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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
98
world-class

4,081 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 752
Gots: 805 | FT: 63
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

aszatk01, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Shnanign, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Kala1073
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Kala1073, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of haazer
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hard pour puts up a towering, dense ash/light brown colored head. Lasts for quite some time and settles at about 2 1/2 fingers. Lacing all over the glass on this. Brew is a very dark brown, no light getting through.

S- Strong, delicious brown roast coffee up front. Blends with a good bit of regular mocha actually. The vanilla is there underneath the coffee, and the coffee comes in again in aftertaste. The malts are dark but take a backseat to the wonderful smelling coffee and vanilla, it's almost like an iced coffee with creamer. So good.

T- The taste is this amazing coffee, you San Diegan's are lucky for this "Caffe Colabria". Taste is much like the nose really. Mocha follows the coffee, then followed by vanilla beans. My only complaint is the 10% is felt on the backend with heat and some boozy taste.

M- Mouth is fully bodied, silky smooth with mid to high carbonation. As coffee does this appears to coat your mouth and teeth.

O- So often does a coffee stout/porter overpower you with burnt bitter roasted malt, this does not. This is a world class brew. This profiles the coffee and vanilla without killing you with roast. This is my favorite coffee stout/porter thus far. I will look for this always.

haazer, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of SgunnarW
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep, jet black with a 2 finger khaki head that settles quickly into a ring of carbonation bubbles. Nice legs and beautiful lacing streaks the glass.

Sm: Lots of roasty sweetness upfront, cut through by a strong vanilla presence. Coffee and dark cherries follow towards the mid, with a finish of chocolate.

T: The vanilla comes through the most in this beer, almost exactly like the smell. There's just enough roasted/burnt bitterness to break up the sweetness of the malts and vanilla. Some slight burnt toffee/caramel in the finish. The alcohol is warming on the way down.

Mf: Full bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: I haven't had too many porters (or imperial porters for that matter), but this thing is delicious. The burnt qualities are paired perfectly with the vanilla for an overall outstanding porter. Top of my list for sure.

SgunnarW, Jun 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

DrewZ926, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

duceswild, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

DeezGunz14, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
4/5  rDev -8.9%

gueuzegossage, May 31, 2012
Photo of pants678
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a surprisingly thin head, perhaps due to my pour.

Alcohol creeps in with the malty smell of chocolate and sweet like caramel or fruit.

Despite being a rich genre, doesn't quite mask the booze on it but still a full bodied chocolate beer with less of a coffee edge than I'd figure. Very up-front brew as you'd imagine, vanilla is perfect compliment to this. Toasty and warm, not too much hop bite.

Heavy, carbonation is welcomed as a porter and not a stout making it easier to handle.

pants678, May 28, 2012
Photo of JWU
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle, poured into a snifter.

A-deep, dark brown/black, with a nice dense, tight tan head. Head dissipates quick due to the high alcohol content.

S- coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and white pepper with some boozy notes.

T- some dark chocolate and smooth coffee, transition to a nice roasty middle, with vanilla coming into the mix, and a warming booze on the finish. The bitterness of the coffee is also very apparent middle to end. Very nice.

M- Pretty thick for a porter, but it's a big beer. The taste doesn't linger too long on the finish as well. Carbonation is spot on, as in light.

O- certainly a sipper, but a delicious sipper at that. Really like the dominating coffee presence, so if that is your thing, this should tickle your fancy.

JWU, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

dumptruck81, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

edwardprung, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

VonZipper, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee, chocolate, dark sugar, and some vaguely spicy notes of pepper and chicory.

T - Sweet malt and dark sugar up front with notes of caramel, nutty toffee, and dark bread. Smoky coffee and chocolate in the middle with a hint of vanilla. The vanilla really comes out in the finish with more smoky coffee and spicy notes of clove and cinnamon.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Thick and sweet, there is a lot going on here. The vanilla works well with the dark sugar and coffee flavors though it becomes a bit excessive in the finish. The finish is a bit too sweet for my taste and that, combined with the vanilla, puts it in the same category as Southern Tier's sweet stouts; it is a dessert beer and works well for one glass, but finishing a full bottle is a bit of a challenge.

nickfl, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

carlitosbronson1, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

GrindFatherBob, May 20, 2012
Photo of rodkin
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely dark. Color barely comes through at the edges when held directly to the light. Half finger head, which dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a small lacing and some bubbles at the top.

Smell's great. Coffee, vanilla, a little sweet caramel, kind of a chocolate brownie smell.

Taste is really strong on the coffee. The sweet vanilla, caramel, and chocolate smells really don't come through as well. Still tasty, but kind of disappointing.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium thick, good carb. A little thinner than I'd like.

Overall a decent beer, but there wasn't as much going on as I'd like. There was no freshness date on the bottle, so maybe it was old? Would like to try it again knowing it was fresh to see if the vanilla was more prominent.

rodkin, May 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, motor oil black with a creamy khaki toned head that slowly recedes into a collar around the glass; nice walls of lacing. all around great looking imperial st- ah, porter.

nose opens with an unmistakable coffee presence, followed by roasted malts and chocolate, some vanilla. reminds me a little of founders breakfast stout. aroma characters largely pull through in the taste with plenty of coffee and roasted malts, but the vanilla is a bigger player here... coffee and a touch of caramel... slight bitterness to the finish. overall, a really tasty, dare i say delicious brew. well done.

smooth, velvety moutfeel... medium bodied, though a bit lighter than most similar-styled beers; appropriate carbonation. 10% ABV but it drinks so smooth, makes this one dangerously good.

originally reviewed: 11-26-2010

BostonHops, May 18, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I bought at that beer/wine store on Wade Ave by Wellspring. $7.99. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Its black, basically opaque, but not the darkest black. Light brown head that faded quickly at first, but a little bit remained. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Big time mocha aroma. Rich cold coffee, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, a tiny hint of a smoky roastiness. Complex, fantastic.

Taste: Again, very much like a Starbucks iced mocha. Bitter, roasty coffee, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. A bit of heat (just a bit) and bitterness from ethanol near the end.

Mouthfeel: This thing is big, soft,and unbelievably creamy. Incredible.

Overall: What a beer! I had one a few months ago on draft that was really good, but this is amazing.

rapidsequence, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

discord257, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

wesley14, May 16, 2012
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,081 ratings.