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

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

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,295 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3295
Reviews: 901
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%


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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Dijeriduster

California

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW. Ballast makes wonderful brews, but this is in a class all its own. Sampled at Green Flash 7th Anniversary Festival...then again, and again, and again at Home Brew Mart.

A - Striking. Unlike most stouts you really get the coffee notes, especially in the head which has obvious notes of freshly pressed French Roast. Its a thick looking brew too - even a 2oz sample looks robust.

S - Amazing. Again lots of coffee notes - thanks to Cafe Calabria (local coffee shoppe that is the collaborator here). Melds well with the roasty smells coming from an aggressive grain bill.

T - You get hit by the roasted coffee flavor first, this really is like a good cup of coffee. That yields to the roasted flavors fairly quickly, then slowly you realize this has a massive amount of vanilla bean in it. Starts like a robust coffee, finishes on the sweet notes you'd expect from a vanilla latte.

M - Wonderful mouthfeel, very true to style as a coffee stout. To me there is nothing worse then a stout with a great roasty flavour ruined by a syrupy, thin mouthfeel. This is not the case here - its almost light and airy giving plenty of room to pick up on the nuances.

D - Very good. Not sure I'd get a growler fill, but this is amazing as a 22 to sample with friends. Think beer dinner here. Very unique due to the massive coffee flavours, but also finishes sweet enough to get the ladies into it as well. If you are lucky enough to find a bottle of this BUY 2. Also the best label around :)

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 20:12:23 | More by Dijeriduster
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koopa

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to try this during the Black Friday event at Capone's.

Appearance: Pours black with a minimal khaki crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: Wow this is one lovely smelling brew! Loads of coffee and vanilla over a nicely roasted malt. Some chocolate makes an appearance but it's more of a supporting role.

Taste: Very good blend of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. So close to a 5.0

Mouthfeel: Enough carbonation and very creamy!

Drinkability: The flavors are bold and the abv is in double digits, but it's delicious tasting with a rewarding mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 21:50:02 | More by koopa
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been trying to find this since it's been out. I managed to try the ba version and now on to the regular, On-Tap at Capone's in a tulip.

A- Victory at sea is black, there's no doubt about it, I might as well say it looks like a stout. Usually my porters have a dark brown look, this is a step above that. Not much head, or even a cap, but once i get some room in my glass a few swirls brings forth a coffee colored head. Scattered loose lace.

S- This beer name does not lie, this is a big (imperial) smelling beer. Pretty much a porter done to the max. Up front the coffee and the chocolate make a cute couple giving off a huge roast and a bit less sweetness when put together. A nice blast of cream and vanilla beans when the temp rises. Alot of roasted malt. The roast is probably the biggest scent from this.

T- And more roast in the taste. I'm finding that the coffee and the vanilla are perfectly balanced while the chocolate is a little less in your mouth which im digging. Nice fair trade coffee with vanilla beans and more roasted malt. The roast in this makes me smile. With warming I get some chocolate syrup taste in the end. Just a touch of hop bitterness and a little bourbon which i thought would be a bit bigger, im not complaining though.

M- This one is smooth, I can't stress enough that this is one of the easiest feeling porters considering it's size. Just a small trace of alcohol after I gulp some down but not hot. A bit of a syrupy feel after 6oz or so. Above medium bodied with light carbonation and a smooth finish, bliss.

D- If this was not so high in alcohol I would of had a bunch more. If the bottles were not so damn hard to come by I would have alot of them in my cellar as I type this. One of the best [porter's that i've ever had and quite a feat for Ballast Point to come up with this recipe. Hey guys, brew some more and send it to the east, we need more for the winter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 19:44:51 | More by BARFLYB
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to SuzyGreenberg for sending me this bottle.

Pours a deep deadly black with a nice light tan head that lingers for some time and leaves pretty good super sticky lacing.

Nose is mostly roasted malt and coffee, with a little chocolate like presence peeking out from behind the corner.

Wow. An excellent concoction (as most from ballast point are). Right off the bat cream and coffee infiltrate the palate and nostrils. I really like the amount of coffee presence in this one, nice and noticeable without raping you in the face. Not getting a whole lot of vanilla, but im thankful for that. Although, it does come out a bit more as it gets warmed up a bit. The thickness and creaminess sure are there though. The finish has a suprising amount of bitterness, given the adjunct bill on this one, but i like that about it. Coffee and dry roasted malt linger in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a real beauty on this one. Nice chewy viscosity and a well maintained dose of dryness despite the adjuncts involved. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Drinkability is great for the abv. Really doesn't seem hot at all, and the coffee isn't too abrasive, nor is the vanilla, so for something with so much going on, the drinkability is still pretty solid.

