Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured a dark dark deep sea depth blackish color with a whiteish brown thick head. Smells like coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy, sweet, lots of malts and coffee upfront. Lots of vanilla, pretty sweet for a stout. High ABV is covered by the vanilla and chocolate. This is a heavy brew. Very dark and thick with lots of sweet notes on the palate. For my personal taste this is a little too sweet, too much vanilla coming through, but I can certaintly appreciate it for what it is and enjoy on occasion. A truly unique beer that should be sipped, good to end a session with.
02-03-2014 04:17:24 | More by theteleman
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
A: black as oil with a super thin dark tan head. Looks sexy.
S: man oh man this smells delicious. Vanilla and chocolate first off. Also some caramel. Roasted malts as well.
T: so good... vanilla soaked chocolate, espresso and cream, toast, bread crust, burnt caramel, toffee, cooked cherries, and deep roasted malts. It's got a bitter kick in the end.
M: thick. Creamy and delicious. It has a hint of booze though on the back end.
O: very very good brew by Ballast Point. Love the flavors of this. The only thing that is disappointing, but not even a big deal, is that boozy kick in the back end. This beer is awesome and worth the money. (EDIT: just had it on tap, and it blew my mind even further- more of a burnt marshmallow taste and a lot more cinnamon and nutmeg mixed in with that wonderful vanilla. Simply amazing. Also, none of that booziness mentioned above.)
02-03-2014 03:32:26 | More by titty_mcbitty
4.54/5 rDev +3.4%
A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving behind some short rings of lace
S- big fresh coffee espresso notes melds with melted dark chocolate, toasted vanilla biscotti, fudge brownie, dried dark cherry and fruit bread
T- fresh dark roast coffee up front, highlighted by sweet vanilla, chocolaty malt, and toasted almond. Dark fruit notes of prune, fig and raisin on the finish with a sweet cherry juice finish
M- medium body and carbonation with a light-yet-creamy mouthfeel, leads to a smooth and velvety finish. Loaded with flavor, but still keeping a light enough mouthfeel for a porter, ABV is hidden very well
O- the vanilla meshes almost perfectly to an already solid base coffee porter. Drinkability is on point, solid beer!
02-03-2014 01:24:28 | More by Treyliff
3/5 rDev -31.7%
Appearance: Pours a nice dark black color with dark tan head, leaves good lacing
Smell: Strong medium roast coffee, some hints of roasted malts and earthy hops
Taste: Strong medium roast coffee dominates the taste. The faintest hints of vanilla, along with a little stronger hints of roasted malts and earthy hops. Good bitterness
Mouthfeel: Full body, good level of carbonation for the style
Overall: Disappointing. Severely. Even without all the hype it gets, picking up a bottle from a good brewery that says "Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter" you would expect something different. This tastes like you brewed a batch of beer replacing the water purely with coffee, and not a coffee with the kind of notes I prefer. If this didn't say vanilla on the label, I would have no idea it was there. And, you have to really know what you're looking for to tell that it is based on a porter. Now, maybe I had it too fresh? Maybe a little age will tone the coffee down? But still, where's the vanilla? I know its there, but it is so over powered by the coffee. I haven't had a ton of coffee beers, but what I have had is a bit more balance, a bit more toned down, and a bit more enjoyable. At $10 a bottle, I'm not going to try to figure out if I got a bad bottle. Still, this isn't a drain pour, but I can think of plenty of 4 pack or 6 pack beers I would rather have.
02-01-2014 04:39:16 | More by MadCat
4.79/5 rDev +9.1%
A: Deep black oil with a healthy espresso creama colored head.
S: Roasted wood, vanilla, and a subtle spice.
T: Starts with a strong vanilla flavor then gives way to a wave of thick coffee. After that comes the coffee bitterness which then yields to the hop bitterness. The finishing note is roasted malts more reminiscent of a stout than a typical porter.
M: Quite thick, almost espresso-like.
O: Far more impressive than I anticipated. The vanilla is a touch strong but the rest is near perfect for the style. I'd love to try this again after some aging.
02-01-2014 00:21:36 | More by 01001111
4.96/5 rDev +13%
General: This is from the 2013 release, when I went to the bar they still happened to have some so I picked last years and this years up.
Appearance: Beautiful tan head that diminishes pretty quickly. The color is jet black, I can barely see a light through this. Amazing looking beer.
Aroma: You can tell that this is a coffee vanilla porter right off the bat. The aroma is amazing. It has the expected aroma but there is a great maltiness with a touch of chocolate in it. Great!
Mouthfeel: This coats the mouth the way that you would expect. It's top notch for sure!
Taste: This is the definition of a coffee vanilla imperial porter to me. That's all I can say about it.
Overall: If you see this, but it. It is worth every penny even if you don't normally like an imperial porter. Buy this beer, not sure if the newest version is exactly the same but I will review that one soon.
01-30-2014 04:25:43 | More by BeerEngineer
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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