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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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3,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,608
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 631
Gots: 684 | FT: 52
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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4/5  rDev -8.9%

02-03-2013 11:59:57 | More by ChrisMon02
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4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a snifter. Pours black with a 3/4 inch tan head. The lace is minimal. The smell is light, even after being swirled around in the snifter. I did make out roasted coffee and vanilla right out front. There are some notes of lemon rind.
The taste steps it up.a bunch. Dark roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, slight lemon zest, earthy hops and a touch of alcohol, but well hidden. Very smooth on the way down. Perfect porter feel.
This would get a 5 but I'm not even halfway through my second glass and I'm wobbely. I wish I could drink four or five with no consequenses though.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:27:26 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

10-30-2013 15:30:19 | More by dkw0063
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-13-2013 01:25:40 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

03-11-2013 03:32:53 | More by abex44
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3.1/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

24oz. Bottle
10oz. Pours into XL Duvel Tulip

A: Victory at Sea pours black as night with a brown, creamy head that dissipates into islands of patchiness after about ten minutes. A very pretty pour.

S: The scent from this Porter is very straight and to the point: charred barley. There was no pretending or beating around the bush on this one. Very boring.

T: The flavor profile of Victory at Sea unveiled a creamy, frothy, hot chocolate, black coffee, and caramel once warm. Enjoyable, but still very standard or typical.

M: Once the head of the Porter dissipates, the creaminess sort of does as well. Once the body warms up for about fifteen minutes on this sipper, the malts viscosity drops off largely. Not that there was a ton of maltiness beforehand, but this beer really turns into a thin bodied mess of carbonation. Thumbs way down from me!

OVERALL: Victory at Sea is tastefully enjoyable, but not very balanced at all. To be blunt, it's all over the place. We agreed collectively that the chocolate taste was bitter and dry, the black coffee or espresso was very forward, and the vanilla was just a tingly and grainy mess that basically turned into a thin chalkiness after twenty minutes or sipping.
Victory at Sea didn't open up at all or gain a thing from temperature rise. Infact, it died completely, and fell apart. I've had much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:40:52 | More by RobertColianni
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2013 04:13:47 | More by sloelco
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

02-07-2014 21:41:40 | More by DOCRW
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color, somewhat glossy, with a dark tan film with some lacing at the edges.

Smell: Deep roasted malt aroma - a little nutty - with some coffee hints coming in after a bit. There's some sweetness, but it is my no means strong.

Taste: Tons of roasted malt up-front. But it, and the coffee and hazelnut flavors that come in, get balanced out by a nice taste of vanilla underneath. There's definitely some alcohol warmness in the finish and aftertaste, but no actual flavor of it. The flavors are all nicely balanced, so nothing takes over.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, but with a bit of alcohol burn at the finish. Medium- to heavy-bodied with very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Not unusual for this high ABV you do feel the alcohol a bit and feel a bit of burn, but the flavor and everything makes it perfect for drinking slowly (though attentively), so it works great.

An excellent limited release from Ballast Point! Strong, for sure, but really great tasting!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:44:04 | More by mithrascruor
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-22-2012 13:14:43 | More by vrbulldog22
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

09-18-2013 11:32:50 | More by BuckTuckian
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip at room temperature.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with a two finger, caramel mocha head and impressive retention.

Aroma: Vanilla, roasted malt and a little bit of a burn. Definitely pick up a good deal of the alcohol heat. Definitely some coffee notes hidden behind the vanilla.

Taste: Coffee and vanilla are definitely present in the first sip. The vanilla really becomes more notciable as this sits. The coffee is a bit muddled by the baltic porter notes here. Definitely not as clean a taste as I imagined. I find this almost rotates between smooth, overly sweet vanilla, and overly bitter coffee. I wish they were better fused together as a whole.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and syrupy. Definitely a creamy undertone as well.

Drinkability: I definitely pick up the alcohol in the nose and taste, but I had no problem finishing a bomber of this.

Overall, I finmd the balance of sweetness of the vanilla and coffee bitterness a bit of a disppointment. Not a bad beer, but I don't think it lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:14:06 | More by Gosox8787
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-23-2013 13:18:53 | More by JVan
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-24-2013 01:07:22 | More by MNBeerGeek
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-07-2013 04:18:28 | More by stortore
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4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep dark black color with a few fingers of dark brown head.

S-Smells of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and a bit of cocoa.

T-Roasted, dark coffee with some vanilla robust dark chocolate with lots of roast on the finish.

M-Rich, smooth body with ample carbonation that cuts through some of the richness of this one and a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish.

D-Pretty drinkable for 10%, that being said, there is an alcohol presence to this one that isn't entirely unwelcome.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:34:34 | More by samie85
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

02-16-2013 03:45:57 | More by tdmccarthy
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-23-2013 00:37:25 | More by Hessian257
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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Not sure what batch this is, but it's definitely not the most recent. Late '09, early '10?

Appearance -- Pours an impenetrable dark brown, black in the glass, with two fingers of chocolate tan head. Wide bands of lace and fair head retention.

Smell -- Espresso, leather, pipe tobacco, cocoa powder, burnt bread crust, molasses, and vanilla. Not especially aromatic, but what is there is nice.

Taste -- Rich and roasty almost to the point of burnt. Cafe macchiato, tobacco, leather, vanilla bean, bittersweet coffee, minty hops and pine sap. Malt sweetness crescendoes toward the finish with caramel and vanilla ice cream. Lingering flavors vanilla, espresso, and gentle pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, a bit chewy, with moderate prickly carbonation. A little extra body and this would be a 5 for certain.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Passed my expectations, nearly made it to my hopes. Rich, roasty, great balance, good feel. The flavor opens up considerably as it warms. Must get more.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:54:02 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

10-06-2013 12:45:26 | More by Yeti1979
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4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap in a mug at Hollingshead's in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger mocha head. Great retention and lacing. Dark brown color, very little light goes through.

S- Chocolaty, vanilla, oak, brandy smell.

T- Vanilla and roast malts. Very bitter and some sourness. Boozy. Quite nice.

M- Very thick and smooth. Dry linger.

O- This beer isn't even one of my favorite styles and I admit it is phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 04:37:49 | More by Murrhey
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-24-2013 23:31:01 | More by Kubrickx
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

09-09-2013 01:26:50 | More by hockeyfighter19
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

04-14-2013 21:02:07 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle with me.

Pours pitch black with nothing but a cream colored ring around the edges.

The aroma is very nice and inviting. Rich notes of cocoa, coffee, caramel and vanilla.

The taste is dominated by coffee and cocoa... almost reminds me of dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Caramel and roasted/charred are present in the middle with vanilla beans rounding of this beer. Very tasty!

Medium to full in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Without this level of carbonation it could have taken this from a top notch brew to a sub par one in a hurry.

Overall, this was an excellent treat. Perfect after dinner beer for sure. I'm very happy I got to try this beer and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:22:28 | More by dcloeren
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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