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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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3,863 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,863
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 725
Gots: 733 | FT: 56
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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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kennbosco, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

damienblack, Oct 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

BrawnyBear, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Yeti1979, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MNPikey, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

beercatbrew, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of itlnstallion11
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an impressive imperial porter that is really masquerading as a stout in my opinion.

A-Dark almost motor oil black with a vague ruby blood red glimmer at the bottom of the glass when put up to light

s- coffee, chocolate, butterscotch, marshmelow powdered sugar with some vanilla hint

taste- COFFEE right up front with a surprising intense bitterness that was definitely unexpected. Around the intense coffee flavor there is dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and some dark fruit.

m- medium bodied

O- A good porter that really pushes the envelope of a stout. It really shattered the common perspective on how porters are just wimpy stouts. Although this porter is great, the bitterness is a little overwhelming and i feel like it covers up the unique sweeter qualities of this beer. It is definitely a heavier beer ideal for those cold winter nights.

itlnstallion11, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

220oz brown bomber purchased from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours a decent brown-black colour, with a relatively light body that doesn't hold carbonation. Head forms a decent filmy crest of golden-crispened brown and the lacing is excellent. I'm a bit surprised at the body, but otherwise it looks pretty decent.

Nose is wonderful, and delivering on everything I expected. Lovely oaky vanilla characters, cut with a crisp, fruity coffee aroma and underpinned with rich dark chocolate and malts that give sweetness but nothing in the way of grassy graininess. It's sweet and luscious and impressive—I don't care if it's also something of a gimmick. Gimme gimme gimme.

Relatively smooth and light entry on the palate just peppered with a little coffee spiciness. Big rounded, slightly empty vanilla characters come through in the mid palate. The back palate is where the richness is: dark chocolate and red mole pricked with more of that coffee bite and everywhere fresh and vibrant from supple vanilla. It's very pleasant once you get here: a little bit lacklustre beforehand.

Feel is very good: light enough to remind you it's a porter, but with heft to remind you it's 10% ABV.

Overall, it's a lovely brew, but perhaps one that was always going to be lovely. The flavours are pronounced and are quite well balanced. It's drinkable and very tasty. Something perhaps stops me from gushing wholeheartedly about it, but there's no doubt that it's a very fine brew.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

gelasin, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Omensetter, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

cnbrown313, Oct 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

sharpski, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

HugeBulge, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Furlinator
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with ¼ inch of khaki head and nice lacing.

Smell is of spent dark roast coffee grounds up front with vanilla and faint cocoa on the back end.

Taste is black coffee at first, then some bitter hops, followed by faint vanilla. There is a slight alcohol bite. The flavor of coffee and vanilla begin to intensify as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy allowing the flavors to linger on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Impressive, although the vanilla flavor is a bit weak.

Furlinator, Sep 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

RangnaR, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

TheBaumer, Sep 30, 2013
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,863 ratings.