition stout is one of our favourites of 2015. A treat to look at, with its intricate label designed by artist Johanna Basford, this feels like a treat when you drink it too. And we all need to treat ourselves sometimes. (Ed: often.)