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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

4,561 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,561
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 836
Gots: 1,031 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: radshoesbro on 03-17-2009

Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla.
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown, verging on black. Once in the glass, no light whatsoever filters through the brew - it almost seems as though light rays that stray too close are sucked in and absorbed. A thick, fluffy dark tan head forms and hangs around for a while, slowly dying down to a cap and ring which leave clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma opens with dark, dark, dark roasted grain, not unlike burned bread, wreathed through with black coffee-espresso to form a miasma of the color black. Underlying that is a sort of earthen bitterness.

T: Oh, that thick, heavy, blunt, blackened roasted grain! The flavor opens with a veritable club of blackened, burned bread and grain, with traces of smoke and char. Unfiltered dark roast coffee takes not merely center stage, but also left, right, and the orchestral pit at times. There are notes to the flavor quite reminiscent of burnt firewood or campfire ashes, mixed with the scorched earth from the bottom of a firepit dug in the deep woods. Vanilla is hinted at, bringing no sweetness along with it whatsoever, not unlike sipping extract right from the bottle. Alcohol heat comes in during the bitter, slightly astringent finish.

M: Thin, far thinner than one might expect for a brew this heavy, dark, flavorful, and high ABV. It verges on watery at times as it moves across the palate.

O: While I'd have preferred a little more malt sweetness to come through the blackened flavorstorm, and a little more body and heft to the feel, this is definitely a tasty example of an imperial porter!

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory is a winner! A huge, roasty, porter that makes me want to go down to the sea side (we are eating at a marina later) ... Ok, I'll stop.

It pours almost black - very dark brown. The head comes up and then craters beautifully, like the surface of the moon. The aroma is of sweetness, vanilla and a hint of coffee.

The taste is wonderful - a mix of roasty coffee and vanilla at just the right levels. It is less sweet than many porters. It is a great balance. The aftertaste is a little harsh and bitter (compared to the smoothness of the rest of the experience). It all works well.

This is highly recommended.

Also (later) had this on tap/growler and it was, of course, quite good. The aftertaste was nicer for some reason. The finish was bitter with vanilla. Luscious.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Dark, black with 2 fingers of thick tab head

S: Fresh coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, light wood

T: chocolate up front with creamy and coffee finish

M: light carbonation with creamy mouth feel

O: Tasty and smooth. Great fall and winter beer

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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown..almost black with a two finger dark tan head. Sticky lacing remains on the glass.

S- Strong coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Slightly boozy.

T- Sweet espresso and dark chocolate. The vanilla is there but def. in the background. The strong coffee flavor dominates here, and thats fine. Alcohol burn is there but well masked.

M- Medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. Quite smooth. Somewhat bitter finish but nothing big.

O- Love it! Recommended. Gonna grab another bottle to age a bit.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

A-Nice creamy, lumpy head and dark brown/black
S-Coffee, coffee, coffee
T-Coffee, coffee bitterness, roasted malt
M-medium bodied but creamy, too thin IMO for an "imperial porter" that is 10% ABV
O-Giving this a 4. I ordered 10 of these online and paid a premium to ship. Big disappointment considering the high rating. I love coffee stouts/porters, and wake n bake is probably my favorite. Other reviewers that I am normally on the same page with have this beer ranked almost a point higher than myself. The coffee bitterness/astringency overwhelmed all other notes that might be in this beer...but I guess i'll never know because they are overshadowed. Did I get a bad batch?

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3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really nice nose, but the praise really ends there for me. High bitterness for the style. Clashes with what would otherwise be a great coffee component. As it is, it unfortunately gets muddled a bit. The vanilla is pretty tough to find but is there. As always, the flavors came together a bit more as it warmed...but in the end, the high level of bitterness brought the taste and overall scores down. Certainly not a bad brew by any means, but there are better versions of this recipe out there.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,561 ratings.