Friday, January 24, 2014

Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

Ballast Point Victory at Sea Porter with Coffee & Vanilla, Imperial Porter, Handcrafted & Bottled by San Diego, California. Dedicated to the craft. 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces, alcohol 10% by volume.

Okay, Victory at Sea, it says, but the illustration depicts a pirate's skeleton. Doesn't look like any victory to me. But, whatever, let's drink it up.

Solid blackness, under a lush, tan head. Looks the part, very inviting.

Aroma: Boom, big coffee in the nose. Sweet malt is king. Bittersweet espresso notes rule over all. Cocoa and vanilla roar in next. Love it.

Taste: This time, chocolate takes command. then, vanilla creeps in. All the characters have made the stage, they're hitting their marks, and putting on a tasty show. Delicious stuff. Full bodied, good and hoppy, everything you want.

So, San Diego's a port town, Ballast Point is a nautical name, it's natural they give this an oceanic-based name. Perhaps the side label gobbledygook will tell us more?

"Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego's own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold-brewed coffee balances perfectly with sweet caramel undertones of the malt, a winning combination for your palate."

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