241/1222) Caffe Volo: Victory at Sea (with Cacao and Peppers) by Ballast Point of California: **; a 10% coffee vanilla imperial porter; on cask; hot pepper spices; coffee vanilla nose; very hot and spicy throughout with dark coffee notes; I am reminded of Mexican hot chocolate;
I usually drink beer to deal with the sensations I was experiencing. Mercifully, the barmaid had warned me and had counselled me to go with less than a pint. It might have been fatal otherwise. This was a Cask Days one-off, brewed with cacao nibs and Bhut Jolakia ghost peppers, which can be quite pungent, as my late mother-in-law would say. I would absolutely try this one again and I look forward to encountering the original, un-peppered version as well.
242/1223) Caffe Volo: Northern Hemisphere Fresh Hopped Harvest Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada of California: *1/2; a 6.7% wet hopped IPA; on cask; the promise given by the strong floral hop nose is not filled by the mellow flavours - a disappointment;
It was uncommonly bright in the Volo. They appear to have installed some light fixtures which to my mind hurts the atmosphere of the place but I might be saying this because I look more handsome in the dark.