Overall, this is yet another winner from Ballast point. These guys are slowly but surely becoming my favorite San Diego brewers. Their IPAs get all the love and trading attention, but i encourage everyone to branch out and try some of their other offerings, as they are all quite solid, and this one is no exception. For a beer that it would be easy to make a mess of, they have made a gem out of it. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 05:24:50 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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JBogan

Nevada

3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown, in fact if you don't look closely it might even appear black. A one finger tan head caps it off, which soon turns into a thin film which remains and leaves moderate lacing. Nice looking but nothing extraordinary for this style beer.

Smells like a whole lot of coffee dashed with a hint of chocolate. Not very complex but pleasing nonetheless.

Taste is of roasted coffee, a hint of vanilla, and more coffee. No sign of the caramel that is supposed to be in there, and no sign of alcohol despite it's high ABV. Oh, and more coffee. Once again, not especially complex.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Very slick and smooth, almost oily in fact, with a medium/thick body.

When all is said and done, if you like coffee you'll like this one. I would have preferred a lot less coffee and a lot more of the caramel and vanilla which are supposedly in there. You've heard of hop bombs? This one's a coffee bomb.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 23:48:55 | More by JBogan
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slaintemhor

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha d a bottle of this last summer. The colour was dark brown with no head. The aroma had plenty o' coffee and Madagascar vanilla tones. On the palate, there was a big coffee hit on the front of my palate, then some vanillin after (perhaps the coffee made the vanilla seem more like vanillin??), toffee and caramel helped round off the long finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:54:08 | More by slaintemhor
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep dark brown while pouring out of the bottle but looks pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with only the slightest hint of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Foamy one finger light tan head that has decent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap and ring that leaves sheets of lacing in it's path.

Sweet chocolate malty aroma with a very nice roasty character and subtle vanilla. These combined aroma produce a tootsie roll like chocolate coffee scent that is mouthwatering. The roasted coffee bean presence becomes more prominent when it warms. Subtle hops become evident beneath the lactic, silky chocolate notes. Very complex aroma, hopefully the flavor lives up to it.

Chewy silky malt dominated full body with a huge roasted coffee bean presence. Lots of silky chocolate malt and some subtle mellow vanilla notes but the flavor is a bit overpowered by the very intensely strong deep roasted coffee, espresso bean. Hints of oatmeal, toffee, very burnt toast and licorice with a nice dry bitter hop character in the finish. I can't overemphasize how much of a strong burnt/roasted coffee presence there is. It's a bit too harsh for me and extremely bitter, taking away from the silky chocolate and vanilla notes that I liked so much. Alcohol heat mid-palate that becomes stronger at the end of the swallow and produces some warmth in the finish. Pretty complex but a bit one dimensional for me. Recommended for fans of roasted coffee and big coffee beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 05:08:06 | More by corby112
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent trade from cpferris, thanks man!

A: Pours a dark pitch black with a finger of mocha colored head that laces a little bit on the way down as it settles down to a light film on the top and a rim around the edge.

S: Smells delicious - roasted malts, dark coffee, chocolate, vanilla, latte like

T: Just like the scent - starts off with mainly roasted malts, then transitions into coffee, vanilla, chocolatey type flavors and finishes with a black coffee like bitterness

M: Super creamy almost imperial stout thickness, but just below that. It's a really nice smooth finish with

D: Pretty highly drinkable, really the only thing that takes it down for me is the bitterness of the dark coffee in the finish and it's a little too roasty at some points. There isn't really any alcohol flavor and overall it's very tasty.

I'm not really a porter guy from the ones I've had in the past, but this one is just a great beer and I would love to get my hands on some more.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 03:15:26 | More by dukedevil0
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Rmassimiano

California

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black. Tan head about 1inch. It poured cloudy, The glass was full of the black beer as the tan bubbles formed and surfaced to form the head. Looked like some sort of wave art.

S: Very suttle scents of equal parts, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. A winning combination.

M: A nice mouthfeel. Not too thick or thin. Just right. Enought to coat the tongue and last a few seconds.

T: You can definately taste the chocolate and coffee with just a hint of vanilla. Coffee is the first thing I think of when I taste it. Goes down smooth. You would never know its 10%. Carbonation is perfect.

O: I would order this again, oh wait I bought two bombers! That means I get another tomorrow night! Another solid beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 06:52:40 | More by Rmassimiano
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night with a medium brown tight foamy cap, about two fingers thick. Slowly fades to about an inch of foam and lingers through most of the drink. Thick rings of foam left on the glass.

S - Lot sof fresh roasted coffee bean in the nose with a faint hint of vanilla. Big bitter roasty malt aroma as well.

