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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 79
Gots: 213 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: scottoale on 12-09-2006

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a Grey Sail pint. Got as an extra back in November.

Appearance- Black with 2 finger mocha head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Slight coffee, chocolate malts, light hop presence, mild caramel, booze. Nothing thrilling.

Taste- Booze up front, coffee, malty sweetness, finishes semi-bitter cocoa. Taste doesn't really linger around.

Mouthfeel- Very light and carbonated. Why, I have no idea. Finishes clean with mild heat.

Overall- Not bad by any means, but not great.

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Photo of endovelico
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black brew with decent-sized mocha head that shows little retention but good lacing. No apparent effervescence.

Smell: Medium intensity. Notes of chocolate, coffee, ash, some dried fruits and some faint alcohol aswell.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and ash dominates but dried fruits, dried leaves and grapefruit can also be picked up on.

Palate: Medium full to full bodied. Low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Medium to medium high astringency. Alcohol masterfully well hidden. Finishes smooth. Short lingering bitter chocolate flavor.

Overall: A good Imperial Russian Stout, no doubt! But one that lacks complexity and oompth to make me want to call it world class. Still probably one of the most pleasurable mouthfeels i had the pleasure of experiencing on an Imperial Russian Stout.

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4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: The color of the head is brown, on the darker side, and that is what fills the glass to the brim at first, a lovely compact beautiful head. Then the head starts to settle while the liquid "rises", pitch black. The only, not great thing about the apperance is the dissapointingly decent lacings.

S: Roasted, but not over-roasted malt, semi-sweet. Strong black coffee along side with dark chocolate. Some milk chocolate together with vanilla notes and licorice adds to the complexity. Dark dried fruits, with a mild cherry kernel bitterness. Well balanced.

T: Follows the nose but with even more complexity, since the sweetness is stronger as well as the dark dried fruits. Me like!

M: Body is full, and almost syrupy sticky - nice. The carboation is well fought back! Aftertaste is long and both sweet and bitter. The high ABV is well hidden.

O: This one I really love; complex and full in smell, taste as well as body. Extra plus for the fact that the alchol isn't an issue.

Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.