Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter 
10.0% ABV
Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
22 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Date on bottle: Best by 10/25/13
Reviewed on 12/29/12 

This porter pours a dark bubbly brown with a toasty beige head that retains good thickness.  Good lacing.

Smell consists of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, malt, hops, licorice, spices.

Taste has coffee, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, malt, hops, raisins, licorice, toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some grainy bite at the back of the mouth.  Decent bitterness with a subtle touch of dryness.

Overall, this is a rich tasting porter with some good bitterness and a nice hit at the back of the mouth.  Hoppy and malty with rich coffee, chocolate, and vanilla tastes.  A nice smoothness comes through from start to finish, even as it has a bitter bite.  More flavors are revealed in tasting as the temperature rises.

Score: 95

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