Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
L: Very dark, but still some glints of red around the edges, soapy mocha head, moderate lacing.
A: Big coffee and vanilla notes, as to be expected, as well as dark chocolate, dark fruit, cherry and a sweet caramel backdrop. Some noticeable alcohol, slightly spicy, perhaps from hops.
T/M: Smooth bitterness upfront, moves into a velvety mixture of coffee and chocolate notes, a sweet caramel middle, and a finish with more dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and a big dose of vanilla. Smooth, but fairly thin, with a fairly drying finish from the roasted malt.
Overall, a delicious and complex brew, very drinkable for the abv. I have a few more and look forward to cracking one open for desert on occasion. It is not as viscous as many Imperial Stouts, but the flavor is all there. One of the best coffee infused beers I have had.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2013 23:33:06 | More by Siriusfisherman
4.56/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Served from a bomber into a Grey Sail pint. Put in the fridge for an hour prior to consumption.
Appearance- Pitch black with thin mocha head that didn't last long. Mocha ring remains around the top of the beer.
Smell- Strong. Coffee, sweet chocolate, burnt vanilla aromas, some licorice, heavy sweet chocolate malts. The booze is relatively hidden in smell.
Taste- Wow heavy coffee with mild lingering vanilla notes. Dark bitter chocolate rounds out the coffee nicely and smooth malts balance with the bitter chocolate. Very well balanced beer. Booze is also not forward, which for 10% is incredible.
Mouthfeel- Very drinkable and smooth with moderate carbonation. Too drinkable actually.
Overall- This is an awesome beer. Great, well balanced flavors and smooth body in this one.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2013 02:23:59 | More by Seanniek91
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,558 ratings.