Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Rating #21. Dark black pour. Great aroma, vanilla, bourbon and some dark fruitiness. Very smooth, more bourbon and just really outstanding. (1744)
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway on the Tap Takeover night. They had 25different brews from Ballast Point that day. Just absolutely lovely. A perfect mix of chocolate, coffee, malt creaminess, and smooth alcohol. Iíd really like a keg of this to go, please.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First this beer was fantastic! But Iím not sure it is better than the regular release version. It pours black with a brown head. Smells mostly of oak, bourbon, and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and roasted coffee. Taste is massively bourbon and oak. The chocolate and vanilla are present but the coffee was almost completely subdued. If I didnít know it was in there Iíd say I couldnít taste it. Still quite complex and a pleasure to drink.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
small draught sample at Bruery Provisions. Dark and black with thin tan head. Aroma was bourbon alcohol, oak, vanilla. Taste was very similar with much alcohol present and tons of vanilla, more so than the regular version. This stuff was very good but I still prefer regular VAS.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bruery Provisions. Pours with a near black body and a small tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, wood, tobacco, rich chocolate, molasses and maple. Flavors of rich cocoa, madagascar vanilla bean, cream soda, oak, light tobacco and cola. Medium bubbles with a sticky finish.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2010.The appearance is a rich velvety black with a fading foam brown head. The aromas are loads of bourbon, nice coffee and vanilla too. The flavors are very forward with the Bourbon but not as overpowering as some of Ballast Pointís BA beers. The coffee additions are nice with light amount of vanilla and toasted barrel. The mouth is pretty warm still. Really nice flavor combination.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro at Ballast Point Linda Vista
Appearance: Pours a jet black with a modest sized creamy cap of tan.
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker and wood.
Taste: Woody bourbon, vanilla, caramel, tannins. Finishes boozy and roasty.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick.
Overall: An amazing treat. The beer without the barrel aging is pretty phenomenal, the bourbon barrel takes it to new heights.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho.
first had on cask and it was terrible, then had it again on nitro at ballast and it was 100x better. Silky, nice bourbon character, fruity, thin in body, but helped the very layered beer wash through completely.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This creamy cake of a Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter offers generous portions of coffee, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate in a fluffy mouthfeel redolent of airy icing.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick cappuccino-like foam bobs atop the utter darkness.
-Although perhaps not as complex, this is as decadent a dessert as Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pťchť Mortel.
-The finish is tad too boozy for my liking, but at the same time the alcohol helps to cut through the sweetness.
-The nose screams dessert and the tastebuds thus immediately demand a diabetic orgasm.
-This is one of those rare beers which works wonderfully when served on nitro.
On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.
daleharshman (909) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love V@S and was very happy to try this at Stoneís first annual Oakquinox festival in April 2010. Pours dark black with no head. Aroma is fantastic with the normal great coffee smell but the vanilla is simply out of this world and intoxicating (I really like vanilla and itís perfect here). The vanilla is also stronger in the flavor than the normal V@S which is okay, but the rich coffee flavor is weaker than in the normal version which is unfortunate as the coffee is a high point in this beer. Definitely one of the stand-outs of the day. (12, 295)