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RATINGS: 1103   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peral2 (570) - - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle from SB. Pours almost black with yellow head. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel and råastes malt. Good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2136) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
Tasty imperial stout, good example of the style. Has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, candi and some mild hopping,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SVD (556) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2014
@ Camping Ratebeer, Black beer, roasted coffee and chocolate aroma and taste, very nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lupulcious85 (10) - - JUL 21, 2014
Black as the dark side of the moon. Motor oil dark. Thin caramel colored head. Dissipated fairly quickly with the boosted alcohol. Pleasant roasted malt profile. Coffee and dark chocolate all around. Catch a littlw raisin in there too.. I assume I got some of the freshy freshy as I detected some major hops under the cafe latte background. Booze was also fairly high, adding to subtle astringency. I like it, but Im happy Yeti is readily available in town.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosbouw (1175) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
Zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt gebrande mout, koffie, chocolade. Smaakt iets gebrand, koffie.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (3956) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle @ camping ratebeer 2014. Pitch black clour with a small off-white. Smells sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee. Tastes sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, slightly sugary. Full body, thick, soft carbo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3135) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Embouteillée le 13 août 2013. Bue au mois de juillet 2014. Une robe brune profonde avec une mousse brune. Un nez de chocolat et de grillé. Des saveurs rôtis impressionnantes et mordantes. Une bouche amère et sèche. Une finale sur l’amertume puissante.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3093) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Embouteillée le 13 août 2013. Une bière assez foncée pour être perçue comme étant noire. Une belle mousse généreuse qui laisse d’épaisses traces derrière elle. Les arômes ne sont pas exceptionnellement développés. Ça sent le brun et le noir avec une pointe d’alcool. Les saveurs m’intéressent davantage. Le café, les notes rôtis et le caramel sont les trois éléments que je réussis à identifier. En bouche, je peux dire que l’impression est fortement agréable. Le corps est dense, la texture bien crémeuse et le pétillement souple. La finale me plaît beaucoup avec son amertume de torréfaction bien construite et justement longue. Bon impérial stout. Simple mais efficace.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (422) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2014
10-month aged bottle. Thick creamy grey head. Roasty and bitter. Most of those added sugars have fermented so there isn’t much sweetness left, but there is a nice chocolate malt flavor. Pretty smooth for the ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (868) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, wood, herbs and cream. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, licorice, chocolate, wood and herbs. Very nice and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - MAY 31, 2014
Taste-off: Santa’s Little Helper (S) vs. Santa’s Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged (SBBA)

Look:
S: Pours with a huge, thick, creamy, billowy mocha head, has a good slow, equal retention (breakdown of medium sized bubbles). A very thick, medium-sized, creamy layer stays on top. Dark brown, heavy pour, fair amount of lacing.
SBBA: The head is a lot smaller, higher degree of medium/big bubbles, mocha head a bit lighter. Has a faster retention, mostly diminishing. Looks a bit more transparent and watery.

Smell:
S: Cherry, dark fruit on opening, dominating roast, coffee and milk chocolate, stuffy, mostly dark malt driven. Light sourness, bit salty, soy sauce and some cookie dough.
SBBA: More dark fruit esters on opening, then goes to rum-kokos Casali chocolates with a lot of oak, vanilla. Roast, milk chocolate more on the side here. Alcohol with booze feeling, oak the most dominant aroma here.

Taste:
S: Light acidity and molasses, burned sugar start with fruity forest esters. A bit rum-like transition into milky, dark malt medium sweetness that ends with medium dark coffee bitterness, it’s well developed. Small boozy spike towards the end.
SBBA: Bourbon oak dominates this one. Medium molasses, burned sugar sweet start with acidity turned down, the middle, which is overrun with oak dominance, a bit of milky backbone felt, but a lot more subtle. Ends with strong bourbon oak spike that dominates the after with turned down roast, coffee bitterness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
S: Full, light heavy body, soft carbonation lingers on the tongue, quite pleasant.
SBBA: A bit lighter on the body (higher alcohol), light warmth, no carbonation to detect.

Overall:
The non-barrel aged version is a lot smoother and very drinkable. Solid, not too demanding take on imperial stouts. The bourbon one is a lot sluttier, the oak is (too) heavy and goes down a lot slower. The age in barrels didn’t make it better IMO.


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