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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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?”
2015 states 12% on label. Previous batches at 10% abv


Sarlacc83's rating

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1595) - Portland, 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cool_Bond (2122) - 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 (1217) - , 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 (723) - 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 (393) - 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 (14656) - 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 (1977) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamsen78 (4689) - Sønderborg, 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.

4.5
   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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2335) - 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.

4.5
   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!


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