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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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4,077 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,077
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 753
Gots: 802 | FT: 63
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 +13.9%

beerman999999, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

klipper, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

jrohrbacher, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from Plenum. Thanks for the brew!

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep black color with a thick brown head that leaves great lacing. Nice rings of foam form all the way down.

S- Coffee leads the way in the nose with some roasted aromas and some bittersweet chocolate. The vanilla is there but the dark roasted coffee and malt aromas muscle it to the backseat.

T- Man, this baby throws it's weight around right from the start! Huge rush of roasted chocolate coffee beans and alcohol initially with some sweet vanilla and caramel flavors in the finish. Some light bitterness from the coffee helps to balance the sweetness throughout. As it warms, all of the flavors become more pronounced and the vanilla begins to shine.

M- Full bodied with creamy smooth carbonation. Very well integrated.

O- Really tasty stuff. I don't see a bottling date on this one, but I'm guessing it is relatively fresh considering the alcohol heat and sharp coffee flavor. This would probably age well enough, but I'm not sure that anyone should want to considering how nice the flavors come together fresh.

projectflam86, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of CMB2012
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Soonami for this one! Been sitting in the cellar for a few months. Poured into two stemless snifters at just above cellar temp. and shared with the lady.

A- Close to pitch black, you really have to search for any light coming through. Very nice and rich beige head that dissipates slowly. So far we are looking good.

S- Rich sweet malts with coffee in the background. I don't know for sure but I think this beer is around a year old. I've had it aging for at least 7 months and some of the coffee has faded. What is there smells good though, even if it is subtle. This mixes with a sweet vanilla and oat character, kinda like a sugar coated cereal. Finishes with that chocolate malted milk character I've come to love in a good porter.

T- Vanilla and roasted malts blend with some alcohol into coffee bitterness. Not as balanced as I would have hoped with the age and based on the aroma. I'm thinking either drinking fresh or waiting even longer might be the right decision here. Still it is good.

M- The mouth is great. Thick, creamy, somewhat viscous. Tight carbonation amounts to a fairly dry finish with some lingering sweetness. Slight alcohol burn on the end, but I expect this.

O- I would definitely like to try this beer fresh considering some of the flavors and aromas were muted. However, seeing as I only got one, I wanted to wait for the right time to drink it. I just finished my first semester of graduate school so I thought it was appropriate. It's a good porter and among the best I have had. I say try it if you can.

CMB2012, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

sideshowe, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

cocoapuph, Dec 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

ipa247, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

CelticAleMan, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +13.9%

jak, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter.

S- Coffee, roasted malt, nuts, brown sugar

A- Deep black with a quickly-vanishing khaki head. A ring is left around the glass where the head once was. A bubbly lacing adheres to the glass with each sip.

T- Coffee hits immediately and remains throughout. It is accompanied at the front by a bitter dark chocolate that transitions to a sweeter, almost milk, chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla. Both the milk chocolate and vanilla dissipate, leaving a roasted coffee and hints of raisin at the finish.

M- On the thicker side of medium; a perfect consistency for a porter, IMHO. The carbonation is in the background throughout. 

O- Phenomenal! The balance and complexity have never been matched by anything I have had in a porter that has not been barrel-aged.

Ungertaker, Dec 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

JRod1969, Dec 12, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice dark brown pretty much black pour with an off white froth about 2" thick.

S - Wonderful coffee scents with vanilla and hints of dark chocolate. Just a great smelling brew that I could keep my nose in for hours.

T - Coffee, Vanilla Bean Dark chocolate. Some hints of booze in there too.

M - Good carbonation with a nice bitter, dry aftertaste.

O - A wonderful porter with excellent scents and solid taste.

brstls4drmrs, Dec 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

davesway10, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mhaugo, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of JohnPecod
3.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - not quite a stout and not quite a porter. The head doesn't stay around long but still overall a beauty.

S - Oak, coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Not an outstanding bouquet but perfectly acceptable.

T - Historically this has been one of my favorite beers, but this batch tastes distinctly different than the others I've had. The distinction/problem was the dominance of the oak flavor. Unlike previous batches that deftly balanced the chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors this lacked the depth and complexity I've come to expect. The oak muscled everything out.

M - A little extra pop of carbonation but perfectly in line with the style.

O - Maybe my buds we're having an off night. Luckily I have another bottle to do more "analysis."

JohnPecod, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

RocAFella1, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a minimal tan head that fades into non-existence.

Vanilla dominates the palate, but a bit of coffee and roasted malts stick as well.

Starts off with rich roasted chocolate notes and a bit of coffee. Vanilla peaks in a bit, but is very subdued compared to the nose. There's a roasty bitterness throughout and a vanilla sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-high becoming better as it warmed. Medium-Low carbonation.

Very tasty beer. This one's been on my radar for while and it lived up to expectations. Good complexity throughout the flavor profile with a very solid mouthfeel.

jmarsh123, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Britton, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

stawn, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

jeff1973, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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