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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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4,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,128
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 761
Gots: 823 | FT: 62
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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5/5  rDev +13.6%

petroos, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

guillemiro, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of AApparel
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Aggressively poured into a  snifter. Head poured to a two-fingered thickness with a very creamy head that resembled a coffee with cream. Looked amazing to begin, but subsided quickly. Had good lacing down the side. The color is a deep stark black, even when held to sunlight.

Smell: The aroma is powerful. A friend about 5 feet from me immediately could smell the coffee aroma.  Smells like a rich coffee, with some sweet vanilla notes. The coffee hits first and then vanilla, with roasted chocolate underneath. As the brew warms, it opens so much, it's shocking. 

Taste: First sip is beyond what I even thought it would be. I could taste chocolatey vanilla at the start. Roasty flavor comes throughout, with bitterness at the end from the coffee, but not a heavy alcohol burn, which I like. So glad that the porter taste is throughout and not lost in all the flavors. Definitely get a constantly changing flavor throughout. What lingers is the roast coffee and chocolatey malts.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, with little to no carbonation. Definitely makes you think your drinking a great coffee. Coats the mouth very well, and does not have an overwhelming alcohol feel or burn. So subtle, I couldn't believe it was 10% abv.

Overall: I had very high hopes for this, and not only did it live up to it, it exceeded it by far. I went out and bought another 6 to enjoy for the coming months. Lately brews have been falling short in expectations. It's good to see this exceed it and surprise me in how complex and wonderful a brew could be. 

AApparel, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown around the edges, bordering on black in the center. Tall tan head that dissipates to a small covering, leaving patchy lacing in its wake.

N- Earthy, mildly roasty coffee tones dominate the nose with soft milk chocolate malt underneath. Vanilla is about equal with the coffee, and the bean characters of both ingredients blend really well here. Also has an unexpected "Fruity Pebbles" character as it warms. Alcoholic fumes are noticeable but not distracting.

T- Lots of vanilla bean goodness on the palate. Soft roasted coffee blends nicely with roasty, chocolatey malt. As the beer warms, there's an odd fruity character which I've never noticed before. Firm leafy, tannic bitterness with an alcoholic kick that becomes a bit biting. This is definitely the hottest batch I've had. Long bitter, roasty finish with some lingering vanilla and a pleasant peppery alcohol to warm the soul on a cold California night.

M- Medium-light body, slightly slick, moderate carbonation, with a long, bitter, dry, tannic finish.

O- A nice treat for the winter season. I like the dry complexity of this brew. The high level of tannins from the coffee and roasted malt work beautifully with the vanilla. I imagine the barrel-aged version of this beer would be ridiculous.

KevinBrewer, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

therope, Jan 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

hopburster, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of ksimons
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a very dark brown with maybe just a hint of a ruby highlight, but not much. Two fingers worth of a tan head

S-Very sweet smelling at first, but then gives way to the roasted malt, coffee, and a light vanilla.

T-Similar to the nose with roasted malts, roasted black coffee, chocolate, but then finishes with a vanilla milkshake like taste. A light hops presence helps balance things out. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, a dry smooth finish

Overall I like this one a lot. Great smell with the vanilla, nice complex taste, and a good mouthfeel. So good!

ksimons, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Moose34, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

kornkid8600, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

beerhan, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

JustinMatthew, Jan 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

LaChupacabra, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Soxfanmcgee, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

DundS, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

chcfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Ynot2
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a snifter, nice three finger mocha colored head with a nice toffee colored lacing as the beer is consumed. A deep dark brown color to the glass.

Smell of lots of vanilla and chocolate, the coffee is there but it is the lessor of the aromas? Think of a chocolat mocha.

The taste of vanilla and chocolate are up front from the first sip. Very little alcohol for a 10% beer. The coffee bite follows the smell, at the end and more subtle? There is a lingering coffee taste as the beer warms, but it is not overpowering. Really nice flavors.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect for the style. Like a malted drink, very little carbonation as I would expect. Thick and creamy, full body sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Overall a great example of the style. The pour, aroma and flavors make for a delicious beer. I will have more if these in the future. Wish it was available in a 12 oz bottle, 22 is a bit much for one person.

Ynot2, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

cogitodp, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

spamages, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Billakowski, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

LusciousJackson, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

rbrefbeerman, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Nightrain87, Jan 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Kelp, Jan 04, 2012
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,128 ratings.