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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

3,855 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,855
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 722
Gots: 728 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

OP7iK, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

jvoss7, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

DavidHume, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

DarkUnity, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- slides out of the glass with a thick and hearty look. Near black with a khaki head of a half finger that quickly dissipates into a soft ring around the edge.

S- Espresso and cocoa nibs come out strong from the get go. Vanilla comes in late. Roasted and toasted.

T- Big, bold flavors here. Intense roast without becoming obnoxious. Huge cocoa that is almost milky, coffee beans and hints of vanilla. Smooth and complex.

M- Simply amazing. Right there with Everett as the best feel on any porter I have had. Thick, viscous, creamy. Full body. Coating and timely bitterness. Alcohol well hid.

O- This thing is outstanding. I expected so much and yet it found a way to blow away my expectations still.

Bosoxfan20, Mar 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

JesseLara, Mar 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

PoppaSquat, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Bonsall_Phil, Mar 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Jaxbrew, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

CALHouseAles, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Sergio, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Gamblor14, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

henshawb, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Fern13, Mar 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Jlabs, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

1noa, Mar 18, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black, with a full-finger light brown head.

S: Great smell of roasted coffee beans

T: The mix of coffee and roasted malt is real nice here. Has excellent dark chocolate notes.

M: Smooth and full-bodied, it hides it's 10% and you'll feel it by the end.

O: Very good but not as good as I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

BigMurph, Mar 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

KS1297, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a nice dark black, but theres not too much head or lacing going on, looks pretty flat, tiny bit of medium tan head.

On the nose I pick up on a slight trace of vanilla and coffee and another smell that I can only describe as a soggy wood deck, its really interesting, not really what I was expecting though.

Flavor wise its got a nice smokey backbone, slight hint of vanilla comes in thats kind of sweet. Not picking up on too much roast/coffee at all, smoked vanilla is what I can pick out. Definitely well masked ABV though, not boozy at all. Has a funky woody/smokey flavor that lingers around

Mouthfeel is nice and slick, not too thick, but a decent viscosity.

Overall, not really what I was expecting, especially given the fact that has additional flavor additives in it. Its not a bad imperial porter by any means, but really did not live up to my expectations of a coffee vanilla porter.

bens0n, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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QuentinCall, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

belcherjohn, Mar 16, 2014
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,855 ratings.