Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.83/5 rDev +10%
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass
A- Very dark brown/black appearance. About a fingers worth of a rust brown colored head.
S- The coffee dominates the nose of this beer. Lots of roasted characters and maybe a slight bit of vanilla. Reminds me of the smell of a coffee shop in the morning.
T- Massive coffee notes blend beautifully with the vanilla. No taste of the 10% abv at all, making this dangerously drinkable.
Overall this is an impressive imperial porter. I'm not really a fan of porters, and prefer stouts, but this beer was excellent. Highly recommend giving it a try. In my opinion at 6.99 this is a bargain for such a top notch brew. Don't hesitate to pick up a bottle.
01-28-2012 21:03:40 | More by fullthrottle77
4.83/5 rDev +10%
A: Wonderfully dark. Moves in the glass like thick coffee. Tan foam, doesn't last quite as long as I would have liked.
S: Inviting. No alcohol notes. Coffee blends nicely with vanilla, roasted malts.
T: Really great balance of flavors. I got the malts first, followed quickly by the vanilla, then coffee, then a bit of porter at the finish. Smooth with nothing left on your tongue but coffee and vanilla.
M: Clean. Memorable thick and creamy texture.
O: If you are looking for an impressive coffee stout, this one balances more nicely than most. The vanilla shouldn't dissuade you; it adds to the complexity of the beer, but neither it nor the espresso completely overpower the beer. Keep a few bottles of this around for after dinner on a cold night.
*three months and three bottles later, I had to revise my original numbers. this beer only gets better, and is one of the best i've ever had.
01-28-2012 20:34:47 | More by mrelizabeth
4.58/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark black with a mocha colored head that has great retention, lasting throughout the drink. It leaves behind rings of lacing.
S: Where to begin? It starts off with a strong ground coffee bean aroma that gives way to sweet vanilla and a sort of woody scent. Chocolate and roasted malts then begin to make an appearance.
T: Quite similar to the aroma with strong coffee and sweet vanilla. The alcohol is very subtle but has a light presence.
M: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Very smooth to drink. I could drink this all day.
O: This may be one of my favorite beers I've ever had. The smell is orgasmic and the taste isn't far off. I wish this were available year round.
01-28-2012 07:43:12 | More by BilbosNuts
4.65/5 rDev +5.9%
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Got this in a trade from Heymanivxx - thanks man! Great label too, I love it.
Poured from bottle to pint glass.
A - The beer pours jet black with huge 3 finger dark tan/brown head with great retention and gobs of lacing.
S - Nice aroma of vanilla beans with roasted malt character: coffee, chocolate, almost creamy on the nose.
T/M - A nice vanilla flavor right up front which quickly is joined with a nice coffee/chocolate flavor. The middle is so creamy it's like a milk chocolate shake! Mild bitterness with a huge creamy mouthfeel. The beer ends with a nice coffee roast on the palate that lasts forever. Full bodied and delicious.
D - The beer is strong but hides it's strength well. Very drinkable.
Overall, this is an outstanding beer. I was really impressed and an thankful for the hook up. Highly recommended!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 01:49:16
01-27-2012 21:34:46 | More by hopfacebrew
3.43/5 rDev -21.9%
22oz bomber poured into an oversized snifter.
A: Pours black with a two-inch tan head. The head dies down after a few minutes, but never quite goes away. Lacing clings to the glass in rings.
S: Whole, roasted coffee beans with hints of vanilla bean and a roasted malt base. Malted milk balls. Faint dark chocolate. Not the most complex nose, but it still smells quite good.
T: Bitter and acidic coffee flavors kick things off. Darkfruit lingers underneath with almost a tart edge. Vanilla bean barely breaks through now and then. Kick of citric hops. More bitter coffee. Dark chocolate before the finish. Nutty and coffee tastes finish, along with some lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Low carbonation. Good enough to get the job done, but it seems to be lacking some intangible dimension.
O: Too bitter, in my opinion, with a double dose coming from both the coffee and the ample hopping. Hop tastes were also very distracting and felt out of place. Good but not great, don't see what all the fuss is about.
Notes: This beer disappears from the shelves very quickly around here, and has quite a reputation. Not sure why. I can readily think of several similar and easier to find options at this price point or lower that I would rather have.
01-27-2012 05:25:29 | More by ryan1788a5
4.15/5 rDev -5.5%
Victory At Sea - 2011
Bomber w/ 10oz Nonic Taster glass
A: Pours a super dark brown which looks jet black in the glass really. Completely opaque. A fantastic two to three fingers of dark tan suds formed. Exhibits some great retention skills. Subsides to a crown and leaves curtains of lace with each sip.
S: Smells like a straight up caramel mocha. Aromas are caramel, toasted malts, dry roast coffee with a sort of earthiness to it and alcohol. Not a whole lot of vanilla in the nose.
T: Taste is quite the treat. Like having German chocolate cake in a glass. Roasted grains that depict some real dark chocolate notes. Fresh brewed coffee and vanilla. A caramel candied sweetness overall. Toasted coconut. Green earthy woods and a nice hoppy bitter bite towards back palate. Just layers and layers of flavor here. A real step up from the nose. A good amount of warming alcohol heat but does not impact the beer in a negative manner. Coffee is so fresh and the vanilla really comes alive as this brew warms up. More reminiscent of a French Vanilla Cafe.
M: Heavier in body and a little syrupy. Not too thick or viscous and not really thin for that matter. Overall a somewhat creamy texture with a touch of oily sleekness.
D: A delectable drink that should be savored. Complex with lots of layered flavors. All of which play their own part yet work really nicely together. Slightly sweet and boozy it's definitely an Imperial. Enjoyed better after temp warms up a bit.
Highly recommend. I always seek this one out at time of release. Hands down my favorite beer label too!
01-26-2012 19:49:05 | More by Nugganooch
4/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured into a tulip, beer pours a jet black with a tan/chocolate brown one and a half finger head that lingers to a lot of nice lace down the glass at every sip.
Appearance: Dark black with tan/chocolate brown head.
Smell: Up front is dark chocolate with a lot of smoke, vanilla, coffee, oak and caramel sweetness. Hops very far in the back but you can pick them up.
Taste: Vanilla up front, tons of coffee, tons of chocolate, roast, lots of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy silk with medium carbonation. Great finish of alcohol warmth. Very nice.
Overall: A very good beer. This one was recommended by the craft beer shop I go to and I was not disappointed at all. Will be putting this one on the list for the next shopping trip.
01-24-2012 00:13:10 | More by fwiz
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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