Santa's Little Helper - Oak Barrel Aged | Port Brewing

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Santa's Little Helper - Oak Barrel AgedSanta's Little Helper - Oak Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GABrew on 12-24-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
7
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
6.18%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of rspauldi
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tele
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (2013 vintage)
Consumed: 12.25.15

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black with a dense, dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: 4 Lots of roasted malt, molasses, and alcohol on the nose. A bit of bourbon and vanilla in there as well, but the aromas are dominated by roast and char.

T: 4 Starts off a bit sweet with vanilla and bourbon. Moves quickly to char, roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. Things seem pretty good, but there’s some fairly strong alcohol flavor and astringency that throws everything off a bit. Mild bitterness and berries on the finish.

M: 4.25 Pretty nice and thick body with decent carbonation. Finish is a little too dry for my tastes.

O: 4 I recall this one being better fresh – more integrated and bourbon forward. Still a pretty nice beer, but not up to the standard of some of the other BA stouts out there.

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Photo of Bnoise11
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brolo75
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass

A: Pitch black, no light coming in, tan head, lots of lacing, the head stuck around for quite awhile.

A: Big bourbon, chocolate, getting a lot of alcohol burn on the nose, smells great.

T: Big bourbon up front, some toasted coconut, chocolate, definitely picking up the oak from the barrels, big alcohol on the end that lingers, finishes semi-dry on the palate, lots of flavors, really good.

M: Viscous, dry, not much carbonation, very nice mouthfeel.

O: This is a world class barrel aged stout, very complex, lots of flavor, oak, coconut, chocolate, my only complaint is that it's very hot, for 12% I am surprised how much burn lingers, but with some age I bet this mellows out really well.

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Photo of jason3125
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage.
appearance: very dark, nearly opaque. Crimson highlights. almost no head other than some tan bubbles on the pour.
smell: Smooth bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla and chocolate treat. Decadent and well...oh so good.
taste: More of the same. This is why I loves the new wave of beers over stuffy wines.
overall: Wonderful. Shared with family on Christmas eve and everyone loved it.

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Photo of t8dd
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. Black color with dark brown head that doesn't stay for long. Aroma has intense bourbon, vanilla and dried figs. Taste is not really sweet but has nice dried fruit, dates and figs mostly, ans also nuts. Alcohol is well hidden, you get the warming feel but not the taste. Complex, easy to drink, christmassy imperial stout.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of danjm21
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Love it. Reminds me a lot of Deliverance Ale.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of oldmankoch
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of tbart75
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of LehighAce06
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Santa's Little Helper - Oak Barrel Aged from Port Brewing
4.37 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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