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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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

ClassyBeagle's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
A: Huge bourbon aroma upfront with notes of bourbon sweetness, oak, and vanilla followed by coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and light notes of alcohol. A: Pours opaque black with a smallish brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing. T: FAR more complexity than the aroma indicates. Sweet bourbon and oak dominate with chocolate and caramel notes, some roast malt and a big warming alcohol presence. P: Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish. O: This is a solid barrel aged beer. Incredible barrel flavor adds a layer of complexity that complements the base beer and balances the overall flavor, a must try for any fan if this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1216) - , CYPRUS - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle. Black colour. Chocolate Bourbon barrel aroma. Taste is sweet, bourbon, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edwardbass (722) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nevalainen (391) - FINLAND - JAN 22, 2016
The color is black. Aroma is vanilla, a little roasty. Taste is very sweet, though well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14656) - Sřnderborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1971) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (4689) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy tan head. Clear aroma of roast and vanilla, with notes of barrel and malt and touches of yeast. Bitter, roasty flavour with notes of vanilla and barrel and touches of yeast and hops and coffee. Roasty and barrellike aftertaste. Good. Damn good, if boozy. Yeah.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
12 oz bottle from Blackwell's, bought online. Drank on Christmas Eve 2014 to get into the spirit! The underlying stout is robust and can stand alone, with flavors of roasted malt, molasses, and chocolate. However, the oak aging on this beer really compliments and accentuates the flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2331) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2016
A pitch black, a head is small and brown. Aroma has salt liquirice, riped fruits and raisins, strong notes of bourbon that’s hiding the other nuancees. Taste has salt liquirice, bourbon, raisins and some chocolate. Smooth, almost full bodied, enjoyable. This bourbon barrel aged Santas Little Helper is not even close the marvellous basic version, even this is a good beer, the bourbon is just too dominating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Strifeanddiscord (1) - - JAN 2, 2016 does not count
Silne nuty zapachowe czekolady i wanilii, wyczuwany również bourbon, piana bardzo dobra, smak bardzo głęboki, mocno pobudza kubki smakowe, konsystencja oleju silnikowego. Fantastyczne piwo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3304) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Near black in color with an off-white head. Some vanilla, light wooden notes and bit of bourbon in aroma. You get what you order, good soft mouthfeel though. Some nice combination of malts and ripe plums is there alright. Chocolate and vanilla in taste. Soft barrel vibes too, but has got some nice winter warmer aspects in the end.

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