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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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READ FIRST: Did you try this beer A) on tap at Pizza Port Solana Beach under the house beers, B) from a 750mL bottle with the label as pictured to the left on this page, C) or prior to December 2006? If the answer to any of these is YES, then you are on the correct beer page. If the answer to all three is NO, then you are on the wrong beer page. Please rate under Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper found here: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/port-brewing-santas-little-helper/18856/


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4.7
ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 6, 2017
An exceptional stout. Smooth mouthfeel, thick brown head and dark brown body. Roasty, pumpernickel, chocolate, and molasses. Tried at Falling Rock in 2017 during AHA.

4.1
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Rated March 27, 2005

Tasted at the ’Tosa gathering and the bottle provided by JPDipso, many thanks! #481: Opaque with a creamy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of rasin and prune, chocolate and coffee, smokey and roasted malts, belgian candi and earthy yeast esters, and a hint of port. The taste starts fruity and twangy with a heavy malt foreground. A woody, sublime smoke, and vinous finish. Some almost brett like super twang on the aftertaste, quite dry as well. The initial feel was lush and syrupy. Nice and different, got a Mikey Likey score and is worth the effort to try one for yourself. Not your traditional Imperial Stout.

3.5
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
2005. Black body, moderate khaki head. Acidic hoppy aroma. Flavour has a mild touch of acidity over a good helping of dark malt and a lightly dry finish. Medium bodied palate. Bottle. Auction beer at RBSG 2005.

“It’s like he’s playing leapfrog and can’t quite make it over. Come on boy, you can do it!”

4.2
GT (10017)
- San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
[ Tap ][ 16oz ][ PP Solana Beach ][ $6.50 ][ Conical Pint ][ 2.1.15 ]
>> Tap at PPSB. Not the Port/Lost Abbey version. Inky black pour, incredible dark reddish lacing. Nose is savory, smokey, extreme waxy dark chocolate and black crayon. Taste is super waxy, dense dark chocolate bar, mild lemon lactic, pure cocoa bitter and cocoa bar. Interesting...more aggressive and less sweet than the Port Brewing version. Really fantastic.

3.8
coreyc1221 (319) - Truckee, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap @ Pizza Port Solana Beach. Sweet caramel and slight chocolate aroma. Black/brown color with a medium tan/cream head. Creamy texture starting with a bit of zing and dark malts then creamy smooth bitterness and a heavy feel going down the throat. Damn good.

3.8
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2007
On tap @ Pizza Plant Solana Beach.Black, opaque. Nice dark roastiness & dark chocolate maltiness. Mocha, medium bodied maybe could use a bit more though.

4.3
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 750mL older batch with critters, shared by Cquiroga at PP 12 Hour Belgian Fest on 3/24/07
Still manages a fair amount of light tan head that recedes to cover and provides some web-like lacing. Clarity was medium-high with a chocolate brown color and dark maroon-garnet tints on the edges.
Vinous nose has both prunes and plums from dark malt but also tartness from wild yeast. Definitely (at least partly) a lactic infection, which has kicked out some nice acidity. It nestles in right next to the lovely chocolate and dry roastiness while smoother pale malt sugars, no doubt rather thinned out by this point and some soothing vanilla notes help lightly buffer the tartness. Cherries and raisins quite succulently ooze forth on the finish as well, with light cola and caramel suggestions. Very complex, and despite the lactic notes, still manages some softness. Pretty minimally phenolic, at least considering the unplanned infection and with no tacky oxidation or soy-like flavors, nor any dull ashiness. Still quite a strong nose, with little/no alcohol apparency.
A hint of light chocolate cake quickly mixes with some lighter cola-like notes and prunes and plums and raisins quickly emerge. Strong chocolate and creamy vanilla base of sweetness is slowly eroded as the beer continues and finishes, ending moderately tart, quite dry and with only a medium amount of chocolate malt roastiness. The lactic notes are not overpowering, however, though they are definitely an integral part of the beer. Very well attenuated, moreso than intended, of course, but I love it. Very dry and tart, but with enough chocolate, vanilla, roast and vinousness to define the beer as an Imperial Stout. Carbonation does not last very long, but because of the dryness, the resulting concentration of flavors does not cloy or overpower. Alcohol is well-concealed. Lighthearted cherry-chocolate-vanilla cola with lactic notes and dry roast. Can’t beat that combo. No doubt a bit tired now, but it’s easy to see how incredibly brilliant this must have been a couple of years ago and that is more where my score is coming from. Interested to try the new batch, but I’ll probably keep the score from this batch, since I enjoyed the lactic aspect so much.
Thanks so much for opening this, Chris!

3.9
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
On Tap @ PIzza port.before buying the pint, the bar tender gave me a sample. I remarked "wow this is almost as good as Speedway!" the bar tender replied, "Don’t to mean that speedway is almost as good as this?". At any rate, its a black beer with a brown head, Thick body heavy on the chocolate and brown sugar. Its a little bit sweeter than speedway and without the coffee flavor. Would have been much better on a cold night night next to a fire instead of a warm afternoon with garlic pizza. still a great beer.

4.3
temporrari (398) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Bottle. Labeled: Hand Bottle # 78, written in blue marker. Black beer, thick creamy dark brown head. The flavors of this beer are reminiscent of Expedition Stout IMO. This is a little smoky, and slightly woody. Chocolaty and full. Excellent beer. Drank 12-24-06, a fitting day.

4.2
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Cask @ Solana. Dark brown pour with a short creamy brown head. Aroma dominated by chocolate and crystal malts. The barley gives it a chicory-like quality, both in the aroma and flavor. Lots of chocolate and hops give it a more complex taste than the normal overly-chocolate stouts. The alcohol is almost undetectable Very, very enjoyable.


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