Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev -5.5%
A - absolutely pitch black. Pours a single finger mocha- brown head.
S - tons of chocolate right up front. Some coffee, roasted malt, bread. Looking for the vanilla and not finding it.
T - roasted malts, dark chocolate / cacao, coffee, bourbon. Again, not much vanilla. Little but of sweetness. Alcohol is well integrated.
M - not as viscous or syrupy as one might think. Relatively nice finish but not as much of a lingering aftertaste.
O- one of my favorites given the price and availability. Nothing mind blowing but a really solid late night dessert beer.
07-01-2013 02:56:42 | More by EliotRosewater
4.44/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Black one of the darkest I've had. Honestly one of the best looking beers I've had but I can't rate black a 5.
S: Dark semi-sweet chocolate with something else I can't place.
T: Very good with a lot going on. Bittersweet start and a herbal hop finish. Too much going on here for me to pick everything out.
M: TOP NOTCH! I don't normally notice the mouthfeel too much but this beer nailed it. I has carbonation but the bubbles seam smaller than other beers making it feel like there is more liquid than others.
O: Very good!
06-30-2013 02:15:35 | More by Ninjabrew
4.58/5 rDev +4.3%
Was like drinking baker's chocolate. Very nice beer, but WOW, I really needed something to clean the palate between sips. Which I had a strong cheese.
Dark, full body,dark chocolate bitter, rich flavor with a good touch of vanilla sweet.
When in the mood for a Porter's Porter, I would drink it again.
06-29-2013 20:10:54 | More by stonewild
4.28/5 rDev -2.5%
22 oz from the Beer Temple, dated 12/20/12, poured into a FFF Teku at around 40F.
Dark dark body almost black with thin khaki head, some retention, some lacing.
Smell is a pungent vanilla. They did not shy away from this ingredient. The coffee follows suit and is a nice roast, even 6 months after this was brewed. The roasted malts are also apparent, with some chocolatey, caramel notes. A little overpowering on the vanilla but the nose is anything but subdued.
Flavor profile follows the nose well. A lot of vanilla, with dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, and caramel toffee rounding this out. The flavor profile almost makes it taste like it's been in a barrel, which it has not. That's actually the major thing missing from this beer, is the 10% ABV punch. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Probably by the overwhelming sweetness of vanilla, but still a complex and diverse flavor profile, if not the best balance.
The mouthfeel has a higher than expected carbonation given the head size, but it doesn't detract. A full body with some dryness on the finish and a sticky malty residue on the tongue.
On of the better imperial porters I've had. I haven't tried the base beer but assume it would be very good as well. I like the coffee addition, the vanilla could have been better integrated and balanced though. Overall very nice beer that worth drinking more than once.
06-29-2013 00:23:11 | More by MCain04
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
22oz bottle served in a snifter.
L - black with a tan head that thinned out some but still left nice rings and trails of lacing.
S - French Vanilla Coffee.
T - French Vanilla Coffee.
F - medium/full bodied with a creamy/smooth feel.
O - very nice.
06-28-2013 23:24:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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