I couldn’t wait to open this beer. It’s gotten some really good reviews, so let’s see how it was.
Style: American Porter
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “IMPERIAL PORTER WITH COFFEE AND VANILLA FLAVORS AGED IN HIGH WEST BOURBON AND RYE BARRELS. We partnered with our friends at High West® Distillery to create a barrel-aged version of Ballast Point Victory at Sea, our award-winning Imperial Porter with cold-steeped coffee and vanilla. From a blend of Ballast Point Victory at Sea aged in High West’s own bourbon & rye whiskey oak casks, new layers of complexity emerge with notes of soft caramel and smoky oak over a dark chocolate and roasted almond body. High West crafts delicious and distinctive whiskeys to honor the American West, making it the perfect pairing with our signature San Diego-born porter.”
Random: I’ve been avoiding Ballast Point beers since they got bought out, but I couldn’t walk past this one.
This beer poured with a finger and a half of tan head that dissipated slowly, but left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with dark coffee that bordered on espresso. Vanilla came through next, along with some warm bourbon and oak. The taste was intense. The booze was apparent up front, but was quickly countered by bourbon and vanilla and oak. It went into smoke and roasted malts with a touch of black licorice. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with bourbon. A bottle of this was $5.79, which came to $.48 per ounce. This beer was pricey but the bourbon barrel aging made it very impressive.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0