Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Port Brewing
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3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured the bottle.
Pours murky black, nice amount of head.
Smells of raisin and bourbon right up front. As it warms I'm getting chocolate, toasted coconut, hint of fig.
Ethanol taste up front, chocolate covered raisin, taste is less dimensional than the smell.
Mouth feel is thick and carbonated. Goes down smooth. Very nice. Just how a stout should be.
Nice Bourbon Barrel Stout. Super pricey.
08-20-2014 00:18:41 | More by LaneMeyer
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
2009 bottle, aged for 4 years and 10 months; temperatures 60s-70s for a year or so, and then 55. Slight hiss when the bottle opened, and indeed there is a bit of carbonation. What??!
Very dark red-brown color. Zero head/froth. Pretty red-gold meniscus.
Smells good. Cohesive pine, brown sugar, and mellow roasty notes.
Tastes delicious. The last time I tried this, a few years ago, it was completely flat and was simply a disappointment, despite some promising flavors. I was prepared to give this bottle a perfunctory tasting and then pour it down the drain. But there is a tiny bit of carbonation, and it makes a big difference. Tasty molasses and piney/herbaceous sorts of flavors, along with smooth, sweet, caramel and vanilla bourbon character, all very cohesive and tasty. Long bourbony finish.
Good silky texture; a little undercarbed, but very far from the expected flat mess.
06-12-2014 11:13:02 | More by Beerzebub
Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.