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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Barrel-aged version of Port Brewing Santas Little Helper.
2009 will be the inaugural release of this winter time classic. After brewing the 2008 batch of Santa’s we thought “wonder what this would taste like aged in a bourbon barrel?”

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), - JAN 22, 2013
Brown bodied, bit Murky and beige lace. Vanilla, wood, boozy, dark malts. Sticky palate, fair amount of bitterness and strong flavour. Raisins, alcohol. (At Deanso’s tasting)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1264) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Poured from a bottle, vintage 2010. Aroma is moderately chocolate forward with light roast notes. A bit of oak character with some light anise notes and lighter dark fruit. A bit of leather and tobacco. Medium light alcohol spice. A hint of cardboard and honey. Pours black and a bit oily with a faint, pretty much nonexistent mocha head that recedes quickly. Faint lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with a large amount of chocolate upfront. Medium light roast notes with some light oak character. Some moderate dark fruit character with plum and prune. Light anise notes. Light honey notes and sherry with a touch of cardboard. Sweeter than the non oak character. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, in some ways a better beer than the non oak version but in other ways worse. The lack of carbonation and extra sweetness isn’t great, but the fruit and malt notes are better. The alcohol is oddly enough, better hidden than the non oak version. The astringency and ash notes seem lighter as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5819) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Draft at Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey. Poured a very dark, almost black color, rich and creamy. Aroma was lots of bourbon, vanilla, woody oak, chocolate, roasted malts, and dried fruits. Flavor was a sweet chocolates, coffee, malts, and dried fruit. Very smooth, nicely balanced imperial, rich and smooth. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (957) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours black tan head. Aroma is toasty, oaky, bourbon, yum. Taste is smooth, chocolate, oak, bourbon. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2015
A- pours a deep dark brown with a medium mocha head that lingers. S- chocolate, coffee and cocoa all come first. Oak, bourbon, peanuts, toffee, vanilla. Mild honey. Everything seems quite decadent. Alcohol burns slightly. M- medium oily body with mild carb. T- rich dark chocolate up front. Cocoa, vanilla, chalk, earth and coffee in the middle. Ending is alcohol, nuts, graham crackers, wood and some grasses. A minor zinc sting. Good offering and straight forward. Probably shouldn't have opened this on a summer night when it was 100 degrees out. Most likely an amazing winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4156) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Malty vanilla oaky whiskey caramell cedar chocolate dark fruit and vanilla aroma. Vanilla caramell chocolate oak whiskey flavour. Sweet Lovely beer :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10838) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast and chocolate malt and licorice. Flavor is roast and chocolate malt, sweet bourbon and vanilla, oak, prunes and figs with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1244) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Pours black with a brown head. Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, soy sauce, alcohol, licorice and oak aroma and flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours a dark brown. Mina's head. Aroma is vanilla and some oak. Flavor follows with some dark fruits. Not to roasty but some present. Really great beer. Amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1000) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Aromas of big wood, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, espresso, burnt caramel and more wooded notes. Appears black with a thin brown foam and nice lacing. Taste is strong wood, barrel, bourbon and vanilla upfront. I feel almost like I am drinking liquid bourbon barrel, it;s fantastic. Behind this, there is massive chocolate, dark malt, toffee, cacao bark, coffee bitterness, roasted notes and earth. Finishes with immense bourbon, booze and barrel intensity. Overall, this is a fantastic take on the base beer. It keeps that chocolate, coffee and dark malt but gives that strong bourbon, vanilla, oak and barrel quality. Great brew. A rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (400) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle (12.7oz $14, mine marked 12% ABV) Black with small brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma, bourbon sweetness. A little bit of chocolate taste, but then the coffee overpowers it and lingers. Some bitterness in the end with some warming. Good , but a little more coffee than I like.

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