kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Santa’s Little Helper 2010, Rum Barrel Aged
Date: November 11, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, bourbon and spices, vanilla and cinamon sweeness, caramel, cinamon grows to take over everything except maybe to bourbon
Flavor: rich melody of flavors, christmas spices, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel and vanilla, sweet dark fruits, licorice, touch of barrel tartness emerges as it warms
Overall: train wreck of flavors with over the top spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cola-brown body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, rum, vinous, cocoa, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some rum, vinous. Medium body, light acidity, alcohol.
b79turner (226) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into a snifter, pours a jet black with a small tan head that melts away to minimal lacing. Nose is rum, a slight sourness, malt, smoke, soy sauce. Taste is similar, Slightly sour with a bitter finish. Medium carbonation, not crazy about this one. I’m anxious to try the original version and compare.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smell: booze, raisins, some rum and cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Sour at first sip then the rum boozyness comes through along with a mess of holiday spices, everything is just garbled. Medium on the palate and a boozy but sour finish.
ddemmingjr (712) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at Greenhouse Tavern after the BB Blackout stout opening party at Great Lakes Brewery. So, the palate may be a bit open to interesting takes like this rum barrel Santa’s Helper. pours dark brown with sandy head. Fig, esters, vanilla barrel and roasted malts on nose. more sweetness then a port fruitiness comes through. some chocolate and astringency adds a weird sourness to this brew. overall very unique but a bit unbalanced. Not sure if I’d dig it this much as a first of the evening.
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared thanks to Dmac. Pours out almost black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of some sweet fruit, nail polish remover, light rubbing alcohol. Taste is of dried cherries, rubbing alcohol, what I’d imagine nail polish remover tastes like. What kind of rum was used to age this? Cherry scented nail polish remover rum?
chrisv10 (11234) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, spices, little acetone and rum. Flavour is roasted malts, rum, spices, little acetone, chocolate, medium sweet with notes of alcohol.
Rasmus40 (11339) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear very dark reddish brown with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, rum and acetone. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate sweet. Sweet finish. 200112
dmac (4080) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Cranbury BuyRite. Poured a nice looking pitch black center with super dark brown edges and a larger foamy beige head. Aroma is basically nail polish remover with a dash of sour chocolate. Flavor is abou the same as the aroma loads of acetone, followed by very sour cherry more acetone and then finally a hint of chocolate and grains. This is dreadful.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Massive Mikkeller pt.2 This one had a big old nose full of rum and spice. Dark brown color with a slight foamy head. Easy to drink? Slightly but I always enjoy a good sipper. Solid in my book.