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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial PorterVictory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

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3,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,920
Reviews: 936
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 728
Gots: 758 | FT: 61
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Imperial Porter"

(Beer added by: radshoesbro on 03-17-2009)
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Photo of Dwtucker90
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10 oz. pour enjoyed at The Dancing Bear Pub in Waco, TX.

Appearance: espresso black body. Poured with a 1 inch deep brown head which dissipates into a nice thin brown foam after a couple minutes. Pretty heavy lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell: dark roasty black malt with a very forward cappuccino smell with some thick cream sweetness. Brown sugar as well paired with some faint booze. Imagine a dark coffee marshmallow. Delicious.

Taste: black malt, super creamy and sweet. Very much a sweet coffee beer, which probably comes from the vanilla. Tastes like a cappuccino and has an excellent boozy aftertaste that burns well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: super super thick and creamy. Absolutely delicious. Taste the carbonation and coffee texture.

Overall: this is one of the best coffee porters/stouts I've ever had.

Dwtucker90, Apr 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

beerman999999, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

robL, Feb 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Swift989, Oct 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kirkse, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

wolfeman007, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Bnjmnlws, Aug 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

madpentzer, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

sofisdad, Apr 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

skunk242, Jul 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Catchy_Name, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

jlb502, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

AndyTaylor, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

aflyershckyfan, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a buddy ship me this direct from the brewery on release day - many thanks Milt! Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. Awesome artwork on the label. Dec 2009 release date. It was pitch black in color even against the light. It had a good sized tan head that settled into a thin wispy cap with good collar. Much lacing. For a porter it's as good as it gets on appearance.

The aroma is exceptional. Roasted and chocolate malts with lots of great smelling coffee (several recent coffee beers had a weak coffee base but this one nails it). A touch of vanilla in the back. A constant sniffer. The taste was also perfect. Rich, chocolaty base with coffee and vanilla highlights. Finishes with a slight bitterness smoothed out by the vanilla. Amazing flavor. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with good carb and good aftertaste.

Overall, this is perfection for a porter and a coffee beer. 5's all around and wishing I had gotten more than one. Time to re-order. I could drink this anytime and anywhere. Highest recommendation and definitely worthy of the hype. Rotation: not avail here in TX so had shipped by Milt. Will get more immediately!

TexIndy, Jan 07, 2010
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

JDeming, Monday at 06:33 PM
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,920 ratings.