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

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GABrew on 12-24-2013

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 6
Photo of Winston3737
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Catracho5
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass

A: Pitch black, no light coming in, tan head, lots of lacing, the head stuck around for quite awhile.

A: Big bourbon, chocolate, getting a lot of alcohol burn on the nose, smells great.

T: Big bourbon up front, some toasted coconut, chocolate, definitely picking up the oak from the barrels, big alcohol on the end that lingers, finishes semi-dry on the palate, lots of flavors, really good.

M: Viscous, dry, not much carbonation, very nice mouthfeel.

O: This is a world class barrel aged stout, very complex, lots of flavor, oak, coconut, chocolate, my only complaint is that it's very hot, for 12% I am surprised how much burn lingers, but with some age I bet this mellows out really well.

Photo of jason3125
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.
appearance: very dark, nearly opaque. Crimson highlights. almost no head other than some tan bubbles on the pour.
smell: Smooth bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla and chocolate treat. Decadent and well...oh so good.
taste: More of the same. This is why I loves the new wave of beers over stuffy wines.
overall: Wonderful. Shared with family on Christmas eve and everyone loved it.

Photo of t8dd
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +5%

Photo of leitmotif
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of danjm21
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Love it. Reminds me a lot of Deliverance Ale.

Photo of dwagner003
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oldmankoch
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tbart75
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of LehighAce06
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Roguer
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of M_chav
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WCW
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Hopped_up_Chuck
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Santa's Little Helper - Oak Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.