ben4321 (3356) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: On tap at the Brewery, Linda Vista Location, 1/7/10
Aroma: Lots of roasted coffee, some chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol
Appearance: Dark brown/black colored beer with a light brown head, some lace
Flavor: Taste is somewhat sweet with a drop of bitterness
Palate: Medium-full body, with a nice long duration and a creamy mouthfeel
I don’t have a ton of notes down on this one, just the components, but I remember liking this one quite a bit, and thinking it was my favorite of the non-IPA beers, and definitely one of the best things I tried at Ballast Point.
craftycarl21 (2087) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely black pour with a nice beige head that looks almost as if it came out of a nitro tap- thick and luxurious. Aroma holds tons of milk chocolate, caramel, lactic cream notes, vanilla and coffee. Flavor is similar, with more great chocolate that combines a nice bitter note with lactic sweetness. Great alcohol presence, lovely example of an imperial porter. This is excellent stuff.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Utterly black pour with an old Greg creamy beige head. Almost nitro-esce. Simply beautiful. The aroma is like a river of caramel with a torrent of milk chocolate, vanilla, delicious lactic cream, and espresso. Powerful and pronounced- true to the style and savory. The flavor is decidedly roasty with copious lactic sugar and coffee. If it wasn’t for the lactic sugar, this would be bakers chocolate mess of deliciousness. The palate is epically thick and rich with a creamy mouthfeel and supple finish.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.
The beer pours black with a medium tan head. There is nice carbonation as it rises about 3 fingers of creamy head. It lasts a couple minutes and has great lacing that sticks from the top of the glass to the beer.
The aroma is medium, mostly roasted coffee, but not overpowering. In the middle you get the glimpse of vanilla, lake a cappucino. Wish it was a little more dominant.
The taste is good, but way to overpowered with coffee from start to finish with a bitter roast finish. I want the vanilla to come out to play more, along with some other complexity please?
The feel is good, very lasting, but limited drinkability because of the overwhelming coffee.
Overall, this is pretty good but if they toned down the coffee a bit it could be world class.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
In addition to the obvious coffee and vanilla aromas, there is a distinct herbal hoppiness in the aroma. Flavor is, as you might imagine, nice dark roasted coffee with a subtle vanilla backing and more herbs in the finish. Ever see the music video for Foo Fighter’s "Learn To Fly"? This is what the coffee must have tasted like.
Sammy (7732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Boston trip. This is big coffee, and definately flavoured vanilla. The coffee is good, I am not a coffee drinker or fan, but it was done well for what it is. So yes, big in flavour. Above average mouthfeel. Big coffee aroma. Still most quafable.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, brown at the edges. Aroma is absolutely fantastic, blend of vanilla and some coffee. Great. Could sniff this all night. Flavor is a match. Vanilla and astringency is the tiniest bit too high for me to go totally up for this, but it is a heck of a good beer. Richmond 10th, courtesy of stevo.
Butters (3590) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Maniac’s Richmond Tenth Gathering. Nice dark brown pour with some brown head. Nose is not a particularly good coffee for my taste. But the flavor is great. Vanilla and coffee blend nicely. Lots of roast, almost burnt. Tasty. Awesome label art to boot!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle courtesy of decaturstevo. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich dark coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is dark roasted malts, caramel, rich coffee and fairly strong vanilla notes, which as a vanilla freak I enjoy greatly. Some leather notes as well. Medium-full bodied.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brownish black with a large light brown head. Aroma is vanilla beans, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, cocoa nibs, a touch of vanilla. Good amount of chocolate and coffee bitterness but not too chalky like many coffee beers. The coffee is very present and compliments the beer nicely. Good stuff.