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.

Added by Boilermaker88 on 12-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,211
Reviews:
586
Ratings:
1,515
pDev:
10.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 12/10/17.

Pours near black, opaque, with a one inch head of darker foam and some spotty lacing. Aromas of malt, dark chocolate, molasses, light vanilla and smoke, some coffee and raisins, a hint of licorice. The taste is malt, dark, bitter chocolate, molasses, some coffee, light caramel, light vanilla- more as it warms. A good amount of bitterness throughout, but a little less as it warms. Smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

Roasty, bitter, very good flavor and aroma. Liked this more as I drank it. Certainly worth a purchase.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

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Photo of Muss42
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of anthony-s
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color. Poured with a thick, creamy, espresso crema colored foam with moderate retention. Rich, roasted malt and sweet dark malt aromas with earthy hop and dark chocolate notes. Full bodied with a thick, creamy smooth feel. Medium light carbonation fights its way through the viscous feel. Pleasant, boozy warmth as the finish approaches. Medium high dark roasted malt flavors. Medium hop bitterness through the middle that lingers into bitter roasted malt flavors and bittersweet dark chocolate on the back end. Boozy warmth slowly builds to the end as this finished with a coffee-like bitterness with sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt notes. Aromatic and tasty with a fabulous feel. Intense maltiness nicely hides the booziness.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout with kicks of coffee and chocolate bourbon. 10% abr laced in punchy dark laced love!

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Photo of Ronl12
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of SGR1220
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GreenMind
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What, somehow never reviewed this. 2017 vintage, so fresh

Pours a mocha colored thick rich 1/2 finger head that fades at a slower pace, nice sticky lacing, pitch black beer

Nose loads of dark chocolate, about as pure and dark chocolate as you can get, a bit roasty, biscuity malts, touch of anise in the background and cookie notes, touch of char but not acrid, fudgey, little caramel,

Taste big rich dark malts and dark chocolate, thick chewy nougat and caramel, a little roast, fudgey notes as well, baker's chocolate and biscuity cocoa cereal, bit of bitterness mostly from the malts, but not acrid, some earthy hop bitterness, no alcohol, some anise notes and cookie characters

Mouth is fuller bod, thicker lush, nice fluffy carb, a bit creamy too, no alcohol

Overall a great stout, one of the best basic imperial stouts out there, one of the staples for sure.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been drinking these at my family's business Christmas tree lighting party every year. Well this and the barrel aged version.

Pours a typical black color and above average viscosity to it. 1/3" dark tan head on the top. Aroma of roasted malt, a little bit of dark fruit noise coming from the yeast here no doubt. Russian Imperial Stout status established and corroborated.

Taste is equal parts roasted malt and dark fruit bitterness. I dunno what the commercial description is about, there is nothing sugar cookie going on here, this is a traditional RIS with some export stout like notes to it as well. Nothing sugary adjunct going on, round here. There is a little bit of warming alcohol but nothing too harsh. That prune and roasted malt combo just dominates in this beer over anything else. Pretty good, but at $10 a bomber, I'm just drinking down my ones in the cellar and not buying more.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a nice chunky dark khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are on the subtle side. It's malt forward. Hints of cocoa. The flavors are a bit bolder. Lots of dark chocolate along with some chocolate syrup. Solid bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Some subtle coffee notes in the mix adding to the bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, soft and slightly creamy. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid Imperial Stout. It's not flashy or unique, but it's enjoyable. It's basically your traditional example of the style.

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,515 ratings