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RATINGS: 1107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Everything but the kitchen sink…Great Western Premium Two Row, Wheat, Carvienne, Caramunich, 95-115, 135-165L Crystal Malts, Chocolate, Roasted and Black Barley and Pale Chocolate. We also add some Brown Sugar and some Dark Belgian Candi Sugar to boost the Original Gravity. The beer is hopped with East Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Challenger. It is unfiltered with an OG of 1.094 and 10.0% ABV. Proprietary Ale Yeast.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomekk1978 (509) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: czarna, nieprzejrzysta nawet pod światło. Piana beżowa do brązowej, raczej drobno pęcherzykowa. Początkowo obfita, jednak dość szybko opada, ładnie oblepia jednak szkło. Wysycenie średnie do wysokiego. Średnio oleiste, jak an taką moc, ale dość lepkie. Aromat: typowy dla ciemnych słodów (czekolada, kakao, kawa, owoce). Z butelki słodki, ze sniftera raczej wytrawny. Alkohol nie wyczuwalny. Smak: początkowo nieco kwaskowy, ale po chwili staje się zdecydowanie bardziej wytrawny. Gorzka czekolada, kakao, być może także chmiel, (bowiem na końcu wyczuwalna konkretna goryczka) oraz lekka alkoholowość. Do tego owoce (suszone śliwki), a nawet akcenty wędzone, jednak dopiero po pewnym utlenieniu. Santa’s Little Helper to moje drugie piwo z tego browaru - po Mongo IPA, z którym mam bardzo dobre wspomnienia. Niestety tutaj odczucia są nieco słabsze. Jak na imperiala jest dla mnie zbyt kwaśne, choć w drugiej fazie wyraźnie zyskuje. Nie ma też aż tak mocnego i złożonego aromatu, jak w innych przykładach tego stylu. Nie chcę wychodzić przed szereg, ale także uwarzony przeze mnie RIS wygląda na bardziej obiecujący, choć jest jeszcze bardzo młody. Z drugiej strony alkohol jest tu bardzo dobrze zamaskowany, przez co Santa’s wydaje się być dobrą propozycją na zakończenie świąt. Raczej nie sięgnę po niego kolejny raz, ale nie zamierzam rezygnować z browaru Port Brewing, którego inne piwa chętnie spróbuję.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ST247 (386) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle sample thanks to Kraddel. Vintage 2009. Chocolate alcohol aroma. Strong chocolate flavour which is bitter, but softer in the aftertaste. I really like the aftertaste because the alcohol taste and strongness is gone and chocolate remains.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (3466) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle thnx to belgbeergeek , 2009 vintage pours black , no foam Smells cery full , round , dark and thick Good carbo Taste is bitter , bit booze , dark malts , chocolate , oat Veey nice indeed

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1875) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle 2008 vintage - near black with moderate tan head. Super roast malty, chocolate, dark fruit, sweet malty, milk aroma. Same again in the taste, plus coffee and liquorice, with a long sweet and bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Well hid alcohol, warming on the way down. Very good Imperial Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miglet (10) - - FEB 11, 2014
It’s a dream of a RIS, big bold roasted notes, blended with a warming amount of alcohol. Its medium to full in body, warms as its goes down. Pitch black in color.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1668) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft many times at Monks, Eulogy, and now Moriartys. Black pour with a full tan head. The standard version has big creamy espresso notes. Liquorice and chocolate as well. Nice full stout. Sweet, but less so than most Imperials. Molasses. Charcoal burnt marshmallows. Thick body. Well blended but not nearly as complex as the barrel aged versions. Still great stuff. Not as refined as the Mikkeller version but bigger and better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1252) - Herning, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2014
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a little sediment and a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee - with a bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (7871) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
650ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig süß nach Schokolade, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mensch (256) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Love it. Rich and thick and bitter and coffee. A little sweet in the first finish, then dry husked malt. So intense. Quite one-dimensional, but when that dimension is this good, I don’t care.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (637) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 29, 2014
Black colour, one finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate, milk, cocoa, ginger bread, toffee, vanilla, rape bananas. Taste is light sweet, a bit bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, soft to flat carbonation.


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