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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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1,078 Ratings
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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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alwaysplayin

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-01-2014 03:34:56 | More by alwaysplayin
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rbeechan

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-27-2014 14:31:25 | More by rbeechan
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Paccamacca

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-24-2014 22:01:43 | More by Paccamacca
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-20-2014 03:47:20 | More by DustinSWB
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blindtiger24

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Not quite obsidian with a slight brown hue. Mocha head with stripping on the side of the pint glass. Active carbonation flowing from the bottom of the glass and collecting in the head.

S: Coffee, vanilla, boozy bourbon, coca nibs, rum soaked rasins, fruit cake, roasted malts.

T: Semi-sweet and bitter chocolate, cereal grains, toasted malts, vanilla and slight caramel flavors. A bit of hoppy bitterness as well at the end. There's a noticeable and almost overwhelming saltiness as well.

M: Creamy and a little syrupy. A little drying on the finish and boozy on the back of the throat.

O: A pleasant but flawed imperial stout that has complex aromas and taste. The saltiness was too much in my opinion and took away from my overall enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:03:15 | More by blindtiger24
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jmbot4371

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-14-2014 21:21:55 | More by jmbot4371
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

split a bottle of this with my bro - poured into British pints

A: jet black liquid, exceptionally voluminous foam (wondering if the bottle was infected), some messy swirls of foam that linger, very little lace

S: kind of a mess of aromas, all somewhat muted, seemingly cancelling each other out.... soft scent of roasted barley atop sweetish, cookie-esque malts, Munich in there perhaps.... the roasted and dark malts are mellow while a subtle, somewhat vinous, somewhat medicinal booze creeps up from the back

T: super-dense malts, only marginal roast character.... bit of that odd vinous alcohol squashed in below... not much of a funky or infected quality, as I feared.... overall, the taste is fine, just kind of pedestrian and boring, dull even... bit of a mineral tinge in the finish.... my bro didn't even want to finish his....

M: sense of great fullness though it lacked viscosity, finishing heavy and fairly dry

O: I'd previously tried the bourbon-barrel aged version of this twice - which I thought wasn't too shabby - but having tried this, I can see that the base beer itself seems to lack refinement and/or distinction

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:47:21 | More by Bouleboubier
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cornejo

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-08-2014 20:25:53 | More by cornejo
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-07-2014 17:30:59 | More by Benesi88
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- Dark khaki-colored head forms three to four fingers thick... Huge carbonation bottles amid the head... Very frothy and chewy... Dark, espresso-like liquid... Very nice to look at.

S- Dark roasted malt, sweet malts and cream, hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- Much more happening on the flavor as opposed to the nose. Baker's chocolate is prominent and lingers on the finish and this is something I can rarely resist. Some booze can be tasted on the tongue as well. The middle is sweet and creamy, very reminiscent of a milk stout, but boozier. As a matter of fact, I do even get oak and bourbon notes. Also, as the beer warms, vanilla and toffee notes emerge as well.

M- The beer is slightly astringent due to prominent booze, so this is a bit of negative. However, the sweetness and creamy, thick mouthfeel are a plus. The beer gets much creamier as it warms as well.

Overall a good beer, but one enjoyed much more as it warms. The booziness resides and the beer becomes more expressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:39:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.2%

02-04-2014 04:05:27 | More by Hophead717
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-02-2014 19:13:49 | More by waddellc2
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IPAdams

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours pitch black with a thick and creamy tan head that lingers through the entire time.

Smell-Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and herbal hops. Not a very strong smell.

Taste- Starts off with a taste of root beer and chocolate. As It warms I get some bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and herbal/pepper hops. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and creamy with good carbonation for the style.

Overall- Very good beer. The flavors really come out as the beer warms, very drinkable despite the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:39:08 | More by IPAdams
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travolta

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive head on this imperial stout. Tons of rocky volume. Leopard spotted lacing. Great head retention. Beautiful head.

Nose: Chalky, malty, chocolate, with some slight bourbon vanilla at the end. Some tiny oak charcoal at the end as well.

Taste: Great mouthfeel. It is bitter, but balanced in malty sweetness. Unsweetened cocoa, some alcohol heat in the middle which carries through. It has some alcohol hotness and ether. A tiny bot of raisin in the middle and end.

Notes: What an imperial stout should be; a slap in the face.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 07:56:18 | More by travolta
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-31-2014 05:21:32 | More by ricecracker420
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CraftFan5

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-30-2014 21:01:01 | More by CraftFan5
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-27-2014 19:52:45 | More by dfhhead25
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Auslander

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-27-2014 16:14:33 | More by Auslander
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Altrurian

New York

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delivered in all its burnt umber opacity in a conical pint glass from the tap at Monk's Cafe. A thin, tight, dark tan head caps it, leaving a fetching, persistent coating on the glass as it recedes in succeeding circles with each sip. The taste is surprisingly free of cloying sweetness: full-bodied, but almost sprightly compared with what I was expecting. Further analysis reveals a backbone of bitter baking chocolate, moderated by dark bread notes. A mature, subtly bitter aftertaste rounds it out. Pillowy mouthfeel. A delight.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 19:35:49 | More by Altrurian
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-25-2014 05:20:10 | More by Rhettroactive
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-23-2014 20:59:18 | More by vinny21bal
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epyon396

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-23-2014 07:09:05 | More by epyon396
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wolf_switzer

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-23-2014 06:44:49 | More by wolf_switzer
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-22-2014 16:25:09 | More by JohnK17
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WiggyKGB

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

01-22-2014 04:00:27 | More by WiggyKGB
Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.