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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

3,604 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,604
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 630
Gots: 682 | FT: 52
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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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-03-2014 16:31:40 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-03-2014 13:54:09 | More by uvm2003
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halfbarrelbrew

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-03-2014 07:39:07 | More by halfbarrelbrew
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slvrmon82

Delaware

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-03-2014 07:09:03 | More by slvrmon82
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Hastur23

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-03-2014 05:15:06 | More by Hastur23
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black. Some dark brown. Thin tan head that dies quickly. Few bubbles of lacing if any at all. Quality dark beer appearance.

S-Roasted coffee. Creamy vanilla. Cocoa. Milk chocolate. Mocha. Black licorice. Root beer & horehound.

T-Coffee. Vanilla. Cream. Wow more coffee. Hop is there. Bitter. The darkest of chocolate. Raisin. Charcoal smoke. Woodsy. Bitter resinous finish. Licorice.

M-Moderate/medium body. Not too thick nor watery. Low to moderate carbonation. A bit literally flat. Nothing too exciting.

O-I want to retry this soon. A renowned beer for good reasons. One that needs to be sat with for a bit, to pluck out more flavors than just coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Probably a few better porters out there, but this has to be top ten easily on, Earth, maybe, not just the states.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:21:19 | More by shacawgo24
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dking1525

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-03-2014 03:14:09 | More by dking1525
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-03-2014 02:34:18 | More by hollywood_15063
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-02-2014 22:43:12 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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epim00

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-02-2014 21:25:46 | More by epim00
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koko2315

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2014 04:18:41 | More by koko2315
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Dave2234

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-02-2014 01:55:22 | More by Dave2234
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Ben7773

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-01-2014 22:05:41 | More by Ben7773
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-01-2014 07:14:58 | More by Ristaccia
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CageyBee

California

4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A truly fantastic beer. Dark and full-bodied, with plentiful hints of coffee and sweet vanilla. Velvet and smooth on the tongue, with light carbonation. A wonderful brew for after dinner. Almost no flavor of alcohol, which is admirable in a 10% beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 05:20:20 | More by CageyBee
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-01-2014 03:18:31 | More by HeyYoMar
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang snifter

Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is strong with coffee - roast bitter black coffee flavors.

First sip is viscous, with a sweet strong vanilla flavor that fades into a roasted coffee bitterness. Delectable. There is a nice, sweet chewy moutfeel, and strong bitter finish. But the flavor of the beer is almost dessert-like in its sweet vanilla flavor. Excellent all around.

I first tried this beer at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival - it was my favorite beer of the festival. Excited to have found this in my bottle shop.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:55:50 | More by FickleBeast
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DPJ3322

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - Deep, dark, almost black in color. Rich mahogany that only lingers around the edges.

Smell - Light vanilla and extremely dominant caramel smell on the background.

Taste - I get vanilla, with more caramel as it warms with the coffee becoming pronounced and strong at the end of my sip.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light in carbonation which suits this beer well. The velvet/viscous texture of porters is there is and it is outstanding.

Overall - Despite me not giving a 5 besides this category, the sum of all parts is indeed the best of all worlds as Leibniz would say. This beer is great and has a lot going on with it. I am really loving the style and I find it to be slightly lighter in body than Founders Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:20:01 | More by DPJ3322
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-01-2014 00:27:02 | More by OneEyedJack
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BalancingBrooms

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-31-2013 21:14:21 | More by BalancingBrooms
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BradT

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-31-2013 03:54:18 | More by BradT
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snaotheus

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. My bottle doesn't look like the one in this listing's picture, and it doesn't specifically say the name in this listing. It says:
Victory At Sea
Porter with Coffee & Vanilla
Imperial Porter
I'm not sure, but I think a bottle code is printed in a weird location on the bottle (in the blue strip front and center, just to the left of the "Porter with Coffee & Vanilla"): S 35 13297. If I understand it correctly, it's a couple months old (assuming it's a bottled on date, not a best by date)

Pours barely translucent ruby-black-brown. Poured gently, starts out with no head, which surprisingly springs up out of nowhere, but then dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is powerful. A slightly jostling of the beer sends up a cloud of delicious coffee aroma. They must use a shit-ton of coffee in this, but it smells great. But, the coffee smell nearly obscures everything else. I can detect some vague fruitiness, maybe cherry or plum, a little yeast, maybe a little of the vanilla that's mentioned on the bottle (but I probably wouldn't detect it if it wasn't listed on the bottle).

Taste is coffee bitter, sweet/sour cherry or plum slightly up front, more coffee bitter, some caramel and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is rich, gritty, nice. This is really a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 22:21:09 | More by snaotheus
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pugartheterrible

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-30-2013 08:57:12 | More by pugartheterrible
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Goliveidaho

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the art of brewing. Complex and intriguing. Poured dark, very dark, into a 16 oz. glass. Head full and bye.. lying as near the wind as possible yet moving forward. The sails on this porter never stall. Coffee smashes into the bow, yet crafted in a way the chocolate and vanilla survive the flavor waves which pound the senses. Do I smell coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate. If you have a chance to drink this brew….stop and smell, the aroma is as much as the taste. This is truly a victory at sea, pour full from a growler. Cheers

Serving type: growler

12-29-2013 22:18:24 | More by Goliveidaho
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-29-2013 09:53:57 | More by ONovoMexicano
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,604 ratings.