The Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout from Port Brewing Company in San Marcos, California pours out pitch black in color with no light getting through and is topped with a large, mocha colored, frothy head that very slowly reduces down to a thick film with a large collar. On the nose, wonderful, robust roast grain aromas with licorice, coffee, dark, unsweetened chocolate and a hint of molasses. In the mouth, luxurious and coating with a velvety richness. Flavors of deeply roast grain, black coffee, a little fig, baker's chocolate, molasses and more roast grain. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Thick, almost solid, sheets of lacing on the glass. Chewy, thick, somewhat viscous mouthfeel. The finish is very long, dry and packed with coffee and roast grain flavors right to the end.
A wonderful, thick chewy, big Imperial Stout for a cold Winter's night. After a bottle of this Santa will not feel the chill on Christmas Eve when he is out delivering presents. Perfect for a for when you get home after a day out in the cold. Feel a little chill after a day of skiing? Have a Santa's Little Helper Imperial Stout and it will be gone. For those of us that like big, bold, bodacious, thick, chewy stouts, this one is a must try. Age some bottles too for next year and the years after. This will age well. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 10.0% ABV, Bottled on 9/10/12
Beer 336 of 366 for 2012