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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,719 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,719
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 662
Gots: 699 | FT: 56
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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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -31.7%

01-06-2014 18:37:45 | More by ThatsThatDude
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JReites

Florida

3/5  rDev -31.7%

03-23-2013 14:21:15 | More by JReites
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epyon396

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -31.7%

01-12-2014 08:23:44 | More by epyon396
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orangey

California

3/5  rDev -31.7%

12-27-2011 01:25:04 | More by orangey
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MadCat

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -31.7%

Appearance: Pours a nice dark black color with dark tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Strong medium roast coffee, some hints of roasted malts and earthy hops

Taste: Strong medium roast coffee dominates the taste. The faintest hints of vanilla, along with a little stronger hints of roasted malts and earthy hops. Good bitterness

Mouthfeel: Full body, good level of carbonation for the style

Overall: Disappointing. Severely. Even without all the hype it gets, picking up a bottle from a good brewery that says "Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter" you would expect something different. This tastes like you brewed a batch of beer replacing the water purely with coffee, and not a coffee with the kind of notes I prefer. If this didn't say vanilla on the label, I would have no idea it was there. And, you have to really know what you're looking for to tell that it is based on a porter. Now, maybe I had it too fresh? Maybe a little age will tone the coffee down? But still, where's the vanilla? I know its there, but it is so over powered by the coffee. I haven't had a ton of coffee beers, but what I have had is a bit more balance, a bit more toned down, and a bit more enjoyable. At $10 a bottle, I'm not going to try to figure out if I got a bad bottle. Still, this isn't a drain pour, but I can think of plenty of 4 pack or 6 pack beers I would rather have.

02-01-2014 04:39:16 | More by MadCat
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jrman1386

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.7%

06-11-2013 22:59:08 | More by jrman1386
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jme015

Florida

3/5  rDev -31.7%

04-04-2014 12:10:00 | More by jme015
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -31.7%

06-18-2013 23:09:21 | More by taylor714914
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3/5  rDev -31.7%

07-16-2013 19:03:36 | More by irishgreensoda
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tsatem

Texas

3/5  rDev -31.7%

09-28-2013 02:33:42 | More by tsatem
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b1515152004

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -31.7%

06-27-2013 04:25:08 | More by b1515152004
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JohnF51

California

3/5  rDev -31.7%

04-09-2014 19:55:59 | More by JohnF51
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drewfull

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -31.7%

11-17-2013 23:18:33 | More by drewfull
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ariceclemson

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -31.7%

08-17-2014 00:01:20 | More by ariceclemson
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Twoheartedzombie

Indiana

3/5  rDev -31.7%

06-29-2014 00:46:18 | More by Twoheartedzombie
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spikechiquet

Ohio

3/5  rDev -31.7%

09-13-2013 03:14:43 | More by spikechiquet
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rxeight

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.7%

09-13-2013 16:47:46 | More by rxeight
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MOVERTON1284

Alabama

3/5  rDev -31.7%

08-08-2014 18:57:16 | More by MOVERTON1284
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -29.8%

22oz bottle, trade with beerman4. Dark brown with a thin tan head. A very strong smell, roasted malts, sweet vanilla, maybe just a little coffee. Almost cloyingly sweet from the vanilla, also too bitter in the aftertaste. Could use more malt presence and less extra flavoring. The body is a tad thin for a robust porter style, didn't match well.

I'm a little disappointed overall, the taste is too sweet, the vanilla is more prominent than I'd like, and the coffee is too bitter. The bottle states this is an artisinal masterpiece but I disagree. Their IPA's are solid though.

01-23-2010 02:35:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -29.4%

24oz. Bottle
10oz. Pours into XL Duvel Tulip

A: Victory at Sea pours black as night with a brown, creamy head that dissipates into islands of patchiness after about ten minutes. A very pretty pour.

S: The scent from this Porter is very straight and to the point: charred barley. There was no pretending or beating around the bush on this one. Very boring.

T: The flavor profile of Victory at Sea unveiled a creamy, frothy, hot chocolate, black coffee, and caramel once warm. Enjoyable, but still very standard or typical.

M: Once the head of the Porter dissipates, the creaminess sort of does as well. Once the body warms up for about fifteen minutes on this sipper, the malts viscosity drops off largely. Not that there was a ton of maltiness beforehand, but this beer really turns into a thin bodied mess of carbonation. Thumbs way down from me!

OVERALL: Victory at Sea is tastefully enjoyable, but not very balanced at all. To be blunt, it's all over the place. We agreed collectively that the chocolate taste was bitter and dry, the black coffee or espresso was very forward, and the vanilla was just a tingly and grainy mess that basically turned into a thin chalkiness after twenty minutes or sipping.
Victory at Sea didn't open up at all or gain a thing from temperature rise. Infact, it died completely, and fell apart. I've had much better.

05-28-2013 19:40:52 | More by RobertColianni
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donovansill

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -26%

05-26-2014 22:27:18 | More by donovansill
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NRo

California

3.25/5  rDev -26%

Appearance: beautiful black body with a nice light tan head

Smell: Like fresh coffee grounds

Taste: Seriously, all I can taste is coffee. This is marginally better than drinking cold coffee cause at least it's beer.

Mouth feel: nice and thick, smooth

Overall: I'd let it age and hope that the coffee dies down and let's other flavors come through.

02-05-2014 06:19:15 | More by NRo
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PhillipMicupp

California

3.25/5  rDev -26%

07-08-2014 23:36:21 | More by PhillipMicupp
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -26%

03-13-2014 18:53:23 | More by lurpy1
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refractor82

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -26%

03-26-2014 02:09:22 | More by refractor82
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,719 ratings.