Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by hctap00:
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pitch black, per usual. Decent head the color of creamed coffee. Fades to a thin lacing that lingers.
Not surprisingly, coffee dominates the nose. Reminds me of a medium roast, with hazelnut tones. Second whiff reminds me of french vanilla hot chocolate of my youth. Sweet, but not overly so.
An assault on the senses that pushes the "American Porter" classification to the limit. And I love it. A blend of delicate coffee and hazelnut/vanilla sweetness. When I think one flavor is going to assert itself, the other shows up. The coffee is not very bitter, but just enough. Vanilla gives a bit of an edge. A bit of warming alcohol as it goes down. Little hop bitterness.
Smooth and creamy on the palate. Not too much carbonation, which I like
Overall, a real treat. Would make a great dessert beer. Share it with a friend and sip it slow.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2012 06:25:08 | More by hctap00
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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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