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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

3,634 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,634
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 636
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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Trilogy31

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-07-2013 03:06:58 | More by Trilogy31
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AL89BR

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

04-07-2013 01:08:56 | More by AL89BR
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-06-2013 20:16:57 | More by Dweedlebug
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

With big dark beers I l like to hold them up to the sun or in this case a white screen on my computer monitor (poor sun light coming into this room). IMO a great stout should be even from the bottle near to jet black. A porter however you expect a bit more ruby hues coming through and this one nails it. A nice tan head with a surprising amount of lacing just to finish things off. I shoulda read more before buying this one....10% isn't really what I was looking for at 4 pm but heck it's final 4 time in about 2 hours, just pre gaming.

There's a certain sweet and soft nature that porters almost always create. Given the difference in a porter and a stout is often just the whimsy of a brewer i find this interesting. Vanilla really comes through as does chocolate and coffee. There malt isn't overly roasted or toasted and the vanilla helps give it this nice soft finish.

Rich, complex, just a wonderful beer. I'm not even sure where to start. The soft notes of malt and hints of vanilla hit the tongue first giving an almost caramel and light roast effect. The beer then quickly turns dark to chocolate and and vanilla bean sweetness. The finish is bitter coffee with enhancement form coffee. This roast coffee lingers in the mouth for what seems like forever after a sip if complete.

The mouth feel is velvety and dense. Imperial for sure.

This is just great beer. I'm not sure I like the vanilla as much as others. It just seems out of place and to be honest it has never been a good thing when a beer mentions vanilla on the label. Still world class and up there with the best of the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:14:16 | More by bobhits
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Amalak

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-06-2013 17:20:37 | More by Amalak
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Seakyden

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-06-2013 14:53:53 | More by Seakyden
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

04-06-2013 11:38:15 | More by nlmartin
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TheCuriograph

New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black, with a two-finger tan frothy head. Head aerates slightly, leaving nice spiderweb lacing.

S - Coffee and vanilla dominate with a sugary sweetness that masks any booze or bitterness.

T - The rich vanilla really rises to the top, leaving the coffee-malt body to follow. There's a sharp espresso bitterness the subsides nice and gentle. Behind all of it is a tangy alcohol, almost like dark cherry intermingling with caramel.

M - Mealy, oil mouthfeel. Substantial and heavy, a perfect desert-course unto itself.

O - One of the better coffee-focused beers I've had. The sweetness and bitterness are perfectly balanced, and it's full and quietly boozy. A great dessert beer.

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Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:55:53 | More by TheCuriograph
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Virtually black, with a sticky, thin layer of irregular bubbles on top. Looks strong.

S - Apple skin to black chocolate with cane sugar. Notes of alcohol and dark, rich sweetness. Maybe some steamed milk.

T - An assertive flavor profile with heavy coffee presence. Not much in the way of vanilla. There is a sweetness in the middle, but the strength of the coffee takes over. The 10% ABV is present; too strong for the rich flavors to mask.

M - Rich and strong, like a cappuccino. This beer is very sturdy and dry.

O - A hearty brew, but not sure this is a porter. This one seems like a coffee stout more or less.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 00:01:29 | More by BeerForMuscle
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volta

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

04-05-2013 19:12:26 | More by volta
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BigBarley

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, like an imperial stout, with a respectable thick khaki foam head, with a hint of brown. Smells like a bourbon barrel painted with vanilla extract. Hints of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, roasted chocolate, french coffee. Tastes damn near like the perfect porter, smooth chocolate, bitter dark coffee, vanilla and bourbon, and just the slightest hint of coconut. This flavor can stand up to many BA imperial stouts out there. Amazing. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, relative to a foreign stout but the sweetness could ave you believing you were drinking an imperial stout. An all around beautifully brewed beer that touches on a wide range of flavors that many beer geeks go nuts for. A must-have brew in the craft community.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 14:39:21 | More by BigBarley
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-05-2013 13:09:06 | More by csrbv
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a slight brownish-cream colored head on the jet black beer. The scent changes from coffee to vanilla with each smell. The coffee taste is light, but the vanilla shines. The flavor hides the alcohol well. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light but certainly not watery. This beer offers everything you want in a porter, then takes it to another level with the additional flavors. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 15:00:59 | More by PHBoiler
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mbockstruck30

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-03-2013 20:08:13 | More by mbockstruck30
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yaksurf

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-03-2013 19:55:44 | More by yaksurf
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joshbhs04

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Jet Black with 1/4 in of nice creamy head
S- Roast, can def smell the Vanilla.
T- Lots of Coffee with just a hint of the Vanilla. Lots of roasted malt flavors.
M- Med-Heavy Body with a slightly lingering mouthfeel.
O- Was looking forward to more Vanilla but was still a great Coffee porter. Might bring out some more Vanilla with age.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 19:20:55 | More by joshbhs04
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

04-03-2013 15:53:39 | More by ncstateplaya
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falcon1

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-03-2013 15:17:50 | More by falcon1
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CMui

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-03-2013 14:31:19 | More by CMui
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jds8411

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-03-2013 03:32:48 | More by jds8411
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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

04-02-2013 21:20:18 | More by FullObs
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet black with half a finger of mocha head.

S - Sweet with lots of vanilla and chocolate. Roasted malts and coffee are also heavy in the smell.

T - Heavy coffee on this one with a surprisingly bitter finish. Sweet chocolate and vanilla hints, but they don't come through the coffee flavor as much as others have said. A lot of roasted malts as the smell suggested.

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Smooth finish.

A surprisingly bitter, coffee forward porter. Others have mentioned a ton of vanilla in this one, but I didn't get it. Would have liked a bit more vanilla and chocolate, but a great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 18:58:11 | More by RoninTK3
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jpatton0127

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-02-2013 15:13:05 | More by jpatton0127
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beercanman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.9%

04-02-2013 08:28:35 | More by beercanman
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05Harley

New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 11/16/13
Estimated calories - 300/12oz

Purchased through Let's pour

Price - $15.00/bomber

Pours midnight black with a two fingered creamy tan head, damn this is frothy. Pretty clingy too with thick lacing all around. A sexy looking beer which is easy on the eyes.

The smell is a full on assault of sweet vanilla followed by coffee beans, caramel and roasted malt. The vanilla is definitely dominant in this example and reminds me of a fine liquor scent.

The taste is boozy to say the least. Flavors of coffee, nuts and unsweetened chocolate are all but muted by the rich vanilla and alcohol aftertaste. A disappointment in this category.

The body is medium to thick with a slight syrupy feel. Starts off smooth and quickly changes hot due to the alcohol. The finish is bitter and dry. Usually I'm not bothered by this but here it seems more bitter and dry due to alcohol rather than fresh hops.

Overall the taste was a bit of a let down. The vanilla and alcohol just overpowered this for me. The nose however was awesome and the appearance led the way. I know it's high in octane but in the end it's just too hot for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:36:33 | More by 05Harley
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.