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Santa's Little Helper 2012 | Mikkeller ApS

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Santa's Little Helper 2012Santa's Little Helper 2012

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by biboergosum on 11-11-2012

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served slightly chilled into a tulip.

Pours an extremely dark mahogany brown bordering on black, thought I was pouring an Imperial stout at first. Half inch of foamy light brown head that recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of dried fruits, molasses and bittersweet chocolate.

A very complex mix of flavors. Dried cherries and raisins, dark chocolate, molasses, cloves and cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a sweet finish and mild carbonation. Lingering aftertaste with a hint of booze.

Impressive beer. This one is an assault on the senses, a lot of strong flavors blended together surprisingly well. Not a huge fan of winter warmers, but this one is very nice.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to joemcgrath27 for this gem... The last of his most recent parcel to get consumed and well worth the wait.

A - Pours pitch black, thumb of dark mocha head with solid retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, plums, cocoa, molasses, hints of burnt sugar and tobacco.

T - The dark fruit notes dominate with the burnt sugar, molasses and cocoa coming through alongside cloves, toasted bread and raisins that linger on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - This brew is insanely drinkable, an ABV that at 10.5% drinks like an 8%-er and will sneak up on you incredibly fast. So pumped I got a chance to try this, thanks again Joe! Loads of flavour and a fantastic example of the style.

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A: Dark, light beige head, thick lacing.

S: Malt, brown sugar, fruit, raisins.

T: Bit of alcohol. Roasty. Chocolate. Bitter coffee finish.

M: Medium body, bit oily.

O: Delicious holiday quad.

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A: A good amount of beige, slightly apricot head ~2 fingers. Dark, impenetrable raw umber.

S: A lot of spices and something that vaguely reminds me of nail polish remover and metal -- probably just the alcohol. Lots of malts and vanilla. Molasses, chocolate, and burned toast.

T: Wow, lots of flavor. Chocolate malts, alcohol, smoke/roasted notes, molasses - something syrupy sweet like that. A little yeasty. Delicious.

M: Smooth, silky, and full with just enough of a bite from the carbonation to keep things interesting. Nice.

O: Good, the flavors linger for a while on the tongue and the sweetness does coat the mouth, but not in a cloying, unpleasant way. Smell is a bit too boozy for my taste to be really good. All in all, quite good. I'd have another. Recommended.

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Santa's Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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