MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle with Madvike. Thanks Matt! From the sounds of this it is everything that I want in a beer. Aroma is vanilla and coffee. Unfortunately the aroma is better than the taste. All the flavors are there but nothing seems to blend well together. The only thing that truly sticks out is coffee grounds. A let down for what I expected...
madvike (2659) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from peteinSD...thanks man! - Pours deep black with a thin tan head. Lots of sweet vanilla with smooth, muted coffee, dark roast, and a bit of sharp heat. Taste is very dark burnt roast, vanilla, a touch of coffee. Finish is pretty bitter coffee, with vanilla creme and a bit of lactose. Honestly this sounds and smells better than it tastes. It’s rich and decadent, but I couldn’t drink too much of this.
Slipstream (1979) - USA - APR 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I didn’t much care for the creepy drawing of the skeleton on the label. Why do so many breweries put these unappetizing picture on their labels? The label also talks about joining forces to conquer your palate - and it does that! Black pour with a foamy head that drops pretty quickly. Dark bread and a good shot of coffee in the aroma, a little yeast too. The flavor is simply great. What a delicious beer! Prominent coffee, vanilla, chocoloate, caramel, some acidity, a fair amount of sweetness. A wonderful, subtle interplay of flavors happens here, yet everything is balanced and smooth. This goes into my little collection of elite brews for sure.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Get Real NY. Dark brown, aroma is coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate, lots of malt. Taste is bitter, coffee. Would like to try again.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Pours opaque brown/black. Aromas of vanilla, and coffee with hints of chocolate. Body is medium light. Flavor is chocolaty coffee with hints of vanilla. Very smooth, and dessert-like. A little on the sweet side.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, no head, spotty lacing. Aroma is dominated by vanilla extract, light chocolate. Flavor again dominated by vanilla, not much else. Not my thing.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a brown head. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate and fusels in the a powerful and potent mix. Easy to drink though, but very powerful. Great beer!
Boutip (4637) - 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.