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

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88
very good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 45
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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12-16-2013 03:46:27 | More by aasher
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pfcorsar

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage poured in snifter.
Pours almost black, with light edges when held up to the light. Light bubbly tan head.

Gives off an aroma of chocolate, bourbon and a fair amount of booziness.

Intense bourbon flavor at the front, faint hits of chocolate with some sweetness, and finishes with some boozy heat.

Wonderful mouthfeel, slick and oily. Way better than it looked in the pour.

Pretty good stout. I’m curious as to what it wold have tasted like without being aged in the bourbon barrels, as it seems as though the bourbon overpowers a lot of the other flavors. Still quite delicious though.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:22:16 | More by pfcorsar
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

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Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.