Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
bottle to HFS sniffer
A: very dark but not quite black though completely opaque with a thick mocha head that dissipates into a thick lacing.
S: So the first thing that hits you in the face is massive vanilla scent it is nice and roasty, but almost overpowering all the other smells. I can definitely detect the coffee and a few hints of malt but thats about it. Good, but not great.
T: follows the nose with the vanilla but not as strong as in the nose there is definitely a lot more coffee flavor i can almost taste the ground beans great combination of flavors very strong and extremely robust RIS taste in a porter.
M: Very thick but also extremely smooth and creamy which seems to be caused by the vanilla. Milkshake status for sure and the alcohol is well hidden
O: This is probably second only to everett in terms of porters for me this is smooth with tons of strong coffee and vanilla flavor exactly what I want from a porter especially an imperial one I highly recommend this beer
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2013 02:55:13 | More by Pinknuggets
4.1/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle from Halftime.com. 8.99. Enjoy by 11/07/13, which I believe is one year after bottling. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.
Pours flat black with a finger and a half of fluffy vanilla head that leaves large sheets of lace.
Smells of charred malts, creamed coffee and sweet vanilla.
Bold coffee leads the taste followed by roasty malts, earthy bark, cherry skins, vanilla and resinous pine. A bit of an alcohol bite but it is blended in well enough to make this pretty easy to drink.
Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. Long, dry bitter piney hop and coffee aftertaste.
This is a great imperial porter and great coffee beer in general. I've had this a few times and I actually think I prefer it after a year or two once the coffee has faded to let the vanilla through a little more. All in all, it's a worthy brew at any age.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2013 04:35:57 | More by ThickNStout
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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