Style: Imperial Stout
Port Brewing Company Santa’s Little Helper
What the brewers say
“Our imperial stout starts with an emphasis on dark cocoa and roasted coffee aromatics. The finish lends hints of sweet crystal malt, warming tones of alcohol, and a touch of hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Bittersweet chocolate, toffee, faint piney hops. Dusty cocoa with a coffee finish. Light floral hops notes and stone-fruit esters.”
Flavor: “Classic imperial stout flavors—moderate hops bitterness, dark roast coffee (but not overly bitter), bittersweet chocolate. Licorice, slight smoke, plum. Burnt figs and Turkish coffee. Strong roast paired with strong alcohol. Plenty of hops bitterness to extend the coffee flavor, and lots of coconut and cocoa extend the malt profile.”
Overall: “Nice alcohol heat, round creamy sweetness. Tastes like malted chocolate milk balls. Nice roast finish. Lots of crisp bitterness, lingering into the aftertaste. Sweet caramel malt also lingers. The alcohol is a bit hot, which makes me want to take this one slowly.”
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