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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 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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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2013
22oz bottle, 2010 vintage. Consumed 1-26-13, reviewed from notes. A: Bottle opens with a soft plip. Obsidian sludge, devoid of any head. Very sticky legs. N: Heavy bourbon, prune and some soy to start. Lots of vanill and some raisins. Blackberry brandy and coffee overtones. 2 yeras has not decreased the alcohol. Chocolate and fudge, of course. Mint. T: Blended bourbon and chocolate. Vanilla is the most dominant flavor with some tannins from the oak. Stale coffee grounds and prunes. Brandy, more so than bourbon after a few sips. Raisins and licorice. Honey. M: Stick, viscous, very, very hot and practically flat. O: Despite the low rating, I did enjoy this, but there are a lot of fatal flaws in a very competitive field. Age hasn’t seemed to help this much, surprisingly. I will say that’s it’s apt they put Santa Claus on this, because there’s a lot of raisin/prune which I’m sure is good for regularity.


5
Chill799 (10) - - SEP 29, 2017
Freaking Amazing!!! That is all! ........................................ characters ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
L_Lovecraft (695) - - SEP 19, 2017
Strong oak notes, more dark fruits (plums, dates, raisin) than choco or roast, very intense, pitch black with a good brown head, full body, quite thick, average carbonation, taste is similar with a strong booziness (maybe too much)...but afterall a good irs.

4
beskid (259) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 26, 2017
Subtle aroma of plums drown in chocolate, vanilla, oak, raisins. Taste is on the dry side with roasted notes, chocolate liquor. Quite alcoholic, especially in the aftertaste.

4.4
scanovajr (753) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2017 A dark brown beer with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar and molasses. Taste is sweet and malty, tons of bourbon, licorice and caramel. Great beer

4.1
TimE (6067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 13, 2017
Pitch black color. Big ash, dark chocolate, dark fruit in the nose with tons of bourbon and vanilla. Big mouth, tons of dark chocolate, ash, bourbon, oak, low carbonation. Very rounded but slightly boozy. Very nice classic US BA impy

4.2
alteregoo (1676) - 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 ;)

4.2
drpimento (3729) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Malty and a bit roasty.Aroma’. Aroma’s like nose, balanced at first with a bitter finish.

4.1
Piotrek4 (275) - 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.

4.8
Martin__ (80) - 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.

2.9
Aminatchime (169) - 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.


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