Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 4:05 PM
Welcome to the first post of The Beerlinguist Blog!
While checking out a new grocery store that opened in our area, we came across the most amazing beer isle I had ever seen .... so it felt like I had to share this with the world!
... plus, it's not like I have anything else going on ;o)
So my take will be as a guy who really, really likes beer, but isn't in the industry or anything, so I hope you find the reviews approachable and relatable
and now that I have that out of the way ... on to the first beer!
Ballast Point Brewing Company;
Imperial Porter - Victory at Sea
1 pint 6 fluid oz bottle
10% alcohol by volume
$9.99 at DeCicco's on 13 February 2011
Obviously, this is quite the dark beer - so I'm immediately excited. The bottle indicates that this is a "Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter" and you definitely get the coffee flavors with the very first sip. The coffee comes from cold brewed coffee provided by Caffe CaLabria. I would say the vanilla is more stable, but definitely there. I also get some bitterness to balance it out ... so, all in all, this is a beer that gets your attention while drinking.
It is an interesting beer to me in that you get the roasted and caramel tones but without the real toastiness associated with a smoked porter. This is my first exposure to Ballast Point Brewing, but they clearly know that they are doing and have crafter a unique beer without being too gimmicky.
Overall, I enjoy this beer, but it isn't quite as smooth as I think I would like it to be ... just a tad harsh. I give this beer $8 - meaning, I would pay $8 for a pint of it ... given that I paid $10 for 6 oz more than a pint I am satisfied with it.
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