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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

3,703 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,703
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 656
Gots: 699 | FT: 56
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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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-03-2012 00:45:57 | More by Jstark5150
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danielp215

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +12.3%

This is an interesting beer to say the least. Pours a dark black with light tan head. The smell is outstanding. Lots of bitter coffee and vanilla extract and some dark chocolate. Taste is out of this world delicious. Starts with big sweet vanilla and sweetened iced coffee and finishes with bitter unsweetened coffee and vanilla extract alcohol. This is one balanced beer. Bold flavors but everything gets a fair shake. Mouthfeel is slightly thin when compared to similar beers. This gives founders breakfast stout a run for its money. Hope you all can get your hands on some.

01-02-2012 15:17:23 | More by danielp215
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2012 13:16:31 | More by Bilco
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PowDay

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-02-2012 08:27:46 | More by PowDay
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-02-2012 02:48:53 | More by BMart
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

Thank you dimce for the bottles.

Aggressively poured into a large Cheers mug. The head starts at a two-fingered thickness with a very attractive creamy head that's the color of coffee with cream. The head disappears within a minute and lingers around the edge. The color is completely opaque black, even when held to sunlight.

The aroma is delicious. I pick up what smells like a mocha vanilla coffee drink. There is primarily chocolate and vanilla smell, with roasted coffee underneath. As the brew warms, more of the roasty aroma is coming through.

First sip is so nice! I'm tasting chocolatey vanilla at the start. What follows is some bitterness, probably from the coffee, and a little bit of alcohol burn. Finally, tasting a lingering roast coffee and chocolatey malts.

The feel is completely creamy. Not feeling any carbonation which I think fits this brew perfectly. In other words, it would be strange to feel any carbonation in a chocolatey coffee drink. My mouth is coated with creamy deliciousness.

Overall, I am very impressed with this brew. This has a great balance among the various flavors. I don't consider my palate to be well trained, so it's a nice surprise to be able to pick out the primary flavors intended by the brewer. This is what makes this porter a big winner. If this sounds good to you, then I highly recommend. I'm very happy to have received this in a trade.

01-01-2012 18:58:28 | More by TotallyHosed
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pzymali

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-01-2012 04:32:49 | More by pzymali
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-31-2011 17:28:54 | More by acurtis
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-31-2011 05:04:27 | More by Satchboogie
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match1112

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

a: pitch black body, two finger thick and sticky mocha colored head, tons of patchy lacing.

s: vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate.

t: big vanilla and chocolate up front, like chocolate milk. then it turns to roasted malts and coffee.

m: big full body, creamy, sticky, great carbonation, coffee bitter on the end.

o: one of the best uses of vanilla in a beer i have had.

12-31-2011 04:07:06 | More by match1112
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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

12-31-2011 03:41:53 | More by hawkmage
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champ103

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours an impenetrable opaque black color. A thick, rocky tan head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and rings of sticky spiderweb looking lace.
S: Vanilla beans and roasted coffee intermingle. Roasted malt, chocolate. Very nice.
T: This is excellent. Big vanilla and chocolate flavors right up front. Roasted malt and coffee. Though the coffee always takes a back seat to the vanilla. Fairly simple, but excellent.
M/D: A big full body. Medium carbonation that is perfect for a big beer. Velvety smooth and silky texture. So easy and enjoyable to drink. A great sipper, and warmer on.

I have had this several times, but finally got a bottle for my own. This is even better than I remember. Excellent, and highly recommended.

12-31-2011 02:04:49 | More by champ103
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-30-2011 17:15:40 | More by PaBeerLover
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-30-2011 02:40:30 | More by SpillyBeers
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Omer4176

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-29-2011 22:30:13 | More by Omer4176
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Nikkibird

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-29-2011 01:19:54 | More by Nikkibird
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

As black a porter as I've ever seen, or at least extreme dark brown. Head isn't huge but it's remarkably fluffy and creamy while it lasts. All kinds of tan lace hangs onto the glass.

Aroma on par with Southern Tier's Jahva in terms of pure coffee-laden malt explosion. Vanilla tones do sneak through but it's really more about the coffee balancing (very nicely, I have to add) with the bold malt presence.

The taste, oh yes, the taste. What I probably like most about this beer is that despite being an adulterated porter, it never loses its porter-ness. The roasty tones and easy drinking quality of a good porter are here in full, and only enhanced by the gourmet coffee character embedded in every fiber of the beer. A quick snap of hoppy brightness in each sip betrays the brewery's San Diego home base; vanilla is here but merely supportive. Probably would have given this a perfect "5" for taste if the vanilla were just a smidgen more assertive.

Finish leaves that wonderful taste of very high-quality coffee in your mouth, nearly indistinguishable from having actually just had a sip of ultra-good joe; texturally it's smooth and somewhere between light- and medium-bodied; carbonation is minimal; 10% alcohol is...really, this is 10% alcohol? It's hardly noticeable.

Ballast Point comes up with another winner. No wonder this is so highly rated. Hugely pleasurable and drinkable, but I can't help wonder how a stout version of Victory At Sea might pan out...

12-28-2011 23:14:56 | More by Metalmonk
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OtsegoAmigo

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-28-2011 18:58:09 | More by OtsegoAmigo
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metalgdog

New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-28-2011 02:07:33 | More by metalgdog
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-27-2011 22:19:33 | More by CGMLS3
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Captainren

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-27-2011 17:44:51 | More by Captainren
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MrHirschybar

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-27-2011 02:30:34 | More by MrHirschybar
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orangey

California

3/5  rDev -31.7%

12-27-2011 01:25:04 | More by orangey
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Catchy_Name

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-26-2011 21:51:04 | More by Catchy_Name
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-26-2011 03:48:09 | More by duff247
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,703 ratings.