Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Style: American Imperial Porter
Other Notes: 60 IBUs. Porter with coffee & vanilla
Brewer Description: (from website) A big porter crafted to weather any storm. Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.
My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.15
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1
Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 16044, meaning it was bottled on 13th February 2016. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: It poured an almost black colour with a just over one finger tanned head that had decent retention and left sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasted coffee bean, milk chocolate with hints of vanilla plus caramel.
Taste: Starts with roasty malt and bittersweet chocolate, followed by light caramel sweetness and a hint of vanilla. Finishes with strong espresso bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: Not getting as much vanilla as I would have hoped for, but still has nice roasty and bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavours.