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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

3,605 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,605
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 629
Gots: 684 | 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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notchucknorris

California

4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50th review and a biggie.

A: Obsidian black with a thin mocha colored head. Looks bomb.

S: A ton of the freshest coffee I've ever smelled. Last year's was great, but this year, the coffee smells even better. Incredible.

T: Lots and lots of coffee and roasted malt with a little vanilla sweetness that smooths things out. Bitter coffee finish. This is such an incredible beer. I saved one and can't wait to try it in a year.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:35:58 | More by notchucknorris
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black to dark black body up in the 30 to 35 SRM range. This is about as black as they come. The head is a medium to dark tan color with decent stamina.

S - Aroma is that of coffee with accents of anise and chocolate.

T - Coffee, rich rich coffee with a vanilla steadfast. This is a tasty beer. One of the best, if not the best tasting porter I've ever had.

M - Thick and slightly coarse.

~ This makes for a perfect desert beer. I mentioned above that this is probably the best porter I've ever had and I truely believe that. You must get your hands on a bottle or two of this big time porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 19:58:59 | More by cdkrenz
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Kelly88

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Popping a special brew for my 25th review.Victory at Sea received as an extra in a trade, thanks billshmeinke. Poured multiple times into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.
A- Pours a dark brown into the glass and ends up looking pitch black with ruby edges and a light brown fizzy head that quickly succumbs to a spotty cap. Beer is trying to hold onto the glass with each sip.

S- this beer has a rich smell of creamy milk chocolate and it smells great. Vanilla is there and adds to the great milk chocolate smell.The smallest amount of alchohol comes through and really creates an enticing smell.

T- Great tastes of chocolate and vanilla. I only taste the coffee at the very finish which creates a nice balancing act of oh so sweet and tasty and the bitterness of the coffee bringing it back to a tasty balance.

M- Nice and thick that delivers the flavor oh so well. Nice viscosity for a porter and really makes it feel more like an imperial stout. Mild carbonation. I really like the feel.

D- Ive only had 12 ounces of the bomber and Im feeling the effects. No barriers in drinking this beer except for the alcohol. Not to sweet and it only gets easier to drink the more I drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:08:58 | More by Kelly88
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like a milk shake. Really thick tan head forms and rises like an Imp Stout. Really looks and acts line a big Imp Stout in the glass. Very creamy head that has great structure. Extremely dark brown in color with really no light getting through even at the edges. Clumps of lacing line the inside of the glass.

The aroma is fantastic. Wow, that's pretty awesome. A wonderful creamy coffee aroma with a hint of vanilla extract behind. Can an aroma be creamy? If so, then this one is. If Not, then this one still is!

OK, so now I see why this beer resides in the top 100. I figured it would be good, but this is really great. The balance between the components is really amazing. Again I use the term vanilla extract vs bean or just plain vanilla. I think this is the melding of the vanilla with some of the abv. The coffee flavor is great. Creamy, sweet and with a nice dark roast. There is a nice hop finish that is almost lost in everything else. Is it roasted coffee or hop bitterness? Who cares, the complexity is wonderful. How did I only pick up one bottle of this? I'll get more, probably tomorrow.

The mouth feel here is close to perfect. Creamy with a prickle of carbonation. So creamy.

This drinks like a wonderful milkshake and goes down so smoothly. While it's a big flavor it doesn't really drink like a 10% abv. Goes down a little scary smooth.

Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:08:17 | More by Reagan1984
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to steve8robin for this bottle recently!

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very dark black with a thin tan head on top. Spotty lace rings stick to the glass. The nose is full of ground coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, chocolate. Coffee is the obvious main-player here.

