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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

3,767 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,767
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 685
Gots: 703 | 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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Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory At Sea - 2011
Bomber w/ 10oz Nonic Taster glass

A: Pours a super dark brown which looks jet black in the glass really. Completely opaque. A fantastic two to three fingers of dark tan suds formed. Exhibits some great retention skills. Subsides to a crown and leaves curtains of lace with each sip.

S: Smells like a straight up caramel mocha. Aromas are caramel, toasted malts, dry roast coffee with a sort of earthiness to it and alcohol. Not a whole lot of vanilla in the nose.

T: Taste is quite the treat. Like having German chocolate cake in a glass. Roasted grains that depict some real dark chocolate notes. Fresh brewed coffee and vanilla. A caramel candied sweetness overall. Toasted coconut. Green earthy woods and a nice hoppy bitter bite towards back palate. Just layers and layers of flavor here. A real step up from the nose. A good amount of warming alcohol heat but does not impact the beer in a negative manner. Coffee is so fresh and the vanilla really comes alive as this brew warms up. More reminiscent of a French Vanilla Cafe.

M: Heavier in body and a little syrupy. Not too thick or viscous and not really thin for that matter. Overall a somewhat creamy texture with a touch of oily sleekness.

D: A delectable drink that should be savored. Complex with lots of layered flavors. All of which play their own part yet work really nicely together. Slightly sweet and boozy it's definitely an Imperial. Enjoyed better after temp warms up a bit.

Highly recommend. I always seek this one out at time of release. Hands down my favorite beer label too!

Nugganooch, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mrbubbler
4/5  rDev -8.9%

mrbubbler, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -8.9%

ninner00, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of TheCrowsNest
4/5  rDev -8.9%

TheCrowsNest, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of ZacharyJ
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ZacharyJ, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Mappies
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Mappies, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of jt0818
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jt0818, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of fwiz
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, beer pours a jet black with a tan/chocolate brown one and a half finger head that lingers to a lot of nice lace down the glass at every sip.

Appearance: Dark black with tan/chocolate brown head.

Smell: Up front is dark chocolate with a lot of smoke, vanilla, coffee, oak and caramel sweetness. Hops very far in the back but you can pick them up.

Taste: Vanilla up front, tons of coffee, tons of chocolate, roast, lots of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy silk with medium carbonation. Great finish of alcohol warmth. Very nice.

Overall: A very good beer. This one was recommended by the craft beer shop I go to and I was not disappointed at all. Will be putting this one on the list for the next shopping trip.

fwiz, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coffee colored with an off white foam head. It has a nice lacing as well.

S: Subtle vanilla with notes of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Lots of Dark Chocolate, some coffee, and subtle notes of vanilla.

M: medium-low carbonation. It also has a nice rich, creamy silkiness.

O: Very good. I have been waiting to try this for awhile and I definitely wasn't disappointed. Its aroma leads you to believe there will be a lot of rich vanilla, but the opposite is true. You actually end up getting some nice subtle vanilla with lots of rich dark chocolate. I was very impressed, this was definitely a great beer.

PaulStoneAnchor, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

wdarcy77, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of rtaps
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mrvonzipper for saving this bottle to share with me.

pours a pitch black with a nice 1 finger light tan head. very nice retention leaving lacing all over the glass. looks oily and viscous.

great nose, has alot of roasted notes but no to overpowering that you can't pick out what else is in there. coffee and vanilla

Wow i love to taste. vanilla some caramel and coffee all accompanied but a powerful roasted flavor that hangs around in the mouth making you want more.

full bodied, light-medium carbonation smooth and viscous

overall this was a nice little treat that i am glad was shared with me. the roasted element to this was a highlight for me. it was powerful but didn't steal the show, and the vanilla was good touch.

