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RATINGS: 475   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Bottle from Christmas in July. Pours a viscous black with NO bubble/carbonation and no head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted coffee, and malt. Flavors were much the same, bourbon, coffee, malt and some unfermented sugars that made it a bit sweet. Damn this wopuld have been outstanding with carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (4239) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2015
650ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Bit hazy black color. Small size, brown head, stays. Raisins, plums, bourbon, woody, bit minty in aroma. Quite lovely aroma. Roast, bourbon, alcohol, plums, deep roast, woody in taste. Bourbon and oak give out impression of coconut in aftertaste. Nice full body. Alcohol is high and is there and you can’t miss it. Despite of that still very drinkable. Very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 10, 2015
660ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga) at 12%
Very pleasant vanilla aroma. Alas a bit of a boozy waft. Nice and dark, basically black. Tastes pretty wafty - there’s a tonne of booze here. Very sweet drying hops, not even so pleasant to sip, it’s so hot. Tastes worse and worse as it warms, drink this as quickly as you can. Or drink a decent dark beer, and slam an 8oz bottle of whisky at the same time. Possibly decent beer with booze added.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (3090) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Rich aroma of creamy vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and mild liquorice. Taste is quite full, with sweet vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, spices and a nice booze kick in the finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2001) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Thank you Brenny Poo. Aroma is vanilla, wood, chocolate, licorice. Taste is nice and barrel aged goodness. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (550) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2015
2011 Bottle. Aroma: Bourbon vanilla, deep and dark chocolate, wood. Palate: Lovely soft, creamy mouth feel with some heat. Flavor: Rich, dark chocolate with vanilla and bourbon, some alcohol warmth kicks in mid-way, wood. Comment: Four years of age has undoubtedly mellowed this some and allowed the chocolate, bourbon, wood and vanilla flavors to come together. This could still age a few more years if one wanted a drier version, but it’s quite good now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (214) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Appearance: opaque black with a thin tan/caramel head. Aroma: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, dried cherries. Taste: big chocolate forward taste... Kiss the bourbon and accentuating flavors present in the aroma. Palate: smooth, mellow carbonation, a bit too alcohol-y on the backend. Very good bourbon stout, but not one of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1317) - 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 (5954) - 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 (976) - 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.

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