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Santa's Little Helper - Oak Barrel Aged - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
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37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GABrew on 12-24-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

olradetbalder, Friday at 03:04 PM
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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%

tbart75, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Lehighace06, Nov 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

NYR_Rob, Nov 09, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark almost perfectly black brew, topped by a moderate, 1 1/2 finger dark brown head. Retention is OK, leaving behind wide individual lines of lacing.

Brew has a relatively subdued nose. A bit of sour, dark fruit up front, sandwiched with oak and a hint of bourbon; roasted barley and dark cacao; a hint of vanilla. Everything smells quite good, just not particularly strong.

Tons of chocolate up front, roasted barley, banana, and then the bourbon hits. Strong and sweet, roughed around at the edges by oak, smoothed out by vanilla. The bourbon notes are very strong, but quite smooth; it's a very boozy beer.

Long finish, a little hot, quite wet, very boozy. Very thick mouthfeel - actually among the thickest for a BBA stout I've had.

This is a really, really good BBA stout. I'm very impressed with the thick mouthfeel, and the huge notes of chocolate. It's definitely a bourbon-lover's brew.

Roguer, Nov 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

M_chav, Oct 21, 2014
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muskiesman, Aug 18, 2014
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WCW, Aug 16, 2014
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IGOTASIXPACK, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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MrNate, Jul 02, 2014
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BryanCDM, Jun 29, 2014
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Domvan, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

hipboy221, May 10, 2014
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SirElton, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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Beersnake1, Mar 10, 2014
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Blaze5445, Mar 02, 2014
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MastaShonuf, Feb 20, 2014
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2GOOFY, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

johnpz168, Feb 09, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So the bottle says Ale Aged in Oak Barrels and is 12%...but bottled in 2012. Weird that it was added in 2013.
Well here it goes...its 2014 so it has some age on it.
Nice deep black oily pour with great head retention. Nice fig and chocolate aromas with a hint of wood. Lots of booze in the nose.
Sweet sweet chocolate flavor with some dried fruit and hints of vanilla and wood aromas.
Super smooth and a pleasure to drink.
Overall, a nice brew with a lot of flavor but its subtle and unassuming.
Usually brews with a seasonal front like this may lack in flavor, but this is awesome.
well worth a try and while I haven't had it fresh, it was awesome with a year and half or so age on it.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

BullBearHawk, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

AlexChillton, Jan 27, 2014
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Santa's Little Helper - Oak Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.