It felt like we were overdue for a stout to show up in this series, but finally one has arrived. Also, we’re halfway through this journey towards Christmas morning!
Beer Name: Santa’s Little Helper
Brewery: Port Brewing Company (San Marcos, CA)
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: An imperial stout brewed to emphasize dark cocoa and roasted coffee.
Appearance: Poured thick and black out of the bottle with a thin light tan head that settled in across the top.
Smell: Faint dark malts, but otherwise I didn’t get a lot here.
Taste: Sweet malts to that quickly gave way to bittersweet chocolate and eventually dark roast coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with low-level carbonation.
Hype: I’d been cautiously optimistic about this one on account of the style.
Overall: If roasty stouts are your thing, my guess is that you would probably enjoy this. Since they’re not really mine, I wasn’t particularly into this beer. I don’t think it was bad, rather just not for me.