Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by jbphoto88:
4.25/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A dark brown beer that closely approaches black. There are some ruby highlights that barely give away the actual color. The head is a sponge of bubbles, sticking to everything it touches and is the color of espresso crema with a hint of cherry wood red. Impressive start.
Mmmmm there are loads of chocolate malts and coffee punch in the nose. And I mean punch! The coffee notes all but dominate with charred malts coming in way behind the thick cloud of cafe musk. All of those heavy scents have a bit of an acidic tart smell to them but in my experience that can be masked in flavor.
Speaking of which this is a huge flavor bomb. The coffee and chocolate carry over but not the tartness. The coffee is diminished and replaced by the vanilla roasted caramel malt and a baked nuttiness. Heavy duty with waves and layers of big porter flavor. Super delicious.
The mouthfeel is full bodied like you'd guess from a beer of this nature. The acrid notes perk up here and seem to wash off a layer of enamel from your teeth and leaves you with a chocolate bile aftertaste. Not my favorite finish but not so bad to make me rate it below a 4. So even with that negative this is still a bad ass brew.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2012 22:12:00 | More by jbphoto88
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4.2/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a murky black color with a modest mocha colored head.
Smell - The aroma was a pleasant vanilla malty aroma. The aroma is not overly sweet, but certainly seems to suggest a dessert beer.
Taste - My first impression on drinking the beer was to think of vanilla coke. Notes of malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a little dark fruit was present. The chocolate evolved to be more dry in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - For the style, I thought the beer was a little thin. Taking into consideration all the extras in this porter, the thinness is a little surprising.
Overall - I enjoyed the beer and would certainly drink it again. I am not certain that I would seek the beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 16:31:42 | More by JohnnyHopps
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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