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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

3,607 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,607
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 629
Gots: 684 | 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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Sicem99

Georgia

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-12-2012 23:20:38 | More by Sicem99
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jmccraney

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-10-2012 20:44:03 | More by jmccraney
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scubahood

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-04-2012 17:50:57 | More by scubahood
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istarilord

Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-03-2012 00:41:33 | More by istarilord
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stbo101

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-02-2012 01:54:58 | More by stbo101
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.9%

05-01-2012 20:36:43 | More by olympicgatorade
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egrace84

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -26%

05-01-2012 03:33:58 | More by egrace84
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ceight

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-30-2012 19:09:47 | More by ceight
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber that's been aged about 18 months; poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid comes out very dark brown, pretty close to black in fact. There are brown highlights and edges. A darker than tan colored head that sticks around for a decent amount of time. The head and liquid itself produces a decent amount of lacing.

Wow does this beer smell great, every swirl makes the aromas dance and scream all the way to your nose. Nice malt backbone (as every porter should have). Huge waves of natural vanilla blended with dark roasted coffee. Smells sweet and big all around.

Taste is 100% truly outstanding in every aspect. I'll certainly put a disclaimer here, I was in the mood for something sweet and this totally hit the spot. As sweet as it is, there is a good balance. The name "Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter" is truly the perfect description. There may even been the slightest bit of chocolate flavor as well. If you were to wonder what that would taste like, this is exactly it. If this were ice coffee, imagine a dark fresh roasted cup and you're sipping it through a vanilla skewer straw. This is truly the best vanilla flavor in a beer that I've had in something that wasn't barrel aged.

Mouthfeel hit the nail on the head again. Full flavored, but only on the heavier end of medium bodied. Perfect carbonation level, and a great balance of bitter and sweet from the coffee and vanilla. Absolutely no detection of the alcohol, I would have never guessed 10% on this bad boy. Great drinkability here too. Worth sharing, but one person could easily polish it off in a night. Great value too, totally worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:47:08 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Alec. Thanks homey! Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a thick cap of beige foam that leaves some thick gobs of lace.

The aroma has a heavy vanilla aroma right up front with a robust coffee aroma lingering in the background. Seems to have notes of bitter chocolate in the background.n The pallet gives more of what the the aroma indicates. A little more subtle on the vanilla with more of an emphasis on the coffee. This one is rich and delicious.

The body is full and smooth with soft carbonation. A little bit of a lingering finish would I attribute to the coffee. Overall this one is real solid. Would love to end up with more of these guys anytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:13:11 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin! Poured into a tulip. There is a large tan head atop a pitch black body. Nice stickyness.

The aroma has lots of sweet vanilla and chocolate with hints of sweet coffee.

While the aroma emphasizes the vanilla most, the coffee component dominates the flavor. There is a nice sweet vanilla finish that ends creamy.

This is very delicious. Want moar!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:05:28 | More by andrewinski1
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-30-2012 00:46:19 | More by Yabev15
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-29-2012 02:17:37 | More by ritzkiss
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BoRaeCho

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-28-2012 08:32:27 | More by BoRaeCho
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j_jahn


4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-27-2012 16:31:10 | More by j_jahn
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KalH

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-26-2012 23:24:34 | More by KalH
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Auracom

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Extra from John, thanks man! 22 oz. bottle poured into a Jester King snifter on April 21st, 2012.

A - Deep brown coloring, a bit thin for a large porter. Medium khaki head with quick reduction and marginal lacing.

S - Big coffee bean and espresso as anticipated. Touches of roasted malts and vanilla underneath. Definitely more in the realm of an RIS than a porter in terms of aroma size and intensity.

T - Lots front palate carbonation followed by vanilla bean sweetness and honey. Mid to rear palate of stale coffee beans with cocoa bitterness. Some brown sugar sweetness blended into the mix, but it doesn't offset the poor coffee character.

M - Bizarre, and unfortunately lacking, for a porter. High carbonation, not at all smooth, medium body, dry bitter finish with a hefty espresso aftertaste.

D - I can't really forgive the taste and mouthfeel here. Huge disappointment. Bottle variation? I don't know that I'd revisit, but the hype on this one suggests I need to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 17:06:34 | More by Auracom
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-26-2012 05:35:19 | More by markasparov
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pigc

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with three finger brown sugar colored head with good retention.

S - Toasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla.

T - Starts out with smooth, rich, dark coffee followed by a wave of chocolate, vanilla and iced coffee bitterness with a touch of the alcohol heat in the end.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation to go around.

O - Definitely a world class imperial porter here. Very complex with all the notes. Just a tad bit hot on the alcohol. This one could benefit to be put away for a year or so and would certainly smooth out even more with age.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 00:14:33 | More by pigc
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Greywulfken

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: stout black, rich full head that leaves lotsa lace

S: roasted malt, espresso, some mocha and vanilla

T: very nice roasted malt with a vanilla syrupiness through it; burnt bitter back to the creamy sweetness gave it nice depth

M: crisp for a beer this rich; viscous body masks the abv

O: I was not as floored by this beer as some others - the beer started off with sweet vanilla flavors, and then dried into roasted espresso notes - a well-crafted beer for sure

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 19:21:30 | More by Greywulfken
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-25-2012 12:06:20 | More by ohtheguilt
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.9%

04-24-2012 04:58:23 | More by MarkyMOD
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alwaysplayin

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-23-2012 15:02:54 | More by alwaysplayin
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TheDinger

South Carolina

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

The awaited review of VaS. Finally able to locate 2 bombers and have been waiting to crack this for quite some time. Poured from bomber into DFH snifter. Beautiful motor oil black pour with a bit of light making it through. Nice 2 finger mocca head, with excellent retention and great lacing throughout. Smell was spectacular. Vanilla with chocolate and coffee. Some burnt fruits notes and dark malts. Complex and inviting. Couldn't stop smelling it! Taste followed the nose with huge coffee on the front that fades to subtle bitter and vanilla finish. A great blend that is almost perfect. Hides the 10% well, but a definite sipper. Feel is very strong. Full bodied and great carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Overall- One of the best beers I have ever had. A great blend of coffee, dark fruits, hops and a touch of vanilla. Smell is outstanding and mouthfeel is spectacular. Top notch effort from Ballast Point. In my top 10 for sure-

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 01:21:26 | More by TheDinger
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-20-2012 13:39:03 | More by yergermeister
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,607 ratings.