Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.61/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - As pitch black as the depths of the sea itself, this dark imperial porter has a frothy mocha head that churns upward lapping rocky splashes of lace on the glass as it slowly sinks.
S - At first Victory At Sea's aromatics present nothing more than cold-pressed oily, loosely ground espresso bean. As the dark beer warms, roasted malt incorporates dark chocolaty nuances with the rising tide of vanilla bean and subtle sweet caramel on the finish.
T - Heavily roasted malt unveils dark bitter baker's chocolate with undertones of molasses and dried vanilla bean before launching right back into the robust cold-pressed espresso flavor. While it's damn delicious, it's not quite as impressive at the aroma lets on.
M - Starting with a robust feel, Victory At Sea quickly shifts to a thinner feeling presence due to it's heavily roasted malt and coffee acrid bitterness that's further thinned by warming alcohol on the finish.
O - An iconic beer from it's harrowing label to the sheer robust presence of the coffee, Victory At Sea is a classic coffee beer for any coffee lover, gliding smoothly across the palate with black espresso, vanilla tannins, and bitter chocolate lapping at the bow as warming alcohol fuels it's sails. If you want to totally geek out, enjoy this while watching a 'Pirates' movie.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 01:03:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.06/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Tasted On: 06-28-2014
Freshness: Best by 12-12-2013
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Received in a trade
Black, opaque beer that features a small tan head. Very good lacing and a low level of retention.
Aromas have vanilla and wood, rich dark fruits, coffee, chocolates and dark cherry fruit.
The taste has dark chocolate, rich malts and brown breads, bitterness of roasted coffee and earth hops and vanilla. Also get some alcohol warming and perhaps some oxidation from the age.
Thick-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation. The finish has a pretty intense coffee flavor and bitterness.
A very rich and coffee-forward beer that I enjoyed, but it did seem to have some off flavors that may be attributed to the age.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 03:53:12 | More by sommersb
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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