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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
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1,223 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 77
Gots: 190 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-09-2006)
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Photo of Bnoise11
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatGreer
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/15...from the bomber. Pours dark black with high tan foam, thick and creamy, loads of lacing. Rich roasted nose, vanilla notes. Hearty thick dark malt taste, heavy bitter. Thick mouthfeel, real filling, like a milkshake. Smooth and bitter. 10.5 packs a wallop.

Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Just quick notes: really complex brew. Thick, chocolate milk flavor, with an enormous amount of oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and smooth, hiding the 10.5% exceptionally well.

An excellent big stout, perfect for the Winter months.

(If I understand this series correctly, there's the oak aged version, and the whiskey/bourbon barrel aged version; I believe I have now had both, and this is the former. There is possibly an un-aged version, as well.)

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewjockey
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle. Very smooth. Surprisingly foamy.

Photo of gelasin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of john0721
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. color: black, head: well formed, light tan, nice lacing.

I look forward to this one every year. This year's did not disappoint.

An excellent version of a non barrel aged imperial stout.

Also looking forward to trying this year's barrel aged version.

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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Absolut
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Good pour, good smell. Roasted cocoa and coffee.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TEKNISHE
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA.

A- Dark brown body. Cola coloured body, half finger mocha head with fair retention time. However, the lacing is something else. It coats the glass with a full layer of tan lacing all the way through the glass. I haven't seen a beer do something like this in a while. So, props to the bartender and his pouring skills.

S- Dark chocolate, cocoa. These are really the main aromas that pop out. It's not particularly roasty, but it becomes sweeter as it warms up. More of a milk chocolate like aroma. Not complicated at all, but delivers on the aspects of American Imperial Stouts that I expect.

F- Rich cocoa, a bit of espresso, milk chocolate, a decent bit of roasted malts. As in the nose, it seems to get sweeter as it gets warmer. Nothing particularly bitter or sweet, it all comes together reasonably well. There seems to be a richness that is most apparent just before it hits room temperature, at which case it seems to start falling off a bit. It's a solid flavour profile for an Imperial Stout, but it lacks the dark fruits of the Russian Imperial Stout or the hoppiness of an American style stout. It seems to rely more on the milk chocolate and roasted malts here, and that is not a bad thing.

M- Medium bodied, not particularly thick or viscous, but certainly enough carbonation to give it a slick, smooth mouthfeel on the palate. The finish is more of a mildly bitter dark chocolate flavour. A bit of booze is apparent, but it doesn't increase as it warms up.

O- Fairly good Imperial Stout that delivers what I expect of Imperial Stouts, but not a whole lot more than that. Decent complexity of the expected flavours, but I think it could use a bit more of an earthiness on the finish.

Final score: 3.94

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.