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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

4,108 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,108
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 757
Gots: 813 | FT: 61
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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As black a porter as I've ever seen, or at least extreme dark brown. Head isn't huge but it's remarkably fluffy and creamy while it lasts. All kinds of tan lace hangs onto the glass.

Aroma on par with Southern Tier's Jahva in terms of pure coffee-laden malt explosion. Vanilla tones do sneak through but it's really more about the coffee balancing (very nicely, I have to add) with the bold malt presence.

The taste, oh yes, the taste. What I probably like most about this beer is that despite being an adulterated porter, it never loses its porter-ness. The roasty tones and easy drinking quality of a good porter are here in full, and only enhanced by the gourmet coffee character embedded in every fiber of the beer. A quick snap of hoppy brightness in each sip betrays the brewery's San Diego home base; vanilla is here but merely supportive. Probably would have given this a perfect "5" for taste if the vanilla were just a smidgen more assertive.

Finish leaves that wonderful taste of very high-quality coffee in your mouth, nearly indistinguishable from having actually just had a sip of ultra-good joe; texturally it's smooth and somewhere between light- and medium-bodied; carbonation is minimal; 10% alcohol is...really, this is 10% alcohol? It's hardly noticeable.

Ballast Point comes up with another winner. No wonder this is so highly rated. Hugely pleasurable and drinkable, but I can't help wonder how a stout version of Victory At Sea might pan out...

Metalmonk, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

OtsegoAmigo, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

metalgdog, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

CGMLS3, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Captainren, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

orangey, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Catchy_Name, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

duff247, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jrnyc
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this one last night for the first time for what will hopefully be a new annual Christmas tradition. Thanks to Jimmy for getting me one of these.

So, no formal review for me, but I liked this one so much that I need to at least review it and say something. It looked awesome in the glass and tasted delicious. Definitely a complex , quality beer. when it was all gone I wish I had more.

I am not even a really fan of porters, but both my brother-in-law and loved this beer. Well done Ballast Point!

jrnyc, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

barfdiggs, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

seanwhite, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bomber I purchased fresh that year it was released and completely forgot about it until today. Poured into a snifter, it appears dark brown in color with more than a finger of dark tan head. The cap recedes to a thin film across the top. A light swirl brings back a finger of dark khaki head. When held to the light, it shows some dark brown clarity around the edges with some indication of red through the body.

The smell includes everything you would expect based off of the aroma. Coffee, vanilla, roasty grain, chocolate and a bit of a citrus element that comes from a combination of hops and the citrus component of strong coffee. A little bit of mineral inclusion is present as well as a musty grain/coffee and sulfur inclusion towards the back. The more I smell this brew, the more it comes across like cocoa.

The taste of this brew is roasty initially that blends into a flavor of vanilla and coffee. The coffee is lightly musty and contains a bit of a citrus element. The roast is bitter and produces some unsweetened chocolate flavors. There is a bit of a mineral element present that blends into the citrus element of the hops and coffee. Each flavor is individually identifiable but collective comes together to make a fairly good brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 10% abv is felt with both flavor and warmth but it blends nicely with the character displayed throughout. Overall not a bad brew, this is something I wouldn't mind revisiting immediately after it's release to see how that coffee is while it is fresh.

stakem, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

zgunder, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

3HovsepiansBrews, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of aorloski
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at 9:30 am paired with vanilla yogurt and pomegranate granola

Appearance - incredibly viscous motor oil out of the bottle. Looks better than mosts stouts. this one poured vigoursly gave me a 2 finger mocha head that was fluffy.

Smell - Boozy, booze right up front that hides really great notes of coffee, vanilla and roasted malts.

Taste - Again, this one is a little hot and pretty booze forward. Incredibly sweet with not a ton of vanilla or coffee shining through but they are there. I was expecting more robust qualities of a porter mingled with vanilla and coffee, sounds better than executed.

Mouthfeel - Creamy as hell, silky and chewy.

Overall - A tad of a disappointment for me, wanted it to be more than it was probably, but still a very fine crafted brew regardless.

aorloski, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

gibby, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

lballstar, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

GarrettB714, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

EasyReader, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

hpthebull, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

christoph28, Dec 19, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Being a metal fan i can really appreciate this image on the bottle. Nothing more hard core than a skeleton pirate captain.

A-Poured straight into a snifter glass. Poured out a little thin. Black as night. Really nice brown head with about a finger and a half. Looks delicious.

S-A really nice sweet coffee bean aroma. Makes me wanna drink this when i wake up. Lots of dark chocolate and subtle smoky flavors. The vanilla is in there but its a bit hidden.

T-Wow, really nice and robust. Lots of dark notes and smoke in this one. The vanilla sneaks in there quietly but adds a really nice sweetness. The alcohol presence on this one is remarkably strong. But it isnt overwhelming.

M-Draws very strong and robust. Really settles nicely and drinks easy. High carbonation and lots of flavor. The vanilla starts to kick it as it warms. Full bodied with a lot of charachter.

O-For being a beer that i really wanted to try i am impressed. Really smooth and very robust. Lots of flavors and warms up nicely. A very good beer.

ales4baldo, Dec 19, 2011
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,108 ratings.