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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

3,561 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,561
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 623
Gots: 675 | 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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sgoro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

02-10-2013 02:54:43 | More by sgoro
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a slight brownish-cream colored head on the jet black beer. The scent changes from coffee to vanilla with each smell. The coffee taste is light, but the vanilla shines. The flavor hides the alcohol well. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light but certainly not watery. This beer offers everything you want in a porter, then takes it to another level with the additional flavors. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 15:00:59 | More by PHBoiler
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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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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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

A-A very dark brown with a milk chocolate, one finger head that fades fast leaving little spots of lacing.
S-The roasted coffee comes on strong and I also get a bit of licorice. As it warms there is a release of alcohol that isn't there in the initial pour.
T-This has a powerful punch right from the beginning. The coffee flavor is most intense followed later by a smaller amount of the vanilla. I still get some licorice flavor hanging around at the end. There was a little bitterness in the beginning but that isn't noticeable as it warms.
M-Not thick, more medium in feel but still full and smooth.
D- It's tasty and drinkable, the bomber is the right size fo those who enjoy this beer.

This is no standard Am. Porter. It's intense and interesting. Maybe a little overpowering but very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 23:41:35 | More by meatyard
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-07-2013 19:38:28 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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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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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-25-2013 19:21:13 | More by AdamP
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Gatch

Massachusetts

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

A: Deep black with a light brown, creamy, pillowy head. Little lace or head retention.

S: Plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, and a hint of vanilla and alcohol.

T: Malty, boozy concoction. Thought it would get better near room temperature but turns out the alcohol becomes stronger. Sweet malt with burnt, roasted malt, dark coffee, and some mellow vanilla in the finish.

M: Some cloying burnt malt. Pretty smooth and tasty. Drinkable for the ABV but the booze is definitely noticeable throughout and hits you about halfway through the bomber.

O: Pretty solid Imperial Porter. Enjoyable. Big.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:19:23 | More by Gatch
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kell50

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft many times at Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC. Time for a review!

A: Very dark black with a nice 2 finger off white creamy head that seems to completely attach itself to the glass. Looks similar to a Guinness as it flows from the tap.

S: MMMM. There's so much going on here. I first detect some roasted coffee notes up front; followed by hints tobacco, vanilla beans, caramel, and punch of dark chocolate.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Fresh brewed coffee, vanilla, chocolaty sweetness and with a touch of a smoke as well. Probably the most full flavored porter I've ever had. Victory at Sea clocks in at 10% abv, but drinks more like 5%. Scary.

M: This beer definitely has a heavier, full-bodied mouthfeel. It's sticky, viscous, and has a low amount of carbonation.

O: Very impressed by this beer! It's an excellent pairing with cold temperatures. The beer's flavors and richness became more pronounced as the beer reached room temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 20:38:09 | More by kell50
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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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vande

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

11-21-2012 04:15:00 | More by vande
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-04-2013 03:28:38 | More by laxer8811
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-17-2013 01:30:40 | More by facesnorth
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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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jkane101

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-29-2013 23:58:50 | More by jkane101
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite black with a thin brown head that holds quite well; lacing is great

S: Lots of alcohol, coffee, and sweet malts--roasted chocolate, vanilla and a touch of toffee

T: Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas but boy is this boozy--though as the glass airs out it becomes less hot; the vanilla and coffee really do take over toward the middle and then there is quite a bit of sweet chocolate toward the end

F: Creamy and sticky; nice overall mouth feel--good texture for a full-bodied brew

O: This is a delicious coffee beer but boy is it boozy--it gets better with time obviously but the alcohol makes its presence known and distracts slightly from the overall quality of the brew

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 17:50:50 | More by dbossman
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ortie

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-26-2014 02:29:15 | More by ortie
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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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dasenebler

Maine

4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point Victory at Sea
8/29/12
22oz. best before 5/11/12

Pours a dark brown hue, pretty much black until you hold it to the light. Towering tan head is very attractive, leaving great lacing on the way down. (4.5)

Aroma has a strong but pleasant vanilla note, along with a hefty dose of chocolate and a wee bit of dark fruit. A hint of oxidation, but otherwise nice and clean. (4)

Flavor is bold, malty and hugely chocolatey. The vanilla is readily apparent, making this brew seem more like a piece of liquid chocolate cake than a beer. Mild roast leaves some tang on the finish, and the coffee character builds as the drink wears on. More rich than sweet. Alcohol is as well masked as anything I've had for the style. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with creamy, medium-low carbonation. (4, 4)

This is a very nice beer and would make for a great dessert when shared between two beer lovers. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:15:00 | More by dasenebler
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-23-2013 18:04:05 | More by thampel09
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-28-2014
Freshness: Best by 12-12-2013
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Black, opaque beer that features a small tan head. Very good lacing and a low level of retention.

