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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 72
Gots: 156 | 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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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A: opaque, had to coax a head by pouring the beer very vigorously (splashing), light brown head dissipated to thin veil
S: deep roasted malt, leather, milder nose, some heat
T: very nice, mellowing with age, more malt than hops, dense burnt/roasted malt up front, generous but balanced hops
M: a bit cloying but it is a 10 ABV IRS, another 3-4 years and it will probably be perfect, some creaminess

wisrarebeer, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served with a black body and a small brown head. The head faded relatively fast giving a moderate to light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell has a dark-bitter chocolate scent with some burnt coffee aromas of a ever so light sweet dark fruit aroma.

Taste – A bitter roasty malt flavor of dark chocolate and a light amount of dark fruits are the tastes initially meet by the tongue. As the taste advances there is a roasted coffee present that becomes more prevalent as the taste goes on. The bitter-roasted flavors continue to the end where a lighter smoke flavor comes into plays and leaves a somewhat pleasant and warming taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A nice creamy body with a medium carbonation level. It complements the strength and the style of the beer quite well.

Overall – This brew has some very nice taste and mouthfeel qualities, although I do find it a little one dimensional in taste as it only gives way to more burnt-bitter flavors. It is worth a try especially if you are looking for a roasty imperial.

Darkmagus82, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer arrives a deep rich black color, dark brown edges, with a chocolate brown head. 1 finger with some retention and lacing. The nose is a rich mix of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, and a hint of coffee. The flavor starts with a dominating roasted malt character. Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and molasses emerge to create a nice blend. Mild bitterness. Alcohol heat more prevalent as the beer warms. Finishes smooth and creamy. Full bodied with some carbonation. Overall, very nice. Rich and flavorful. Would recommend.

hopfacebrew, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of darcange
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

darcange, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -0.2%

theminutemen, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
4.25/5  rDev +6%

TrojanWheels, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Talz420
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Talz420, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium Globe

A - Dark black with a nice dark tan head. Leaves some beautiful lacing. Not much more to say here, excellence.

S - Dark, almost burnt malts, light dark fruits, and a touch of cocoa and coffee

T - This is dominated by roasted flavors, yet tied together by sweet chocolates and cocoa. Up front I am getting notes of coffee and some pinches of dark fruits. Nice complex "warmer."

M - Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a slight amount of heat on the end from the alcohol. That said, the booze is well masked. Carbonation is minimal and optimal for this style. Well done.

O - This is a fine imperial stout that should be sought after for the winter season. While I am enjoying it after a few months aging in the spring, I will undoubtedly purchase a few more bottles for the coming winter season!

mscudder, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of duels
4.25/5  rDev +6%

duels, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of jpajpajeff
4/5  rDev -0.2%

jpajpajeff, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with some brown hints and a big finger of thick and frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of deep roasted chocolate malts with a touch of burnt character. There is a bit of dark fruit and coffee as well.

T - Starts out with some dark fruit flavor with a touch of raisin and lots of roasted chocolate malts. Through the middle, more deep and lightly burnt chocolate malts come through with some coffee flavor. The finish is a mix of dark fruit sweetness, some chocolate, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with light carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big imperial stout. The malt profile is strong and complex, but feels balanced with the body and alcohol level.

ngeunit1, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

tedho21, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of 57md
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with two big fingers of tan head that lingers for a long time and leaves healthy lacing on the glass. The nose combines roasted malt with alcohol astringency. Roasted malt upfront with classic stout bitterness on the finish.

Perhaps my only criticism is the lingering alcohol astringency that becomes unpleasant as one moves down the glass.

That said, I am going back to the place where I purchased this bottle to see if there are any remaining. I think that this offering would be a great candidate for cellaring. If I can find another, I will store it for Christmas 2012 and see how it tastes with some aging on it.

57md, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of MrHolland10
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

MrHolland10, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of DevilsCups
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip

A - Very pretty dark pour, almost black, with a nice khaki pillowy head. Great lacing throughout the drink.

S - Roasted malts, tiny bit of metallic scents, small traces of coffee-style notes.

T - Follows the nose completely. Roasted malts followed by the coffee aftertaste. The metallic notes come in on the aftertaste, but they aren't really unpleasant. The taste works well. Nothing outstanding, but solid. No alcohol burn for a 10% brew.

M - Too thin for the style. Could use more thickness and then it's a winner. This is the only spot where it lacked a bit. It's carbonated well, almost too well, with a similar mouthfeel to a regular brown ale.

O - Pretty enjoyable and I'm glad I picked one up, but I wouldn't pass on Rasputin for it. Old Viscosity is a superior brew to this seasonal, but it's certainly worth a try if you're into Impy stouts.

DevilsCups, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Kirby
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Kirby, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DCon, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Beezee, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

zekeman17, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

SgunnarW, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of poopsmitherson
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of biglite351
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 bottle drank 2/14/12

A - dark as night with a creamy dark tan head

S - Dark dried fruit; prune juice, crushed raisins, malt, yeast and bitter cocoa.

T - Burnt dried fruit, baking chocolate, malts. Possibly just a bit past it's prime.

M - Thick coating with a tingle on both sides of tongue.

O - Probably would have been better 6 months ago. Not a favorite at this stage.

biglite351, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.