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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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1,091 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 71
Gots: 152 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews by sfoley333:
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sfoley333

Brazil

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 22oz bottle at Churchills Pub on 1-9-07. Poured into pint glass a midnight black with heavy mocha head with good retention. Smell is roasted malt, currant, dark fruit, a hint of coffee. Taste is heavy roasted malt flavor with chocolate and hint of vanilla, again faint coffe flavor. Mouthfeel was full body but not to dry or cloy instead a nice satin creaminess. I had to drink this beer pretty fast to catch our movie so with that said while not a chugger, it is still very drinkable for an IRS.

01-10-2008 09:05:56 | More by sfoley333
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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RoyalT

Ohio

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
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-16-2014 02:06:31 | More by aszatk01
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SanFranJake

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-24-2013 04:57:03 | More by SanFranJake
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-06-2013 07:22:20 | More by danthehopslamman
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NWer

Washington

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
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-17-2014 23:33:25 | More by DaftPatrick
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-13-2013 03:48:57 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-15-2013 01:36:09 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

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
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-01-2014 14:07:45 | More by Doomcifer
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-01-2013 22:22:37 | More by JakerLou
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-07-2013 04:37:22 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

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
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ElSid

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

The Beers of California

#35

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
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SuperbikeShaun

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-21-2013 05:08:16 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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mctizzz

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-17-2013 21:12:32 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-23-2013 04:58:02 | More by aquazr1
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badbeer

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -19%

2007 Version.

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
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GarrettB714

California

5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-26-2011 22:20:23 | More by GarrettB714
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1Adam12

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 19:02:39 | More by 1Adam12
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magictrokini

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Cask @ Solana. Dark brown pour with a short creamy brown head. Aroma dominated by chocolate and crystal malts. The barley gives it a chicory-like quality, both in the aroma and flavor. Lots of chocolate and hops give it a more complex taste than the normal overly-chocolate stouts. The alcohol is almost undetectable Very, very enjoyable.

12-11-2008 00:21:25 | More by magictrokini
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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
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