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BlackBall Port Wine | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rallison on 04-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml green unlabeled bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Dr. Bill, thanks a lot for this great surprise sir, 1998 vintage, reviewed from notes, poured two samples into my Rader snifter

A little blurb about the beer: "A special version of the Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout. See recipe notes above...Aged in a Jack Daniels Barrel for nine months, this beer matures with an oakiness resembling aged Port Wine."

A-Deep black color with barely a speck of light going through, absolutely no head, no legs, flat and still
S-Vanilla, oak, mild bourbon, milk chocolate, dark berries, sherry character, roasted malts, and brown sugar
T-Starts off with a great milk chocolate flavor, almost takes fresh cake in that respect, dry in the middle with roasted malts, vanilla and dark fruits in the finish, goes from sweet to roasty and back to sweet, some sweeter fruits and oak come out later and provide a bit of dryness, also what seems to be like some whiskey but it is so faint you can barely taste it, get a lot of figs and raisins by the end with the same chocolate presence, this tasted fantastic
M-Sweet, slightly roasty, and dry mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, none to very little carbonation, taste lingers a long time
D-Could drink the bottle, had about seven or eight ounces later in the tasting and could have had more, light on the stomach for a RIS, smooth and not boozy at all, good drinkability but just a bit filling

I had no idea this beer existed and there sure is not a lot of bottles left out there, was not many to begin with from what I understand, how there was no oxidization in this I will never understand, eleven years old and maybe tastes three, wish I had some of this in my possesion, highly recommended

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4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Dr.Bill for the surprise of the night, at least for me, of the SeaofFloydster Tasting on March 28th. I remember Dr.Bill saying that this beer was the "grandfather of Santa's Little Helper" and brewed/bottled around 1998 by Tomme Arthur.

Poured like any other stout, dark but little to no head which is not too surprising for an imperial stout that is over a decade old.

Has almost a bourbon barrel-aged aroma, is it barrel-aged? It seems like it is. Some sherry and oxidation, slight leather, chocolate, black cherry, rum soaked raisins, figs, and brown sugar.

Wow, this tastes great. Roasted and chocolate malts, milk chocolate, liquid fudge, hints of toasted almonds and vanilla pound cake. Really mellow and smooth and has held incredibly well for being a decade old. Hardly any carbonation but the sweetness combines really well with the smooth body of the beer.

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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1998 vintage bottle provided by Dr. Bill at the epic Sea Of Floydster tasting. One of the later beers to be opened, and one of my favorites.

Not surprisingly, oxidation is present in the smell, as well as some nice roast chocolate.

Now, the taste? Beautiful chocolate syrup, sherry and dark fruits against hints of oak. Lingering chocolate. Touches of blackberries. Beautiful.

Smooth, smooth body. Low carbonation, but perfect for this beer. Incredible.

I doubt I'll ever get to try this one again, but I am very, very happy to have had a glass of it. Truly an historic beer, as it was apparently Tomme's first imperial stout - and wow, was it a good first imperial stout.

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BlackBall Port Wine from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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