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

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Santa's Little Helper - Oak Barrel AgedSanta's Little Helper - Oak Barrel Aged

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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
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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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 olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +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 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 GABrew
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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 SirElton
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a black color with a big 2" tan colored head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: loads of roasted malt, woodiness, earthy hop bitterness, and some alcohol comes through to the nose.

Taste: big roasted malts, prunes, raisins, oak, and an earthy bitterness are most notable. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, more velvety at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a great slow sipping beer that goes well as an after dinner drink or sitting in front of a fireplace during a snowstorm.

Photo of john0721
5/5  rDev +12.9%

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

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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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