Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing
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Reviews by Rastacouere:
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Black as midnight. Huge foamy head, big lacing lasts as long as you want it to. Weird nose of brown sugar, grapey, juicy fruits create a really vinous atmosphere, lots of yeast in there, I like that. Zesty orange, coffee Belgium reminiscent stout, perhaps inspired by Hercules Poirot as well? Nutty, more brown sugar.. I assume they havent used any spices, but the yeast procures interesting spicy nuances, from cinnamon to licorice, from flour to anise Interesting to say the least, the finish passes swiftly from the very vinous side to the smokier one. Highly yeasty all the way, it procures obvious warmth. Slight acidity all the way is just another aspect I cant quite decide if I like or not. Full airy body, perhaps its strongest point, excellent carbonation, light charred smoky malts. Well well well.. this is one beer Ill definitely enjoy sampling again to settle my opinion Ive yet to have a Pizza port beer that doesnt ask for reflexion after having been drunk.. of course Ive mostly had their special bottled stuff, but still..
09-13-2005 15:31:44 | More by Rastacouere
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4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured jet black with only faint ruby hue when held up to the light,a large mocha colored head atop.Dark fruit stands out most in the nose along with bitter chocolate and dark roast,the fruitiness is the main component going on here.A little more sharp than I like in the feel but it's not overly annoying.Dark fruit and black licorice flavors at the start with some earthy tones and unsweetened chocolate as well,a nice complex palate.A good close to great RIS,tweek the mothfeel and it is great,I enjoyed it.
12-24-2011 22:06:57 | More by oberon
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
Appearance - This is a very dark brown in color with a small but retentive brownish-white head.
Smell - The malts here are roasty with a boozy bite. They are very rich and complimented with some fine coffee bean and mild raw sugar. This is a high-quality nose that portends good things to come.
Taste - The roasted malts are spot on here. They are powerful and rich with just enough raw sugars to smooth out the flavor. The hearty coffee aroma is a bit more like a dark espresso bean, and I can even pick up some dark baker's chocolate to boot. This is a real powerhouse.
Mouthfeel - This is a tad bigger than medium-bodied but not full. There's some fine carbonation; not a lot but just enough to keep the mouthfeel lively. The dark ingredients provide some decent bitterness. This RIS is smooth smooth smooth and a blessing to hold in between the cheeks.
Drinkability - I caught a bit of alcohol at the nose but that disappeared once this RIS hit the tongue. This is an exceptional brew and a represents a major accomplishment from Port Brewing.
02-29-2008 02:56:36 | More by RoyalT
4.13/5 rDev +3%
Bottle# 427. 750ml bottle brewed in Solana Beach, therefore entered my review here since the master Pizza Port listing will be going away. Cracked this one on my b-day. Pours as dark as night black with a wonderful two inch tan head on top. No light shall escape. Aromas of dark roasty malt with a big chocolate and caramel toffee aroma. Light anise and some burnt coffee in there as well. Slightly nutty with a mild hop background. Quite nice.
First sip brings a lightly roasted dark malt with cocoa, caramel and toffee. Some anise and a bit of spiciness in there as well. A touch nutty as it flows down with a nice bitterness. A faint coffee flavor on the back end. Overall, a tasty, smooth imperial stout. A bit of yeast on the finish and a mild hoppiness. Tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the lighter side for an imperial stout, but still nice and that makes it more drinkable. Good carbonation. A tasty, relatively easy drinking brew for almost 10%. I will have to get another bottle again sometime!
11-04-2007 23:32:33 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Santa's Little Helper.
The name is disarming but the label tips you off that this is no winter warmer.
Russian Imperial Stout. 10% ABV.
The aroma hits you the moment you pop the cap and it just gets better as you pour it and take the first sip.
Overtones of coffee, chocolate malt. Kept me company while working in the yard. Made yard work a very mellow experience.
I highly recommend this beer and will definitely pick up a few more for the cellar before it disappears from the shelves.
note: dated 2010
01-15-2011 23:06:08 | More by NWer
3.13/5 rDev -21.9%
22 oz bottle, 2008 version. Pours a dark brown with an extremely thin brown head that quickly goes to a very thin collar.
The aroma is very subdued - sweet chocolate, grainy malts.
The flavor is lactic chocolate, slightly tart dark fruits, and molasses with a roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with almost no carbonation.
Overall, I'm not too impressed. This is a pretty weak impy stout - it's light in color, subdued in the nose, and watery in the body. The flavors aren't bad though.
12-10-2008 06:08:08 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +8%
New graphics and a brown bottle, no feshness/bottling info. Pours
quite inky near black, dark tan head, that leaves a classy tiny bubble film and fine stringy lacing. Chocolate, burnt grains and smoke in the sniff.
Full throttle stout. Rich, flavorful, smoke, dark chocolate, more burnt grains, a hint of mint and crunching/drying hops in the long and flavorful finish. Thick, viscous mouthfel. More high octane/high quality brew from the fine folks at PP. Night capper/sipper/aging prospect. Go get some and enjoy
03-09-2008 18:34:56 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
The Beers of California
Bottled Date: 9/10/12
A: Classic stout jet black body with a decent of head of light brown foam which leaves a generous curtain of lace on the glass.
S: Moderate alcohol with mocha espresso with some brown sugar and raisin sweetness.
T: Bousy, but on the phenolic, cough syrup side, with mocha espresso, brown cane sugar, and raisins. A base of toasted, dark malt which does its best to hold this brew together. The espresso and chocolate take front stage with little help from the rest of the palate.
M: Good linger in the mouth and lace on the glass with a creamy smoothness which is the highlight of this brew. Ample mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation.
O: The Port Brewery's Christmas Imperial Stout offers an average, uninteresting palate dominated by medicinal alcohol notes with little nuances and subtleties which are needed to make a good a beer.
12-17-2012 05:12:16 | More by ElSid
3.28/5 rDev -18.2%
Appearance: minimal head, black in color, opaque
Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and cream
Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, and cream
Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, light carbonation, sweet start, bitter middle, sweeter end.
Drinkability: A slightly above average RIS, that I would not turn down nor seek out. Chocolate takes the lead here, but most flavors are standard for the style. An OK beer.
04-19-2010 19:04:53 | More by tigg924
3.25/5 rDev -19%
Black, but dark brown around the edges. Somewhat fizzy tan head develops but recedes almost as quickly. Smell is quite roasty. I also get sweet molasses, coffee, a hint of piney hops, and a little sweetness. Roastiness paired with smoke is what I get on the tongue first. From there there is just a touch of molasses; I get quite a few different charred flavors. Highly carbonated and less than medium bodied.
07-18-2008 00:13:08 | More by badbeer
Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.