Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by mrelizabeth:
4.83/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A: Wonderfully dark. Moves in the glass like thick coffee. Tan foam, doesn't last quite as long as I would have liked.
S: Inviting. No alcohol notes. Coffee blends nicely with vanilla, roasted malts.
T: Really great balance of flavors. I got the malts first, followed quickly by the vanilla, then coffee, then a bit of porter at the finish. Smooth with nothing left on your tongue but coffee and vanilla.
M: Clean. Memorable thick and creamy texture.
O: If you are looking for an impressive coffee stout, this one balances more nicely than most. The vanilla shouldn't dissuade you; it adds to the complexity of the beer, but neither it nor the espresso completely overpower the beer. Keep a few bottles of this around for after dinner on a cold night.
*three months and three bottles later, I had to revise my original numbers. this beer only gets better, and is one of the best i've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2012 20:34:47 | More by mrelizabeth
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4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Light chestnut in color with a rocky head that reaches one-quarter inch before dissipating to form rings of lace in a Dogfish Head snifter. SRM 31-34 with dark brown highlights and a viscous film.
Strong, sweet espresso with vanilla is no surprise here. Deep roasted malt with pumpernickel and Jewish rye is also present. Warming accentuates the vanilla and adds a light baker’s chocolate note. Some wood ash is also discernible. The aroma from this glass fills the room.
Luscious with a mix of sweet and bitterness. Espresso bitterness wins hands down while smoked peat and burnt molasses are also present. Very dark chocolate lingers throughout middle to finish.
The body is fuller than expected of a Porter, with silky smoothness and alcohol as anticipated.
This beer fits squarely within the expectations one would have for a sipping or contemplative beer.
Serving type: growler
03-16-2014 12:39:39 | More by SLeffler27
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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