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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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3,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,690
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 650
Gots: 696 | FT: 53
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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4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

Had this at Toronado in North Park.

A - DARK! Lighting wasn't the best but it looked pretty close to black.

S - Smelled of coffee to me.

T - Had a bit of a chocolate / coffee taste.

M - Your typical porter. Had a smooth but thick feel to it.

D - I could drink this all night assuming I had a nice meal before. Not something you want to do on an empty stomach.

03-03-2009 08:25:49 | More by turboedtwo
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New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-13-2012 16:48:21 | More by petroos
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

A- Dark brown/black color with a tan head which pours thin and dissipates quickly. Only thin film is left chilling on top. Ruby highlights around the beer.

S- Heavy roasted coffee bean flavor dominate the aroma, hard to find much else than that in the aroma. I'm not a big coffee fan, but I do enjoy coffee beers, oddly enough.

T- GOOD LORD! This is amazing! I was not expecting this! Sweet creamy caramel undertones, layered with some dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee beans, and a big kick of vanilla that adds such a beautiful sweetness to this beer. Seems like there is a decent portion of bittering hops in addition, but it's always hard to tell will rich roasty coffee beers.

M- Full bodied, creamy, thick luscious mouthfeel.

D- Not incredibly drinkable, at least for me. Bitterness that comes with coffee definitely slows my ability to drink, it's also a very heavy beer. The alcohol also impedes speed. However, this is still a great beer worth the try.

04-09-2010 01:33:59 | More by thisisxxmyIPA
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3.94/5  rDev -10.3%

This is an impressive imperial porter that is really masquerading as a stout in my opinion.

A-Dark almost motor oil black with a vague ruby blood red glimmer at the bottom of the glass when put up to light

s- coffee, chocolate, butterscotch, marshmelow powdered sugar with some vanilla hint

taste- COFFEE right up front with a surprising intense bitterness that was definitely unexpected. Around the intense coffee flavor there is dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and some dark fruit.

m- medium bodied

O- A good porter that really pushes the envelope of a stout. It really shattered the common perspective on how porters are just wimpy stouts. Although this porter is great, the bitterness is a little overwhelming and i feel like it covers up the unique sweeter qualities of this beer. It is definitely a heavier beer ideal for those cold winter nights.

10-05-2013 04:07:52 | More by itlnstallion11
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-14-2012 02:06:03 | More by Joelbear5
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New York

4.84/5  rDev +10.3%

A- Poured into a porter glass. Ebony black - no light will penetrate. Rapid 1/2 inch head quickly fading to lace and edging.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, malt.

T- Great! lightly sweet very expensive black coffee. Medium dark chocolate and mild vanilla.

M- Medium carbonation dissipates rapidly with a medium mouth feel. Smooth finish hiding alcohol well.

O- I like many beers but this is one of my favorites. Excellent coffee porter - an easy two glass beer at one sitting. Goes well with light desert fair but will remain the star of the palate show. I will seek it out again.

05-02-2014 23:53:18 | More by Realbeer1542
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New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-17-2014 18:28:08 | More by Max3
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-24-2012 02:00:46 | More by jt0818
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a very dark brown color with medium tan head and pretty good lace. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and some creamy malts. Taste is more balanced with flavors of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and somewhat espresso. Nice creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. I was very suprised with how big this was and how good it was as well. Excellent beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company

01-20-2010 20:40:06 | More by slasher007
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

10-08-2013 03:01:01 | More by bruceleeroy
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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%

From a 22 oz bomber into my Chimay glass...shared with a friend.

A - Chocolate milk and pancake batter soup...looks so damn delicious my mouth is watering....tons of nice lacing too.

S - Nestles Quik, malted milk, caramel, oats, roasted coffee beans...wow this smells perfect...

T - Coffee upfront, Milky-way candy bar, Nestles Crunch bar, tasting the vanilla now, milk....this is heaven....delicious!

M - Perfect on the tongue...low carb, thick and yummy.

D - One of the smoothest beers not just Porters I have ever had...I will be getting a few more bottles of this tomorrow.

01-05-2011 06:25:37 | More by LevitatedEep
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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%

A- dark and cloudy, I can't even see the light of day through my glass. There's little to no lacing but this is thick and rich when it came out of the tap.

S- it smells of toffee and breakfast coffe.It smells just like the dark malt it looks like ,I am smelling anise with just a bit of hybiscus.

T-creamy and sweet at first then big notes of dark coffee and chocolate. After aeration,you get the true thickness of this beer. I could have this as a meal.

M- there's no getting around the thickness of this big beer. I went right into the head as soon as it was poured and oh how the texture becomes so much more complex.

D- this is big so big I think I can only enjoy one right now. Man is this great.

04-18-2010 00:26:39 | More by SourBatchKid
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-02-2013 16:24:01 | More by jdauria
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4.55/5  rDev +3.6%

**Finally got around to typing the notes for this review***

Purchased a bomber from Vendome Wine and Liquor on Olympic Blvd on 12/17/2011 after Miguel, the gentleman who runs the beer section, recommended it due to it's limited availability.

Poured into a 6 oz snifter.

A: Pours with a rich, caramel head. About a finger of head. Surprising for a beer of this high ABV. Dark as night, but some range of color with some brown towards the head. A creamy toffee lacing on the sides. Awesome.

S: Vanilla Latte. The coffee is present, but the vanilla really PUNCHES through!. Very little alcohol presence in the nose. Impressive character.

T: Cafe con Leche notes, vanilla, espresso. Full semi-sweet presence throughout, without overbearing on the coffee and toasted profile. Well balanced. Again, you can't really taste the alcohol in this. Finishes off like coffee and vanilla bean, too. I want to say this is a straight-forward Imperial Porter, but that would be a disservice. It wants you to taste vanilla, coffee, espresso, and damn if it doesn't execute it flawlessly. Mmmm

M: Lighter than I expected. Goes down smooth, without really sticking through the roof of the mouth.

O: A stunningly well balanced Imperial Porter. Some bitterness i the end to keep the palate on it's toes, but overall an amazing beer. Will drink again.. A

01-04-2012 20:27:42 | More by rawla
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-31-2013 04:58:45 | More by Steezballs
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-17-2013 13:02:34 | More by lndsy
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

03-18-2013 04:33:51 | More by GiveMeBeerToDrink
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-22-2014 13:10:57 | More by StoutMan20
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-18-2013 04:23:18 | More by D_Villa
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3.99/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Pours black, with a full-finger light brown head.

S: Great smell of roasted coffee beans

T: The mix of coffee and roasted malt is real nice here. Has excellent dark chocolate notes.

M: Smooth and full-bodied, it hides it's 10% and you'll feel it by the end.

O: Very good but not as good as I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:15:01 | More by BigMurph
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

08-08-2014 18:57:16 | More by MOVERTON1284
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2014 00:10:59 | More by IronCity1822
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4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

That's right, on freakin' tap, here in PA, into one of those effete snifer glasses..smelled like a dark roasted coffee, deep brown color, no head by the time the bartender got it to me, which took about 20 seconds after he poured it. Very rich, thick, tasted like chocolate with only a hint of vanilla. A little boozy, but a nice balance overall. At 10% ABV, thought this was more like an imperial stout, but not complaining. The wife even thought it was good, which says a lot...

04-03-2010 19:24:11 | More by gloriousglo2
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-04-2013 20:30:42 | More by jglowe77
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-08-2014 22:00:22 | More by CeeJayEl
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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