Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by rawla:
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
**Finally got around to typing the notes for this review***
Purchased a bomber from Vendome Wine and Liquor on Olympic Blvd on 12/17/2011 after Miguel, the gentleman who runs the beer section, recommended it due to it's limited availability.
Poured into a 6 oz snifter.
A: Pours with a rich, caramel head. About a finger of head. Surprising for a beer of this high ABV. Dark as night, but some range of color with some brown towards the head. A creamy toffee lacing on the sides. Awesome.
S: Vanilla Latte. The coffee is present, but the vanilla really PUNCHES through!. Very little alcohol presence in the nose. Impressive character.
T: Cafe con Leche notes, vanilla, espresso. Full semi-sweet presence throughout, without overbearing on the coffee and toasted profile. Well balanced. Again, you can't really taste the alcohol in this. Finishes off like coffee and vanilla bean, too. I want to say this is a straight-forward Imperial Porter, but that would be a disservice. It wants you to taste vanilla, coffee, espresso, and damn if it doesn't execute it flawlessly. Mmmm
M: Lighter than I expected. Goes down smooth, without really sticking through the roof of the mouth.
O: A stunningly well balanced Imperial Porter. Some bitterness i the end to keep the palate on it's toes, but overall an amazing beer. Will drink again.. A
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2012 20:27:42 | More by rawla
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4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bomber into a wide mouth pint glass. Black body with a hint of light brown at the edges and a 1.4 inch white/brown head. The nose was true to its name with heavy coffee and vanilla scents, and a bit of tart fruitiness, maybe cranberry. Taste was very complex, with a blast of coffee up front, followed by a soft caramel, vanilla flavor and fruit that fades into a bit of bitterness. This is a substantial beer that coats the mouth and leaves behind a lingering flavor,. It really drinks more like a stout than a traditional porter. Overall, I would say that this is a very strong beer, definitely one of my favorites.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 04:29:41 | More by OneEye78
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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