Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by dar482:
4.71/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
It had an Enjoy By Date before 11/23/13. This beer should have a year on it for the Enjoy By, so this was a 6 month old bottle.
The beer comes in a pitch black color with a khaki head.
The aroma has espresso, chocolate, and vanilla.
The flavor has an initial bitter coffee and then it just grows and grows. The coffee eventually just coats your whole tongue. It's almost like drinking a creamy dark black coffee. I don't think I've had a brew with more coffee in it. There's then some milk chocolate and the vanilla as well.
The mouthfeel is thinner than an imperial stout. Having had it on tap, it is super creamy then. From a bottle though, it's a less like a creamy cappuccino.
This is really an incredible beer. It's one of my favorite big stout/porters, which is a category that is already filled with amazing beers.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2013 02:27:46 | More by dar482
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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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