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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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3,753 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 673
Gots: 702 | FT: 54
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 bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

bigred89, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of mooseo
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pitch black with a creamy khaki head.

S - Smoked dark malt, fresh black coffee, hints of vanilla and milk chocolate.

T - A delightful blend of black coffee, vanilla bean, chocolate, and sweet roasted malt. The vanilla becomes most prominent, especially as it warms. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn and light coffee bitterness.

M - Full, thick, creamy. Dry finish, warming alcohol.

O - Delicious. The flavor is bold, balanced, and complex. Dangerously drinkable at 10% ABV.

mooseo, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of sirsteve42
5/5  rDev +13.9%

sirsteve42, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

elkinbrown, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TheArtOfPartying
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

TheArtOfPartying, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours very dark - mostly black with a decent head. Head lingers a bit and some lacing. Smell is clearly vanilla and darker malts - prefect mix like chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Taste is sweet with coffee flavors coming through along with a sweetner like toffee or other brown sugar like sweetner. From front to back this is an enjoyable brew.

Oakenator, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of ATXRyan
5/5  rDev +13.9%

ATXRyan, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of pawpaw
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

pawpaw, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours out a deep black with 2 fingers of mocha/tan head.

The aroma is dominated by vanilla bean, coffee, roasted malt notes and dark chocolate.

The taste is also mainly vanilla bean and coffee flavors along with notes of roasted malt and bittersweet dark chocolate. A slight hint of caramel towards the back of the beer, but mainly coffee and vanilla. No alcohol taste or smell apparent.

The mouthfeel is rich, creamy and smooth and the body is on the full side of medium. Extremely balanced between sweet and bitter and is very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great beer that is very easy to drink and it has a lot of flavor and would be great as a desert beer.

JohnnyMc, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of lokieman
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

lokieman, Jan 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

miadw3, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ManOfTheDown
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%

Oh my god. Thats all I have to say about this world class beer.... Aroma full of roasted coffee and vanilla, nice lacing, great creamy mouthfeel, with a robust dark heavy stout flavor, notes of vanilla bean and coffee, HEAVY roast flavor... soooo good. I hope to find this in my local TEXAS beer haberdasher for times to come. Maybe my new favorite.

ManOfTheDown, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%

Been hoping for this since Texas finally got Ballast Point this summer.

It pours out dark with a creamy fluffy cloud of a lightly browned head.

The aroma definitely tells you that there is coffee in this. Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Light roast and dark fruit notes. Everything is under the prevalent coffee aroma.

Coffee, roast, and alcohol are balanced a bit by the sweeter vanilla and chocolate flavors. The roasty coffee profile of the beer again exerts its dominance on this beer in the flavor department.

Has a big creamy silky smooth mouthfeel.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

acbe, Jan 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Phoenix2443, Jan 09, 2013
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

UncleBuccs, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%

A: dark brown/black, finger khaki head, awesome lacing

S: dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, nutty, toffee, malt, coffee

T: dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, mild roasted coffee, nutty

M: med/heavy, chewy, smooth mouth

O: OH MY! Ballast has hit a HR.
PORTER/STOUT fans should seek this gem out.


BeerLover99, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

BeezNeezy22D, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Beerzebub
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured in a Bruery glass, not overly cold.

Off-black, deep reddish-brown meniscus, small dark tan head, looks good.

Smells delicious, the vanilla and coffee are each quite distinct but at the same time the aroma is totally cohesive. The vanilla almost makes it seem barrel aged, like maybe rum barrel. Deep chocolatey roasty malt, too. NICE.

Tastes deep and roasty, well balanced with a good dose of sweetness. Lingering bittersweet coffee, cocoa, vanilla, quite a long finish. Very tasty.

Good medium-full texture, fine cushy carbonation makes it almost creamy, this and the balance make it very easy to drink.

Excellent beer, nice to finally review it.

Beerzebub, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

ThrewRedButter, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

MikeCactusGordon, Jan 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

nafredet1, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to maximumu13 for bringing this along as an extra for our IP trade. Cheers, my friend! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Very dark brown to black, opaque, with a thin tan head, and low visible carbonation.

S: Dark black bitter coffee, sweet malt, some vanilla and a bit of dark cacao.

T: Coffee, some vanilla, with a touch of very dark cacao near the end. There is some hop bitterness as well.

M: Thick mouthfeel for porter, heavy-bodied, but a good amount of carbonation sensation, and a moderate alcohol presence.

O: This was pretty good, but I'm not sure it quite stands out among its peers. I expected more vanilla, but what was there was overshadowed by the coffee.

macrosmatic, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of gtermi
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%

A: The beer pours a dark black body with a thin tan head that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The first thing I pick up is a nice sweet vanilla with a little bit of coffee and a chocolate fudge type smell.

T: Wow, I have to say that this is one of the best tasting porters I have ever had in my life. The vanilla and coffee go absolutely perfect together and there is a little bit of bitterness and also a bit of chocolate flavors that add a lot to the beer. It sort of reminds me of a vanilla latte from Starbucks.

M: The beer is super smooth and feels creamy going down. There is hardly any carbonation and I prefer that when I am drinking a higher alcohol beer.

O: This is just a fantastic beer from Ballast Point and the more I try their beers, the more I start to love this brewery.

gtermi, Jan 07, 2013
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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