Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +9.3%
Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter.
S- Coffee, roasted malt, nuts, brown sugar
A- Deep black with a quickly-vanishing khaki head. A ring is left around the glass where the head once was. A bubbly lacing adheres to the glass with each sip.
T- Coffee hits immediately and remains throughout. It is accompanied at the front by a bitter dark chocolate that transitions to a sweeter, almost milk, chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla. Both the milk chocolate and vanilla dissipate, leaving a roasted coffee and hints of raisin at the finish.
M- On the thicker side of medium; a perfect consistency for a porter, IMHO. The carbonation is in the background throughout.
O- Phenomenal! The balance and complexity have never been matched by anything I have had in a porter that has not been barrel-aged.
12-13-2011 01:56:36 | More by Ungertaker
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
A - A nice dark brown pretty much black pour with an off white froth about 2" thick.
S - Wonderful coffee scents with vanilla and hints of dark chocolate. Just a great smelling brew that I could keep my nose in for hours.
T - Coffee, Vanilla Bean Dark chocolate. Some hints of booze in there too.
M - Good carbonation with a nice bitter, dry aftertaste.
O - A wonderful porter with excellent scents and solid taste.
12-11-2011 04:32:30 | More by brstls4drmrs
3.35/5 rDev -23.7%
A - not quite a stout and not quite a porter. The head doesn't stay around long but still overall a beauty.
S - Oak, coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Not an outstanding bouquet but perfectly acceptable.
T - Historically this has been one of my favorite beers, but this batch tastes distinctly different than the others I've had. The distinction/problem was the dominance of the oak flavor. Unlike previous batches that deftly balanced the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors this lacked the depth and complexity I've come to expect. The oak muscled everything out.
M - A little extra pop of carbonation but perfectly in line with the style.
O - Maybe my buds we're having an off night. Luckily I have another bottle to do more "analysis."
12-10-2011 16:12:58 | More by JohnPecod
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a deep brown with a minimal tan head that fades into non-existence.
Vanilla dominates the palate, but a bit of coffee and roasted malts stick as well.
Starts off with rich roasted chocolate notes and a bit of coffee. Vanilla peaks in a bit, but is very subdued compared to the nose. There's a roasty bitterness throughout and a vanilla sweetness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium-high becoming better as it warmed. Medium-Low carbonation.
Very tasty beer. This one's been on my radar for while and it lived up to expectations. Good complexity throughout the flavor profile with a very solid mouthfeel.
12-09-2011 21:19:51 | More by jmarsh123
4.35/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours pitch black with a thick mountain of brown head. The head has great retention. The nose has very strong notes of coffee and hints of cocoa. The taste is heavy coffee and light chocolatey, roasty notes followed by some faint vanilla. There is a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, full bodied though a little heavily carbonated.
Wow! This is well balanced, complex, and insanely drinkable. The ABV is hardly noticeable which made this bomber a dangerous one.
12-07-2011 01:33:52 | More by tdm168
4.15/5 rDev -5.5%
Stoked to find this at local ramen house Underbelly. Not exactly sure what an American/Imperial Porter is.
Paler than an imperial stout, but a nice head with ok retention.
Coffee, vanilla, strong malts, pretty much as expected. Smells great.
Very similar flavor, nicely bittered. Lacks a little complexity.
Love the weight of this beer. Definitely not the thickness of a stout, and that makes a big difference for drinkability. Carbonation was spot on. Not boozy in the least.
Certainly the best porter I have had, but it's not a style I drink a lot of.
12-06-2011 16:36:40 | More by Chizoad
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
A- Dark brown with a big tan head and delicate lacing on the glass
S- I smell vanilla first then coffee and roasted malts. I'm excited
T- Follows the nose. Sooo smooth and delicious. A roasty porter with vanilla and coffee that just balance this out perfectly.
M- Not exceptionally thick but nice and easy to drink
O- This beer is so well balanced and it has one of the best coffee flavors i've ever had in a beer. Very impressed, I want one for breakfast tomorrow
12-06-2011 04:19:46 | More by TheBrewViking
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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