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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

436 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 147 | 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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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-30-2013 02:52:29 | More by KevinGordon
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-29-2013 20:10:20 | More by Axnjxn
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev -11%

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.

12-29-2013 00:35:12 | More by cvm4
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-28-2013 20:42:35 | More by BMart
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-28-2013 19:01:32 | More by oline73
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

12-28-2013 04:34:08 | More by Knapp85
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-26-2013 15:37:35 | More by Yeti1979
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Eisen

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

12-25-2013 06:26:25 | More by Eisen
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cw13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2013 03:12:50 | More by cw13
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ThrewRedButter

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2013 00:19:06 | More by ThrewRedButter
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-21-2013 07:05:43 | More by ldhughes3
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Piddmeista

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-19-2013 03:25:05 | More by Piddmeista
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2013 07:08:55 | More by twelveinches
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CoolEthan

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-18-2013 04:33:29 | More by CoolEthan
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aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-16-2013 03:46:27 | More by aasher
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pfcorsar

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

12-14-2013 01:22:16 | More by pfcorsar
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2013 05:46:45 | More by jmdrpi
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-11-2013 02:18:35 | More by XmnwildX12
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-09-2013 21:28:11 | More by mikeburd1128
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quetzal013

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-09-2013 07:06:42 | More by quetzal013
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-09-2013 03:16:06 | More by whatname
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Houser

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-09-2013 02:45:30 | More by Houser
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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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KristineT

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-06-2013 05:06:31 | More by KristineT
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jschonert

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-06-2013 00:18:54 | More by jschonert
Santa's Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.