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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

3,690 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,690
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 651
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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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-26-2013 20:09:39 | More by SPRichard
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%

Bottle courtesy of Alec. Thanks homey! Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a thick cap of beige foam that leaves some thick gobs of lace.

The aroma has a heavy vanilla aroma right up front with a robust coffee aroma lingering in the background. Seems to have notes of bitter chocolate in the background.n The pallet gives more of what the the aroma indicates. A little more subtle on the vanilla with more of an emphasis on the coffee. This one is rich and delicious.

The body is full and smooth with soft carbonation. A little bit of a lingering finish would I attribute to the coffee. Overall this one is real solid. Would love to end up with more of these guys anytime.

04-30-2012 01:13:11 | More by Bendurgin
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lovindahops

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

03-31-2013 21:08:55 | More by lovindahops
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.9%

02-23-2013 06:44:59 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

09-22-2013 23:22:07 | More by cfrances33
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IndyDad

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

06-16-2013 02:27:56 | More by IndyDad
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.95/5  rDev -10%

EDIT (10-25-2010): Just split an 8-month old bottle (same batch as in the review below) with JustinA1. The vanilla had mellowed out a bit, but not as much as I had hoped. Still, the balance was much better, so I boosted the drinkability score from 3.5 to 4.0.

Split amongst Wisemen Nick, Zach, and Jorge. Poured into three standard pint glasses.

Appearance: Poured out dark and thick, producing an ample amount of brown foam atop each 7oz. sample. Head looks beautiful: fluffy and brown with great retention. Body is completely opaque. Nice lacing. Looks great!

Smell: Strong coffee and vanilla from the get-go. Damn! I've never encountered this much vanilla before. Mocha, dark chocolate, and blueberries also contribute, but to a much lesser extent. Pretty incredible. I initially thought the vanilla and coffee aromas were too strong, but as I sit here I can't help but be blown away by this nose. Very nicely done.

Taste: Vanilla, charred grains, black coffee, and (blue)berry-like esters. Very interesting and unique, but I find a good deal of astringency in this one. The alcohol (I'm guessing) does some pretty odd things to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full-bodied, and very, very creamy. This seriously feels like a milkshake. Carbonation is very light and velvety. Victory at Sea finishes dry (showing the 10% ABV) and leaves a bit of a medicinal taste that quickly dissipates. Not a big fan of the finish, but the milky/creamy feel is top notch!

Drinkability: This is a very cool beer that's certainly worthy of all the praise. I personally find it to be over-the-top and a bit medicinal, but I'd be happy to try it again. I think splitting this two ways will be your best bet.

NOTE: Zach and Jorge both found this beer to be over-the-top and thought it would be much better if it were toned down a bit. Reminiscent of ST Creme Brulee.

02-17-2010 03:57:30 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Evan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-06-2012 12:02:55 | More by Evan
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-09-2014 20:24:16 | More by MN_Beerticker
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InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

03-01-2012 07:56:42 | More by InfernoBoss
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Bartos

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-22-2014 23:29:13 | More by Bartos
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oso

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-23-2013 02:26:02 | More by oso
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-28-2012 16:08:51 | More by TXhomebrewer
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-30-2011 17:15:40 | More by PaBeerLover
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valkyre65

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-23-2013 01:08:46 | More by valkyre65
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Super deep brown color, cant tell on the clarity but looks a little hazy. about 2 inches of tan sticky head. Smells alot like coffee and asphalt. Herbal woody hop nose. Burnt malt as well. Coffee really comes through as the beer airs.

Wow, tastes as if a delicious big ol black beer had a baby with an amazingly rich coffee. Bitter black chocolate on the tip of the tongue with a sweet creamy vanilla twang . Huge coffee flavor along the mid palate. Finishes with burnt sugar and underlying hop bitterness, much like a straight black coffee. Almost no detectable alcohol. Quite a brew. Could easily work as a breakfast brew with it's sweet vanilla start and bitter coffee finish. Loving it. Hope it doesnt give me the jitters though, coffee burns often do :-(

12-10-2012 05:29:32 | More by jtierney89
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -11.6%

Review from notes:

Black, thick, nice look for a porter, definitely bordering on stout, small tan head, decent lacing.

Aroma is coffee and vanilla, mostly on the vanilla side, and so much so that it almost makes it seem artificial.

Here's where things got weird. My friend that i shared this bottle with had a weird boogery substance floating about in the top of her beer. I asked her what the hell it was and she said "Meh, it's just foam." A few minutes later and she was gagging it out, as it seemed to be some slimy, disgusting substance. We examined it and couldn't figure what the heck it was to no avail. Kinda killed the enjoyment of the beer, despite it tasting good.

Taste was loaded with vanilla, while coffee took secnd place. Really liking how the vanilla paired with the chocolaty roasty malts, but got a bit cloying after awhile. Good, but became artificial after awhile, reminiscent of ST Creme Brulee. I kept drinking it after loogie incident because it just tasted so good! Nice bitterness on the finish, very sweet, but yummy.

Good stuff, but hard to finish a lot. Would make for an excellent desert drink, but only at about 8-10oz at a time. Would still like to know what the hell was in that beer, but it didn't seem to diminish the flavor.

08-11-2010 21:57:27 | More by KeefD
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NickThePyro

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-11-2013 05:37:14 | More by NickThePyro
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-24-2013 01:07:22 | More by MNBeerGeek
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

10-14-2013 15:07:55 | More by wisrarebeer
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magictacosinus

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

06-27-2014 01:09:51 | More by magictacosinus
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-29-2012 02:17:37 | More by ritzkiss
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Ajlvt

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

06-11-2013 05:47:33 | More by Ajlvt
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-23-2013 01:32:06 | More by ChrisL24481
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours dark brown chocolate, not quite black with a mocha head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell of roasted coffee, vanilla , roasted malts, and sweet sugar.

Taste of not surprisingly, Coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. There is a bitterness that is slightly different, but could also be perceived as licorice mixed with dark burnt malt. Not a whole lot of ashy flavors, but Charred flavor seems to be pretty strong. In other words, burnt, but sweet mixed with vanilla flavored sugars. If you let this warm in your mouth a little bit, the vanilla really becomes more prevalent and tasty.

Mediated carbonation levels with a nice mouthfeel that is not too thick but definitely not thin. All in all, a very drinkable coffee Vanilla Porter.

11-13-2010 16:51:41 | More by alpinebryant
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,690 ratings.