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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ep2021 (29) - - NOV 21, 2012
wow this brew is heavy on the booze. small head, little lacing, dark brown liquid, lots of bourbon aroma and taste, sweatish oily mouthfeel bitter in the very end. love it but would benifit from some more time on bottle. would love to try it around midsummer...


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1104) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2507) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (966) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsnicholas (341) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5515) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2015
Opaque black with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, char, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon, light alcohol. Taste of roast, chocolate, char wood, vanilla, bourbon, and some alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3657) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Tap, black pour, tan head, nose is coffee, taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, awesome

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
12.7 oz bottle. Black pour with a mocha brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon and dark fruit. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, chalky and chewy. It was a little hot in the finish. Lots of layers of flavor. Beer coats the glass. Nice lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WABeerFiend (304) - - FEB 14, 2015
Poured from a 12.7 oz into a snifter on 01.22.15. A: Vanilla and lots of bourbon. Awesome. A: 1 finger tan head that stays. Midnight black body with no red in the glass. T: Bourbon and vanilla dominate. Nuttiness and dark fruit are subtle. P: On the thin side. It would have been nicer with a little more chewiness. Creamy smooth. O: I had a bottle of the base version and it seemed to be infected. This one seemed fine. There was a lot of alcohol bite even for 12% ABV. The bourbon is big and overpowers. It was good, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (775) - GREECE - JAN 29, 2015
375ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Thanks George! Black color with dark beige-brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, light wood and vanilla notes. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1095) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 28, 2015
22oz bottle pours dark inky brown black with a small finger of tan head. Nose is boozy dark fruit and licorice, charred chocolate, nutty spice, bourbon, vanilla. Taste is burnt roast chocolate, vanilla, nutty, tar, bourbon spice, dark fruit. Finish is roasty charred brownie with vanilla spice and earthy nutty cocoa, hint of oak, bourbon. Good stuff.


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