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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

ABV: 9.9%

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.