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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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?”

Sarlacc83's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (946) - Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2013
22oz bottle, 2010 vintage. Consumed 1-26-13, reviewed from notes. A: Bottle opens with a soft plip. Obsidian sludge, devoid of any head. Very sticky legs. N: Heavy bourbon, prune and some soy to start. Lots of vanill and some raisins. Blackberry brandy and coffee overtones. 2 yeras has not decreased the alcohol. Chocolate and fudge, of course. Mint. T: Blended bourbon and chocolate. Vanilla is the most dominant flavor with some tannins from the oak. Stale coffee grounds and prunes. Brandy, more so than bourbon after a few sips. Raisins and licorice. Honey. M: Stick, viscous, very, very hot and practically flat. O: Despite the low rating, I did enjoy this, but there are a lot of fatal flaws in a very competitive field. Age hasn’t seemed to help this much, surprisingly. I will say that’s it’s apt they put Santa Claus on this, because there’s a lot of raisin/prune which I’m sure is good for regularity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mario_giri (55) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Degu @erzbierschof. Duunkel. Recht süss, stark, Alkohol. Voll-Vollmundig. Gar nicht schlecht.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fitwitchik (367) - USA - NOV 24, 2014
Poured from a bomber (unknown when brewed think at least one year old) into a snifter dark opaque with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate slight booze. Flavor is BOOM at the front of the palate with cocoa. Roasted malts with some bourbon. Finish is fast. Not much linger to the palate which can go either way depending on how you like your stouts. For me this particular brew did not disappoint. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (552) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Oh man, what a great beer. Huge stout, lots of carmel and roasted malts. Nice bitterness. Great bourbon and vanilla undertones. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2014
’13 bottle in Oct. 14. Boozy hot nose, with some rich standard stout elements. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, hot finish. Prefer the regular version and Viscosity over both.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (656) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Corked bottle, poured and split. 500th rating so a fun beer seemed necessary, and it did not disappoint. Pours black with a tan head that lasts. Sour cherry and a little vanilla on the aroma, with some chocolate too. Hints to be sour at first in the flavor, then switches to a bold flavor full of vanilla and cocoa goodness. Just a touch of bourbon feel to it in the finish. Super smooth, and not too heavy. Not too surprised, these guys don’t tend to disappoint with anything. Memorable beer for sure. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
Shared bottle with a guest @ "Schouskjelleren", Oslo. October 09, 2014. Beer from a tulip glass. Black thick oily look with a creamy brown head and medium carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt,coffee,dark sugar,dark chocolate and some spices. A sweet,malty and warming alcohol feeling in my mouth. A nice bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Black thick pour from a 12oz bottle. Vanilla and whiskey taste. Sweet ashy aftertaste. Licorice. Tobacco. Lots going on. Good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
over all a nice beer but something I dont need to chase again as it had a bit of a funky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3541) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is toffee, vanilla, chocolate, taste is more of the same, sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2014
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours deep inky black with a thick creamy mocha head. Aroma is rich darkly roasted malt, raisins, port, charred barrels, and a bit of bourbon. Taste is super dark malts that somehow dance on the edge of being over roasted but stop just short of that. All the big imperial stout flavors you’d expect (and get from standard Santa’s Little Helper...): dark chocolate, espresso, oak, soy sauce... plus amazing barrel flavors - bourbon, port, aged chocolate. Hugely thick mouthfeel, almost milkshake-like. The barrel-aging really takes this beer where it deserves to go. Maybe not quite as good as the best imperial stouts in the world... but this is close. Incredible beer, well worth the premium $ over the regular version.

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