otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: blacks and burnt browns. Dark khaki head fades into a solid collar bordering a thin film. Swirls with crema lace.
Nose: coffee and vanilla up front and center. Rich fudge in the back. Brownies with dates. Black earth. Chewy and creamy. Burnt molasses underneath and along the edges. Whole vanilla beans with a touch of heavy cream; cooked cream. Black fudge cookies and dark chocolates. Undertone of dry dense European chocolates. Vanilla weaves through everything while coffee is more subtle.
Palate: creamy, frothy, and cakey. Long fudge and coffee, espresso especially, and whole vanilla bean finish – burnt and roasty, dry. Dark fruit meat in the back and sides of each swallow while the tang of dates sits squarely on the top middle of tongue. Vanilla bean root weaves in and out just like nose. Burnt, ashy, tarry underbelly offers solid support. Moist along the sides and dry along the top. Faint black earth. Lovely as it warms up. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Cocoa coated black cherries; dry earthy tannins of stones. Meaty prunes and figs.
Final Thoughts: amazingly complex and delicious drinkable. The interplay of flavors is like a professional orchestra in terms of direction and purpose and fluidity. The more Ballast Point I taste, the more I love their brewing prowess.
johnnnniee (1957) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid black with a thinnish mocha head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of coffee right off, layers of vanilla, milk chocolate, and roasted grain hidden in there as well. Taste is like a half and half milkshake. Lots of milk chocolate and vanilla mix up front followed by some coffee and a lingering roasted coffee and chocolate finish. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Great Porter, maybe a bit on the sweet side, but certainly very tasty. Call it a desert porter.
HonusWagner (1156) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Finally had a bottle of this that clicked with me, really nice coffee aroma, thick silky mouthfeel, not too sweet, a bit boozy but very good overall beer.
crossovert (6146) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Had this again and re-rating it and giving it a higher rating. Nice almost woody flavor, the cocoa and the coffee are both big, nice vanilla notes.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a heinous black color with a fading tan head and lasting ring. Burly bittered dry aromas with a strong coffee and boozy vibe. Slight vanilla and chocolate scents are the top slice of a layered and deep bouquet. Spent coffee and chocolate flavors are present as well as a pronounced bittered piney backbone that strikes down the palate. The rounded flavors emerge to elicit some fruited slightly souring sparkled notes to reveal a lasting drying finish. Very ncie
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Victory at Sea Porter
Pours black with a medium tan head and ok retention. A little oily in appearance. Aroma is notes of roasted nuts, wood and vanilla. Mild coffee on the nose. Flavor is roasted malts with a smooth vanilla finish. Mild booze. Nice and drinkable.
HughConway (739) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark black, tan head. Great chocolate/coffee roast aroma. Taste is a bit too vanilla, slightly sweet aftertaste
Delsym (41) - Vinton, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little too sweet for my taste, but have to give props where props are due. Tremendous coffee and semi-sweet chocolate aroma. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. 10% abv is well hidden. A top notch brew.
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obviously an extremely good beer but not to my taste - the vanilla charicter seemed a little overwhelming which made it seem slightly artifical and the chocolate was too sweet for the beer to be ballanced.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to Khazadum for this.
4.0 A: Pours a black color. Two fingers of light brown creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention and some lacing. Good enough.
4.5 S: Not surprisingly the strongest aromas are coffee and vanilla. Sweetness gives the illusion of coffee with cream. Plenty of toastiness, with some roastiness as well, some grainy malts, semisweet chocolate, and caramel. Very nice.
4.5 T: Tastes a lot like the nose which is a cup of strong coffee with vanilla cream. The bitterness seems to come from mostly the coffee and it’s moderate strength at best. Again, roasty and toasty, grainy, caramel and toffee, and quite tasty. Booze is hidden well.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy and smooth. Nearly perfect.
5.0 D: This one drinks well from start to finish. Flavor is great as is the mouthfeel and this doens’t seem like it’s 10%. Good beer overall and easily the best I’ve had from BP. Sculpin doesn’t even come close.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2011 01:33:30