The mouth is full and creamy. Alcohol definitely smooths this one out. The coffee comes through in the flavor with a punch. Nice dark roasted bitterness to start things off. But the vanilla commands a presence as well. Plenty of creamy sweetness to balance this one out well. Sweet finish with a melding of alcohol, vanilla, and milk chocolate. I've had this one on my wants for quite some time, so I'm glad to finally knock this one off. Excellent Porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 17:13:40 | More by Onenote81
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hald this for a little while but the urge got to me to much last night.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark chocolate brown with a thin dark beige head that didnt last long,a great mix of heavy coffee roast and vanilla imparted sweetness,a bit of sweet alcohol and dark fruit shows thru as it warmed.Roasty and sweetish upfront with the dark roast coffee flavors prevelent,a vanilla/carmel flavor lends some hefty sweetness,there is a drying earthy almost resiny note in the finish that is drying just enough.A great beer it is a one and done though because the alcohol is potent and can give off some big sweetness,a rich well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 13:18:36 | More by oberon
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter, pretty dark. slight ruby hues, but more or less black with a tan head. decent lacing and head retention.

roasted coffee, mocha, caramel, touch of dark fruit in the nose.

big coffee flavor upfront, fades into a creme brulee like richness, burnt sugar, just a hint of acidity in the finish. not overly sweet, just enough to balance out the roasted malt/coffee flavor.

mouthfeel is a tough thin, but this is a porter so i find that fairly acceptable. overall this is way too drinkable. not overly boozy and deceptively smooth,

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 07:34:32 | More by wyattshotmaker
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brotherloco

California

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the aroma of this one a lot more than the taste. I'm quite sure this is a fresh bottle, so I may have to age one and compare notes.

Smells like a sweet coffee drink. Roasted coffee, vanilla ice cream, caramel, with hints of alcohol at the end.

Taste is very dry bitter strong coffee, semi sweetens into a vanilla filled booziness, almost a liqueur. Overall not a bad flavor as I can see how it appeals to some, but not so much my thing.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel. The lingering bitter boozy finish kills the drinkability for me.

***
Update Feb 19th, 2013.

Aged a bottle from Feb 2011 for 2 years and just popped it open.

Much better overall flavor and drinkability. A little better aroma. Still a dry chalky type of coffee aroma and flavor, but flavors have blended and alcohol has drifted into background.

A big improvement with the aging.

Original score: 4/4/3.5/4/2.5
Updated: 4/4.25/4.25/4/4

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:46:27 | More by brotherloco
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angelogarcia3

New York

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out syruppy with a slight head. Very dark color almost midnight in darkness. Strong vanilla creme aroma. Almost smells like I'm getting ready to drink a cream soda. However, once you take a sip of this beer you know immediately that you're not drinking a cream soda. A strong chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla and coffee. An excellent beer that I could drink over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:06:25 | More by angelogarcia3
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - This is the most viscous porter I have come across. Poured an oily, syrupy, and mesmerizing black. Thick, fluffy, brown head with intricate lacing.

S - The aroma released full of smoked/burnt malt with a robust coffee flavor. Vanilla and other spices are supporting with subtle notes.

T - Amazing! Coffee dominates but it isn't overpowering. During the end of the tasting, vanilla notes come through leaving a refreshing and satisfying finish.

M - Lusciously thick and full.

D - Without Question. This is executed with care and precision. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 22:44:37 | More by PEIhop
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madvermin

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured oily jet black, with brown only visible in the liquid while pouring. Head seemed minimal at first, but then sprung to life with bubbles coming from the woodwork to bring out a healthy one-finger light tan head. Extremely foamy and incredibly soft, cloudy head that leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing. One of the finest looking beers I've ever laid eyes on.

Aroma on first smell is lots of roasted coffee, and after a couple more sniffs the chocolate begins to come out a bit more. Coffee is fresh grounds, and very raw.

Taste then proceeds to blow the aroma out of the water, as the coffee from the nose is definitely the main actor in the show, but vanilla packs a big punch at the beginning and mid-sip. Chocolate is less pronounced but definitely semi-sweet and present, and the vanilla combines with the coffee to create an awesome meld of bittersweet flavor. Finish is 50/50 sweet/bitter, leaving you with a very neutral palate for all the strong flavors that were going on.

Mouthfeel is phenomenally creamy and full, and backs up the coffee very well, preventing it from tasting watered down in any way. Drinkability is great, as the finish is neutral but leaves you with a bit of everything, and nothing is offensively strong. After a while the coffee begins to build up on the palate, but really this is just nitpicking. Abv is 10% but could have been 0% for all I knew. For 9.99/22oz of this, I may have to stock up on this in the next couple of days.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 06:28:46 | More by madvermin
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Jesse13713

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to AwYeh for this bottle.

