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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

3,625 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,625
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 635
Gots: 688 | FT: 52
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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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-01-2013 06:11:30 | More by BigJim5021
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timoteo833

New York

3.25/5  rDev -26%

06-01-2013 02:06:02 | More by timoteo833
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-01-2013 02:01:14 | More by trevorpost
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Steezballs

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-31-2013 04:58:45 | More by Steezballs
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MadScientist

New York

4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A black beer that lets just a bit of light through a deep garnet beer. The creamy head is a deep espresso color with good retention.

S: Strong coffee and a rich dark chocolate pumped up with vanilla and a light roast aroma. A sweet, light alcohol note.

A: Rich, smooth vanilla, coffee and chocolate with a depth of flavors that just goes on. Some roast, caramel and a little burnt sugar. There is a high amount of malt sweetness but it's countered by a moderately strong hops bitterness giving a balance that is somewhat sweet. This beer doesn't dry out and finish about medium. There is lingering chocolate and vanilla flavors mixed with some hops bitterness.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a lot of creaminess and a moderate carbonation. There is a noticeable amount of alcohol but it isn't boozy.

O: Well this outstanding beer sets a high water mark for Porters in my book. There's more going on here than in a lot of stouts

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 00:52:48 | More by MadScientist
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uncccegr

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

05-30-2013 18:48:40 | More by uncccegr
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AngelM

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-30-2013 18:28:16 | More by AngelM
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EigenBeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-30-2013 17:01:19 | More by EigenBeer
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magnumpoppy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-30-2013 02:35:03 | More by magnumpoppy
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-30-2013 01:16:43 | More by woodchip
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-29-2013 23:58:50 | More by jkane101
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starkmarvelo

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-29-2013 15:14:40 | More by starkmarvelo
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vayix

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-29-2013 12:38:31 | More by vayix
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-29-2013 09:50:35 | More by domnalbrecc
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TastefulNudity

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-29-2013 05:17:34 | More by TastefulNudity
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

05-29-2013 03:29:10 | More by JamLand
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bifrost17

Washington

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a CBS snifter

A: Pretty much what you'd expect. Very dark, but I can't quite decide if I'd say it's black, or just a very dark brown...maybe like mahogany, or ebony. Nice light brown, cinnamon colored head that sticks around. Moderate lacing.

S: Smells like dessert. Vanilla, and coffee obviously, but also chocolate, cherries, and maybe like a woody...earthiness....? Smells amazing.

T: Tastes even better than it smells! Wow, so much going on, bitter coffee up front, followed by a chocolate/vanilla sweetness, and then finishes with a lingering coffee espresso type of bitterness. Really amazing how sweet the beer tastes but how bitter it finishes. Props to the brewers, this is crazy. Almost tastes like multiple different beers all rolled into one. The 10% abv is totally hidden.

M: Moderate carbonation, suuuper creamy. Feels nice. My only complaint is it's a tad thin, but I guess maybe that's how you can differentiate between an "imperial stout" and an "imperial porter." This is definitely not thick enough to be confused with an imperial stout.

O: Easily my favorite Ballast Point beer. I've had Sculpin numerous times, and I enjoy it, but I really don't understand the hype behind it. Victory at Sea on the other hand...A W E S O M E. Seek this beer out. I've always been skeptical of the "Imperial Porter" style, but this beer clearly defines it. Not as heavy and robust as an Imperial Stout...almost hard to describe, but if you want to know what an Impy Porter is just drink this and you'll know. Thank you Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:50:21 | More by bifrost17
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sdripper

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-29-2013 02:07:58 | More by sdripper
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Danobold

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-29-2013 01:50:56 | More by Danobold
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

24oz. Bottle
10oz. Pours into XL Duvel Tulip

A: Victory at Sea pours black as night with a brown, creamy head that dissipates into islands of patchiness after about ten minutes. A very pretty pour.

S: The scent from this Porter is very straight and to the point: charred barley. There was no pretending or beating around the bush on this one. Very boring.

T: The flavor profile of Victory at Sea unveiled a creamy, frothy, hot chocolate, black coffee, and caramel once warm. Enjoyable, but still very standard or typical.

M: Once the head of the Porter dissipates, the creaminess sort of does as well. Once the body warms up for about fifteen minutes on this sipper, the malts viscosity drops off largely. Not that there was a ton of maltiness beforehand, but this beer really turns into a thin bodied mess of carbonation. Thumbs way down from me!

OVERALL: Victory at Sea is tastefully enjoyable, but not very balanced at all. To be blunt, it's all over the place. We agreed collectively that the chocolate taste was bitter and dry, the black coffee or espresso was very forward, and the vanilla was just a tingly and grainy mess that basically turned into a thin chalkiness after twenty minutes or sipping.
Victory at Sea didn't open up at all or gain a thing from temperature rise. Infact, it died completely, and fell apart. I've had much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:40:52 | More by RobertColianni
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-28-2013 17:49:00 | More by AndrewScottPentland
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alpenglocken

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-28-2013 12:29:00 | More by CarolinaKev
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GuttaMane138

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-28-2013 09:16:51 | More by GuttaMane138
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-28-2013 02:18:02 | More by buzzy
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,625 ratings.