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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

421 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 44
Gots: 142 | FT: 7
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pitch black with a thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Subtle blended dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, toffee, traces of dark fruit, and light char.

T - The bourbon is quite dominant with everything else falling in after the booziness: oak, some char, dark fruit, and chocolate molasses...with more bourbon.

M - Thick, full bodied, slick, sticky, and significant alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Not sure I'd let another bottle of this sit so long, the flavors faded leaving a more significant bourbon and oak presence. Want to try a '12 or '13 for comparison. I love bourbon but the balance is way out of whack with too much bourbon and oak.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:21:55 | More by jzeilinger
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Big vibrant head of a dark maroon, brownish color. Some of the most active carbonation on a BA stout I have ever seen. Poured with a thick body of blackness and sits in the glass as such.

Smell: Heavy roasted malt and a big boozy bourbon presence hit first. Some earthy grassy hop presence can also be picked up. Big body of vanilla, toffee, medium dark chocolate, caramel, brandy, and oak bring a ton of character to this brew. For me this is what a big BA stout should smell like.

Taste: The front is a chalky malt, smooth vanilla, and medium to heavy bourbon barrel character. Oak and roasted malt continue through toward the body of the brew. Barrel character lightens up a bit toward the back end but is still present. Sweet tones of molasses and caramel toward the front end. The finish is dry with some hop character, roasted malt, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Big heavy beer but does not completely suffocate the palate. Some of the bubbly carbonation comes through but rounds out well. Sweet and bold characteristics play along together well.

Overall: A very good brew. I loved the complex aroma but thought the taste came up just a bit short of amazing. Barrel character comes through very well and even drinking this relatively young it went down very well.

Serving type: bottle

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North Carolina

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2013 Vintage

A - Pours pitch black, doesn't seem like a thick beer, minimal espresso head that's under half a finger.

S - Dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and some boozy notes. Not a robust smell at all.

T - A good amount of bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate. It pretty much follows the nose for me. Not hugely complex.

M - Thin bodied and low carbonation.

O - Really disappointing to me. It just fell below what I was expecting in each category.

Serving type: bottle

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Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with a cafe colored head that maintained itself with some sticky lacing. Smells mostly of chocolate and booze spice. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, bourbon/oak/booze, toasted malt. Alcohol is very present throughout. Drinkability is fairly good. A little watery in the mouth, which doesn't quite balance with the strength of the beverage. A little hop presence, which does not balance as good as it could. Overall, a great beverage despite the fact that most places ask more than it is worth.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 06:26:25 | More by Eisen
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.