Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +12.8%
A 22oz bomber picked up in GA! New to the state. When I went out to the brewery in 2011, they did not have this one on draft...so finally get to try it.
A - Pitch black, with 2 fingers of head and lace coats the glass all the way down. Beautiful. Looks like a creamy milkshake
S - Huge coffee aroma, roasted grains, and vanilla.
T - Sweet up front...chocolate. Then Espresso coffee kicks in...big time! Vanilla in the aftertaste with a subtle hop aftertaste. ABV well hidden. Unbelievable..
M - Full bodied, creamy, and smooth.
O - The best coffee imperial porter I have ever had. For those from GA, its the Wake N Bake X 2.
02-07-2014 00:35:18 | More by BeerDawgs
3.6/5 rDev -18%
Undated bottle at 50 degrees into goblet
Head small (1.5 cm), creamy with some froth, light brown, mostly diminishing into a surface skin of bubbles
Lacing OK – continuous rings and clots covering most of the surface
Body dark brown/black with no light penetration
Aroma roasted malt, slightly burnt; hint of vanilla
Flavor begins as slightly burnt malt with a slight alcohol aftertaste mixed with coffee bitterness; no hops, no diacetyl, no vanilla
Palate medium to full, slightly creamy, soft carbonation
It succeeds in being a coffee flavored beer; unfortunately I could get the same effect cheaply by dumping some alcohol into a cup of stale coffee
02-06-2014 12:48:35 | More by Ozzylizard
3.25/5 rDev -26%
Appearance: beautiful black body with a nice light tan head
Smell: Like fresh coffee grounds
Taste: Seriously, all I can taste is coffee. This is marginally better than drinking cold coffee cause at least it's beer.
Mouth feel: nice and thick, smooth
Overall: I'd let it age and hope that the coffee dies down and let's other flavors come through.
02-05-2014 06:19:15 | More by NRo
4.93/5 rDev +12.3%
Like the depths that your enemies at sea will experiance, Victory At Sea pours as opaque a black as one beer can pour. Thin dark tan head. Extra thin web-like lacing that lasts long after the last sip has been taken. Aromas of dark chocolate, toffee, and expresso. Yeah, I taste vanilla, on the tail end of the dark chocolate...a bitter-sweet afterburn. The kick of expresso and dare I say hops maybe...is that what the 60 IBUs is all about? They don't call this one Imperial for nuthin.' Excellent brew, one to celebrate the Victory at Sea!
02-05-2014 02:48:38 | More by surfrogue1
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
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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