Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 78
Gots: 198 | FT: 5
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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 KGalindo
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

While not a particularly enthusiastic fan of the style, drinking this has turned into an annual tradition each Xmas Eve. Slightly sweet but not overpowering... alcohol is also manageable. Not bad.

Photo of VRH
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Very tasty with great mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

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

Photo of Hopmarc
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a small creamy and foamy khaki colored head that reduces to leave only a ring around the edge, no lace left behind

S- smoky roasted dark chocolate malt aroma with a hint of smoked wood and cocoa, underlying notes of dark cherry and fig give a sherry-like aroma, a hint of coffee closes it out

T- deep chocolate malt hits the palate up front with notes of melted dark chocolate and cocoa that lasts all the way into the mid-palate. Notes of dark cherry and fig begin to kick in with a kick of espresso, more smoky malt on the finish with lingers of smoked cherry-wood

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy, velvety finish

O- two years of age has mellowed this beer out amazingly, with big dark chocolate and cherry flavors, very good RIS!

Photo of doc17325
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vincev27
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rdoggg
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jellikit
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
A: pitch black. Thick, foamy, brown head (Looks like a root beer float.)
Smell: Fig. Chocolate.
Taste: light roastiness. Chocolate, coffee, raisin.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big body. Dry.
Overall: yum. Balanced well. Great beer.

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.)

Photo of melbow
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.

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.