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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,306
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 77
Gots: 214 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: scottoale on 12-09-2006

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Photo of mkh895
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JSuperman
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of toothirsty
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Valentno7
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mxchap
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper (Bottled 8.3.13 enjoyed on 1.27.15)

Appearance: Dark brown to black with a ring of tight, dense bubbles around the edge. Minimal to no head and retention. [3.75]

Aroma: Chocolate, plum, cherries, soy sauce. [3.75]

Flavor: Follows the nose closely. Mild bitterness and fairly sweet. Slight roasted malt flavor. A small amount of tartness as well (and some umami). Definitely get some raisins too. A little bit of alcohol heat on the end. [3.5]

Feel: Rather carbonated for a stout, although it does help cut through some of the sweetness. Fairly thick feel from the sweetness, but it doesn't linger as much as expected. A little disjointed (sweet + high carbonation) but it kinda works. [3.5]

Overall: A passable imperial stout at a good price. Definitely prefer the "fresher" version though. Cellaring this for ~1yr didn't improve it. [3.5]

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

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

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobPete
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fievel
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Molasses, mint, vanilla, what more do I need to say?

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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Distribution to my state just started this year so I didn't expect to actually find a bottle. Paid 8.50 for it at Gateway Grill in Monroeville.

A - Looks awesome in the glass two fingers of rockin Deep mocha head that takes a while to dissipate. Beer is the deepest of blackest nights which I come to love in these extreme malty imperial stouts.
S - Surprisingly sweet slight residual sugars and dark chocolate cocoa nibs meet mild roasts and some underlining citrus hops zest.
T - A pretty well made stout not as sweet more traditional with some cocoa nibs, mild coffee roasts the good kind not Folgers and a good hop balanced that easily hides the ABV.
M - Again the ABV is unbelievable the 10.5% is smooth I wouldn't believe it would be over 9%. Hops and malts in harmony.

Overall well worth the 8-9 dollars a bottle and should have picked up a second. Ow well their is always next year!

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of muchos
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertConway
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GatorCoop
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smbslt
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeC144
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grodd87
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bilco
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.