Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing
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3.65/5 rDev -9%
650 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Bottled 9/12/2012. Reviewed from notes.
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.
Overall - It pushes the line of too one-dimensional on the roasted malt flavor, but it still works.
06-15-2014 17:47:10 | More by Alieniloquium
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Taste-off: Santa's Little Helper (S) vs. Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged (SBBA)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
05-31-2014 16:32:10 | More by tmzl
Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.