oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Bottled. Deep rubyish brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, hopds, mild gluelike stinging sweetness as well as some wooden and vanillaish notes. Flavour is alcohol, rum, some wood, sugary sweetness along with some fruity hops. Overly sweet. phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle at tasting. Dark brown, small brown head. Aroma is horrible and filled ti the brim with acetone and alcohol and rum essene and vanilla essence just bad bad and too sweet and chemical. Taste has loads of acetone as well, sourish weird berries, spices, rum, hugely astringent. Please never make this beer again, Mikkeller. sunevdj (4084) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 16, 2012
Pour a dark brown with a beige head. Smells of oak and apples. Sweet with aromas of drak fruits and sweet liquirish. Also notes of sprittusch, raisins and grapes. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2012
(bottle from Sunflower Market in Tempe). Pours dark brown-almost black with a small espresso head that remains for a bit. Aroma is dried fruit, acetone, chocolate, and wood. Taste is sweet and tart. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Dry finish. This must be undergoing some sort of infection. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Poured into a snifter. At $16 for the bottle, this better be damn good.
4.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good given the ABV and a moderately sized ring of lacing is left.
3.0 S: Wow. Huge whiff of acetone right off the top. After some acclimation, it’s not so bad. Anyway, the rum is still quite potent despite this starting to get some age on it. The orange peels also stick out but the nutmeg not so much. The beer itself offers caramel, raisin, and tobacco. Anything else is obscured by the strong rum.
3.0 T: The acetone is also in the taste. Rum is a little less aggressive and allows for some other aspects to be appreciated. This is tangy and seems like it could creep into sour at some point. Plum, raisin, tobacco, and caramel. Orange peel is apparent again and nutmeg pokes through as well. Booze is moderately apparent.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which isn’t spritzy enough for a Belgian. Still, good here.
2.5 D: Even without the acetone, this would be a mediocre beer. The base doesn’t come through with enough flavor to justify the barrel aging.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-13-2012 02:49:54
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
hopcat. bottle. mikkeller santas lil helper 2010 barrel aged. black with medium head. aroma of big rum, spice, chocolate, sweet. nice and inviting. flavor of spiced rum, licorice, marker... kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Name: Santa’s Little Helper 2010, Rum Barrel Aged
Date: November 11, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, bourbon and spices, vanilla and cinamon sweeness, caramel, cinamon grows to take over everything except maybe to bourbon
Flavor: rich melody of flavors, christmas spices, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel and vanilla, sweet dark fruits, licorice, touch of barrel tartness emerges as it warms
Overall: train wreck of flavors with over the top spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Bottle. Cola-brown body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, rum, vinous, cocoa, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some rum, vinous. Medium body, light acidity, alcohol. b79turner (260) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle poured into a snifter, pours a jet black with a small tan head that melts away to minimal lacing. Nose is rum, a slight sourness, malt, smoke, soy sauce. Taste is similar, Slightly sour with a bitter finish. Medium carbonation, not crazy about this one. I’m anxious to try the original version and compare. bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smell: booze, raisins, some rum and cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Sour at first sip then the rum boozyness comes through along with a mess of holiday spices, everything is just garbled. Medium on the palate and a boozy but sour finish.