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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 70
Gots: 152 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-09-2006)
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Furlinator

California

3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 08/13/13.

Pours opaque black with a huge 2 inch tan head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves heavy lace. Near perfection.

Smell starts off strangely bitter, almost metallic with faint coffee and a hint of vanilla.

Taste is of roasted malt, coffee and faint chocolate with a hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and thick with medium carbonation

This Imperial Stout looks and feels beautiful but, there is something in the aroma and taste that is slightly bitter, somewhat metallic and is out of place and unsettling.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 00:32:20 | More by Furlinator
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Appearance - Black with a nice mocha head and a thick layer of foam that remains.

Smell - Roasty chocolate malt. Very roasty. Simple, but good.

Taste - Lots of roasted malt. Bitter chocolate and coffee. Intensely roasty and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - A little boozy and the finish is a little harsh from the intensity of the roast.

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Taste-off: Santa's Little Helper (S) vs. Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged (SBBA)

Look:
S: Pours with a huge, thick, creamy, billowy mocha head, has a good slow, equal retention (breakdown of medium sized bubbles). A very thick, medium-sized, creamy layer stays on top. Dark brown, heavy pour, fair amount of lacing.
SBBA: The head is a lot smaller, higher degree of medium/big bubbles, mocha head a bit lighter. Has a faster retention, mostly diminishing. Looks a bit more transparent and watery.

Smell:
S: Cherry, dark fruit on opening, dominating roast, coffee and milk chocolate, stuffy, mostly dark malt driven. Light sourness, bit salty, soy sauce and some cookie dough.
SBBA: More dark fruit esters on opening, then goes to rum-kokos Casali chocolates with a lot of oak, vanilla. Roast, milk chocolate more on the side here. Alcohol with booze feeling, oak the most dominant aroma here.

Taste:
S: Light acidity and molasses, burned sugar start with fruity forest esters. A bit rum-like transition into milky, dark malt medium sweetness that ends with medium dark coffee bitterness, it's well developed. Small boozy spike towards the end.
SBBA: Bourbon oak dominates this one. Medium molasses, burned sugar sweet start with acidity turned down, the middle, which is overrun with oak dominance, a bit of milky backbone felt, but a lot more subtle. Ends with strong bourbon oak spike that dominates the after with turned down roast, coffee bitterness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
S: Full, light heavy body, soft carbonation lingers on the tongue, quite pleasant.
SBBA: A bit lighter on the body (higher alcohol), light warmth, no carbonation to detect.

Overall:
The non-barrel aged version is a lot smoother and very drinkable. Solid, not too demanding take on imperial stouts. The bourbon one is a lot sluttier, the oak is (too) heavy and goes down a lot slower. The age in barrels didn't make it better IMO.

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.