Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Port Brewing
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Ratings: 438 | Reviews: 170 | Display Reviews Only:
3.18/5 rDev -18.7%
22oz bottle, 2010 vintage. Consumed 1-26-13, reviewed from notes.
A: Bottle opens with a soft plip. Obsidian sludge, devoid of any head. Very sticky legs.
N: Heavy bourbon, prune and some soy to start. Lots of vanill and some raisins. Blackberry brandy and coffee overtones. 2 yeras has not decreased the alcohol. Chocolate and fudge, of course. Mint.
T: Blended bourbon and chocolate. Vanilla is the most dominant flavor with some tannins from the oak. Stale coffee grounds and prunes. Brandy, more so than bourbon after a few sips. Raisins and licorice. Honey.
M: Stick, viscous, very, very hot and practically flat.
O: Despite the low rating, I did enjoy this, but there are a lot of fatal flaws in a very competitive field. Age hasn't seemed to help this much, surprisingly. I will say that's it's apt they put Santa Claus on this, because there's a lot of raisin/prune which I'm sure is good for regularity.
01-28-2013 23:37:15 | More by Sarlacc83
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
22oz bottle, 2011 vintage
Served in an oversized snifter - muddy garnet body, bubbly head - low carbonation. Overwhelming aromas of bourbon and vanilla, caramel and chocolate. And then, unfortunately, you take a sip. Absolutely fierce - burnt rubber, charred malt, torched oak, abrasive bourbon, caramel and chocolate. Heavily bitter - gonna be a tough one to choke down
01-27-2013 22:34:03 | More by dirtylou
4.23/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" tan colored head.
Smell: vanilla, oak, and a bit of bourbon are easily picked up by the nose.
Taste: roasted malt, oak, bourbon, vanilla, prunes, mild alcohol, and a moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.
Overall: a very enjoyable but slow sipping beer. Great beer to sip in front of a fire place.
12-31-2012 20:26:59 | More by Gavage
Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.