T - Strong bitter roasted cofee bean taste initially. A light sweetness with a hint of fresh vanilla bean lingers in the background but this is very much a coffee intensive beer. Roasted malts provide the backbone. Almost no hops whatsoever other than a faint floralness in the finish.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy. Lively carbonation carries the beer through your mouth. Very easy drinking. One of the better coffee beers I have had in a long time and the vanilla provides a very nice sweet match.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:27:58 | More by ckeegan04
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything is here for a great porter. Brownish black color with a thin tan head. Almost looks like an imperial stout after it sat in my glass for awhile. Strong vanilla notes in the nose, mixed with a bitter roast and soft chocolate. Taste is a bitter coffee at first with a little coco, but a little past halfway through, the vanilla consumes everything all the way to the finish. A real pleasure to sip on, and is a great addition to their big beer bottle series.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 20:08:29 | More by ryrust5301
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malty, vanilla and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark roasted coffee sweet flavor with medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:15:04 | More by tmoneyba
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the skeleton parrot on the shoulder of the skeleton pirate. Opaque black, large chunky tan head leaves lumpy gravy retention. Could look better only if it came in a glow in the dark bottle.

Dark roast coffee + dark roast malt = dark and rich with smooth vanilla all over. Subtle hop burst at the end. Smells like it tastes.

I would never guess this to be such a high abv as the alcohol is expertly hidden. My new favorite dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 21:11:37 | More by donkeyrunner
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep black. Head dies out to a thin light tan colored ring around the edge.

S: Very good nose. Roasted vanilla bean coffee. Very pleasant and not too overpowering.

T: A bit more coffee upfront with just a touch of the vanilla. Good roasted malts follow behind leaving a nice aftertaste.

M: Full medium body with good carbonation. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth.

D: I would love to get another bottle of this and enjoy it over an hour or two

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:42:56 | More by drgonzo3705
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - opaque pour, a scant finger of mocha foam leaves snaky lengths of lace as the head falls back to a partial cover.

Aroma - hints of vanilla upon opening. That fades pretty quickly after pouring, some coffee essence taking its place. As the beer settles, a nice roasty malt smell prevails. Some return of the vanilla after set up.

Taste - big charred malts, huge roast going on there. Intense coffee flavors, bitterness pairing up with the char and maybe some hops. The coffee is extreme and takes a little getting used to. Vanilla only makes its way in at certain times, but its a welcome bit of balance to the huge flavors. Some alcohol vapors after a bit of warming, it doesn't take long, though. The beer has started off kind of rough but has steadily improved as it sits. The aftertaste is rich with espresso and lingering char. Ends very dry with some light abv heat.

Mouthfeel - lots of carbonation, the body is about average, not especially heavy.

Drinkability - thanks to amietaj1 for a bottle of this, traded at DLD09. A smooth sipper worth trying fresh and aged if you can get a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 02:05:28 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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nickd717

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at GABF several times over and also at Boonville. This was one of my favorites at both fests. Just so you don't pull out the "Don't review from beer fests!" crap, I also had it on tap at Rose & Crown Palo Alto.

A - Pours black with a small creamy tan head.

S - Aroma is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roast. Smells great.

T - Flavor is incredible with fresh, creamy, chocolatey mocha, vanilla, and some caramel and roasted malt. Great balance. This is pretty much to imperial porters what Sculpin is to IPAs, i.e. it's awesome. Ballast Point is becoming one of my favorites.

M - Medium-full body with a smooth palate, somewhat low carbonation, and only mild coffee astringency.

D - Very high for an imperial porter at 10% ABV. Overall this is an amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 22:18:09 | More by nickd717
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fropones

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night with no light shining through. Very minimal mocha head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, a little bit of caramel. Very little vanilla in the smell. The taste is more delicious roasted malt and coffee. A hint of dark fruits as well. The notes of vanilla are very subtle. Will let this one warm up for a bit to let more flavors come out. Mouthfeel is very full-bodied and creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, alcohol very well hidden. The only reason it'll take me a bit to drink this one is because I want to let it warm up.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 19:02:02 | More by fropones
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a 1 finger foamy tan head. The nose on this beer is amazing. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla all stand out and smell wonderful. The flavor does not disappoint, and matches the aroma. This is a smooth, creamy, almost silky beer. The alcohol is a bit high, but this beer is still fantastic, and very drinkable. I picked this up at Friar Tuck Beverage in Springfield, Illinois, during the summer, and am glad I had the chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:11:10 | More by hardy008
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one delicious porter.

It has a very dark brown, opaque body. This had a surprisingly large head for a porter that was cinnamon in color and dissipated quickly.

The smell is very vivid. The smooth vanilla is in the forefront, backed by typical porter characteristics of chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is well rounded. The vanilla adds a nice sweetness to smooth out the light bitterness of the coffe and chocolate. Tons of vanilla bean.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Thick, but not too thick. There's a slight alcoholic burn that makes this a sipper, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:54:37 | More by Vonerichs
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toronado in SD
too much beer is good for me

Drinking, horseshoes, in the back
man this stuffs like liquid crack!

