Santa's Little Helper | Port Brewing

Santa's Little HelperSanta's Little Helper
BA SCORE
4.01/5
1,482 Ratings
Santa's Little HelperSanta's Little Helper
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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.

Added by Boilermaker88 on 12-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,400
Reviews:
579
Ratings:
1,482
pDev:
10.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
265
Trade:
4
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Bogdawg
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

$ 7.41 (Including discount and tax)/bomber ($ 0.337/oz) at Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI.
Undated bottle stored at 42 degrees. Served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – sweet malt, chocolate – lasts the entire glass.
Head – large (Maximum 7.6 cm, gentle controlled pour), light brown, medium density froth, excellent retention, good cling, leaving distinct thin rings connected by columns of varying thicknesses. A three mm ring and nearly complete frothy heaped layer remain.
Lacing – fair. Multiple small to tiny islands of tiny to small bubbles. Neither rings nor curtains are present.
Body – pour is dark brown but appears black in the snifter, opaque.
Flavor – initially chocolate and coffee, followed by a muted hoppy bitterness. The bitterness lasts as does a film coating the mouth and making the lips slightly sticky. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Allowing it to warm in the mouth releases copious carbonation but still no alcohol.
Palate - full, creamy, soft carbonation.

A very good interpretation of a Russian imperial stout. At what is essentially half price, a bargain!

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5. Overall 4.25.

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Photo of rypkr
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not the best stout. Certainly not a stout I can see anyone wanting 22oz worth...?

Looks solid. Pours with a fabulous 2 finger mocha foamy head.

Smells rich and sweet entirely remiscent of a imperial milk stout. In fact, I was certain it would have been classified as such until I brought it up here.

Taste is charred and sweet but neither have depth. Its akin to putting 2 extra packets of sugar in burnt coffee. There's nothing appealing here. [Amended to add there's a slight burnt vanilla in the finish - negliable redemption.]

Mouthfeel is like drinking a shaken up Dr pepper. Why is this so volatile?

Overall. Meh to meh-

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Photo of Am94w7
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 backlog. Bomber. 2008 vintage. Aroma of coffee, sweet malt--I want to bathe in it. Pours like midnight with a beautiful tan head and perfect lacing. Tastes of black coffee, hints of bourbon, and a touch of sour. Nice bitterness; the alcohol lingers on the tongue. This beer reminds me of how much I love imperial stouts.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 release from bomber

A: Jet black with a big creamy head, almost like a very light mousse
S: Roast and coffee, but getting some dark fruit in the nose. Not sure with allergies atm, but smells great
T: Roasted malts and coffee bitterness. Still getting a little dark fruit on the backend. Finishes with just a splash of hop bitterness
F: Seems a tad bit thin for 10.5 ABV, however being that it is June, it makes it quite nice.
O: Super surprised by this one. Found it discounted on a shelf and picked it up on a whim. It has been a while since I have had a solid no-frills imperial stout. This one is damn near perfect! As one who traditionally stays away from hoppy IRS, this one is done correctly. It has an extremely slight hop bite on the backend that leaves you wanting more (unlike the some that verge on black ipas). Excellent job Port Brewing! Hope I find the barrel-aged sometime, but for now, back to the store to clean out the rest of their supply of these :)

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Photo of fthegiants
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

From a 22 oz bottle. This is a nice straightforward imperial stout. No adjuncts, not barrel aged, very roasty with a thick mouthfeel. Really no flaws with this beer.

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Photo of vidisad
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoping this helps with the stout craving I've been having recently...

L - Standard pour yields a voluminous four fingers worth of dark khaki / medium brown colored creamy froth comprised of loads and loads of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The color is a deep dark brooding brown with faint reddish mahogany highlights... Still with no discernible carbonation anywhere... A really beautiful looking brew...

S - Rich roasted malts... Bitter dark chocolate... Hints of licorice... Some light dark fruit notes.. Just a kiss of soy sauce mixed in as well... Outstanding aroma but a bit more subdued than I would have expected...

T - The roasted malt cuts through everything else and is dialed exponentially on the palate... Next up is the dark chocolate which only provides a glancing blow... Everything else comes next in a highly muddled fashion - licorice, dark fruits, soy sauce and even a hint of sweet milk chocolate as well...

F - On the lighter side of full bodied... A surprising bit of carbonation on the tongue... A bit chewy... A bit sticky... Goes down smoothly and easily enough... Perhaps a bit thin overall given the style...

O - World class appearance... Outstanding smell... The taste and feel our solidly above average... The end result is a really really good Russian Imperial Stout... Just a notch or two below exceptional... Definitely worth seeking out and having in your fridge on a dark, cold even leading up to the winter holidays...

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

Photo of Timtac
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeenTired
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. Playing The Bug Butcher and Blackwell's Epiphany Sweet, smooth, with no torrefact notes and a noticeable alcohol presence that goes up to the head pretty easily. Very foamy

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A RIS, maybe destined as a classic.
Looks like I expected. Aromas recognizable, but balanced. Tastes are toasted malts and balanced well with hops.

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Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black with a medium height tan head. Notes of roasted malts, dark cherries, molasses. Medium to full bodied with a roasty bitter finish.

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Photo of MikeBogert53
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,482 ratings
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