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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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3,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,872
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 728
Gots: 737 | FT: 57
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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
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.

BeerForMuscle, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of volta
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

volta, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of BigBarley
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.

BigBarley, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of csrbv
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

csrbv, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
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.

PHBoiler, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of mbockstruck30
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mbockstruck30, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of yaksurf
5/5  rDev +13.9%

yaksurf, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of joshbhs04
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.

joshbhs04, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ncstateplaya, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of falcon1
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

falcon1, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of CMui
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

CMui, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of jds8411
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jds8411, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of FullObs
4/5  rDev -8.9%

FullObs, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of RoninTK3
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.

RoninTK3, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of jpatton0127
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jpatton0127, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of beercanman
4/5  rDev -8.9%

beercanman, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of 05Harley
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.

05Harley, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of LouDogg114
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

LouDogg114, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Skeeze
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Skeeze, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Fluteswell
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Fluteswell, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of clausm76
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

clausm76, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Ciocanelu, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of LockeSD
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

LockeSD, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a shade from pitch black with three fingers of thick tan head. The head slowly subsides with nice lacing and a thick film atop the beer.

S: Lots of smooth earthy coffee in here with some dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla and caramel sweetness - kind of like coffee and cream. Fairly straight-forward, but nice.

T: The coffee is still very present, but now dark chocolate comes out quite strong along with nice roast. The roast and coffee meet somewhere that almost makes them indistinguishable between the two, though the coffee remains very obviously there. Vanilla comes in fairly strong as well, but there is an acidic twang in the aftertaste. Without this acidity, this beer would be very good.

M: Medium thickness with fairly strong carbonation.

O: The coffee is very, very strong with this one, though it goes well with the beer. The beer remains fairly dry, though the vanilla sweetness is a nice touch. A bit acidic. A good coffee porter.

coreyfmcdonald, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Jeremy6566
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Jeremy6566, Apr 01, 2013
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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