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 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a two finger brown head.

S: Faint roastiness. Slight coffee/chocolate. Smell is not that big.

T: Roasty malts, lots of smokiness/charred flavors. Almost a chalky taste as well. Chocolate/coffee is distinguishable, but everything tastes very burnt or smoked. Seems like it carries a lot of hop bitterness as well.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly above average carbonation. Bitter and almost spicy finish.

Overall a good stout but nothing I would seek out again. The flavors just seem to battle eachother. I thought it did get better as it warmed though.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Fairly aggressive pour leads to a monstrous head. Three fingers. (10% abv, no less) Beer is jet black. Retention is moderate, with stellar lacing. Head is a dark espresso creme/leather.

S: Chocolate, raisins. Some woody/leathery notes. Deep undertones of espresso, licorice and malted chocolate.

T: Fairly sweet up front. Mid palate is engulfed with a huge roasted barley bitterness. Lots of coffee, chicory and astringency. Some dark fruit, smokiness and a tiny trace of chocolate are in there as well. Finish is woodsy, herbal and peppery, with discernable heat. Aftertaste of chicory.

M: Fairly light, especially considering the style. Oily, a bit slick. However, the carbonation is a bit obtrusive and tickles the tonge. Not quite as creamy or viscous as one would imagine a beer of this magnitude to be.

O: This one is decent. It's a bit harsh in its bitterness and the mouthfeel is somewhat lacking. There are much better RIS's out there.

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Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,480 ratings.
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