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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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?”
2015 states 12% on label. Previous batches at 10% abv


sitzds' rating

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 22, 2014
22oz bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into tulip. Appearance is black with brown edges and a tan head rises a finger high before collapsing to a film. A little bit of patchy lace sticks to the glass. This beer is a barrel bomb! The aroma is all oak, bourbon, vanilla, and char. One of the other guys mentioned he was getting dog food, and he was right on it. Definitely an animal feed element. Not getting much of the base beer. Taste is a less satisfying version of the nose - lots of bourbon heat, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Medium-heavy body, oily, creamy, thick texture, average to soft carbonation, hot boozy finish.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ippopotamo36 (1605) - Rome, ITALY - AUG 22, 2016
Bottle purchased at the Hoppy in Thessaloniki - Greece, aged about 3 years. Coffee bean color, dark brown head which recalls the foam of an espresso. Minimal retention, just traces after lowering. Nose: Sweet vanilla, bourbon relevant character, wet wood, sundae, dark fruit. Intensive and nice. Mouth: it seems sipping a whiskey, so much alcohol, warm and a bit over the top. Bummer, because the nose was really promising!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4103) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2016
8 August 2016, tap at Lost Abbey. 2016 batch. Black. Nose is tovacco, dark grain, molasses. Full body and moderately fizzy. Lots of tobacco, burnt toast, hints of molasses, tobacco. Wow!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1914) - - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crim (113) - POLAND - JUN 14, 2016
Słodki aromat wanilii, czekolady z alkoholowym bourbonem W smaku pełne, oleiste, słodkie od czekolady i wanilii, posmak lekko kwaśno palony kawowy Bardzo dobre piwo, gdzie beczka dopełnia smak dobrego piwa, a nie dominuje

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Deep opaque black-brown, light tan head. Strong bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, molasses, some light chocolate and coffee notes. Quite bitter, very sweet. Heavy body, very upfront alcohol, highly acidic. Very oily. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Random encounter leads to good things. Bourbon comes through hard over a smooth , malty base. Nice aroma. 12oz glass -Mike’s BBQ

-- rated with beerbasher app for shitphone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarmok (1169) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2016
Black liquid with tan head. Aroma of dill, bourbone. Taste of bourbon, heavy sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Full body, creamy feel, long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
VamboladeTolly (1483) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with brownish head. Aroma: coffee, roasted malts, dark berries, bourbon sweetness, toffee, milk chocolate, Taste: sweetish with some bitterness, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, nice warming alcohol-bourbon. Full body. Really smooth to drink. Well balanced. NICE.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cool_Bond (2293) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2016
Heavy smell of licorice, dark coffee, oak and dark chocolate. The taste is the same. Even the heavy. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Good beer that you can enjoy for hours. Maybe a little filling, too. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle. Black colour. Chocolate Bourbon barrel aroma. Taste is sweet, bourbon, chocolate.


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