Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pegasus:
4.8/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Appearance: Utter obsidian in color, with a large dark tan head, which retains rather well. Thick, glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.
Aroma: Strong notes of cold coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, earth, and vinous alcohol. While the coffee/espresso notes are strongest, the vanilla is notable.
Taste: Opens with a massive cold coffee flavor, with a strong undercurrent of bitter cocoa and vanilla. As the taste progresses, a brief moment of sweet chocolate appears, then vinous alcohol, and dark roasted malt. Late in the taste, earthy flavors appear, along with a burst of herbal hops. The 10% ABV is very gracefully concealed. Finishes with a lingering note of cold coffee and bitter cocoa.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and velvety.
Drinkability/notes: An absolutely superb example, an order of magnitude (or two) beyond ordinary beer.
Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Austin, Texas for $9.99 plus tax.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2013 23:44:09 | More by Pegasus
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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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