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Santa's Little Helper - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 77
Gots: 187 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-09-2006)
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Delirium Noel sniffer... cause I could.
Inside the sniffer was a thick bubbling frothy head that lingers forever over a jet black body of beer.
Aroma was rich and roasty with malts and barley. I could also smell char.
Intermingling the malts was bittersweet chocolates and esspresso.
The taste was mostly of rich malts and burnt barley with a good dose of char and ash. Excellent. Thick and chewy, it almost bites back at ya. Smooth and creamy finish.
10%.... where?
Sip this baby next to a warm fire for best results and of course results will vary.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, dark, and rich pretty well says it all. Lovely persistent beige head on this flavorful brew. Not much aroma.

Flavors of bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee. Rather dry, even with all the malt. Deeply dark roasted malt with some burnt flavors. Quite hoppy. Less sweet than a lot of others in this style. Looks very nice with the foam renewing with every sip.

Not a standout, but an easy drinking, powerful brew. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a nice dark tan head

S-smells like dark bitter grains, and bitter sweet chocolate. just a touch of booziness. definitely smells like an RIS as opposed to an AIS.

T-comes in with a strong bitter taste of dark roasted grains. just a small touch of coffee and chocolate. really tastes true to form, as if this is something i could see myself being served back in English village 100 years ago. that's how much it tastes like a classic RIS. this has quite an impressive bitterness to it. it's not hoppy at all, but it has a strong bite that sticks to the mouth like a hot spiciness.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a pretty dry finish. heavy body.

O-this is a good stout. nothing christmas to it (in case you were hoping for a novelty stout). more flavors come out as it warms up. nothing negative to it...just a tad boring really. might be a stout for the IPA fan, despite lacking a flavor of hops.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 9/10/12

A: Classic stout jet black body with a decent of head of light brown foam which leaves a generous curtain of lace on the glass.

S: Moderate alcohol with mocha espresso with some brown sugar and raisin sweetness.

T: Bousy, but on the phenolic, cough syrup side, with mocha espresso, brown cane sugar, and raisins. A base of toasted, dark malt which does its best to hold this brew together. The espresso and chocolate take front stage with little help from the rest of the palate.

M: Good linger in the mouth and lace on the glass with a creamy smoothness which is the highlight of this brew. Ample mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation.

O: The Port Brewery's Christmas Imperial Stout offers an average, uninteresting palate dominated by medicinal alcohol notes with little nuances and subtleties which are needed to make a good a beer.

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4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Somehow I missed this beer the last 4 years; I won't miss it again. This beer is superb. Bigger version of Founders Breakfast Stout. This site never ceases to amaze me, that beer, which I enjoy for breakfast but is a little thin (for me, anything under 10% is a little thin) is rated one of the best beers in the world, yet this is just good ? Ridiculous, this is incredibly good, yes great.

We all know the bottling issues, but they nailed this one. And when they do, Port simply brews the prettiest beers in the world. This is midnight, with one of the best chocolate milkshake mocha caps I've seen. Wow, again.

Aroma of bakers chocolate powder and bitter dark roast coffee nice and rich. Very familiar, smells like a Port beer. Taste is a simple straightforward mix of dark bittersweet chocolate, the expensive box kind. Huge dark bittersweet coffee, more coffee, and by the way, the finish is dry, dark, bitter coffee that lingers all day. Creamy mouthfeel, pretty damn thick.

Really, this is not "good", it is great. One of the best stouts I've had, simple yet suburb, does what it wants to do. More beers should take this as an example, Port killing it, as always.

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.