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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
98
world-class

4,536 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,536
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 830
Gots: 1,020 | FT: 79
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: radshoesbro on 03-17-2009

Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla.
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Photo of Sigmund4216
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twillingthenoz
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Frothy tan head. Diminishes into a one finger height head that stays as you drink. Thick fluffy lacing. Opaque dark brown.

Smells of roasted coffee beans. Some vanilla scent coming through.

Might very well be my new favorite coffee stout. mmmm coffee taste up front. Nice sweetness... then a well balanced bitterness at the end.

Very smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Coats your mouth and sticks around for a while after you swallow.

This one gives you everything you want in a coffee porter. Not too thick, not too sweet, nice hoppy coffee bitterness.

Photo of jcarroll10
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've been looking for this for a while now, and finally tried it. Surpassed expectations. Maybe my second favorite porter behind Everett.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage 22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, opaque, black color, with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very complex. Very roasty, like freshly baked roasted coffee beans, but also very malty like freshly baked dark bread. I also get a lot of vanilla and brown sugar. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Great! Very roasty up front, with a lot of coffee flavor, followed by a lot of vanilla and caramel-like sweetness, and then followed by strong hints of roasted malt and freshly baked bread. Finally, the beer finishes with some slightly bitter coffee flavors, and some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and oh, so smooth. The beer has not carbonation to speak of, and is rather creamy. With an ABV of 10% alcohol, I’m surprised how little heat there is here. I was expecting much more of an alcohol is on the palate

Overall: This is another awesome porter, and now I see why it is in such high regard. I love the creamy mouthfeel as well as the great balance between the vanilla/caramel-like sweetness and the roasted coffee bitterness. Absolutely delicious! I’m definitely having my West Coast contacts get me a few more bottles next year!

Photo of WoostaBia
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Merks
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmcarter23
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gspeer711
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't blow away by this beer. Thought it was pretty good. HInts of vanilla and coffee in the nose but definitely wanted more of a vanilla presence in the flavor.

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PlayitAgain
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lanegan94
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of IMFletcher
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ardeer
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of d_kizzle
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Emadan
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top selling in the bar I work at

Photo of astronautjones
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snansel
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buzz3d
4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ILMbrew
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SP1_FLA
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JGam115
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Silky black, lil tan. Strong coffee, chile, soft vanilla and spice. Hm. Bitter, dark cocoa, loooong finish. Not bad.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,536 ratings.