Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a thick dark brown foamy head with good retention and some very nice lacing. Aroma of aromatic coffee and light astringent note is more dominant at first then anticipated. Taste is also a nice mix between some dry roasted malt with dominant notes of aromatic coffee and with a dry finish. Body is quite full with a thick body and a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with loads of complexity while still sustaining a good drinkability factor.
v8powered (123) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent dark beer with a creamy thick head. Pours very dark and instantly aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and booze. After drinking so many imperial stouts, an imperial porter is a nice change. Excellent flavor. Impressed overall.
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 (2038) - 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 (1222) - 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 (6351) - 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 (745) - 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.