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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

3,710 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,710
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 658
Gots: 698 | FT: 56
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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PoorProfessional

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +10%

This right here is a near perfect beer. It's hard to really put into words just how wonderful this beer is - I bought it on a whim at the local supermarket and, given the nearly $10 price tag, it was either going to rock my socks or be an utter disappointment.

It was the former thankfully. I am absolutely turned off by the idea of coffee and vanilla in my beer because nobody can seem to do it correctly. Well, I have finally found a brewery who does it PERFECTLY. This is a GREAT tasting beer - the first sip is going to slap you around a bit. Whoa, is this stuff a departure from a lot of beers out there. But get deep down into this beer, with the coffee and vanilla subtly guiding you along, and you'll likely love it.

It isn't -perfect- but it's damn near close. It pours dark as the winter night and is perfect for cold, frost, "polar vortex" kind of days when you just want to cozy up with a good brew and forget about your troubles for a couple of hours. Oh, and the 10% ABV doesn't hurt, either. It WILL get on top of you pretty fast if you aren't seasoned so be wary of that. But, overall, a wonderful brew - definitely a favorite for me - and one I will seek out and gladly pay ten bucks for in the future!

01-20-2014 20:13:11 | More by PoorProfessional
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dannyfayy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-20-2014 16:03:11 | More by dannyfayy
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EndoRocks

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-20-2014 13:49:18 | More by EndoRocks
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2014 05:50:30 | More by chefduff2
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mattreitz49

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-20-2014 01:56:37 | More by mattreitz49
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tmm313

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -10%

A- Basically black. Poured only a thin sheet of head. Lacing and trailing are excellent. Alcohol legs are thick and sticky.

S- Dark fruits, coffee, vanilla, and a nutty scent I'm thinking reminds me of hazelnut. Some boozy notes when you dig in.

T- Dark fruits and vanilla up front, followed by dark roast coffee, licorice, caramel, and some piney hops. Big roasty, bitter finish.

M- Medium-light body. Slick on the tongue. Intensely drying with big lingering bitterness.

O- This was a pretty good beer. Super sweet beginning; super bitter finish. Not what I was expecting, but still nicely complex. The big bitterness on the finish was just too much for my tastes.

01-20-2014 01:34:06 | More by tmm313
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ahermsen

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-20-2014 00:32:35 | More by ahermsen
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jb3304

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2014 00:27:54 | More by jb3304
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MattSalisbury

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-19-2014 23:44:04 | More by MattSalisbury
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cgrz

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-19-2014 19:36:23 | More by cgrz
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured into an Ikea Snifter

Appearance is black, with an impressively large cafe-au-lait-colored head for the snifter. The head fades quickly, and leaves some scattered tendrils of lace.

Smell is majorly coffee, with a slight lactic tartness. Really smells like some kind of creamy iced mocha drink.

Flavor was a little disappointing to me. Lots of coffee and chocolate. But it's so roasty that it comes across as burnt. There's some nice off-setting sweetness on the palate from the vanilla, but the swallow ends up being overly bitter and charred to me.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick, and creamy, as I'd expect.

Overall, it's definitely good, but there are many coffee beers I'd choose over this one... Not sure what I missed here - maybe my expectations were too high?

01-19-2014 03:59:21 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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SalisburySteak

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-18-2014 20:06:22 | More by SalisburySteak
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core42

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-18-2014 17:45:45 | More by core42
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1Sunshine

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-18-2014 07:43:53 | More by 1Sunshine
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nohopsnothanks

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-18-2014 05:25:02 | More by nohopsnothanks
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-18-2014 02:33:04 | More by DerrickW
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mimbriglio

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-18-2014 01:15:29 | More by mimbriglio
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Silverpath6

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-17-2014 17:12:03 | More by Silverpath6
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SirBentham

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-16-2014 20:52:53 | More by SirBentham
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SenorEsteban

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-16-2014 20:43:20 | More by SenorEsteban
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mpenske

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-16-2014 02:23:14 | More by mpenske
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-15-2014 22:32:42 | More by PatGreer
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heysuz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-15-2014 13:03:33 | More by heysuz
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nh_hawkeye

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-14-2014 23:23:18 | More by nh_hawkeye
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chaint

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-14-2014 18:27:13 | More by chaint
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,710 ratings.