Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing
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3.1/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
02-16-2012 02:59:03 | More by biglite351
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
2009 bottle poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Half finger fine light brown head dissipates to a ring around the glass and light lacing. Rich aroma of dark and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Great flavor of dark and roasted malts with dark fruit, chocolate and light coffee notes. Nicely integrated and the high ABV is not noticeable. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy. Tasted next to a fresh 2011 bottle. This stout has aged extremely well and I like this two year old bottle much better than the fresh one. I still enjoyed the fresher bottle, but it rated a half point lower; a good candidate for aging. Excellent
02-10-2012 05:11:37 | More by LiquidAmber
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Pitch black body, not a hint of red, topped by a big billowing rocky dark tan head. Thick lacing.
Strong aggressive roasts coffee dominates the nose. Some subtle chocolate notes in he background.
Coffee starts the taste, but it's quickly engulfed by thick chocolate syrup. Dark fruits swim in the background. Big fresh hop bite at the swallow jumps from the darkness. Alcohol well hidden.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, but not in the higher classes of imperial stouts.
Overall, not a true classic among imperial stouts, but a good and enjoyable one.
02-05-2012 06:04:09 | More by RonfromJersey
3.4/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
01-20-2012 00:27:04 | More by Bfarr
Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.