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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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1,092 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 71
Gots: 153 | 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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ONUMello

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

22oz bottle dated 8/20/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 2+ finger mocha-colored head
S: Roasted coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, though a touch muted
T: Largely matches the nose, a noticeable bitterness from the coffee & cocoa comes through as well. Perhaps a touch one-dimensional but tasty
M: Full bodied/dry/bitter
O: Worth a try and a decent beer. Of the RIS I've had some have been better, this is right in the middle of the pack

03-18-2014 02:56:12 | More by ONUMello
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-18-2014 00:43:41 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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BreweryRun

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-17-2014 03:37:09 | More by BreweryRun
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-15-2014 17:49:06 | More by steamboatbrewer
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-12-2014 22:42:09 | More by muskiesman
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-09-2014 16:38:37 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev -7%

A:The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose; the taste becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has hints of burnt malts. A little acidity and licorice are noticeable towards the finish, which also has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O:it seems that you really need to let this beer warm up as the complexion in the beer become stronger.

03-09-2014 04:32:07 | More by metter98
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mpenske

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-07-2014 04:21:46 | More by mpenske
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jgpineda

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-05-2014 20:12:19 | More by jgpineda
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-04-2014 19:29:46 | More by ToddHolder
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.7%

03-04-2014 18:33:59 | More by Lehighace06
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Scottie_A25

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-04-2014 01:13:58 | More by Scottie_A25
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oldmankoch

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-02-2014 21:05:50 | More by oldmankoch
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-02-2014 20:02:54 | More by Beerbuddy21
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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%

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.

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%

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

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%

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.

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
Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.