Appearance - The most chocolaty looking beer I've ever seen. Pours a very rich chocolate brown head that looks like chocolate whipped cream. A creamy vanilla froth rests at the top. It honestly looks like a galaxy of chocolate stars. Absolutely phenomenal lacing.

Smell - All chocolate and vanilla here. Quite a strong alcoholic smell with hints of dark spices as well. The vanilla outweighs much of the smell but is very pleasant.

Taste - One word. WOW. The absolute best porter I have ever tasted. Vanilla and chocolate swirl together in perfect bliss and harmony to create this dessert beer. The finishing taste on this is a bitter sweet treat. The alcohol is subtle and blends in perfectly with the sweet concoction. Perfectly blended hints of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. A good malty taste as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Absolutely perfect to sip any time of the year at night. The label art on this is one of the coolest I have ever seen. Absolutely delicious to sip. I am overwhelmed with flavors in every sip I take. A sweet and delicious harmony in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:41:17 | More by Jesse13713
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AwYeh

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a shaker pint; thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty 2011 BIF!

A: Pours a dark brown/black with three full fingers of frothy tan head- looks like a bowl of oatmeal when viewed from the top. Excellent lacing.

S: Tons of chocolate roasted malts, a strong vanilla smell, and an almost equally strong coffee aroma. Bittersweet dark chocolate puts this one over the edge to make it truly enjoyable smell.

T: Rich, RICH chocolate flavor- perfectly complimented by the vanilla and coffee in the beer's namesake (one of the few beers that lives up to the descriptors in its name). Wonderful chocolate, coffee, vanilla finish. Tastes like letting a high quality, bitter (80% or more) dark chocolate bar melt and dissolve on your tongue, plus the frequently mentioned coffee and vanilla. Outstanding.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation. Not as sticky as I would like to really bring the finish through, but still heavy enough to leave the flavor on your palate.

D: Extremely enjoyable, I could have several glasses of this in a row. It does taste a bit like dessert, so I'm not sure if it is an everytime beer... but this is certainly one I can't wait to have a glass of again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:35:43 | More by AwYeh
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a very dark brown with a medium tan, 3 inch head that is super impressive. Leaving a little lacing after every sip, this is about to be the best porter I've ever had.

S: The aroma is nearly perfection. Rich notes of chocolate, espresso beans, and vanilla. Deep roasted malt. and a slight hop tingle.

T: The flavor is phenomenal. It's a blast of roasted malt, and the perfect mix of vanilla, coffee beans, and notes of chocolate. The slightest hops is evident on the rear of the pallet, along with a little alcohol burn that is almost unnoticeable due to the complexity of the flavors.

MF: Mouthfeel is smooth and cream. Flavor notes were easily blended to make a balanced beer.

D: Drinkability at 10% is not bad.

Overall, this is one hell of a porter. Ballast Point has taken a style (one of my favorites) that not to many brewers spend enough time on, and blew it out of the water. Seek this one out. You wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:12:48 | More by TKEbeerman
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I cracked this one for Valentines Day to split with my wife... which she absolutely LOVED!!

A: Totally dark and then some... with a mocha head that stayed on the brew throughout the session.

S: Vanilla... dessert... a tinge of coffee and chocolate.... but not much more. Awesome!

T: Very thick dessert-like feel with tons of vanilla and maybe a tinge of coffee. A bit of salt, in a dessert-like way, but the cocoa was there and then some!

M: Thick as hell, yogurt-like almost tons or lacing on the glass which didn't translate to the palate.

D: I would drink this a lot if were available to me. However, it is only available to me every once in a while in my area...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:38:13 | More by Chaney
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DearthVader

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into a Delirium snifter.

Poured a dark black which let no light shine through at all. It left a half finger of tan head on top that left a fair amount of lacing.

I pick up mostly coffee in the smell, but you do get some vanilla at the end of your sniff. A very pleasant smelling brew.

This is a very good tasting Porter. Heavy on the coffee with a slight trace of alcohol presence, and a balancing sweetness with the vanilla

Relatively thick mouthfeel, but that could just be because I had spent my previous 3 weeks drinking nothing but IPA's and DIPA's.

