Beer and Cheer: Santa's Little Helper

Santa's Little Helper
Port Brewing Company
San Marcos, California

Port Brewing Company doesn't mess around. The company, which began as a pizza place in Solano Beach and now owns a large brewing facility in San Marcos, makes unbelievably big beers. And like Stone Brewing, their Golden State neighbor to the south, Port puts out one helluva holiday seasonal. Santa's Little Helper, available on Colorado liquor-store shelves for the first time this year, has an almost chocolate-milk-like consistency and roasted chocolate-like flavor. But don't let that kind of kids' stuff fool you. This Russian-style imperial stout also packs a 10 percent alcohol rating, about twice that of a "normal" beer. -- Jonathan Shikes

The beer also has a great description on Port's website, copied below:

"Each and every year, the Jolly Old Fatman sits down and compiles a list of who's been naughty and nice. It's curious that he never knows which list to put our brewers on as this is one naughty but incredibly nice beer.


Originally brewed at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach in November of 1997. As dark as the biggest lump of coal Santa can deliver, this beer has earned a dedicated following and is code named Satan's Little Hangover by those who have indulged in a holiday like manner from time to time.


Originally shipped from London to the Czarist rulers of Russia, Imperial Stouts are stronger, richer and more robust versions of traditional stouts. The increase in alcohol content means that literally, many of these beers are a meal in a glass all on their own. Made from copious amounts of Roasted and Black Barleys, our stout invites you to share a silky black body with hints of freshly pulled espresso from the coffee house, melding with dark bitter sweet chocolate from a Belgian Chocolateer and the ash of a smoldering fire on a dark winters night."


Craft breweries in Colorado and across the country make seasonal beers all year round, but the best of the best come out in the final three months. To see reviews of my other favorites, check out our Booze News blog archive.

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