rtaps, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a near black, with a thick, densely packed, tight bubbled, frothy tan head that sits a solid half an inch on the surface of this brew. Aromas are subtle and very well blended, with hints of day old coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and some earthy notes. Flavors are rich and bold, with a blast of bitter dark chocolate and subtle coffee backbone blasting away on the front of the tongue, and quickly covering the palate. Highlights of vanilla and woody characteristics abound, with an earthy overtone throughout, and some boozey profiles as well. The beer's flavors ride a creamy and light body that leaves a great many rings around the glass as you drink. The aftertaste is a bit of the booze, a touch of the vanilla, and a hint of the chocolate and coffee blend, giving highlights of everything that just danced across the palate. The finish is rather quick, with only a slight bitter linger at the very end. The alcohol and bitterness do a good job cleaning everything up and helping the beer to avoid the cloying or overpowering realm of flavor profiles. This is a heavy hitter, and definitely a sipper for the evening. Delicious beer.

GarthDanielson, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

brentusaurus, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jpd7374, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

crashoveride, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Timmah11, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Pellinore1, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mrip, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

johnhenryconway, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

LiquidDegenerate, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a two finger mocha head with large bubbles in it. The beer has very good head retention and significant lacing.
S: Roasty malts with hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate.
T: Starts with the taste of the vanilla, followed by coffee, then a little chocolatey, and finishes with a nice roasty maltiness... has a little bit of the bitter acidity that one would normally associate with coffee. The taste of the alcohol is hidden.
M: Very full bodied with very little carbonation, nicely coats the inside of your mouth while drinking it.
O: Wonderful example of the porter style and something I could definitely have over and over again.

dbrauneis, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive milk chocolate colored head, black body with brown hues on the sides/bottom, and thick lacing all over the glass. Long head retention. Swirling the glass produces huge amount of head as well.

Right away a huge dose of roasted coffee and espresso beans. Followed by vanilla bean, milk chocolate, chocolate milk, and faint caramel aromas. Everything here is so big and in your face. Absolutely fantastic!

Sweet chocolate, lots of vanilla, and dry roasted coffee. Hops play a big part in the mouthfeel. I didn't pick up much of them in the aroma, but they add bitterness right at the middle which carries through into the aftertaste. Mild carbonation and smooth creamy like velvet mouthfeel. The vanilla bean flavor is very strong and makes for a great smooth flavor that hits the tastebuds and the roof of the mouth. Drinks a lot like an irish dry stout on the back end. Roasted notes come out in the aftertaste. The dry aspect goes across the tongue.

One damn good beer! (thanks Amstel Light commercial) A bit more chocolate flavor that was given off in the aroma would've been highly welcomed. The hops are pretty strong not in flavor but in feel and they slightly mask some of the flavors here. Victory at Sea is an incredible beer. Doesn't drink at all like an imperial beer...goes down way to easily.

[96/100]

mindspin315, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of RandyV
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty beer! It has pronounced coffee and dark chocolate flavors with the vanilla really coming through in the finish. It is nicely balanced with malt and molasses sweetness countered by hops and espresso bitterness. It has earthy undertones and finishes slightly on the dry side.

This is an impressive porter, and what I look for in this class. Well done, Ballast Point. Well done!

RandyV, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - deep brown/ black, one finger very tan head and some nice sticky lacing

S - Coffee, vanilla, hop, wood, chocolate and tons of roastiness

T - tons of vanilla up front, tons of coffee, chocolate, very roasty, tons of malts, earth, wood, a funk (maybe yeast?), a big hop note and just tons of coffee. It even has the coffee acidity!

M - medium plus body, lots of acidity, not much complexity, not very balanced and a very long finish

D/O - this is a big beer and tons of coffee, if you don't like coffe this one, you will not be a fan of! Very enjoyable, love the flavor profiles and fun to drink from cold to room temp. Not refreshing at all, just a fun enjoyable imperial beer

Final thought - I really like ballast point and I have yet to try this beer, not a big porter fan, but this one is nice. $8 a pop and 10% is nice. Hope it ages well

whatthehull, Jan 19, 2012
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,767 ratings.