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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

3,608 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,608
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 631
Gots: 684 | FT: 52
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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jwswigs

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

01-24-2014 07:13:41 | More by jwswigs
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BierJager89

California

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a brown ring of head.

S: Coffee and vanilla in the nose.

T: Coffee with a little bit of vanilla and some dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O: A bit underwhelming, but only because i expected more out of a brewery this good brewing a beer that sounds as good as this one does.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:11:38 | More by BierJager89
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-24-2014 04:00:14 | More by Dools9
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-23-2014 19:10:21 | More by Keith_R
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Shaimless

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-23-2014 17:54:37 | More by Shaimless
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ricecracker420

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-23-2014 05:07:19 | More by ricecracker420
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-23-2014 01:43:12 | More by AJ01923
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-22-2014 22:34:25 | More by jbdpsu82
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heffnate77

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-22-2014 20:49:17 | More by heffnate77
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Ilovelampandbeer

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

01-22-2014 03:01:25 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
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Jpepe08

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

01-22-2014 02:34:18 | More by Jpepe08
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xungmound98

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-22-2014 01:14:38 | More by xungmound98
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-22-2014 00:50:31 | More by thatoneguymike
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moarmare

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-21-2014 22:56:01 | More by moarmare
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BeerMothaLova

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-21-2014 21:39:36 | More by BeerMothaLova
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Ginepiece

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-21-2014 05:08:32 | More by Ginepiece
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ac22rush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-21-2014 03:12:59 | More by ac22rush
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark bronwnish red. Almost opaque until you hold it up to the light. Rocky dark tan head, which leaves clingy lace after each sup.

Big smell of roasted espresso on the nose. Followed by vanilla and roasted malts.

Tastes like a fresh brewed espresso. Bitter espresso gives way to vanilla, which lends to a milk chocolate or chocolate milk effect. Sweet lactic flavors, and roasted malts follow, with a slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, medium to full bodied. Slight biting carbonation.

Overall an outstanding Porter. Without a doubt one of the best uses of coffee in beer I've tasted. This beer just works.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:24:06 | More by Ieatlambfries
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dmhurdle

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

01-20-2014 23:16:36 | More by dmhurdle
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beehivechaos311

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2014 22:51:02 | More by beehivechaos311
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camartin27

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-20-2014 21:55:26 | More by camartin27
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PoorProfessional

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This right here is a near perfect beer. It's hard to really put into words just how wonderful this beer is - I bought it on a whim at the local supermarket and, given the nearly $10 price tag, it was either going to rock my socks or be an utter disappointment.

It was the former thankfully. I am absolutely turned off by the idea of coffee and vanilla in my beer because nobody can seem to do it correctly. Well, I have finally found a brewery who does it PERFECTLY. This is a GREAT tasting beer - the first sip is going to slap you around a bit. Whoa, is this stuff a departure from a lot of beers out there. But get deep down into this beer, with the coffee and vanilla subtly guiding you along, and you'll likely love it.

It isn't -perfect- but it's damn near close. It pours dark as the winter night and is perfect for cold, frost, "polar vortex" kind of days when you just want to cozy up with a good brew and forget about your troubles for a couple of hours. Oh, and the 10% ABV doesn't hurt, either. It WILL get on top of you pretty fast if you aren't seasoned so be wary of that. But, overall, a wonderful brew - definitely a favorite for me - and one I will seek out and gladly pay ten bucks for in the future!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:13:11 | More by PoorProfessional
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-20-2014 16:03:11 | More by dannyfayy
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EndoRocks

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-20-2014 13:49:18 | More by EndoRocks
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chefduff2

New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2014 05:50:30 | More by chefduff2
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,608 ratings.