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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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3,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,859
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 723
Gots: 729 | 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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

A: Dark black in the appearance as it should be off white head decent lacing on the glass

S: Right up to the nose you get a dirt smell then you notice it's a roast coffee smell

T: Right up front you get coffee but then the vanilla softens the edges of the coffee very satisfying taste a little bitter on the finish but that might be the coffee

M: medium mouthfeel but it's supposedly a porter not a stout so maybe forgivable

O: Very solid beer I'm not a huge coffee stout/porter guy but the way the vanilla smooths out the roughness of the coffee taste it's not bad it's a one trick pony though no real depth here but better than the average bear

SomethingClever, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of stjjoseph87
5/5  rDev +13.9%

stjjoseph87, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of MerriweatherRaven
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

MerriweatherRaven, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Sixbolt
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Sixbolt, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of bellsfounder
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

bellsfounder, Today at 12:10 AM
Photo of Jross212
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Jross212, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of jason3125
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

jason3125, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Curv4
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Curv4, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of pmateo
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

pmateo, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of afallon86
4/5  rDev -8.9%

afallon86, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of vogeljason
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

vogeljason, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Danfransisco
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Danfransisco, May 15, 2014
Photo of JFear
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

JFear, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of mrmiles
3.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of my all time favorites. First time review. First bottle of the 2010 batch. Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pour is a dark brown. Very dark, almost black when held to the light. Slight foaming at edge of glass, but no real head to speak of. Small groupings of bubbles ride the surface.

S: Coffee first. Followed by vanilla and some chocolate notes. Some chocolate malt presence as well.

T: The vanilla comes first mixed with some roast coffee. Chocolate malt follows and then aftertaste picks up the coffee again. Boozy, but well hidden. Some bitterness present, most likely from the coffee.

M: Solid carbonation makes this beer feel lighter than it really is. Very deceptive. A bit viscous for a porter however.

D: Extremely drinkable. Even better after a year or 2 when alcohol mellows. Be careful though as the abv will catch up quickly.

Overall I love this beer. Like I said, one of my all time favorites and without a doubt my favorite porter. That being said, it very often doesn't feel like a porter. I will drink this beer again, and again, and again...

mrmiles, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Kala1073
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Kala1073, Jun 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

hiphopipa, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of cheetsmageets
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

cheetsmageets, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Michael_D
3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a minimal khaki head. Smells heavy on coffee and roasted malts. Vanilla and booze in the background. Tastes sweet up front, some hops to balance, and lots of coffee. Vanilla isn’t as heavy in the flavor as I’d hope it was going to be, but it’s there. A little bitter in the aftertaste, where most of the vanilla is. Thick, mouth coating. Good stuff.

Michael_D, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of cmozz
4/5  rDev -8.9%

cmozz, Yesterday at 05:51 AM
Photo of VictoriousAtSea
5/5  rDev +13.9%

VictoriousAtSea, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of istarilord
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

istarilord, May 03, 2012
Photo of msnow34
5/5  rDev +13.9%

msnow34, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of BRadStudios
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours thick and black... Looks real good! Had a quick rising head and quickly dissipated to none due to the 10% ABV. Lost of lacing on the glass.

Smell: I picked up the vanilla and chocolate quickly with the sweet notes. Roasty aroma lots coffee busting out. Many other notes I can't point out yet. I love coffee beer so the smell was perfect!

Taste: BIG roasty flavor up front for me. I get vanilla & chocolate then all the dark malts with the coffee at the end. Not a coffee drinker so it really hits at the end for me.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, some carbonation... what I would expect for a porter. creamy, smooth finish.

Overall: Amazing if you like coffee porters or stouts. This is a must get!

BRadStudios, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

winstonator, Jun 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

djjolt, Jun 27, 2014
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,859 ratings.