A good sipper. I actually paired this with some ice cream and a couple bites of a brownie. My girlfriend was craving dessert and I told her "only if I get to have my beer with it." She can never say no to me.

Go ahead and try and pick one of these up. A great brew crafted from a very talented brewery.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 18:34:42 | More by DearthVader
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A- Pours a dark black with not much head at all

S- Smells of straight up vanilla. A slight hint of chocolate and coffee in the back end but the vanilla dominates the smell.

T- Again, vanilla dominates it but the chocolate and coffee come in nicely in the end to balance this brew out very nicely.

M- Medium to full bodied. Decent carbonation.

D- Doesn't drink anywhere close to a 10% beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable and it it goes down smooth.

I had it both on draft and out of the bottle and they both tasted identical (from my experience).

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 04:03:52 | More by GehenHerzog
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monkeylovebeer

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ballast Point really has a knack for the dark beers, and this monster is no exception. With a name that's as much of a mouthful as the brew itself, their Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter takes no prisoners and is an excellent closer to an evening of quality tippling.

Pouring as black as the bottom of the ocean, Victory at Sea develops a tight, mocha-colored head that's so dense, it appears almost nitro-driven. A complex nose of vanilla, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts draws you in to its rich depths. Upon first sip, you're sunk.

The cereal bill alone is heavy enough to take you straight to the bottom--but the American Two-Row Malt, Victory Toasted, Crystal, and Chocolate Malts, and Rolled Oats combine to provide a sturdy keel and keep this brew upright.

For an Imperial Porter at a whopping 10%, the mouthfeel is as smooth as the ass of a wee bonny lass with a nice, velvety finish. For such a high-powered brew, they have balanced it out just right, and if it wasn't so rich, you could quaff a few of these no problem-o.

The coffee taste is predominant and Ballast Point has partnered up with a San Diego roastery, Caffé CaLabria, to get it just right. Their website mentions a 24-hour cold extraction process that leaves a lot of the bitterness behind; whatever they are doing, the java really shines through.

A guest taster at Camp Larsen thought the vanilla was a bit over-stated, and personally, I don't think they really need it. There is already a lot going on with this brew, and if anything, the extract lends a syrupy note to an otherwise beautiful finish. I would love to cellar one of these babies and see what it becomes in a year or so--but it's so tasty now, I seriously don't think that's going to happen.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:44:12 | More by monkeylovebeer
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Second time on this beer, this is a fresh review. My first experience I had aged the bottle for a year plus (which I recommend, this beer is a B fresh and an A aged). Anyway...

Aroma begins with a boat ton of coffee and dark roasted malts. As you further investigate you get notes of toffee sweetness, vanilla and a slight alcohol presence.

The taste directly follows the nose; roasted malts assault the taste buds followed by coffee bitterness and slight toffee sweetness. Just like the smell, the hints of vanilla, chocolate and alcohol become more prevalent as you get to glass #2 (this was a 22 oz. bottle). The roasted maltiness/coffee is slightly overpowering to be completely honest and if you don't like dark roasted coffee you probably won't like this beer. Medium bodied with average carbonation; luckily enough to balance the ABV. Flavors were much better integrated in the cellared version I had last year. The alcohol and roastiness are overpowering midway through glass #2.

Overall this fresh bottle of Imperial Porter was good but no where as good as the cellared version, so I definitely recommend this beer 100% but not fresh, buy it and hide it from yourself for at least a year, you will be rewarded if you do.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 14:04:22 | More by claspada
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cosmicevan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured into my oversized snifter a silky black with a very thin tan creamy head with slippery lacing.

s - Nice sweet malts. Vanilla and caramel, some subtle roastiness, but not much coffee at all. If anything, perhaps a sweetened flavored coffee...definitely not in your face.

t - Chocolate and coffee really jump out. Nice vanilla mix and again caramel rounding things out. Really like a dessert coffee that you would get a coffee shop with a nice not overly watered down roasty porter in the background. Nicely flavored. Vanilla is definitely present.

m - Rich and cooling. Not overly watery at all. A bit of an alcohol tingle.

d - A bit filling for me. A bomber of this seems like a bit much to drink, but I'm up for the challenge.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 04:23:36 | More by cosmicevan
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Appearance: Black as pitch, almost opaque even in the pour. The cream colored head is small but surprisingly persistent.

