Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by bcostner1:
4.13/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Darker than some porters I have had; borders on black but does transmit at least a little bit of light. Nice tan head.
S: Some char, wood, cocoa, vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Coffee and vanilla do not come through as much as I would have thought/liked but still presents a decent aroma.
T: Very tasty. Everything blends together pretty well. Not quite as coffee-forward or vanilla-forward as I thought it would be but both elements are still evident. Almost has a kind of "malted milkshake" or "frappuccino" quality to it from the blending of the coffee and vanilla which I like. The finish is pretty dry and is predominantly bitter dark chocolate and/or bitter cocoa. All in all, this is a fairly complex beer. As I sit and sip it, I keep picking different subtleties.
M: Pretty easy drinker surprisingly. ABV is hidden very well. I would say that it is actually a little on the thick/viscous side for a porter but not so much so as an extremely viscous impy stout would be for example. I'm enjoying the body in this one.
Overall, I was very excited to try this one. It did live up to expectations but I do wish that the coffee and vanilla elements (in particular the coffee) were just a little bit more pronounced. I would definitely drink this again though. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2012 23:05:37 | More by bcostner1
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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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