Deepest black with mocha foam
smells like yoohoo, and a scone!

Taste is chocolate milky delight
If this was around I'd drink it every night!

Mouthfeel is perfect, drinkability too
come and get your YOOHOO!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 20:47:37 | More by francisweizen
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jleblanc for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The porter is dark and black, a murky and mysterious color. Completely opaque, the ale carries a finger and a half of coffee-and-cream colored head that slowly dissolves and laces as it goes.

S: The nose is is pungent, laiden with vanilla beans. The porter's aromas pair nicely, adding chocolate and coffee into the mix. Lots of vanilla though.

T: Man, that's a lot of vanilla. Luckily it pairs nicely with the darker porter flavors. Vanilla beans are strong, setting the stage with a mildly sweet presence. The porter offers coffee, chocolate and burnt toast. All the darker flavors struggle against the vanilla, trying to make themselves known. Roasted coffee, coming out as the ale warms, is a nice pairing with the vanilla. Dark malts, roasted and toasted, drive a long porter finish.

M: The porter is heavy-handed, full of coffee and vanilla. A pairing that works even though I don't like flavored syrup in my coffee. The vanilla leaves a long finish.

D: Another whopper that doesn't reveal its strength until it is too late. A nice pairing that doesn't skimp on the coffee or the vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 21:17:17 | More by akorsak
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with what I must say is one of the coolest beer labels I've ever seen (a pirate sea captain)...nice info about the beer on the label as well, though I didn't see a freshness date...split into two chalices to split with the wife

Appearance: Pitch black, slightly viscous, and utterly opaque, no light's getting through this one, even at the edges...a hard pour produces an attractive light tan creamy head with nice retention and some nice lace

Smell: Typical imperial stout-like aromas...burnt/roasted malts, lots of bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol, and some dark fruit...perhaps just a touch of citrusy hops in here as well...overall, quite nice.

Taste: Big bitter coffee flavors, much more than is present in the aromas...punchy coffee bitterness, but not overpowering...some boozy vanilla as well as a bit of citric hoppiness...bitterness is medium to high but somehow balanced out by the alcohol (which is fairly evident, though not abrasive) and burnt malts...don't get me wrong, this is quite tasty; it just seems SLIGHTLY one-dimensional with big coffee flavors and not quite enough malt depth/complexity

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy, nice and creamy, with a little booziness

Drinkability: Pretty high for a 10%abv

Conclusion: Not QUITE as much depth as I'd like, but otherwise pretty damn good...we paired this with a chocolate angelfood cake spiced with a touch of cayenne and it was quite nice...as far as big coffee beers go, this is far superior to Jahva IMO and is a bit better than Redhook's as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 05:03:16 | More by BedetheVenerable
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torchednoodle

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I socked away a number of these bottles since the release, and decided today was a good day to try one. As I discovered, this beer benefits as much from age as any I've ever had before.

Pours pitch black as night. Lacing and head retention are good. Leaves little wisps of light brown lacing all over the inside of my glass, similar to many world-class stouts. Smells like a bar of really expensive melted dark chocolate.

Tastes like a harmonious infusion of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. When I first tried this beer back at release I knew the flavors were unbalanced, it was way heavy on the vanilla. That's when I decided this could be a monster with some age, and I hit the lottery with this beer. The vanilla is still the strongest flavor in this beer, but it has settled considerably and works with the coffee and the chocolate notes from the malt to produce a taste that coats your mouth in liquid sex.

Carbonation is dialed in just right, with the complexity level in this brew it might be a wee smidge heavy on the mouthbubbles, but personally I'd rather have more carbonation than less. Outstanding drinkability, this is an incredible beer. I hope to age my remaining bottles another 3-6 months and see what happens to this beer with even more time.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 01:37:27 | More by torchednoodle
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Wasatch

Utah

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, lots of coffee/chocolate/toffee, sweet vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of vanilla, and lots of coffee/chocolate/toffee. Medium body, the ABV is hidden pretty well with this brew. Very drinkable, this one is very tasty. Thanks Bill.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 23:23:42 | More by Wasatch
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beertooth

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wendell and his brother for bringing this to a tasting the other day. Review is from notes written on my phone.

Poured a couple of big pours from a 22oz bottle in a taster glass.

Black slick body with a finger of light mocha head.

Smell is rich with vanilla ice cream and coffee, chocolates, roasted malts. Very sweet and roasty. It's very promising.

The first taste follows the nose, but with way more vanilla that I had hoped. There is a lot of coffee and dark malts, but the vanilla overpowers it a bit. It's borderline cloying. It reminds me of a sweeter KBS.

Mouthfeel is soft and slick with medium carbonation

I'm really happy I finally tried this beer, but I don't think I could drink more than a pint or two. The sweet vanilla really gets to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 06:38:51 | More by beertooth
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,295 ratings.