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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

3,713 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,713
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 659
Gots: 698 | 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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Sixbolt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-21-2013 21:50:58 | More by Sixbolt
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-21-2013 20:02:29 | More by JMUbrewz
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

wow! this one floored me, and its been awhile since a beer has blown me away! on tap at bangers and lace in Chicago. it pours a molten black color, hints of brown, but entirely impenetrable to light. there is an obvious weight to this, and a half inch of mocha colored head on top that slowly fades out. the nose is intensely vanilla, sweet and fresh above the deep dark abyssal malts, which are raw chocolate, burnt coffee, and very bitter aromatically. the coffee to me is more pronounced in the flavor than the nose, and the vanilla is strong on both fronts. this doesn't need to be barrel aged, its got all the complexity one could ever imagine already. I taste everything from whole wheat chex cereal to velvety milk chocolate, bakers cocoa, and vanilla frosting. it remains fairly unsweet, given its ingredients are so desserty. huge body, but intimidating. sips like silk, and the alcohol content is barely noticeable. easily one of the best beers ive had in a long time, and ballast point has now impressed me three times out of three, hard. this is a beer not to be missed, and I hope to be lucky enough to encounter it again. like nothing else around, and a real masterpiece.

07-21-2013 15:10:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-21-2013 06:20:29 | More by DaftCaskBC
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scottDC

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-21-2013 02:41:46 | More by scottDC
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Rish907

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-21-2013 02:21:30 | More by Rish907
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PhilDaBrewer

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-21-2013 00:47:24 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-21-2013 00:36:50 | More by redliner8
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-20-2013 20:02:39 | More by CSQ1111
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bassbase

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-20-2013 19:27:38 | More by bassbase
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njable

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-20-2013 18:39:19 | More by njable
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Vuaspeliador

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-20-2013 17:55:01 | More by Vuaspeliador
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-20-2013 17:19:33 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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jjf3792

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-19-2013 17:20:59 | More by jjf3792
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hatfulofhollow

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-19-2013 13:50:50 | More by hatfulofhollow
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Thick black pour, foamy tan head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves some lacing and a ring of bubbles.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate malt, bitter coffee, hints of vanilla and caramel.

T- Wow. Roasty malts, with hints of chocolate and coffee at the beginning and through the middle. Finish is a huge amount of vanilla with coffee mixed in. Finish is like a vanilla flavored coffee.

M- Full bodied, velvety and smooth. Medium carbonation with a very good feel.

O- Was not expecting this amount of vanilla and coffee in this beer. While it says "vanilla coffee porter" on the label, I was still pleasantly surprised with the flavor. As advertised and very tasty.

07-18-2013 23:19:13 | More by stephenjmoore
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tarheels86

California

3.84/5  rDev -12.5%

22oz bomber brought to a tasting in Dec 2009. Pours pitch black with a thin, deep brown head. Good retention. Good lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, ehh I can’t get too much else out of it. Taste is still too hot. Very boozy. Lots of warming. Hard to get much out of it at this point. Bubbly, biting on the palate. Good definitely take kindly to some barrel aging or cellaring for 1-2 years. Disappointing. Need to retry this when my other bottles start to peak. 6/5/7/3/12=3.3

Tap at the brewery. Doesn’t look as beautiful with scant lacing. Aroma is wonderful tropical, green coffee beans. Taste is less spicy as the booziness is cut by lots of sappy, resinous wood, dry oak. Still biting, bubbly on the palate. 8/4/7/3/13=3.5

22oz 2009 ed from 7/2010. Pours a beautiful deep brown to black with a healthy, dense, rocky, deep brown head that has excellent retention and lace. Booziness is gone. Still very cedar, wood resin heavy, relatively dry, a bit spicy, excellent rich coffee character and raw cacao. Much more refined with 6+ months sitting in the bottle. So definitely hold onto your bottles for a little bit once they are released because this beer definitely gains from it. 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

07-18-2013 22:51:59 | More by tarheels86
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

07-17-2013 19:54:36 | More by jhillwastaken
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-17-2013 13:42:55 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-17-2013 02:40:02 | More by cwelsh55
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firebeer06

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-17-2013 01:40:31 | More by firebeer06
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-17-2013 01:30:40 | More by facesnorth
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pisano

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-16-2013 19:07:40 | More by pisano
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3/5  rDev -31.7%

07-16-2013 19:03:36 | More by irishgreensoda
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BradleyR

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-16-2013 04:52:58 | More by BradleyR
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,713 ratings.