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RATINGS: 1026   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmzl (95) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2006 bottle. Dark with thin tan head. aroma of roasted coffee and candy. medium to thick bodied, bitter chocolate and coffee taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PaulUnwin (87) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Looks good, very dark, the aroma was also very good, but the taste was a bit harsh, bit of a burn at the end.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robzilla (86) - - FEB 29, 2012
Opaque black with medium tan head that is super tight and last a while, decent lacing. Nose is roasty, olive and alcohol. Nice complexity upfront, followed by sweetness and ending in a bitter, lasting finish. Definitely notice the candy sugar. This stuff is thick and finishes with some heat. Good beer on for a cold night.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MHOSKINS (82) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2014
A tasty deep, dark ale. Solid head with dark chocolate flavors. Very smooth for 10% ABV. Simply a great imperial stout! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - JUL 14, 2010
This is another great beer from Port Brewing Co. First of all at 10% abv this os a stronger drink than a lot of other beers, but you can’t taste the alcohol at all. It pours out a deep black color with a light brown to tan head. That alone should give you an idea of the flavor to expect. The aroma is very dessert. It smells like dark chocolate with cocoa and hops. It smelled really appetizing. The flavor is totally out of this world. It’s got a very complicated taste to it. it ranges from dark chocolate to fudge to slight cinnamon to cappuccino. This is all backed up by the consistency. It creamy which is weird for sure, but totally compliments the flavor. This hit me a very Midnight Sessions but skewed more towards the chocolate; Midnight Session is more coffee than chocolate. Try out this brew when you can, especially if you want something desserty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info other than its the 2010 vintage. I bought it back in early December and wasn’t planning on aging it this long. Oh well. I should have held up alright. Pours pitch black with one and a half fingers of thick, frothy brown foam. Some lacing. Nose is complex and pleasing. Sweet, roasted malt with essences of dark chocolate and even a little bit of hoppy vibrancy to round it out. Mouthfeel is not a rich as you might expect. Carbonation is nice but maybe a touch too much for this style. There is a lot going on on the palate. I’m a hops guy and this definitely delivers there but this beer might be going a little too far with them. The hops kind of drown out the roasted, chocolatey flavors. On the plus side, they seem to give the malt a lighter, toffee-like sweetness that is great and makes it easier to drink. The finish is moderately resiny and where you get most of the dark chocolate and some coffee flavors. This is my first time having this one and I am a fan. There is something for everyone even if it doesn’t come together perfectly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle at Ipanema Bar, Thessaloniki: black colour with medium/small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices, vanilla. Smoked flavour with tones of chocolate. Full body, low carbonation, bittersweet aftertaste. One of the very very good xmas beers! I really enjoyed it!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2007 22oz Bomber . Pour is pitch black with very little head. Tastes of milk chocolate, serious brown sugar, with a nice warming hint of alcohol. Slight bittersweet coffee aftertaste. This is definetely a treat to drink. I will be stocking up on this beer as it will definetely make my winter more enjoyable :)

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFtaster (59) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Tried it on tap at City beer in SF a couple weeks ago - wow! I tasted the 2009 edition, but they also had some ’08 in bottles. Intense flavor, deep, black color, dry mouth feel- what more do you want?


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