Victory at Sea – Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Victory at Sea (Porter with coffee & vanilla, Imperial Porter) – Ballast Point Brewing Company, 10.0% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and the minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee balanced perfectly with sweet caramel undertones of the malt, a winning combination for your palate.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – vanilla, coffee bean) Imperial Porter
  • Taste: Smooth roasted coffee malt subdued alcohol-acidity integrated vanilla
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $13 CAD (after 10% off) – 22 fl.oz., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!

Visual: (cellared for 0.5 years). Pours beer bottle brown without much of a head, half layer of lasting retention, micro streams surfacing,

Nose: sweet roasted barley malt, vanilla, roasted coffee bean, caramel brown sugar malt. Can’t get much better than this. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: mild slick/thicker-soft crisp, roast malt impression

Mid-palate: subdued zingy alcohol, soft background sourness, (lvl-7-sweetness), roasted coffee, caramel roast barley malt

Finish: vanilla, residual sweet malt, roasted coffee malt exhale, alcohol hit, roasted bitter hops

Summary: What on earth?! Impossibly smooth and very drinkable for a 10%. It does get somewhat heavy 2/3 through, but I appreciate the robust roasted coffee malt profile and integrated vanilla that makes each sip a delight. Excellent quality, wishing for more creamy milkiness to make it truly phenomenal.

Central City / Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #20 – Imperial Porter Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown Calendar Day #20

Imperial Porter Bourbon Barrel Aged – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-…and that’s all folks! I’ll wrap up with an overview of the 2015 calendar shortly.

on the back label:

“This rich bourbon barrel-aged small batch ale exudes deep aromas of roasted malts and bakers chocolate. Combined with a silky full body, it leaves you wanting more.”

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  • Style: (bourbon barrel aged) Imperial Porter
  • Taste: Creamy balanced bourbon roasted toffee malt chocolate malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, loved it
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 100%

Visual: Pours jet black with a large lasting creamy head, foamy 3mm layer of retention, sticky lacing, lots of micro singular streams.

Nose: oaked bourbon, roasted barley malt, fig/date. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-smooth-creamy, foamy-micro-tingly mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, stealth background tangy-sour, (MAIN) vanilla & bourbon, roasted toffee malt, background oakiness

Finish: burpy, chocolate malty, dark chocolate bitterness

Summary: Wow. One of the best local (British Columbia) craft beers I’ve had, period. Full of balanced flavour, creamy mouthfeel, and clean finish. Supremely well-hidden ABV.

Obsidian Imperial Porter Rum Barrel – Cameron’s Brewing Co. (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Obsidian Imperial Porter Rum Barrel – Cameron’s Brewing Co, 9.2% ABV – 650ml., (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“Dark & intriguing as the midnight sky. Cameron’s Obsidian Imperial Porter is loaded with magnificent and robust flavour. Aged for seven months in Caribbean rum barrels, roasted malt and chocolate character abound in this velvety nectarous ale.”

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-Question: “What’s the difference between a stout and a porter?

Here’s a good article: http://www.beerconnoisseur.com/porter-versus-stout

TLDR: “The answer to the question: “What’s the difference between a stout and a porter” is that originally a stout was simply a strong version of porter: today the difference is whatever you want it to be.”

  • Style: (Rum) Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Sweet dark chocolate deep roast malt rum woody bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $17 (5% off) – 650ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours jet black with just a shade of brown at the base of the glass, a good-sized very foamy lasting head, very sticky clumps of lacing, a good layer of retention, lots of fast and slow streams all the way from the base of the glass. Beautiful visually.

Nose: chocolate, thick sweet malts, molasses/brown sugar, a hint of woody roast. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: immediate thick malts, creamy-fizzy, oily-medium thick-silky mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (MAIN) rum caramel sweetness (lvl-7) + alcohol detection, deep dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt wood, licorice, molasses

Finish: biting bitter hops mixed with lingering burnt malt exhale

Summary: Superb depth, body, mouthfeel, and balance. A bit heavy on the palate but expected from the 9.2%. One of the better Imp stout/porters I’ve had recently.

Going Dutch Jenever Barrel Aged Imperial Porter – Brouwerij De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

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  • My Rating: C-

Going Dutch Jenever Barrel Aged Imperial Porter – Brouwerij De Molen, 9.5% ABV – 75cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted b arley malts, premiant and saaz hops, katjes drop, yeast (top fermenting). Unpasteurized.

  • Style: (Jenever) Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
  • Taste: Barnyard sour roasted malts
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 33cl., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: certainly not for everyone, it’s pretty funky; at your own peril

Notes: A beer made for Sherbrooke Liquor store and Keg n Cork Liquor store, both of which I’ve frequently visited in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’d say Sherbrooke has the best selection of beers in the city and if you buy enough they should hook you up with a 10% discount. By the looks of the reviews this beer is only available in AB and BC. Pretty special considering De Molen is a world-class craft brewery IMO and Edmonton is a pretty… plain city of about 1.1 million people.

Visual: Pours jet black with a large lasting foamy head, extreme lacing, a thick layer of retention, some streams if you look closely.

Nose: pukey sour, light smoky malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming gueze sourness

Mid-palate: high yet manageable sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey barnyard, roasted malts, mild oak

Finish: lingering sour roasted malts

Summary: Initial sip = this is f*ckin’ weird! Quite interesting, certainly and idiosyncratic brew. Barely any alcohol detection. This drinks like if you mixed a geuze and porter = sour porter. I’m not getting much of the juniper from the barrel aging but just a bit of oak and the malt. Last sip = this is still f*ckin’ weird! My least favourite De Molen brew so far; it’s pretty hard to finish alone.