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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

3,779 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,779
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 699
Gots: 712 | FT: 54
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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4/5  rDev -8.9%

2dogbrew, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to silverX for this one.
Bomber into CBS snifter.

A- Completely opaque black pour, heavy but not oily pouring. I got no head on this pour, that made me a little sad. Lacing is non-existent.

S- Huge dark roasted coffee. Subtle molasses but that is about it. I don't get any vanilla or sweetness. Maybe a little chocolate.

T- Monster amounts of coffee with brown sugar and molasses. Vanilla is there but really taking a back seat to everything else. Dark chocolate with hints of alcohol in the back end.

M- Medium to full bodied, chewy with a creamy start that quickly transitions to lively from the carbonation.

O- Other than how this looks (lack of head) This is a world class porter. The coffee is perfect, the vanilla is subtle.

korguy123, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

hiphopipa, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

caninedevotion, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MexicanSkittel, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

pavpav12, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

enelson, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

leschkie, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in one of my first trades last year... thought it was about time I opened it.

A- Pours near pitch black into my DFH glass. Nice creamy, thin dark tan head with a nice amount of oily residue clinging to the glass.

S- Nice roasted malt and coffee is the first thing that hits the nose. Cocoa, vanilla bean, and a subtle touch of citrusy hop lies beneath.

T- Fresh pressed black coffee, beautiful roasted chocolate malts! Very nice vanilla notes than open up aas it warms. Tastes like real vanilla beans... not extract. Nice bitterness, probably from both the roasted malt and the citrusy hops.

M- Creamy and chalky at the same time. Rich vanilla and chocolate flavors mingle with the citrus from the hops. Really thick and creamy on the tongue without being sticky. No real sence of the 10% which is nice.

O- This is a fantastic porter! Wishing I had drank this fresher, but hopefully I get another bottle this year. Incredibly drinkable and delicious. The vanilla really shines thru as it warms up.

Thickfreakness, Nov 22, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage on tap in a snifter at the City Beer Store in SF. Pours a deep dark black with a finger of dark mocha head. The aroma has a very strong vanilla and chocolate presence, along with some roasted malts and coffee notes. The taste has those same pronounced vanilla and chocolate flavors along with a nice balance of coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with decent carbonation, and is velvety smooth and rich.

A great porter, best porter I've ever had. Love to get my hands on some more of this.

mkotsayfan, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

joshrosborne, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

mmcnaughton, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

paulys55, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Kaydogg, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

madpentzer, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of SirRuss
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Motor oil body with a robust, ferrous-tan head that eventually settles into a light skim and thick halo.

S: Huge amounts of coffee dominate, with fresh overtones or herbaceous hops reluctantly allowing the eager caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, and burned sugar to partake in the complex, and throroughly satisfying first impression.

T: Incredibly close approximation of the nose: espresso bean, caramel, toffee, and vanilla shine forth, as hops help cut through the thickness. Burned barley notes add a secondary layer of bitterness strengthening the coalition mounting against the luscious sweetness, and bring the whole brew into a realm of respectable complexity.

M: As thick as expected, although not quite reaching the levels of RIS' of similar alcoholic ilk. Low carb, slightly sticky, and velvety smooth.

O: a very solid coffee- focussed brew that shows excellent complexity, staunch balance, and pleasing length.

SirRuss, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Brew33, Nov 18, 2011
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,779 ratings.