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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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4,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,089
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 755
Gots: 808 | FT: 62
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

dwoolley1, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
4/5  rDev -8.9%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

jplopez21, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of FlyingYeti
4/5  rDev -8.9%

FlyingYeti, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Aleks_P
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black except where light penetrates on the perimeter. Pours with a very thin light brown head.

Smell: Coffee and vanilla are very apparent, smells great.

Taste: First reaction was that it tasted fantastic. Coffee and vanilla tastes, exceptional initial taste. High ABV though and noticed the alcohol in the aftertaste - not overwhelming but definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry. Low carbonation.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer overall, thought the flavors worked well together. Noticed the alcohol a bit in the aftertaste but would certainly have this again. This was my first Ballast Point beer and I am encouraged to see what else they can do.

Aleks_P, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of JoeDurp
5/5  rDev +13.9%

JoeDurp, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 10% imperial porter. Tell me again why this isn't a stout? It's stronger and more intensely flavored than 90% of thestouts I've drank. Guess the line between porter and stout is invisible, especially in Ballast Point's case.

8 oz pour at "Extreme Beer Night" at the Old Toad during Rochester Beer Week.

Thick, tar-like black pour, with a generous head.

Smells and tastes basically the same. Sweet creamy vanilla, mild roastiness, intense, bitter coffee flavor, and Hershey's syrup. Incredibly sweet, almost to the point of cloying-ness. The almost cloying sweetness is the only thing keeping this taste score from a 5. The vanilla is far from fake though- like a rich vanilla bean ice cream from Stewart's back home.

Full, sludgy mouthfeel. The Exxon Valdez has nothing on this guy. Low carbonation, full body.

One of the best porters you can buy, but don't go into it expecting a traditional porter. Go into it expecting a good beer, and you'll be happy more than happy.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of JohnG190
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Black with ruby highlights. Thin mocha head that settles into a lace cap that remains throughout.

Aroma - Coffee, can't smell anything past all that coffee.

Taste - Coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Bitter, but in a coffee way, not hops.

Mouthfeel - Full body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - Well crafted porter, seek this one out!

JohnG190, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

RichardMNixon, Jun 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Lionhawk, Jun 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

taylor714914, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

acc88, Jun 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Fuzzy1179, Jun 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Musicjunkieha, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of troegaarden
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured from a Pizza Boy Brewing Co. 1L Growler into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful and creamy tan head, reminiscent of Founders Breakfast Stout. The beer itself is definitely a motor oil-consistency.

S: The coffee doesn't jump out at you with this brew, but it's certainly there. I get some dark fruits in there as well.

T: Up front, I definitely get the vanilla and slight hint of coffee. The finish is dry and contains the dark malt backbone of this beer. Excellent and smooth! Not hardly boozy which is weird considering this beer is 10% abv.

M: Creamy mouthfeel during each sip. It seems rather dry after, however.

O: Overall this beer kicks ass. Definitely my new favorite porter. I think this beer most likely better represents the Baltic Porters of long ago.

troegaarden, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Jpirkle2715, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

KyleMA, Jun 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

dertyd, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

themilkman87, Jun 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -26%

CLanda, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

bird22, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

lpayette, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12packpoet, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

IndyDad, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Super dark brown porter. Nice creamy foam head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and sweet raisin and vanilla notes.

T - Great coffee flavor up front with a sweet vanilla finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, and just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Only my second Ballast Point beer and I'm very impressed so far. I definitely will have this porter again and look forward to trying more of their beers. Prost!

Bowers-Brew, Jun 15, 2013
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,089 ratings.