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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barrel-aged version of Port Brewing Santas Little Helper.
2009 will be the inaugural release of this winter time classic. After brewing the 2008 batch of Santas we thought wonder what this would taste like aged in a bourbon barrel?
2015 states 12% on label. Previous batches at 10% abv

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours dark with a soapy tan head that fades to a ring with limited lacing. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, and wood. Big chocolate, butterscotch, and bourbon notes in the taste with lighter notes of vanilla, cocoa, and oak. Well balanced and very satisfying.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aminatchime (91) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2017
Geproefd @ RBBWG2017. Kleur is zwart zonder schuimkraag. Geur is alcoholisch, oud en zoet. Smaak is zoet, een beetje chocolade met een klein bittertje op het einde.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (7007) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Batch 1 thanks to kraddel. Pours out oil black topped with a tan ring of a head. Nose is great big bourbon barrel vanilla roast malts coffee chocolate lots of sweet notes. Taste is more of the nice bourbon barrel vanilla molasses chocolate this has held on very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7288) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2017
Sampled at the RBBWG 2017. Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours black, no real head. Smell is bourbon, oak. Taste is full, bourbon. Rich dark malts. Mild boozyness. very nice !

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2965) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Black color with a light tan head. Sweet coconut, caramel, roast and chocolate aroma. Super sweet chocolate and boozy with light chatted, coconut, and caramel character. Notes: On tap at Bagby Beer Co, Oceanside (Feb 17)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Bomber shared by Kraddel at RBBWG 2017. Thin and loose, pale beige, quickly dissipating head over a black beer with cloudy burgundy edges. Aroma of chocolate liqueur, wet oak including vanilla, quite a lot of bourbon, leather, toffee, toasted peanuts, hazelnut, cinnamon. Sweet onset, candied fig and dried banana, softish carbo, deeply nutty and toasted malt body, lovely bittersweetness with a roasted coffeeish colour in the end, thoroughly (black) chocolatey, highly drinkable, beautiful finish with drying and aromatically vanilla-ish wood tannins, a punch of peppery hops, long-stretched chocolatey malt bittersweetness and, more than anything else, a lot of bourbon, in the form of warming booze - a bit too much so actually. Otherwise a thing of beauty.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8967) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2017
Thank you kraddel! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG VI (2017). 2009 Vintage! First batch apparently. Dark brown black with little to no head. nose is thick sweet bourbon goodness, molasses, sugar, candy, chocolate, pralines. Taste is mellow sweet maple syrup, candy, sweet sugar, nuts, thick bourbon, vanilla, sugar, pralines sweet. Really nice, body is slightly thinned out maybe but otherwise this has held up spectacularly, really nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Szulo (40) - Pock, POLAND - FEB 16, 2017
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste z drobną, beżową pianą. Przyjemny aromat beczki, mlecznej czekolady, kakao. W smaku pełne, gładziutkie, dominująca beczka, wanilia, czekolada i szlachetny alkohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Faathoven (99) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - JAN 27, 2017
Pours deep dark with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and licorice. Flavour is quite the same but the bourbon is a little subdued. Dark chocolate and oak lead the way through an intense boozy finish. Body is quite full with oily texture. Low carbonation. My expectations were higher for this one, still good though.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogniskowicz (795) - POLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Aromat miazga ! Jakby wrzucić do sokowirwki dębową beczkę, whisky, tony mlecznej czekolady, kakao, dodać szczyptę marcepanu i słodkich wiśni. Smak odzwierciedla aromat, każdy łyk dostarcza ogromu wrażeń i przyjemności. Alkohol wręcz wzorowo wpasowany, odczuwalny jako delikatne grzanie bebechw. Bardzo dobre piwo, ktre leżakowanie w beczce przeistoczyło w genialne !

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (2150) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Thick and dark. Thin to no head. Aromas and flavors were strong with bourbon being pretty pronounced. Vanilla, roasted malt and some chocolate.


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