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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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4,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,781
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 881
Gots: 1,147 | FT: 87
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: radshoesbro on 03-17-2009

Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with large, sustained, tan head and impressive lacing.

Smell: Pressed coffee, dried out char, chocolate, molasses and vanilla.

Taste: Good God, that's a shock. Very dry onslaught of coffee, char, smoke and vanilla. Some of the semi-sweet chocolate and molasses underneath that I expect from an Imperial Porter, but that initial taste was much stronger and drier than expected. Some burnt molasses aftertaste but not too much of an issue.

Feel: More medium bodied than I expected, with low carbonation. Fairly smooth, but not as creamy as some. Very dry, especially for the style.

Overall: I can see why this is so well reviewed. Just an impressive beer all around.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the local grocery store for $7.99. The label on the bottle first caught my eye and after reading the description I knew I had to try it.

A- Poured out vigorously, this one is so viscous that is makes a "lug, lug, lug" sound as it comes out of the bottle. It had a minimal head of about half a finger and left some nice lacing on the pint glass. Color is is an opaque black. I held this one up to light, but no light made it through.

S- Coffee smell is what comes out first. Smells like a dark roast, but also has hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a pretty good amount of hops. At 90 IBUs it smells well balanced and full of flavor.

T- This beer is full of sweet malty flavors but I am also impressed by the amount of hop flavor. It adds balance to the coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted flavors. This beer is certainly not lacking in flavor.

M- This beer has a really sensational balance. It is lightly carbonated, full bodied, and has a nice chewiness to it. The combination and balance of delicious flavors cover up the ABV wonderfully and make this a really enjoyable beer.

O- This was a fantastic porter. The price is reasonable and it has nice amount of hops to balance everything out. I will have to have it again.

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,781 ratings.