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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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?”

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1014) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2228) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Tasted on 1/24/15 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle purchased online through Beverages4Less. Pours opaque black with a thick smooth brown head that leaves thick, smooth lace. The nose is all maple, brown sugar, and sweet vanilla with some dry molasses and a touch of earthiness. The flavor is drier up front, with all of the molasses, dark chocolate, and earth, moving to some of the sweeter bourbon notes of vanilla, maple, and brown sugar, with that same earth providing a bit of bitterness. The body is full but not too fat, with just enough carbonation and a long bourbon and earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (918) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2015
375ml bottle pours a thick black color with a bit of head. Medium bourbon booziness. A little harsh. Nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (914) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2015
22oz bottle with a couple years on it, I think. Dark red-black pour with no head. Pours almost still. Aroma of bourbon and booze, cherries and raisins with more dark dried fruit, some sweet grahams, some honey, and light grain alcohol notes. Flavor is booze and bourbon and rich caramel malts, some sweeter chocolates, and more dark dried fruits... Black licorice just hit me outta nowhere. It’s pretty complex and decently made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Draught. This is thick wallop of bourboun syrup with roast malts floated over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (659) - - JAN 3, 2015
375ml corked bottle, 2014 vintage. Wonderful aroma full of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Pours inky black with a thin mocha colored head and very little lacing. Starts with chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a rich, full body and mouthfeel. Finishes incredibly smooth with the bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors coming through nicely and lingering on the palate with the slightest hint of booze. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (1807) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
Lukt: Duft av frukter, lakris, kaffe og kanel.
Utseende: Sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt brunt skum.
Smak: Smak av bourbon og bek.
Hvor: Nydt@Lokal hjemme tasting hos Bryne
Medium: Flaske@650ml, ABV@12%, Når@02.01.2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2062) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pitch black with tan head... Aroma of licorice, molasses, smoke, anise, bourbon... Flavor is sweet roasted malts, licorice, anise, vanilla, chocolate... Anise, smoke on palate, some ash... Nice beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (634) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium brown head. Aroma is a bit astringent, roasted malts, anise, ash tray. Flavor is much smoother with roasted malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, touch of bourbon. Medium to heavy body with a lingering vanilla bourbon. Flavor much better than nose. But very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8800) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
This brew pours an inky black color with a medium tan head that burns away steadily. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of roasted malt, bourbon and dark fruit. Full-bodied and slightly over-carbonated with flavors of oaky bourbon, dark malts and vanilla. The finish is boozy with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1789) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
December 25, 2014. Bottle at home.
Black with a dense creamy brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, ash and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet with bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, medium bitter with dry ash and dark chocolate. Finish is chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon notes with a slight alcohol warmth. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation.

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