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Santa's Little Helper | Port Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Santa’s Little Helper, our Imperial Stout, starts with an emphasis on dark cocoa and roasted coffee aromatics. The finish lends hints of sweet crystal malt, warming tones of alcohol and a touch of hops, making a perfect accompaniment to leftover fruit cake and sugar cookies.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,072
Reviews:
596
Ratings:
1,539
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
277
Trade:
6
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black pour with a brown head that retains at an inch. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Thick fudge sauce, heavy roast. French roast coffee beans. Smokey. Bitter dark chocolate.Whiff of earthy hops.

T: Stifling blanket of roast (in a good way). Dark chocolate, smoke, french roast coffee. Heavy dose of earthy and mildly citrusy American hops. Minty, perhaps. Vague fruitiness deep within. Brush of alcohol. Long and roasty finish.

M: Thick, rich, and chewy in body. One could cut it with a knife. Creamy like chocolate melted in the mouth. Scrubbing carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O: Damn good. Really damn good. A textbook American Imperial Stout, executed flawlessly. I'm very glad they brought this to 12oz bottles now.

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Photo of AlFergie
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Actually liked this better than the bourbon ba version! This has more intensity in the flavor complexity without the intense booziness. Still plenty of alcohol, but coffee, sweet elements like vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate, and the bitterness of the cocoa allowed to shine more. A boozy sweet stout for the holidays

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/7/2018

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Santa's Little Helper has a thick, tan head, a very dark brown appearance, and moderate lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt, cream, and coffee. The flavor is similar, with minimal acrid char. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Santa's Little Helper finishes medium sweet.

RJT

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmhannon
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenHoppy
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sulty
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste: rich, roasted dark chocolate, malt, coffee with some hop bite mixed in. Same with the nose. Black/reddish hue, semi opaque, with tan foamy head and some lace. Full but not heavy body. Coffee and cacao smooth out this stout.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Released November 2018; drank 12/12/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head (careful pouring!); a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Fresh earth, cream & dark roast coffee bean notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & mild cream flavors up front; dark roast coffee bean & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

A harsh, unpleasant mistress; the coffee & cacao add no ballast to this beast. Not for me.

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Photo of Brendanjames
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black with a hair of ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with 4 fingers of deep, beige head.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon.

Tastes sweet and chocolaty, cocoa, hot chocolate, smooth and rich all the way through. Hints of vanilla and ash. Covers the ABV big time.

Smooth, fluffy body with a pillowy texture. Little carbonation.

Got in Redding, drinking here Dec 3rd, 2018. Excellent, smooth drinking imperial ipa. Extremely different altogether from the bourbon barrel aged version.

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours as said by others...dark with rich semi dark foam along with somewhat heavy lacing...the aroma is mild yet filled with roastiness, dark chocolate , & coffee. The taste follows with nose, but with a lot more definition in all areas and a slight more sweetness...very slight, but there. Can't agree more with "ZebulonXzogg" that it has the resemblance, much like "Old Rasputin" almost identical...very nice !!! The feel is somewhat on the slightly drier side, but still very much similar, and enjoyable. Overall a great stout and a must try if you can find it.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2017, consumed 11/23/18

Poured deep black with a small dark tan head & good retention that left lots and lots of lacking.

Decent RIS aroma of sweet malt, a little bit of dark fruits, smoke, and dark chocolate.

Taste is pretty much in line with the aroma, sweet malt taking the front with the rest in a complementary role.

Feel is a solid medium-full, slick and oily, good carbonation, a bit of low bitterness.

Overall a decent RIS. Maybe priced a bit high for a revisit but enjoyed it all the same.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost black with a small tan head, leaving behind a little lacing and an oily film on the glass. Snot locker get some heavily roasted malts, some coffee, dark fruit, maybe some toffee. Taste buds get the same. Nice thick body, moderate carbonation. Overall this is a terrific brew. It reminds me of Old Rasputin, and that's a good thing.

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Photo of JOBEERFB
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrueryDC
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,539 ratings