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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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3,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,765
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 685
Gots: 703 | FT: 54
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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5/5  rDev +13.9%

EchoParker, Feb 18, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this. I've been meaning to review this for quite some time.

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Surprisingly dark, I would legitimately call this jet black - pours with a large, rocky, beige head - keeps a solid cap - leaves webs of lacing

Smell: Big, bold coffee - roasty coffee beans and coffee grounds - tons of vanilla bean and vanilla - cooked, roasty, burnt malts - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - nutty in the finish

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla - decidedly reminiscent of chocolate-covered coffee beans - espresso and some drip coffee - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and a touch of cocoa - the vanilla is definitely big, with some vanilla beans and vanilla extract, but I think it's a bit overshadowed by the coffee... or maybe I can't quite discern the two flavors since I add French vanilla to my coffee on a daily basis - whatever - nice level of sweetness balanced with some roast - finishes dry and roasty

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, definitely big for the style, nice carbonation, smooth

Overall: Yup, worth a try

This isn't the best porter I've had, and it's not the best application of coffee. But it is very good. It's fairly easy to find, so I'd say it's definitely worth a try.

angrybabboon, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours near black. Hints of dark rich browns at the edge. Head is dark khaki and starts off big and rocky. Drops to a smaller cap and clumpy collar. Some small notches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with fresh vanilla bean and straight up roasted coffee bean. A slight twinge of coffee acidity as well. Nicely roasted with a touch of burnt malt. Nicely caramelized with a measured sweetness. A touch of herbal hops with a ton of cocoa. Bitter baker's chocolate with some milder dark chocolate thrown in the mix. A touch of brownie as well. Vanilla adds a touch of sweetness as well.

Taste: Holy vanilla batman. Slightly bitter over extracted vanilla bean. Roasted coffee beans lend a bit of an acrid edge as well. Deeply roasted with some charred and burnt edges. Some cooked and caramelized malts, but it's more and more burnt with each sip. Sweet. Milk chocolate, bitter cocoa, straight nibs and then some overextracted clespresso. Very chocolatey. Did I mention chocolate and coffee and vanilla because seriously. It's borderline candy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy up front. Finishes clean with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Edward Kenway sank this ship.

Sweet and burnt. It hits on all the promised flavors, but it's just not all there. So very heavy on the vanilla and chocolate. A dessert beer yes.

Goblinmunkey7, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mikul93, Feb 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

1Sundown2C, Feb 18, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

deonreds, Feb 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

fivetime, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Swedgin, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

adamcarlson28, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

prisdefer, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

BrewClint, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of tpaetow
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A- dark dark dark with a nice creamy tan head

S- tons of coffee, bitter chocolate, less vanilla than expected, little caramel sweetness

T- toasty delicious coffee up front, biter chocolate and more vanilla around the middle, caramelly, light sweetness in the back

M- medium bodied, decent carbonation, this one is creamy and smooth

O- this is one tasty porter, if you're a fan of the style this is worth seeking out

tpaetow, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

JRscott24, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Roy1586, Feb 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

laglocal, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage
A- pours a dark brown.black color wit a 1 finger khaki head a little lacing
S- roasted malts vanilla coffee chocolate
T-vanilla chocolate with mellow roasted malts a slight hop taste with coffee and malt finish
M-sweet smooth and creamy
O-great imperial porter smooth with chocolate,coffee and vanilla a great brew

gatornation, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

kreg02, Feb 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

DeanMoriarty, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DannyMac614, Feb 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

LGB362, Feb 13, 2014
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,765 ratings.