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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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3,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,759
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 679
Gots: 701 | FT: 55
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 ocelot2500
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, black color with a fading tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of delicious roasted coffee.

Tastes of the delicious roasted notes. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Vanilla notes come in the end and add a flair to the coffee. Everything is really well balanced. Alcohol is hardly noticeable at 10% and makes this brew a little dangerous.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Evan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Evan, Apr 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

NickThePyro, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jmccraney, May 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

DaftCaskBC, Jul 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving behind some short rings of lace

S- big fresh coffee espresso notes melds with melted dark chocolate, toasted vanilla biscotti, fudge brownie, dried dark cherry and fruit bread

T- fresh dark roast coffee up front, highlighted by sweet vanilla, chocolaty malt, and toasted almond. Dark fruit notes of prune, fig and raisin on the finish with a sweet cherry juice finish

M- medium body and carbonation with a light-yet-creamy mouthfeel, leads to a smooth and velvety finish. Loaded with flavor, but still keeping a light enough mouthfeel for a porter, ABV is hidden very well

O- the vanilla meshes almost perfectly to an already solid base coffee porter. Drinkability is on point, solid beer!

Treyliff, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 25, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

sideshowe, Dec 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

spark3148857, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of ShogoKawada
2.4/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz into Portsmouth tulip. Been meaning to try this one for a long time.

A- Dark roast coffee... 5 finger head after an aggressive pour. Great formation/retention. Khaki in color, even and thick lacing. One of the better 10% pours I've seen in a while.

S- Kind of buttery toffee caramel. Mild heavily creamed coffee. Not really appealing.. there's something off in the nose here. .

T- The buttery caramel toffee is here but doesn't turn me off like it does in the nose. Vanilla is here but comes across more like artificial sweetener than vanilla bean. Tastes like a chocolate butterscotch sundae with some coffee ice cream. Sweet, but not in the realm of ST's creme brulee. Mild acidity, but the coffee is playing too much of a subdued role and the caramel vanilla sweetness is a bit too much.

M- Flavorful.. a bit too sweet. Stealth ABV, very lush body, great carbonation.

D- Low. I'm very 'meh' on this beer. For the price, I can't see myself buying this again.

ShogoKawada, Apr 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ChrisL24481, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

lovindahops, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

valkyre65, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

BeerThursdays, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

SPRichard, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

RochefortChris, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Beerbuddy21, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Rand_ale_Thor, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

magictacosinus, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of PHBoiler
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.

PHBoiler, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Bendurgin
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bendurgin, Apr 30, 2012
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,759 ratings.