Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
With big dark beers I l like to hold them up to the sun or in this case a white screen on my computer monitor (poor sun light coming into this room). IMO a great stout should be even from the bottle near to jet black. A porter however you expect a bit more ruby hues coming through and this one nails it. A nice tan head with a surprising amount of lacing just to finish things off. I shoulda read more before buying this one....10% isn't really what I was looking for at 4 pm but heck it's final 4 time in about 2 hours, just pre gaming.
There's a certain sweet and soft nature that porters almost always create. Given the difference in a porter and a stout is often just the whimsy of a brewer i find this interesting. Vanilla really comes through as does chocolate and coffee. There malt isn't overly roasted or toasted and the vanilla helps give it this nice soft finish.
Rich, complex, just a wonderful beer. I'm not even sure where to start. The soft notes of malt and hints of vanilla hit the tongue first giving an almost caramel and light roast effect. The beer then quickly turns dark to chocolate and and vanilla bean sweetness. The finish is bitter coffee with enhancement form coffee. This roast coffee lingers in the mouth for what seems like forever after a sip if complete.
The mouth feel is velvety and dense. Imperial for sure.
This is just great beer. I'm not sure I like the vanilla as much as others. It just seems out of place and to be honest it has never been a good thing when a beer mentions vanilla on the label. Still world class and up there with the best of the best.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2013 20:14:16 | More by bobhits
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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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