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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

3,698 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,698
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 655
Gots: 697 | 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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stumac

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-01-2013 15:12:10 | More by stumac
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EliotRosewater

California

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

A - absolutely pitch black. Pours a single finger mocha- brown head.

S - tons of chocolate right up front. Some coffee, roasted malt, bread. Looking for the vanilla and not finding it.

T - roasted malts, dark chocolate / cacao, coffee, bourbon. Again, not much vanilla. Little but of sweetness. Alcohol is well integrated.

M - not as viscous or syrupy as one might think. Relatively nice finish but not as much of a lingering aftertaste.

O- one of my favorites given the price and availability. Nothing mind blowing but a really solid late night dessert beer.

07-01-2013 02:56:42 | More by EliotRosewater
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-01-2013 02:03:27 | More by thinwhiteduke
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-30-2013 19:21:21 | More by teamwiggum
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CoryR

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-30-2013 18:59:25 | More by CoryR
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LoveStout

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-30-2013 18:59:08 | More by LoveStout
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DesertDevil

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-30-2013 18:19:39 | More by DesertDevil
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ZepHead80

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-30-2013 13:20:09 | More by ZepHead80
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Roudy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-30-2013 11:40:22 | More by Roudy
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-30-2013 03:12:01 | More by atoulouk
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Honus1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-30-2013 02:43:17 | More by Honus1
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Ninjabrew

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Black one of the darkest I've had. Honestly one of the best looking beers I've had but I can't rate black a 5.

S: Dark semi-sweet chocolate with something else I can't place.

T: Very good with a lot going on. Bittersweet start and a herbal hop finish. Too much going on here for me to pick everything out.

M: TOP NOTCH! I don't normally notice the mouthfeel too much but this beer nailed it. I has carbonation but the bubbles seam smaller than other beers making it feel like there is more liquid than others.

O: Very good!

06-30-2013 02:15:35 | More by Ninjabrew
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BrewmanCapote

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

06-30-2013 01:52:23 | More by BrewmanCapote
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -31.7%

06-30-2013 01:27:42 | More by BGsWo22
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-30-2013 01:27:04 | More by BeersAndBears
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stonewild

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

Was like drinking baker's chocolate. Very nice beer, but WOW, I really needed something to clean the palate between sips. Which I had a strong cheese.

Dark, full body,dark chocolate bitter, rich flavor with a good touch of vanilla sweet.

When in the mood for a Porter's Porter, I would drink it again.

06-29-2013 20:10:54 | More by stonewild
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-29-2013 12:47:34 | More by FLBeerGuy
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dvmky

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-29-2013 02:16:14 | More by dvmky
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MCain04

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

22 oz from the Beer Temple, dated 12/20/12, poured into a FFF Teku at around 40F.

Dark dark body almost black with thin khaki head, some retention, some lacing.

Smell is a pungent vanilla. They did not shy away from this ingredient. The coffee follows suit and is a nice roast, even 6 months after this was brewed. The roasted malts are also apparent, with some chocolatey, caramel notes. A little overpowering on the vanilla but the nose is anything but subdued.

Flavor profile follows the nose well. A lot of vanilla, with dark chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, and caramel toffee rounding this out. The flavor profile almost makes it taste like it's been in a barrel, which it has not. That's actually the major thing missing from this beer, is the 10% ABV punch. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Probably by the overwhelming sweetness of vanilla, but still a complex and diverse flavor profile, if not the best balance.

The mouthfeel has a higher than expected carbonation given the head size, but it doesn't detract. A full body with some dryness on the finish and a sticky malty residue on the tongue.

On of the better imperial porters I've had. I haven't tried the base beer but assume it would be very good as well. I like the coffee addition, the vanilla could have been better integrated and balanced though. Overall very nice beer that worth drinking more than once.

06-29-2013 00:23:11 | More by MCain04
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weathersby

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

06-29-2013 00:13:55 | More by weathersby
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a tan head that thinned out some but still left nice rings and trails of lacing.

S - French Vanilla Coffee.

T - French Vanilla Coffee.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy/smooth feel.

O - very nice.

06-28-2013 23:24:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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cackalacky

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-28-2013 16:39:54 | More by cackalacky
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Altenor

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

06-28-2013 04:59:17 | More by Altenor
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fsck

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.9%

06-28-2013 04:54:52 | More by fsck
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.9%

06-27-2013 20:01:36 | More by WOLFGANG
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,698 ratings.