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