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RATINGS: 510   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (821) - 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 (1039) - 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 (1032) - 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 (1261) - 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 (2209) - 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 (1247) - , CYPRUS - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle. Black colour. Chocolate Bourbon barrel aroma. Taste is sweet, bourbon, chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edwardbass (765) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Bourbon is crazy in the aroma. The taste is more of the same, with coffee, dark chocolate, dark dried fruit and molasses. ABV is quite obvious and a bit much for me. A decent example of a bourbon barrel aged IS, but not the best I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nevalainen (465) - FINLAND - JAN 22, 2016
The color is black. Aroma is vanilla, a little roasty. Taste is very sweet, though well balanced and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15028) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle, 12.0%. Distinct vanilla aroma, hint of coconut. Black colour. No head. The flavour is sweet with a good vanilla note. Also has a distinct alcohol note in the finish. Vinous vanilla. ’s all good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (2390) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2016
Pitch black, small tan head. Barrel and vanilla roma, light licorice. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Coconut, vanilla and chocolate flavour. Alcohlic and warming. Finish has long alcoholic burn. Solid yet quite drinkable.


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