Aromas have vanilla and wood, rich dark fruits, coffee, chocolates and dark cherry fruit.

The taste has dark chocolate, rich malts and brown breads, bitterness of roasted coffee and earth hops and vanilla. Also get some alcohol warming and perhaps some oxidation from the age.

Thick-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation. The finish has a pretty intense coffee flavor and bitterness.

A very rich and coffee-forward beer that I enjoyed, but it did seem to have some off flavors that may be attributed to the age.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 03:53:12 | More by sommersb
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip. 2009 vintage, sampled 8/31/10.

A: Four fingers of medium dark brown head transitions from frothy/creamy to slightly rocky as it slowly recedes. The body is very dark, but not quite black. Still, no light comes through. Straggling lace is produced from the head, while the body covers the glass in sheets.

S & T: This bottle has a little bit of age on it, which may have caused the hop aroma to fade. A light yeast quality is evident, but it is indistinguishable to me. Heavy roasted malts of chocolate and coffee dominate the nose with a light vanilla note and a hint of caramel in the background. This beer is reminiscent of all things chocolate: chocolate syrup, fudge, cocoa powder et cetera. The vanilla bean component is mostly noticeable on the palate. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter and an even lighter lactic sourness fills out the flavor profile. Alcohol is absolutely buried.

M: The mouthfeel is velvety smooth at first but falls off mid bomber as the temperature has risen out of the sweet spot. Once the carbonation loses some of it's effervesence, the body becomes medium-light and the texture thins. The mouthfeel experiences is still above average, it was just significantly better at 55 degrees and cooler.

D: Excellent beer overall. Perfect with dessert or even for dessert. Would be interested in trying this one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:37:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

Thanks to GallowsThief for the trade!

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Maudite snifter

Pours a black color with 2 fingers of a mocha colored head.

The nose is sweet and malty. Chocolate, molasses, and vanilla stand out the most here. A bit of coffee lingers behind the rich cocoa and vanilla beans. It smells like a damn fine dessert, waiting for me to devour. Roasty beast for sure. The taste is much the same as the nose but a bit stronger. The chocolate stands out the most and is followed by vanilla and a bit of coffee that wasnt so easily discovered in the nose. A nice mixture of the flavors that play off each other quite nicely. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and beastly to say the least. A nice smooth oily liquid feels great on my palate and I cant put down my glass. Overall, this is a great brew here that creates pretty good balance throughout and has a bad-ass flavor profile. Boom!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 04:36:02 | More by ChugginOil
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bomber, loved this on tap...thank Jim for another shot at this. served in a 12oz tulip

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose, dark khaki colored foam. the beer is pretty much pitch black throughout the whole glass. only a couple random spots of lacing left behind.

S - strong, fresh and cold steeped coffee, lightly creamed. some sweetness fights through with vanilla beans, and milk chocolate. roasted malts are present yet stay mostly in the background until the end, more present as the beer warms.

T - strong, yet bitter fresh roast coffee. cut into sharply near the end by vanilla coffee creamer, the vanilla beans come through strong in the end and linger for a bit. toasted nuts and roasted malts, caramel add balance. cocoa powder is very present in the lingering sweet aftertaste. yum.

M - mediud to thickish body, quite syrupy yet cut into sharply by some tight and crispy carbonation. very sticky finish, with lingering roasty bitterness and vanilla sweetness.

D - coffee has died down a bit here but the slack is taken up by a more pronounced vanilla and toasted nutty sweetness. hides is 10% ABV dangerously well, with nary a spat of alcohol taste or burn present.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:04:43 | More by Stigs
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

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

Glad I found this one at the local beer store...

A: Perfect. Black with no light shining through. Thick 1 and 1/2" mocha colored head that slowly thins, but never completely fades.

S: Smells of heavy vanilla with hints of coffee and an oaky / matly backend. Smells good. Not an extremely strong scent, but not hidden either.

T: Very hoppy upfront with vanilla notes followed by subtle coffee. I like this one. Very tasty. The more I drink it, the more the coffee takes front and center and the vanilla takes a back seat.

M: Very good carbonation with a nice smoothness that lingers on the tastebuds.

D: Goes down exceptionally easy. Very easy to drink despite the ABV %.

All in all, this is a porter that is on the stout borderline, which most good porters are anyways. This is a great brew if you're looking for a good blend of flavor, hoppiness, and smooth drinkability. Awesome brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:24:07 | More by steve8robin
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,561 ratings.