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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

3,607 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,607
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 629
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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aquazr1

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-01-2013 04:18:15 | More by aquazr1
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Nightrain87

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-05-2012 02:12:21 | More by Nightrain87
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M1A2

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

10-14-2013 21:34:42 | More by M1A2
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gpawned

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

02-04-2013 05:03:41 | More by gpawned
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OStrungT

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a brown so dark that it looks black in the glass. It boasts a thick brown head that fades very slowly, leaving a great lacing.

This beer smells of fresh vanila beens. Some coffee mixes in. Sweet malt as well. You know what, it kind of smells like Kaluah.

This beer tastes like it smells. Kaluah. Some coffee and some smooth vanila. Maybe a little chocolate. Some toffee also. Great!

This beer is very smooth. The alcohol is well hidden during the entire experience. It leaves a Kaluah aftertaste.

This beer would make a good session beer, but beware of the ABV!

Overall: This beer is great. So complex and good. One of the best I can remember. Ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 01:04:03 | More by OStrungT
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a very dark brown with a medium tan, 3 inch head that is super impressive. Leaving a little lacing after every sip, this is about to be the best porter I've ever had.

S: The aroma is nearly perfection. Rich notes of chocolate, espresso beans, and vanilla. Deep roasted malt. and a slight hop tingle.

T: The flavor is phenomenal. It's a blast of roasted malt, and the perfect mix of vanilla, coffee beans, and notes of chocolate. The slightest hops is evident on the rear of the pallet, along with a little alcohol burn that is almost unnoticeable due to the complexity of the flavors.

MF: Mouthfeel is smooth and cream. Flavor notes were easily blended to make a balanced beer.

D: Drinkability at 10% is not bad.

Overall, this is one hell of a porter. Ballast Point has taken a style (one of my favorites) that not to many brewers spend enough time on, and blew it out of the water. Seek this one out. You wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:12:48 | More by TKEbeerman
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gleemonger

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-28-2012 22:56:57 | More by gleemonger
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark, but not quite opaque. When held to the light it appears clear and shows a tiny bit of ruby highlight. The head is mammoth, brown, rocky, and quite long-lasting. The nose is slightly astringent, not too assertive, and gives off some nice roasty notes and promises both coffee and vanilla.

The beer has a medium-full body and a complex, superbly balanced flavor. Lots of roasty notes up front as well as a hint of toffee-like malt. Around mid-palate, the roastiness gives way to coffee and the toffee gives way to vanilla, still maintaining a balance. Some of the roastiness comes back on the back of the palate and really lingers on the finish. Is this beer really 10% ABV? No way I would ever guess that. The feel seems thin given the ABV, but I think it's the roastiness playing tricks on me.

I can see why this is a ``Beer of Fame''. It's a tasty, incredibly well-balanced porter that is a near perfect example of the style description and therefore I must rate it very highly. Still, I think I prefer Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and its slight, woody sweetness to this. I like to taste a little more malt and a little less roastiness. It's a personal preference, nothing more (darn sweet tooth). This is a terrific beer and I think it's a better example of the style than EF, but if I could only have one porter, I'd still take EF.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:30:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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sansho

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2013 03:50:58 | More by sansho
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours pitch black with a delicious espresso creme head, about 2-3 fingers thick that lasts for a several minutes, leaving partial lacing that clings to the glass

S: this is where the true triumph and talents of the beer shine through. After the beer has sat and opened up for a minute or two, the coffee notes permeate through your nose with every sniff, with hints of the vanilla trailing quietly behind. Another interesting smell is a faint hint of soy sauce, acting as a type of umami on the nose. The fact that the coffee plays at the forefront and not the vanilla is a truely amazing feat; the way it should be. Despite the high ABV, the alcohol does not burn or singe the nose. It is actually quite pleasant and invigorating.

T: malt, malt and more malt is all I can say. The coffee is rich and the malt is thick, with notes of mocha, caramel, soy sauce and toffee with the finish lasting for several minutes.

M: rich, thick and creamy with the sharpness of the alcohol awakening the taste buds.

O: this beer definitely deserves the high marks everyone gives it, including myself. Porters and imperial porters are my favorite styles of beer, and this beer definitely has implanted itself into my all time favorites. A triumph ballast point, keep them coming!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 01:58:19 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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BKBassist

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

10-07-2013 18:27:52 | More by BKBassist
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adam42381

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-02-2013 00:38:23 | More by adam42381
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-24-2013 18:10:44 | More by jjd315
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

09-03-2013 03:55:06 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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chefduff2

New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2014 05:50:30 | More by chefduff2
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.9%

11-28-2013 02:39:27 | More by millelacsmark
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

10-02-2013 12:52:14 | More by cnbrown313
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-05-2013 18:41:03 | More by Beerbuddy21
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Halftime.com. 8.99. Enjoy by 11/07/13, which I believe is one year after bottling. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours flat black with a finger and a half of fluffy vanilla head that leaves large sheets of lace.

Smells of charred malts, creamed coffee and sweet vanilla.

Bold coffee leads the taste followed by roasty malts, earthy bark, cherry skins, vanilla and resinous pine. A bit of an alcohol bite but it is blended in well enough to make this pretty easy to drink.

Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. Long, dry bitter piney hop and coffee aftertaste.

This is a great imperial porter and great coffee beer in general. I've had this a few times and I actually think I prefer it after a year or two once the coffee has faded to let the vanilla through a little more. All in all, it's a worthy brew at any age.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 04:35:57 | More by ThickNStout
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.9%

03-16-2013 20:14:47 | More by BrownAleMale
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FreshZ

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-15-2013 16:09:22 | More by FreshZ
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JoeMans

New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-03-2013 15:17:40 | More by JoeMans
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jk3

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-15-2012 22:32:20 | More by jk3
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-26-2013 02:52:07 | More by megamass
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mulder1010

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured into a Red Oak globe glass

A-- Poured black with tints of red. Settled black. One finger dark mocha colored head. Very fluffy, very good head retention. On swirling some noticeable alcohol.

S-- Coffee. Not really overpowering but there. Roasted malts and some hints of vanilla as well.

T-- Coffee, vanilla and carmel. The carmel really stood out. Reminded me more of an iced coffee. Quite nice.

M-- Medium light body and a bit velvety. Carmel and vanilla in the front and roasted malts and coffee finish. Was a little bitter in the end with a vanilla finish.

D-- Well balanced. Sometimes coffee, sometimes vanilla and sometimes carmel. No taste able alcohol to this. Was a bit light in spots but very, very good, Easily could have had a second bomber of it and been happy and not had an issue with it. Very happy to have had one of the beers I have been wanting for a while. Did not disappoint one bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 07:54:25 | More by mulder1010
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,607 ratings.