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RATINGS: 1126   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2007 Released; Sampled February 2008
A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is simply black and displays nothing when held up to the light. The aroma has an ample roast character to it as well as a bit of a burnt acidity. Aromatic notes of burnt toast, black coffee, deeply browned whole grain bread, burnt plums, and a subtle, but rich, chewy, deeply caramelized malt middle. The nose finishes with a bit of warming alcohol and even a Brandy-like note that is a mix from the alcohol and fruit notes.

Sweet tasting up front, with a chewy richness that is not overly heavy. The ample roast notes definitely provide an acidity to this brew that is noticeable throughout the flavor profile and tends to lessen the impact of the rich, malty body. Black malt, burnt charcoal, astringent roast grain husks and a well burnt fruitiness that comes through a bit more as the beer warms up. The burnt fruit notes mix with the acidity to give suggestions of burnt plums, a hint of roasted cherries, and some more concentrated notes of blackened prunes. The finish is rough, at times a bit hot from alcohol and quite bitter from both the burnt grain and hops. On sips where the roast grain does not dominate a nice, creamy, dark chocolate flavor comes through as does a rich toffee malt notes.

This beer needs some more time to mellow out. It is far to overly burnt and roasted at this point, if it can manage to not get overly oxidized, this could be a real treat in about five years. Right now though this beer is a bit one-dimensional, even for an Imperial Stout.

2006 Bottle; Sampled September 2007
Score = 3.8

Much fruitier than 2004 bottle, though it still has loads of dark malt character. The roast character is pretty well balanced by malt and fruit character. Smoother overall than the 2004. has a perceptible hop bitterness to it.

2004 Bottle; Sampled September 2007
Score = 3.8
Aged Dark Malt aroma, with burnt cherry flavors, noticeable oxidation and sherry notes.
The flavor has a prominent dark grain notes, some touches of sherry, and even some tamarind to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Thanks for sharing Ryan! Dark dark brown to black with a big tan head. fresh sweet licorice. Sort of light roast. A bit fruity. Some herbal spice. A touch of smoke? Middle of he road body for the style with lower carbonation levels. Smokey fruit. Light raisins. Sweet. Light mint? Lingering smoke. Very small roast for the style. Im glad Ive got a bottle of this up my sleeve now!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 In short: A big roasted fruity Imperial Stout. Way above average.
How: Bottle 22oz, 8 months old
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Medium roastiness. Its complex fruity flavours is its main quality, the usual dark fruits with figs, dates, raisins and friends but also some light tropical fruits. The roastiness and tart tropical fruits bring a pleasant tartness in the finish. Full nourishing body that is never syrupy and doesnt have that tar feeling of other big fruity stouts. I didnt get specific hops flavour per say (often the case in monster stouts) but overall the beer appeared really well balanced. Cant say Im disappointed by the beer but coming from Port Brewing this is the minimum I was expecting, coming from most other breweries that would be quite an achievement, and coming from a dairy farm that would be quite perplexing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Pours a very dark and viscous brown in color. Almost black. Smell is black patent malt, some coffee. No head appears on the beer. Taste is coffee, some mild chocolate, some molasses. The mouthfeel is full, but has a bit too much carbonation for me. Another solid brew from an incredible brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
22oz bomber. Pours a very, very dark brown color. Moderate amount of brown head that hangs around for a bit, leaving a little lace. Smells as dark as it looks. Dark malts and fruits dominate the nose. Again, taste is dark dark malts and dark overripe fruitiness. Alcohol towards the finish. Thick, but smooth across the palate. Good carbonation that fades halfway through the glass. This stout is stout. Great brew, not too much chocolate or coffee flavor to distract from the stout itself.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7703) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
Bouteille de 22 oz partage avec MartinT, Rastacouere, Cathschlag et Beerbuzzmontreal. Arme: Odeur de mlasse, de caf et de cacao. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Prsence dun mince col beige mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel fruit, de chocolat et de caf. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement crmeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence de caf en arrire got. (Rating #1464)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Blacked out santa version shared by Ethan and Aubrey a couple nights ago. Very thoughtful and generous, you two. Thanks! Pours is dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Nose of dark fruits, smoke, cream and hops. Flavor is roasty with some some more dark fruits and dark chocolate notes and a roasty and hoppy bitter finish. Nicely complex and tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2581) - 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 (3716) - 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...


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