Santa's Little Helper | Port Brewing

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Santa's Little HelperSanta's Little Helper

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass it pours a super dark brown (seeming black) with a giant tan head with good retention. leaving lacing around the glass as it subsides

SMOKEY, nutty, coffee, a nuts hit the nose and smells very good together. makes me really want to dive right into the taste

The taste doesn't disappoint, nice full bodied. coffee(mocha), SMOKEY, and hints of nuttyness.

Mouth feel if good not a smooth as i expected. This might be the only down fall of this beer for me.

Overall this is a great seasonal Imperial Stout. Won't miss out on this one next year!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is truly great beer. I let it warm a bit out of the fridge first. Then poured from the bottle an expansive, tan, foamy, frothy, fluffy, textured head with loads of gobby lace. Color is an absolutely pitch black. Aroma is roast, malt, caramel, toffe, cocoa, coffee, licorice. Flavor's very close to nose with the balanced, rich bittersweetness on top, followed by an expertly placed tang, then the other stuff. Finish is pretty long, a bit boozy, and yet easy to swig some more.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled 8/25/11.

Appearance: Pours a silken black body with a rather tall, long-lasting, dark tan head.

Smell: Highly roasted coffee beans with a pinch of unsweetened chocolate, a drizzle of alcohol, some scorched sugars, a bit of slow-pouring molasses, and some leafy, almost mint-like hops tucked in back.

Taste: A deep sip of cold Dutch cocoa with a growing taste of Italian roast coffee beans followed by sweet additions of chewy molasses cookies and caramel. Modest fruitiness in the background. That hard roastiness carries onward. Leafy hops, moderately bitter joining in with the continued roasted quality of the grains. Alcohol is certainly noted but it's still fairly well-integrated. Roasty, malty

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Lightly carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's well-rounded in that you've got your boldness, bitterness, and more than enough booze in this one. I'll (pass out) like a baby tonight!

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,479 ratings.
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