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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

3,882 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,882
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 727
Gots: 739 | FT: 57
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%

akttr, Oct 14, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with the barest of ruby highlights, topped by a modest head of mocha foam that settles shortly into a thin veil. A persistent sheet of lacing clings to the glass as the beer descends. The aroma features HUGE roasted coffee notes with traces of dark chocolate and vanilla. The flavor matches the nose, with a massive kick of roasted coffee that lingers indefinitely. This is not the watered down coffee adjunct that so commonly passes for "coffee flavor" in beer--this is the real deal. There's also a noticeable alcoholic burn on the front end, which is unorthodox but not shocking considering the ABV, though it's tolerable for the style. Some dark chocolate can be found lurking beneath the charred, roasted foreground, but vanilla doesn't feature as prominently as the label would suggest. A slightly peppery hop bite accentuates the bitterness of the roasted malt on the back end. I can't wait for this to warm up and really see what it can do*. The body is medium and complements the flavor profile well, while the carbonation is appropriately modest.

This is not an especially nuanced brew, but if you're looking for something bold with an authentic, deluxe coffee character, you've come to the right place.

*Warming does indeed reveal some subtle dark fruit that was close to invisible at cooler temperatures.

MaximalC, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ScaryEd, Oct 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

coz, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

dexterk1, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with a thick coffee colored head - good retention.

Smells heavy of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt.

Taste is big coffee espresso notes up front followed by bitter dark chocolate and rounded by some sweet vanilla notes. There is also some bitter burnt malt flavor to keep the sweetness at bay as dark fruits (rum, fig, and raisin) come through. Big flavor from a big beer - definitely a slow sipper.

Chickenhawk9932, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

kbrown, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

steevbr, Oct 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Oct 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Rosquin, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of danieelol
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It feels like they cheat a bit cause they absolutely bombard this beer with vanilla and coffee. Still, it tastes amazing, delicious and not artificial.

Nose is amazing- pure vanilla extract and coffee, taste is amazing and finishes with a fantastic roastiness, mouthfeel is all vanilla and is not overly sweet and in fact carries a heavy roast and bitterness. This beer is truly a classic example of the adjunct game and if it were limited release would command all the hype in the world. Fantastic beer which I'd drink anytime.

danieelol, Oct 11, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at Meridian Point on a cool and rainy afternoon.

Don’t let the big vanilla/chocolate nose drive you away from this well balanced imperial porter. An immediate favorite. It will interesting to see how this one holds up to the competition over time.

A – Pours black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates. A good swirl brings it back. Better lacing than expected based on the low head retention.

S – A big nose of chocolate/vanilla. Swirl this beer to find the other aromas of complex alcohols and coffee.

T – A rich beer of coffee, some black licorice, low vanilla/chocolate compared to aroma, with a medium roasty bitterness that balances the richness. Hides it high ABV very well.

MF – Medium bodied, slightly sharp, thinner than expected based on the richness of taste. Some silky smoothness if you get a gulp of foam.

Sludgeman, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

twelveinches, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

millerbuffoon, Oct 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

BeerSnobDougie, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

bruceleeroy, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

BKBassist, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

paresis, Oct 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kennbosco, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

BigFunBiggie, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

cdmillard, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Cooper, Oct 07, 2013
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,882 ratings.