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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

3,602 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 630
Gots: 681 | 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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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-23-2011 02:22:28 | More by pavpav12
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enelson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-22-2011 21:20:11 | More by enelson
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-22-2011 18:36:58 | More by Rochefort10nh
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

11-22-2011 04:55:23 | More by leschkie
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in one of my first trades last year... thought it was about time I opened it.

A- Pours near pitch black into my DFH glass. Nice creamy, thin dark tan head with a nice amount of oily residue clinging to the glass.

S- Nice roasted malt and coffee is the first thing that hits the nose. Cocoa, vanilla bean, and a subtle touch of citrusy hop lies beneath.

T- Fresh pressed black coffee, beautiful roasted chocolate malts! Very nice vanilla notes than open up aas it warms. Tastes like real vanilla beans... not extract. Nice bitterness, probably from both the roasted malt and the citrusy hops.

M- Creamy and chalky at the same time. Rich vanilla and chocolate flavors mingle with the citrus from the hops. Really thick and creamy on the tongue without being sticky. No real sence of the 10% which is nice.

O- This is a fantastic porter! Wishing I had drank this fresher, but hopefully I get another bottle this year. Incredibly drinkable and delicious. The vanilla really shines thru as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:58:20 | More by Thickfreakness
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mkotsayfan

California

4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage on tap in a snifter at the City Beer Store in SF. Pours a deep dark black with a finger of dark mocha head. The aroma has a very strong vanilla and chocolate presence, along with some roasted malts and coffee notes. The taste has those same pronounced vanilla and chocolate flavors along with a nice balance of coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with decent carbonation, and is velvety smooth and rich.

A great porter, best porter I've ever had. Love to get my hands on some more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 22:27:58 | More by mkotsayfan
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-21-2011 04:34:12 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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joshrosborne

Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-20-2011 23:20:17 | More by joshrosborne
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

11-20-2011 19:41:23 | More by DoctorB2B
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-20-2011 18:45:16 | More by Rempo
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-20-2011 14:41:18 | More by nh2032
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

11-20-2011 12:58:40 | More by mmcnaughton
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Diomede

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

11-20-2011 07:31:06 | More by Diomede
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-20-2011 05:54:26 | More by paulys55
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

11-20-2011 02:50:43 | More by Kaydogg
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madpentzer

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-19-2011 20:31:34 | More by madpentzer
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SirRuss

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Motor oil body with a robust, ferrous-tan head that eventually settles into a light skim and thick halo.

S: Huge amounts of coffee dominate, with fresh overtones or herbaceous hops reluctantly allowing the eager caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, and burned sugar to partake in the complex, and throroughly satisfying first impression.

T: Incredibly close approximation of the nose: espresso bean, caramel, toffee, and vanilla shine forth, as hops help cut through the thickness. Burned barley notes add a secondary layer of bitterness strengthening the coalition mounting against the luscious sweetness, and bring the whole brew into a realm of respectable complexity.

M: As thick as expected, although not quite reaching the levels of RIS' of similar alcoholic ilk. Low carb, slightly sticky, and velvety smooth.

O: a very solid coffee- focussed brew that shows excellent complexity, staunch balance, and pleasing length.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:42:20 | More by SirRuss
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.9%

11-18-2011 21:19:56 | More by Brew33
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fnong2

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first review for a beer after stalking this website for many months. I had to write about this because it was that good. I shared a bomber with a good friend who is also a BA after tasting a small flight at Tap Room a week ago!

A - Pours black with a finger tan head that lingers. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Strong roasted espresso smell with sweet chocolate and a slight hint of vanilla. If there was a perfect mocha chocolate chip cookie from Betty Crocker, this would be that smell from her oven. I had to smell this for about 30 seconds because it was so heavenly.

T - This beer is a "dude moment." Those moments are rare and they come natural. When you taste a beer that is so good to you, you just exclaim "Dude!" to your company. The taste follows the smell. It was a strong, sweet, roasted espresso in the start that followed with sweet, dark chocolate and a small taste of vanilla at the end. The alcohol is masked very well and only a hint of it comes at the end as the beer warms.

M - Very creamy, rich, and smooth. My taste buds were coated with a silky sweetness.

O - Ballast Point really did their best with this brew! I bought five bombers and wanted to decide if I should age a few after having one. I decided that I'm not going to age them and I will consume them in about a month. I was also planning on giving a few as gifts but I am reconsidering because I want to be greedy with this one! Fantastic beer! Very delicious!

A+

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 08:57:37 | More by fnong2
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mdvatab

Indiana

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

Received 2011 Vintage in a recent trade.
Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.
Couldn't wait to try this one!

Aroma: Rich mocha plus a soft vanilla note work extremely well together. Molasses underneath, plus powdered cocoa. The vanilla comes through more and more over time.

Appearance: Pours like a porter with a dark, dark brown body. 1/2 finger light tan head thins to a layer of fine, splotchy patches of bubbles.

Flavor: Strong, yet smooth vanilla flavor up front. Sweet, roasty mocha maltiness with a touch of peppery alcohol. A slightly-acidic coffee note followed by a robust, bitter, espresso finish. Bitterness lingers, and vanilla then returns.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, and light pepper in the mouth and throat afterward.

Overall: The combination of vanilla and coffee work exceptionally with what would be a delicious porter on its own. The only improvement I could see for this brew would be barrel aging. Give this one a try!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:34:20 | More by mdvatab
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-18-2011 01:39:07 | More by tbeq00
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grantino9

Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-17-2011 23:59:11 | More by grantino9
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ineva

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-17-2011 23:28:21 | More by ineva
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azureoval

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

11-17-2011 00:49:21 | More by azureoval
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

11-17-2011 00:08:28 | More by Agold
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,602 ratings.