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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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98
world-class

4,529 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,529
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 829
Gots: 1,014 | FT: 79
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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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Photo of mick303
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass, oily black colour with a great head of caramel head, solid retention and lacing. Gorgeous.

S - rich aromas of dark cocoa butter and chocolate syrup and vanilla, hazelnut, a subtle sweet dark chocolate, no astringency or heavy roast notes, just an incredibly complex and refined aroma mixing in some coffee, slight hints of black liquorice, and a rich velvety chocolate cake/fudgey notes, some almond, and the vanilla is excellent.

T - similar profile, with a very strong vanilla lead off the start, then more of the spirituous and nutty aspects come in, marzipan and coffee come to mind. Cocoa and rich dark chocolate emerge as it warms, indelibly rich and thick, showing a good load of hoppy bitterness, which is earthy, aggressive and herbal with some resiny kick on the finish, pine sap, also some rich dark maltiness that underpins the whole profile, but the roast is not astringent and I feel the bitterness is largely from the hops, which counter the alcohol warmth and give this a sensational flavour and profile.

M - Lovely and satisfying, huge body with a lot of oomph, coating creaminess, with a gentle carbonation, thick and full, but with a long drying finish full of dark malts land cocoa that demand another sip.

Inspired and lovely beer, the vanilla, while ever present, was in a supporting role and I thought the overall composition reflected well, too create a porter that was neither cloying nor overtly alcoholic, great tact indeed to combine the many flavours at play into such a robust, aggressive and also balanced brew. I did find I was slightly more blown away by the aroma though, but this is a seriously impressive beer.

Photo of Gww1864
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clay_i
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superbohl4
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kman_866
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of quang_dam
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TripelMark
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dirtytaint
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of -Rick
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of insearchofhops
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mattyb79
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of disgorgemw
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Whimpers
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SanFranJake
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smanson56
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sigmund4216
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twillingthenoz
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Frothy tan head. Diminishes into a one finger height head that stays as you drink. Thick fluffy lacing. Opaque dark brown.

Smells of roasted coffee beans. Some vanilla scent coming through.

Might very well be my new favorite coffee stout. mmmm coffee taste up front. Nice sweetness... then a well balanced bitterness at the end.

Very smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Coats your mouth and sticks around for a while after you swallow.

This one gives you everything you want in a coffee porter. Not too thick, not too sweet, nice hoppy coffee bitterness.

Photo of jcarroll10
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've been looking for this for a while now, and finally tried it. Surpassed expectations. Maybe my second favorite porter behind Everett.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage 22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, opaque, black color, with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very complex. Very roasty, like freshly baked roasted coffee beans, but also very malty like freshly baked dark bread. I also get a lot of vanilla and brown sugar. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Great! Very roasty up front, with a lot of coffee flavor, followed by a lot of vanilla and caramel-like sweetness, and then followed by strong hints of roasted malt and freshly baked bread. Finally, the beer finishes with some slightly bitter coffee flavors, and some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and oh, so smooth. The beer has not carbonation to speak of, and is rather creamy. With an ABV of 10% alcohol, I’m surprised how little heat there is here. I was expecting much more of an alcohol is on the palate

Overall: This is another awesome porter, and now I see why it is in such high regard. I love the creamy mouthfeel as well as the great balance between the vanilla/caramel-like sweetness and the roasted coffee bitterness. Absolutely delicious! I’m definitely having my West Coast contacts get me a few more bottles next year!

Photo of WoostaBia
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Merks
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmcarter23
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,529 ratings.