dreadp (13) - toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Shared a big bottle with Alden down in Dallas (cheers bud!). I do get this beer...HUGE coffee/chocolate/mocha nose and taste with the vanilla arriving afterwards. Make sure you enjoy this one cool; too cold and you’re robbing yourself of the full delicious experience. Boozy; yes, but not overpowering. I initially thought it about 8% ABV, not the 10% it actually is. This brew ruined my palate...don’t think I can go back to enjoying the Fuller’s London Porter like I once did! And...we found this brew in the grocery store! neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at the brewery in San Diego, served in a tulip. Pours deep chestnut with a moderate, rocky tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose there are big notes of coffee and roasted malts, along with a touch of smoke and a hint of chocolate. The flavour is assertive, but well balanced between medium-sweet with roasted malts and moderate coffee and hop bitterness. The finish is long and roasty with coffee and resinous hops. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a dryish texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice imperial porter; it is complex and roasty, but has a nice blend of assertive hops. 2013-03-22 rxeight (3083) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
best by 11/8/13 bottle (assume 11/8/12 bottling?) pour into tulip glass. this thing is basically vanilla. dont sense much of the coffee. has a sour sweet balt finish to it. rather thin on the palate. I dont see the big deal about this one. prawlie (1592) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
On tap at the Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco. Great bubbly cream head over a black beer. Tastes like a choclate liquor, rich and boozy. Has a hint of coffee maltiness to it too. Chocolate and nut aroma. Good stuff but has to be sipped. Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Definitely one of the better porters I've had (usually don't fall in love with porters). The vanilla comes through and the beer has a great mouthfeel. Would love to have it on tap somewhere to improve the experience. Ballast Point impresses again. Can't wait to visit the brewery in SD this fall.
TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2013
This beer pours black with a tan colored, well retained head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Beer tastes sweet with a big vanilla flavor. Finish is dry. Alcohol is a bit hot, IMO. Otherwise an enjoyalbe beer. ttoadee (1491) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Black. No light. Toffee head, thin. Dark chocolate and vanilla waft through the nose: alcohol is hiding there also. sweet and bitter engage in a playful tug of war. Similar to a cherry cola float with coffee beans and straight cocoa sprinkled on top. Finish cuts the sweet show short with alcohol & hops. What a ride...YUM! vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Very good imperial porter. Tried this one at Beer Revolution during San Francisco Beer Week. The4thFloyd (5) - - MAR 11, 2013 does not count
I am hesitant to give a beer a higher rating then on my favorites but that is exactely what I have done. This is just like drinking a chocolate vanilla frappuccino made out of awesome beer. Unbelievable a great porter all the way around. Hope I can get more of it tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours a nearly black, super dark brown color with a mocha colored, very bubbly head. First thing on the nose is a huge blast of coffee, then hints of vanilla and a nice roasty, toasted malt character. The vanilla is more prevalent in the taste, balances out well with the coffee. Good malty chocolatey finish. Full mouthfeel, with pretty lively carbonation. Very well balanced, incredibly smooth for 10%, absolutely delicious.