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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 79
Gots: 213 | 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 ZenBiscuits
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evil
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Rocky 2-finger head that's the color of cocoa powder. Excellent retention, but finally gives way to a fine, ever-present layer of surface suds. Lace is thick and generously dispersed around the glass, displaying excellent stick.

Smell - More sweet than roasty, with prominent notes of chocolate, light smokiness and molasses.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet malt and chocolatey flavors upfront. Hints of herbal character and a faint trace of mint leaf. Lesser notes of smoke and a light roastiness creep in mid-taste and slide into the finish, giving the brew a nice, even balance.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with low carbonation. Velvety texture; stupid smooth for a 10.5% stout.

Overall - A fine brew, though personally I prefer a bit more roast and depth in my impy stouts. That said, this thing is as smooth as Sammy Jackson and should not be overlooked as one of the many other gimmicky holiday brews with catchy names and labels; this one's the real deal!

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kendollkaff
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rihup
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndyCowles75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jessealmlie
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MSCUSN
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hayesjw
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgido759
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johlac66
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ericat78
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good. Wish I had another

Photo of BrewClint
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Russf3181
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mrchato
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SplitsAtoms
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of far333
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and opaque with a two-finger head of rocky foam that lingers long. Aroma of dark malt, caramel, cocoa and coffee. Deep, rich flavors of darkly kilned malt, not to roasty or bitter, but very flavorful, with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, root beer, and charred bark. Subtle hop flavors and bitterness balance it well. Full mouthfeel, a bit tingly. Nice beer.

Photo of stanale
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilerup
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.