Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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2.4/5 rDev -45.3%
22oz into Portsmouth tulip. Been meaning to try this one for a long time.
A- Dark roast coffee... 5 finger head after an aggressive pour. Great formation/retention. Khaki in color, even and thick lacing. One of the better 10% pours I've seen in a while.
S- Kind of buttery toffee caramel. Mild heavily creamed coffee. Not really appealing.. there's something off in the nose here. .
T- The buttery caramel toffee is here but doesn't turn me off like it does in the nose. Vanilla is here but comes across more like artificial sweetener than vanilla bean. Tastes like a chocolate butterscotch sundae with some coffee ice cream. Sweet, but not in the realm of ST's creme brulee. Mild acidity, but the coffee is playing too much of a subdued role and the caramel vanilla sweetness is a bit too much.
M- Flavorful.. a bit too sweet. Stealth ABV, very lush body, great carbonation.
D- Low. I'm very 'meh' on this beer. For the price, I can't see myself buying this again.
04-09-2010 02:41:36 | More by ShogoKawada
4.35/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle courtesy of Alec. Thanks homey! Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a thick cap of beige foam that leaves some thick gobs of lace.
The aroma has a heavy vanilla aroma right up front with a robust coffee aroma lingering in the background. Seems to have notes of bitter chocolate in the background.n The pallet gives more of what the the aroma indicates. A little more subtle on the vanilla with more of an emphasis on the coffee. This one is rich and delicious.
The body is full and smooth with soft carbonation. A little bit of a lingering finish would I attribute to the coffee. Overall this one is real solid. Would love to end up with more of these guys anytime.
04-30-2012 01:13:11 | More by Bendurgin
3.95/5 rDev -10%
EDIT (10-25-2010): Just split an 8-month old bottle (same batch as in the review below) with JustinA1. The vanilla had mellowed out a bit, but not as much as I had hoped. Still, the balance was much better, so I boosted the drinkability score from 3.5 to 4.0.
Split amongst Wisemen Nick, Zach, and Jorge. Poured into three standard pint glasses.
Appearance: Poured out dark and thick, producing an ample amount of brown foam atop each 7oz. sample. Head looks beautiful: fluffy and brown with great retention. Body is completely opaque. Nice lacing. Looks great!
Smell: Strong coffee and vanilla from the get-go. Damn! I've never encountered this much vanilla before. Mocha, dark chocolate, and blueberries also contribute, but to a much lesser extent. Pretty incredible. I initially thought the vanilla and coffee aromas were too strong, but as I sit here I can't help but be blown away by this nose. Very nicely done.
Taste: Vanilla, charred grains, black coffee, and (blue)berry-like esters. Very interesting and unique, but I find a good deal of astringency in this one. The alcohol (I'm guessing) does some pretty odd things to the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full-bodied, and very, very creamy. This seriously feels like a milkshake. Carbonation is very light and velvety. Victory at Sea finishes dry (showing the 10% ABV) and leaves a bit of a medicinal taste that quickly dissipates. Not a big fan of the finish, but the milky/creamy feel is top notch!
Drinkability: This is a very cool beer that's certainly worthy of all the praise. I personally find it to be over-the-top and a bit medicinal, but I'd be happy to try it again. I think splitting this two ways will be your best bet.
NOTE: Zach and Jorge both found this beer to be over-the-top and thought it would be much better if it were toned down a bit. Reminiscent of ST Creme Brulee.
02-17-2010 03:57:30 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.54/5 rDev +3.4%
A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving behind some short rings of lace
S- big fresh coffee espresso notes melds with melted dark chocolate, toasted vanilla biscotti, fudge brownie, dried dark cherry and fruit bread
T- fresh dark roast coffee up front, highlighted by sweet vanilla, chocolaty malt, and toasted almond. Dark fruit notes of prune, fig and raisin on the finish with a sweet cherry juice finish
M- medium body and carbonation with a light-yet-creamy mouthfeel, leads to a smooth and velvety finish. Loaded with flavor, but still keeping a light enough mouthfeel for a porter, ABV is hidden very well
O- the vanilla meshes almost perfectly to an already solid base coffee porter. Drinkability is on point, solid beer!
02-03-2014 01:24:28 | More by Treyliff
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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