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Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

438 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 151 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-25-2009)
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GarrettB714

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-26-2011 22:20:11 | More by GarrettB714
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-14-2011 23:26:36 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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SageO

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-06-2011 05:40:02 | More by SageO
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Vancoubeer

Washington

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-17-2012 04:50:26 | More by Vancoubeer
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-07-2011 00:18:34 | More by imyourhero21
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-16-2011 04:43:44 | More by HopStoopid120
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kenm2118

Illinois

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-15-2011 06:09:54 | More by kenm2118
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-25-2014 21:33:29 | More by Lehighace06
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heyta

Georgia

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-28-2011 21:35:53 | More by heyta
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AApparel

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-11-2011 06:21:15 | More by AApparel
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ineva

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-17-2011 23:16:29 | More by ineva
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Mscarpen

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-17-2011 02:23:30 | More by Mscarpen
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pamulli

Georgia

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-16-2011 15:01:53 | More by pamulli
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FARGO619

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%

BOTTLE 22oz into tulip. 55 degrees. Glass room temp.

A - Pours a deep black with some murkiness...so thick with a nice mocha head.

S - Strong vanilla and caramel aromas followed by some dark roasty smells. Bourbon is very noticeable, but not in an overpowering way...smells very good.

T - Smooth and creamy tasting with some spice and vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and molasses flavors. Lightly roasty and a well balanced bourbon flavor mixed with slightly hot alcohol.

M - Full bodied with a lowish carbonation level.

D - Excellent barrel aged beer...smooth and creamy, lots of barrel character, mild bourbon heat...enjoyed this very much.

06-24-2011 15:48:40 | More by FARGO619
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%

I have had this about 5 times over the years. Once it was flat, other times thin. This year very nice.

Pours a jet black with a finger of foam that dissipates to a thin layer with aggressive lacing. tan head with nice bubbles.

Smell is immediately bourbon and chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, raisin, plum, chewy leather, and wood.

Taste is the same as the smell with a big smack of bourbon soaked dark fruit and oak, some nuttiness, roasty malt, slight lingering bitterness from oak and dark malt, along with this very nice cookie dough flavor i have come to love from certain barrel aged imperial stouts. Very impressive by me as not a lot of these meet my standards and this is my favorite beer style.

Mouthfeel is a little light this year but still viscous enough to pack a wallop of a taste. Lingers on the palate for about 30 seconds. Good carb this year (its had issues with that) and i feel its hard to get it any better.

Over all i feel this beer is extremely underrated and it is quite a warmer to sip by a fire or share with friends. Highly recommended to anyone able to find it. Cheers!

12-07-2013 04:03:15 | More by BastardKing24
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rye726

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +24%

Pours near black with shades of deep brown around the edges. Not much head.

Nose has bourbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa, dark malts, coffee, molasses, subtle hops and ripe pitted fruits.

Taste also has a big whiskey, vanilla and wood presence from the barrels that is well balanced by chocolate malts, espresso, cherries, plums and bitter molasses.

Thick, creamy body is a bit under carbonated but still drinks well.

Another world class barrel aged ale from Port/Lost Abbey. Talented brewers with great barrels.

11-23-2009 03:58:56 | More by rye726
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +24%

Comes out of the bottle a rich, warm sable just a whisker above jet with a fairly thick light tan head that leaves substantial lacing. Smoky aroma has an overtone of bourbon and notes of chocolate and molasses plus a hint of toffee. Splendiferous flavor fills the mouth with a symphony of tastes: bourbon, chocolate, molasses, burnt oak, toffee, caramel, coffee. Each sip seems a little different. Over all is a firm but not fierce alcohol bite. Full-bodied texture is smooth as fine silk and has a subtle but lasting fizz. This nice beer is well worth the "naughty" price!

08-07-2012 21:51:20 | More by Cyberkedi
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djaeon

California

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to black with little head. Some retention consisting of larger bubbles.

S: Perfect mix of espresso & bourbon.

T: Same as the smell, with super dark chocolate thrown into the mix. Picks up some charred wood flavors in the finish as it warms up.

M: Little carbonation, bitter aftertaste, slight booze burn, in the best possible way.

O: Tastes like an imperial stout poured over a shot of bourbon. Love it!

10-23-2011 22:10:34 | More by djaeon
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ianroodt

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

08-21-2013 15:33:00 | More by ianroodt
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Grant35

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

07-18-2012 05:15:09 | More by Grant35
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Zbeetleman

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

07-09-2013 05:51:55 | More by Zbeetleman
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David121

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

A great flavorful beer that is not for the inexperienced beer drinker. The last few drops taste like strait up bourbon. Great beer I will drink this beer where ever I find it.

08-27-2014 02:59:26 | More by David121
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ccozzi

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

06-26-2013 03:19:17 | More by ccozzi
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

08-25-2013 22:22:11 | More by drummermattie02
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

04-13-2012 02:33:33 | More by vbiliyar
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Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.