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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

3,566 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,566
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 623
Gots: 677 | FT: 53
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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davesway10

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-11-2011 01:50:14 | More by davesway10
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-10-2011 18:29:56 | More by mhaugo
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JohnPecod

California

3.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - not quite a stout and not quite a porter. The head doesn't stay around long but still overall a beauty.

S - Oak, coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Not an outstanding bouquet but perfectly acceptable.

T - Historically this has been one of my favorite beers, but this batch tastes distinctly different than the others I've had. The distinction/problem was the dominance of the oak flavor. Unlike previous batches that deftly balanced the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors this lacked the depth and complexity I've come to expect. The oak muscled everything out.

M - A little extra pop of carbonation but perfectly in line with the style.

O - Maybe my buds we're having an off night. Luckily I have another bottle to do more "analysis."

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 16:12:58 | More by JohnPecod
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RocAFella1

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-09-2011 22:17:28 | More by RocAFella1
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a minimal tan head that fades into non-existence.

Vanilla dominates the palate, but a bit of coffee and roasted malts stick as well.

Starts off with rich roasted chocolate notes and a bit of coffee. Vanilla peaks in a bit, but is very subdued compared to the nose. There's a roasty bitterness throughout and a vanilla sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-high becoming better as it warmed. Medium-Low carbonation.

Very tasty beer. This one's been on my radar for while and it lived up to expectations. Good complexity throughout the flavor profile with a very solid mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 21:19:51 | More by jmarsh123
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-09-2011 18:45:36 | More by Britton
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stawn

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-09-2011 16:36:02 | More by stawn
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jeff1973

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-08-2011 04:57:20 | More by jeff1973
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-07-2011 16:35:20 | More by kjkinsey
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-07-2011 04:20:47 | More by HopStoopid120
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours pitch black with a thick mountain of brown head. The head has great retention. The nose has very strong notes of coffee and hints of cocoa. The taste is heavy coffee and light chocolatey, roasty notes followed by some faint vanilla. There is a faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, full bodied though a little heavily carbonated.

Wow! This is well balanced, complex, and insanely drinkable. The ABV is hardly noticeable which made this bomber a dangerous one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:33:52 | More by tdm168
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-06-2011 23:59:16 | More by imyourhero21
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shanghai55

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-06-2011 22:40:54 | More by shanghai55
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Chizoad

California

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoked to find this at local ramen house Underbelly. Not exactly sure what an American/Imperial Porter is.

Paler than an imperial stout, but a nice head with ok retention.

Coffee, vanilla, strong malts, pretty much as expected. Smells great.

Very similar flavor, nicely bittered. Lacks a little complexity.

Love the weight of this beer. Definitely not the thickness of a stout, and that makes a big difference for drinkability. Carbonation was spot on. Not boozy in the least.

Certainly the best porter I have had, but it's not a style I drink a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 16:36:40 | More by Chizoad
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TheBrewViking

Alaska

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a big tan head and delicate lacing on the glass

S- I smell vanilla first then coffee and roasted malts. I'm excited

T- Follows the nose. Sooo smooth and delicious. A roasty porter with vanilla and coffee that just balance this out perfectly.

M- Not exceptionally thick but nice and easy to drink

O- This beer is so well balanced and it has one of the best coffee flavors i've ever had in a beer. Very impressed, I want one for breakfast tomorrow

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:19:46 | More by TheBrewViking
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-05-2011 19:00:37 | More by drummermattie02
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-05-2011 17:21:03 | More by asparkoflife
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

12-03-2011 15:47:07 | More by Rollzroyce21
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eerbayman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-03-2011 09:57:49 | More by eerbayman
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dmsohyea

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-02-2011 22:17:27 | More by dmsohyea
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Swervine44

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-02-2011 06:46:57 | More by Swervine44
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meich75

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-01-2011 16:29:46 | More by meich75
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-01-2011 12:44:55 | More by jwelsh
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Besteffen82

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-01-2011 04:13:43 | More by Besteffen82
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wolfeman007

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-30-2011 23:46:45 | More by wolfeman007
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,566 ratings.