Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by philbe311:
4.25/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Initial review on 11/28/09 (tap):
A - Dark shiny midnight black color... Just the tiniest bit of riuby highlights leak in at the top when the glass is tilted... A slight medium tan head quickly fades leaving an minimal but inviting lace... No carbonation can be seen... Leaves rings one the glass on the way down...
S - The nose is fairly subdued given the size and boldness of this brew... Present are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of licorice... Very little in the way of vanilla...
T - Equal part coffee, chocolate, and hearty roasted malt... The alcohol's warmth is present, but well hidden in the background... Absent are the vanilla and balance I enjoyed so much in draft form...
M - Slightly more than medium bodied, but still extremely delicate... Ever so slightly chewy... Goes down very easy considering the 10% ABV would lead you to believe... Not quite a sipper, but close... The bottle version proves to be a little more fizzy and a little less creamy...
D - A world class offering in draft form... Still a very formidable offering in bottle form... The vanilla and balance are MIA... Also the mouthfeel suffers from increased fizziness...
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2010 02:17:29 | More by philbe311
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3.71/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A: 4.25 Looks nice and viscous out of the bottle. Super dark brown, almost black with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.
S: 3.75 Roasted coffee and malt dominate the nose with strong vanilla coming right behind. Coffee smells pretty earthy (maybe I let this one go a bit too long; perhaps better fresh?).
T: 3.5 Bitter coffee and roasted malt. Vanilla sweetness is in the middle with more bitterness at the end.
M: 4.25 Really nice carbonation and pretty rich and thick. Well done here.
O: 3.75 Probably need to revisit this one fresh (or even age it longer to see if the bitterness of the coffee mellows out a bit). It’s pretty good, but fresh it might be more balanced and interesting.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 22:47:32 | More by Tele
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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