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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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4,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,552
Reviews: 1,018
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 835
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 79
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: radshoesbro on 03-17-2009

Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla.
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger mocha head. Big trails and small blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate with very nice coffee aroma and some vanilla.

T- chocolate, roasted malts, big coffee blast with the vanilla shortly behind, with some bitter roast at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and lighter but in a good way. No clue this was/is 10%

O- great porter. Coffee and vanilla really make this beer and drinks very well for a 10% beer.

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Texture was heavy but very much like a traditional porter. Dark brown head formed to about a finger but dissipated quickly. Very dark color and enjoyed out of a goblet shaped glass.

Smell: The coffee aromas take over here. Accents of dark chocolate and burnt oak play along very well. There is also some vanilla sweetness begging to burst through the other heavier players in the smell. Aroma is subdued, have to dig for it a little bit.

Taste: Best part right here. A roasted coffee taste greets the palette which then becomes a bold vanilla bean flavor. The vanilla goes along very well with the malt/caramel flavor of the porter. The coffee accents come back at the end with a heavier roasted flavor then on the front end. 10% abv is no where to be found.

Mouthfeel: A surprisingly clean smooth mouthfeel. I thought there would be a thicker mouthfeel similar to an imperial stout but I was wrong. The coffee flavors don't really stick around either. I just wish there was a little more going on here.

Overall: Awesome brew. Drank so much like a regular porter but with a few extra levels of complexity. Coffee and vanilla play their role without totally taking over this beer. Feels like a porter the whole way.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is all coffee with a little chocolate and vanilla. I am smelling a coffee.
It tastes like coffee, then it moves to a little sweet and quickly to bitter chocolate. Quite enjoyable and interesting.
The texture is almost perfect. It's thick with low carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Black with a thick foam one-finger head. The head drops to a half finger and lingers.

S: Roasted coffee, a bit smoke porter, subtle vanilla

T: Very boozy. The coffee is incredibly strong and roasted. Don't really taste any vanilla, which doesn't bother me. Very strong though. I love the hops in it.

M: Very creamy. Little carbonation. Pretty dry.

Overall: Helluva porter. Very boozy, full of robust flavors and it's definitely something to sip and enjoy for a period of time. It's my first BP beer and certainly won't be my last.

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3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a minimal khaki head. Smells heavy on coffee and roasted malts. Vanilla and booze in the background. Tastes sweet up front, some hops to balance, and lots of coffee. Vanilla isn’t as heavy in the flavor as I’d hope it was going to be, but it’s there. A little bitter in the aftertaste, where most of the vanilla is. Thick, mouth coating. Good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this by the counter of my local beer spot, asked the cashier what he thought of it, he said it was "Fucking Awesome", had to get some.
Looks like chocolate syrup as it is poured, smells like a typical porter. Great taste as it goes down, you really get the hint of vanilla at the end, very good. Could not believe it was 10%.
Ballast Point strikes again....

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 Oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Pitch black with a one finger of a tan colored head. Quick dissipation

S- Super roasty at first. Almost smokey. A strong coffee presence as well. A bit of alcohol as well. some wood as well. A very desert smelling beer.

T- A big roastynness hits at first. There is a nice refreshing hop bitterness that follows and balances it out. The roastyness carries thought the mouth till the end. The coffee is strong in this beer and also has lingering effects that dry out the palate. A touch of alcohol in this beer give it a bit of a sting. There is some vanilla if you look for it as well. A big roasty monster.

M- A thick and dry beer. Good alcohol feel. Bitter for a porter but drinkable.

O- This is a beastly brew. I would like to have a little less alcohol taste and a little more vanilla. Its fairly well balanced and quite drinkable and overall. Delicious.

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,552 ratings.