RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 Santa’s 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 22, 2014
22oz bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into tulip. Appearance is black with brown edges and a tan head rises a finger high before collapsing to a film. A little bit of patchy lace sticks to the glass. This beer is a barrel bomb! The aroma is all oak, bourbon, vanilla, and char. One of the other guys mentioned he was getting dog food, and he was right on it. Definitely an animal feed element. Not getting much of the base beer. Taste is a less satisfying version of the nose - lots of bourbon heat, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Medium-heavy body, oily, creamy, thick texture, average to soft carbonation, hot boozy finish.

alteregoo (1439) - Kalisz, POLAND - JUN 6, 2017
Piana obfita, drobna i dość trwała, barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. W zapachu piękna wanilia, kokos, lody czekoladowe, drewno... W smaku sporo słodyczy, głównie praliny, ciasto murzynek, kakao, karmel, wanilia, cappuccino... Goryczka palona, średnia, dość mocny bourbonowy alkohol w posmaku, niskie wysycenie, niezbyt tęgie ciało.
Bardzo dobre, intensywne piwo, wyraźnie wyczuwalne nuty beczki, bourbonu i ciemnych słodów, świetny balans słodyczy - paloności - goryczki. Może nieco brakło gęstości i ułożenia procentów - zapewne warto wrzucić rok na leżak i mamy sztosa ;)

drpimento (3627) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Malty and a bit roasty.Aroma’. Aroma’s like nose, balanced at first with a bitter finish.

Piotrek4 (180) - Lublin, POLAND - APR 27, 2017
W aromacie dużo kokosa. W smaku pumpernikiel i deserowa czekolada, do tego kakao i wanilia. Nie jest gęste i oblepiajace. Dobre, brakuje tylko trochę ciała. Trochę alkoholu od bourbonu czuć.

Martin__ (79) - POLAND - APR 10, 2017
Vintage 2016, bottled in July 2016 as I suppose. Poured into snifter. Aroma: huge bourbon, loads of vanilla, belgian pralines. Pours jet black with minimal beige very fast reducing head. Very heavy sweetness, medium to heavy bitterness. Belgian pralines. Chocolates with bourbon infused. Vanilla. Oak barrel. WOW! Super full bodied,oily and sticky. Almost chewy actually. Totally flat. This is second Port Brewing barrel aged RIS I’m drinking. I find it much better than Older Viscosity. More dense, fuller, round and much more balanced. Perhaps I should’ve aged Older Viscosity at least few months more.

Aminatchime (141) - 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.

BuckeyeBoy (7663) - 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.

kraddel (8074) - Antwerp, 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 !

dnstone (3404) - 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)

Alengrin (5334) - 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.

77ships (9774) - 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.

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