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RATINGS: 1119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Everything but the kitchen sinkGreat Western Premium Two Row, Wheat, Carvienne, Caramunich, 95-115, 135-165L Crystal Malts, Chocolate, Roasted and Black Barley and Pale Chocolate. We also add some Brown Sugar and some Dark Belgian Candi Sugar to boost the Original Gravity. The beer is hopped with East Kent Goldings, Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Challenger. It is unfiltered with an OG of 1.094 and 10.0% ABV. Proprietary Ale Yeast.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2568) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thin head with minimal carbonation. Reduces quickly to a thin wisp of foam. Meaty aroma with some milk chocolate, sweet malts, malted milk balls and a hint of licorice. Color is a very dark brownish black. Roasty flavor with lots of sweet malts, dark fruit (prunes), more milk chocolate and a bit of bitterness. Alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. Finishes roasty and a bitter with a lingering hops presence. A pretty good imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This was a good beer that I was surprised to see in PA. I would have this again during the holiday season.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3655) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
1/27/2008: Port Brewing Santas Little Helper Imperial Stout has a an almost black color (like coffee). There is no head of any kind and it seems to be lacking carbonation (very little is visible). This beer smells quite sweet. The aroma contains lots of caramelized malt as well as roasted grains, licorice, char, smoke, and a tinge of Scotch-like alcohol. The flavor is fairly rich with lots of sweet, caramel maltiness in the front and then an ample amount of roastiness and bitterness is the dry finish. The middle has traces of fruit, alcohol, char, and very dark (almost unsweetened) chocolate. An espresso coffee flavor and bitterness lingers on the tongue. The alcohol presence does not detract from the flavor and is warming. The body of this beer is medium and it is smooth on the palate. Overall the flavor is balanced although I would have preferred a little more sweetness and a little less bitterness. This is definitely a big beer that is very flavorful and excellent to drink during this time of year!

1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. 9.5% by Vol.) from realale420 (Feb 2007). Thanks Brian! Rating #308 for this beer...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3950) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottled. Very dark mahogany, almost black colour with a medium tan head and decent lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate milk plus a little hop and roasted notes. Flavour is nice with hints of smoke, more chocolate and slight bitterness. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Okay imp stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1163) - LA, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Very dark brown...small brown head hangs on for awhile. Aroma of dark malts, espresso. Rich flavor of molassas, cocoa, carob, toasty malts, coffee, bitter chocolate. Subtle liquorice, burnt caramel, black pepper, wood...strong sweet & bitter finish. Bought this bottle from Port a few months ago.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7848) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours a deep, opaque black from the bomber with a thin, wispy, slightly tan head. Aroma is a little simple, dark roasted malts, little hop to speak of. Flavor is nice and subtle, sweet, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, licorice. Finish is lasting coffee bitterness and a touch of sugary sweetness. Drinkable for a beer with bumped up alcohol, but not complex enough to be a top rate Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a growler, pours dark black like my soul, nice tan head that lasts and laces, smells the typical chocolate and coffee of the style, has a nice warm roasty flavor, a smooth rich body, pretty much everything it should be. Finish is pleasantly fruity - a bit lighter than expected, with hints of cherry and lots of chocolate. Creamy texture throughout. Nice stout, so easy drinking that I overdid it last night and didnt realize it until I woke up with an imperial hedache today.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours out black with brown head. Notes of Roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Sweet with a littlle bite. Thick and complex The alcohol is present with slight bitter after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2429) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2008
650 ml bottle from Liars club. Pours an opaque black color with a tan head that quickly fades. The aroma is strong with dark chocolate cherries, ripe plums and a bit of coffee. The flavor is bursting with big flavors of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and dates; all set in a biter hops backdrop. There is a touch of alcohol showing through the flavor in my sample. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. The finish is long and bittersweet with lingering malted milk chocolate. Overall: This is a very enjoyable stout. Recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
A solid beer which is really quite smooth. The coffee I think comes through nicely, and since bitterness doesnt, the whole thing is like a porter in its straightforwardness. The ingrediants help explain why it is also quite sweet.


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