Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.65/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle share! Part of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. Notes from last night's Skins/Cowboys game.
A: Pours a nicely opaque black color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent levels of lacing on the glass.
S: Lots of vanilla to start off - and I'm impressed by how naturally it comes off, as well. After that comes a moderate coffee profile...and then after that, tons of chocolaty dark (not necessarily roasted) malts. Not the greatest aroma ever, but I really like how it evolves in its layering.
T: The very first sip is a little harsh with vanilla, though it will smooth out after a few more sips. I really enjoy the layering of the flavors; first vanilla, than subtle mocha coffee, and finally a chocolate and licorice finish. There's a vegetal component in there that I feel harms the balance. Quite good, apart from the overboard vanilla bittersweetness - but some aging will tone it down nicely.
M: The finish is pure sticky, wet sweetness, which fits what this tries to accomplish as a dessert beer. I could do without the slight sugar burn, though. In general, it's lighter in texture and more sharply carbonated than a typical imperial stout - but its best feature is how superbly the alcohol is hidden. I didn't get a look at the ABV on the bottle, but I could easily guess it to be 5.5% rather than 10%.
O: I hope it was just palate fatigue from drinking a quartet of sours before hand, because this was a bit of a letdown. Regardless, this a damn solid dessert beer that can become a really great one after the vanilla fades some. This wipes the floor with certain vanilla porters that will remain nameless, at least.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2012 18:49:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: This poured a nearly opaque black garnet with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like tons of coffee grounds, with a little artificial vanilla and bitter dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee grounds, with some artificial vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate. The aftertaste was somewhat clean and bittersweet.
M: It was a little thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a good scent and taste and body, but it wasn't as complex or delicious as I expected. The finish was a little rough, so it wasn't super easy to drink. It might improve with age, but was not that impressive fresh.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 18:54:06 | More by Pencible
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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