Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.49/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark, but not quite opaque. When held to the light it appears clear and shows a tiny bit of ruby highlight. The head is mammoth, brown, rocky, and quite long-lasting. The nose is slightly astringent, not too assertive, and gives off some nice roasty notes and promises both coffee and vanilla.
The beer has a medium-full body and a complex, superbly balanced flavor. Lots of roasty notes up front as well as a hint of toffee-like malt. Around mid-palate, the roastiness gives way to coffee and the toffee gives way to vanilla, still maintaining a balance. Some of the roastiness comes back on the back of the palate and really lingers on the finish. Is this beer really 10% ABV? No way I would ever guess that. The feel seems thin given the ABV, but I think it's the roastiness playing tricks on me.
I can see why this is a ``Beer of Fame''. It's a tasty, incredibly well-balanced porter that is a near perfect example of the style description and therefore I must rate it very highly. Still, I think I prefer Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and its slight, woody sweetness to this. I like to taste a little more malt and a little less roastiness. It's a personal preference, nothing more (darn sweet tooth). This is a terrific beer and I think it's a better example of the style than EF, but if I could only have one porter, I'd still take EF.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 01:30:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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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