Ballast Point Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

It’s been awhile since I started this blog and remember being a new beer nerd and getting excited about almost every beer I tried. After 3 years, it’s not that I don’t get as excited about a beer, but it takes a lot more. This is a beer that I was excited to try. It’s always been on my list to try, but I’ve just never gotten to it. When I saw this on draft at Molly’s, I knew it was headed for my belly.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: “Victory At Sea” day was December 23rd at the brewery and had 12 different versions of the brew. They even had a peanut butter and chocolate version.

Random: The flash did a wonderful job of highlighting the fingerprints on the glass. Also, Molly’s seriously has to learn that big beers have to go in appropriate glassware. A pint of 10% is pretty ridiculous. Luckily, Kate was driving.

This big boy poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly. It left a great deal of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black that you couldn’t see through. The nose was straight out cocoa and espresso. Where’s the vanilla? The taste didn’t disappoint. This was a big freaking beer. I got vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and then the espresso came out. Everything worked really well together and I couldn’t say that one flavor overwhelmed another. Plus, sometimes vanilla gets lost in a beer, but this definitely wasn’t the case. The body was smooth and velvety with low carbonation. The finish was lengthy and coated the tongue with freshly brewed espresso. If you couldn’t tell by now, this was an amazing brew, probably one of the best that I’ve had of the style. Get this NOW!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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