Smell: Coffee - check. Lots of it. Vanilla - check. Kind of smells like one of those syrupy coffee drinks you'd get at Starbucks, only incredibly alcoholic. The coffee character is dark, heavily roasted. There's plenty of dark malt, too; almost burnt, but not quite there. It's a necessary element, keeping the sweetness in check and providing a foundation for the adjunct ingredients.

The first few sips pretty much taste like spiked coffee. It's ridiculously dominant at colder temperatures, but once the beer has a chance to warm up it reveals a bit more depth. Vanilla appears at a comfortable level, present but not overwhelming. It's amplified by chocolatey sweetness, though the flavor goes right back to bitter black coffee in the finish.

It's a full-bodied beer, certainly potent, but not terribly sweet or syrupy given the 10% ABV. It could be argued that the coffee and vanilla are overbearing, but it really does work - in small quantities at least.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 04:03:58 | More by largadeer
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sentomaster

Connecticut

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

On tap at Smith's 2-10-11

A- Dark black body with a thick two finger mocha brown head. Leaves nice legs.

S- Not a huge nose but very nice notes rising up. A bit of light coffee, roasted malts, a little sweet vanilla and dark fruit.

T- Wow. Lots of good stuff going on here. Starts out with dark bittersweet chocolate note, roasted/toasted grains, coagulated sticky molasses, a bit of smoke and understated coffee grounds on the sides. A bit of dark cherries and vanilla ride underneath. Earthy, resiny hops punch through just a bit along with a touch of alcohol spiciness. Finishes back where it started but with a lingering smooth espresso flavor.

M D- Nice creamy, velvety coating with minimal but lively carbonation. Yummy indeed. After my first I had to order another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 16:43:06 | More by sentomaster
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a light roast, chocolate and vanilla hints. In the taste, quite roasty, dry chocolate, and a dry coffee note. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry coffee aftertaste. Faint nose, not much vanilla, hides the alcohol, but just about average.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:32:59 | More by OWSLEY069
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willjschmidt

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A: Pours jet black with a dark tan head.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Dark roasted malt with a very strong coffee flavor. The vanilla notes are extremely subtle, if it wasn't on the bottle, I probably wouldn't have picked it out. It's very smooth and the flavors meld together very well. A bit of a bite from the alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and very delicious. Doesn't drink like a 10% beer at all. One of the better coffee beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:28:08 | More by willjschmidt
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra special thanks to beerman207 for hooking me up with a sample of this one at the Superbowl party he and his wife hosted. Game came out all wrong, but this beer definitely came out all right. Review is from notes taken on 2/6/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is dark brown/near black; starts with a nice 1 and 1/2 finger dark tan head; body is dark and entirely opaque; head fades to a full cap and leaves a full curtain of lacing on the back of the glass that holds throughout most of the drink.

Smell: Creamy and milky chocolate and coffee/espresso roastiness; touch of smoke and sweet vanilla; slight bit of alcohol in the nose -- this beer comes across as very robust and it smells like a creamy Jamocha shake from Arby's.

Taste: Jesus, it doesn't just smell like a Jamocha shake, it really tastes like one with friend ground coffee and ample vanilla; lots of chocolate that is bittersweet combined with just a touch of a sweeter milk chocolate; lots of ground and burnt coffee and espresso that creates a nice earthy and nutty bitterness; definite presence of alcohol that's a little bourbony, but the heavy chocolate and coffee flavors remind me even more of Kahlua.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is thick and creamy, with spot on carbonation that provides just the right amount of liveliness to keep it interesting; a thick semi-dry coating and grittiness is left on the palate and teeth; does sit a little heavy, but it's super tasty and I'd be willing to have it sit in my tummy.

Drinkability: This is definitely a worthy offering -- great scents and flavors and a super creamy mouthfeel; ABV and weight do slow it down a bit, but this one is pretty tough to come around in these parts so ABV be damned, drink it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:52:48 | More by bamadog
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,605 ratings.