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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

3,696 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,696
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 655
Gots: 696 | FT: 54
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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Zakk

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-13-2013 20:16:44 | More by Zakk
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Jenlo_21

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

08-13-2013 15:22:49 | More by Jenlo_21
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Zorora

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

08-13-2013 04:17:57 | More by Zorora
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Evarigan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

08-13-2013 03:19:14 | More by Evarigan
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-12-2013 23:45:50 | More by BColton1
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-12-2013 17:10:33 | More by Tayloraphilips
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Schmaltzy

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

08-12-2013 05:51:41 | More by Schmaltzy
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin medium brown head that dissipates to a thin film and thick ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma dominated by roasted coffee and vanilla with a bit of alcohol, reminiscent of a coffee liqueur, light toasted malt. Flavor of espresso coffee, vanilla, toasted malt, light oak; finishes with charred, rich coffee and long lasting hop bitterness with a hint of chili pepper hotness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice, complex porter, rich enough to pass as a stout. Flavors a very complex and rather unusual for a porter, with the ambigous nature of the final pepperiness and bitterness especially interesting. A hyped beer that lives up to its reputation.

08-12-2013 03:39:24 | More by LiquidAmber
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wpqx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.9%

Ballast Point has outdone themselves on this one. A mind-bogglingly good Imperial Porter that has pronounced vanilla flavor. One of the smoothest imperial porters you are likely to find. A definite coffee and vanilla taste and a wonderful aroma. This beer is incredibly smooth for 10% abv. Search it out, in bottle, on tap, anywhere this is simply put the finest porter I've ever tasted.

08-12-2013 03:15:39 | More by wpqx
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deac83

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-12-2013 03:12:20 | More by deac83
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Boone757

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-11-2013 21:06:02 | More by Boone757
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Crazydaddyo

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-11-2013 16:53:35 | More by Crazydaddyo
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jryanj927

Maryland

5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-11-2013 03:41:40 | More by jryanj927
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bitterbeerguy

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

08-11-2013 03:17:29 | More by bitterbeerguy
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%

Near black with a thin finger of a espresso-colored head, but the lacing is obviously great off the bat here.
Smells milky dark chocolate with a rich roasted coffee flavor, nice vanilla hint, malt.
Wow this is a big tasting brew, like the nose but enhanced and ongoing with a dank coffee effect. Pleasant coffee-grinds type of burn, also a licorice aspect for me here (but without resembling strong anise or anything approaching that). Not as sweet as I thought it'd be, but not dry-finishing either. A lively dark beer indeed, not as thick-bodied in appearance as I expected either, although a bit sticky in the mouth. As this sipper warms...roasted coffee, chocolate, cherry-anise, all encapsulated by vanilla. Excellent.

08-10-2013 03:05:54 | More by TBoneJones
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JakeEsterly

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

08-09-2013 23:09:12 | More by JakeEsterly
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

08-09-2013 20:20:08 | More by icehawk
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PZBREW

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-09-2013 15:06:21 | More by PZBREW
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smb71481

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-08-2013 19:36:23 | More by smb71481
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-08-2013 18:29:13 | More by InspectorBob
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-08-2013 16:59:19 | More by Smurf2055
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thebeerprophet

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

08-08-2013 05:13:48 | More by thebeerprophet
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Hoptoudrop

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.9%

08-08-2013 03:00:18 | More by Hoptoudrop
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meltroha

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

08-07-2013 02:33:19 | More by meltroha
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pod

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-07-2013 01:52:29 | More by pod
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,696 ratings.