Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Metalmonk:
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
As black a porter as I've ever seen, or at least extreme dark brown. Head isn't huge but it's remarkably fluffy and creamy while it lasts. All kinds of tan lace hangs onto the glass.
Aroma on par with Southern Tier's Jahva in terms of pure coffee-laden malt explosion. Vanilla tones do sneak through but it's really more about the coffee balancing (very nicely, I have to add) with the bold malt presence.
The taste, oh yes, the taste. What I probably like most about this beer is that despite being an adulterated porter, it never loses its porter-ness. The roasty tones and easy drinking quality of a good porter are here in full, and only enhanced by the gourmet coffee character embedded in every fiber of the beer. A quick snap of hoppy brightness in each sip betrays the brewery's San Diego home base; vanilla is here but merely supportive. Probably would have given this a perfect "5" for taste if the vanilla were just a smidgen more assertive.
Finish leaves that wonderful taste of very high-quality coffee in your mouth, nearly indistinguishable from having actually just had a sip of ultra-good joe; texturally it's smooth and somewhere between light- and medium-bodied; carbonation is minimal; 10% alcohol is...really, this is 10% alcohol? It's hardly noticeable.
Ballast Point comes up with another winner. No wonder this is so highly rated. Hugely pleasurable and drinkable, but I can't help wonder how a stout version of Victory At Sea might pan out...
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2011 23:14:56 | More by Metalmonk
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4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Light chestnut in color with a rocky head that reaches one-quarter inch before dissipating to form rings of lace in a Dogfish Head snifter. SRM 31-34 with dark brown highlights and a viscous film.
Strong, sweet espresso with vanilla is no surprise here. Deep roasted malt with pumpernickel and Jewish rye is also present. Warming accentuates the vanilla and adds a light baker’s chocolate note. Some wood ash is also discernible. The aroma from this glass fills the room.
Luscious with a mix of sweet and bitterness. Espresso bitterness wins hands down while smoked peat and burnt molasses are also present. Very dark chocolate lingers throughout middle to finish.
The body is fuller than expected of a Porter, with silky smoothness and alcohol as anticipated.
This beer fits squarely within the expectations one would have for a sipping or contemplative beer.
Serving type: growler
03-16-2014 12:39:39 | More by SLeffler27
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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