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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 70
Gots: 150 | 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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QuadrantThree

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-02-2012 16:15:06 | More by QuadrantThree
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dlello2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-01-2012 00:22:17 | More by dlello2
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-30-2012 03:42:40 | More by JAHMUR
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natemort13

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-28-2012 08:11:04 | More by natemort13
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-27-2012 18:28:08 | More by PhineasGage
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mriyanto

California

1/5  rDev -75.1%

01-26-2012 04:29:50 | More by mriyanto
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DMc8ride

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-25-2012 20:18:10 | More by DMc8ride
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VaTechPhilly

New York

5/5  rDev +24.7%

01-24-2012 01:26:35 | More by VaTechPhilly
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-22-2012 20:45:47 | More by FickleBeast
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Bfarr

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black and foamy brown head with okay retention and good lacing. Chocolate and spice aroma. Roasted with notes of chocolate and spice with a fairly long roasted bitter linger. Robust with a moderately strong bite.

Roasted malts start dominating with light warming. I wish the spice came through a little better. It’s a fine hoppy imperial stout that may benefit from some aging. An okay sipping beer to while away Christmas eve. Aside: I’m getting very tired of overhopped Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:27:04 | More by Bfarr
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jsanford

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Tumbler. 2011 Vintage

A - Dark black with a dense, creamy espresso-colored head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing.
S - Mild aromas of dark roasted malt, ash, coffee beans, and a touch of soy sauce.
T - More bitter roasted (burnt) malt, espresso, and ash. Acrid and burnt, and it only gets worse as it warms.
M - Full, creamy mouthfeel with a pretty full body and low carbonation.
O - Way to bitter and acrid for my liking, this was a rare drainpour for me. I'd almost be willing to see in the Barrel-Aged version is better, but that's a risky $16 gamble that I probably won't take.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:18:49 | More by jsanford
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yesyouam

New York

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

Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper is a pitch black ale with a thick, lumpy, waxy light brown head that has eternal retention. The aroma is very roasty and perhaps ashy. There is a note of licorice and something fruity-- maybe cherry. More smells come out as it sits, like mint and vanilla. It's quite full bodied, very soft and smooth. The finish is clean and delicate. Wow, this is a really smooth flavor. There's no sweetness in play here. It's roasty but without any coffee flavor. There's a touch of licorice and caramel. The aftertaste is kind of like toffee... but without the sweetness. The flavors are really melded to make a single, simple taste. It's moderately bitter and the bitterness hangs around for a while after the swallow. This is along the lines of a Pennsylvania style imperial stout. It's very full flavored, but it can be just guzzled at room temperature. Thanks to Josh and Lisa (and ask4jenny) for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 17:04:09 | More by yesyouam
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-17-2012 16:09:37 | More by strongaf
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-17-2012 13:36:52 | More by sideshowe
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-17-2012 02:15:42 | More by gafferjohn
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-17-2012 01:02:41 | More by Sparger
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BucannonXC5

California

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Original rating only on Jan. 16, 2012: 4.0 | 4.0 | 5.0 | 4.5 | 4.5
Updated rating only on Dec. 12, 2012: 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.5 | 4.0

Poured from a draft into a snifter at Toronado in San Diego, Calif. Color was black. Minimal head. Grayish tan lacing on the top. Uneven film on the sides.

Smelled like caramel malts. Also toffee and chocolate.

Tasted dark chocolate with some coffee in there. Very, very smooth. Fantastic.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Really liked this beer. Smooth rules the day here.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 08:16:51 | More by BucannonXC5
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-16-2012 00:58:41 | More by RedHaze
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-15-2012 06:26:12 | More by johnhenryconway
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into large red wine glass.
Vintage 2011

A: Rich dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of smokiness, coffee liquer, vanilla, and some oak.

A: Dark brown, not quite black, body. After pour, a thin layer of off-white foam remains. Pours a bit thinner than anticipated from the bottle.

F: Nice, sweet chocolate syrup, then some peppery booze, toasted oak, vanilla, some strong bitterness from hops as well as alcohol, and a bit of coconut on the finish.

M: Medium-full, somewhat chewy body. Low carbonation.

O: Definitely a complex mix of flavors with each sip. Sweetness, pepper, bitterness, coconut/vanilla. The alcohol is a bit more foreward that I'd consider to be ideal, but overall a very enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:04:45 | More by mdvatab
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nucmedmario

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.2%

01-12-2012 23:47:30 | More by nucmedmario
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BraatenBrew

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-12-2012 04:49:15 | More by BraatenBrew
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer poured a pitch black color with a bubbly tan head that fizzled out quickly. No light was coming through this beer.

S: Rich roasted, burnt barley, cocoa, cream, some light molasses and a strong alcohol vapor.

T: There was a malt explosion and rich coffee, cocoa, char and deep nuttiness. Some bitterness from hops and ample burnt barley. Alcohol presence comes through with too much of a bang.

M: Deep rich, full body with crisp carbonation, and
Alcohol burn.

D: Although this beer had some good aspects, overall it needs to either sit and age or just have less alcohol to mellow it out and make it easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 20:25:40 | More by scottbrew4u
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kiki3drt292

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-10-2012 19:09:38 | More by kiki3drt292
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-09-2012 00:08:16 | More by acurtis
Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.