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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

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,710
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 658
Gots: 697 | 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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andilane

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-10-2014 04:31:05 | More by andilane
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bram325

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2014 04:06:49 | More by bram325
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JeffZeltwanger

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-10-2014 03:34:08 | More by JeffZeltwanger
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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-10-2014 03:25:26 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Graffy

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-10-2014 02:32:44 | More by Graffy
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-09-2014 23:24:31 | More by leftstagebrew
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Alron

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-09-2014 09:01:21 | More by Alron
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wolf_switzer

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-09-2014 08:38:20 | More by wolf_switzer
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ImperialStout

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

01-08-2014 01:57:04 | More by ImperialStout
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +11.6%

I love this beer, which is saying a lot because I love dark beers in general and this is no meer exception. This has to be my #2 favorite coffee porter, behind black butte anniversary.

Pours with a thick and lasting mocha head that leaves lots of lacing. Almost jet black in color, with a brown ring at the edges. This thing is massive and borders on being a stout.

Smell is heavenly. Rich dark roasted coffee is immediately recognizable. After that there is some chocolate and vanilla, but its mostly just espresso right up front. Some caramel notes as well but its hard to detect based upon, guess what, the HuGE coffee presence.

Taste is more complex than the smell. Right away big coffee notes, just a slight vanilla note, which is nice, and chocolate and toffee in the background. This thing has huge amounts of smell and flavor. If I were to choose a beer to promote based on coffee taste/smell, it would probably be this. Just my opinion, but Black butte anniversary has slightly more complexity due in part to it being barrel aged. I think I like this better than speedway stout.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Medium carbonation and a light but viscous feel.

Overall a winner in my book. Can't make this beer any better really it is just perfect.

01-08-2014 01:46:16 | More by BastardKing24
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-07-2014 23:10:06 | More by AnalogErik
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-07-2014 21:16:31 | More by MarcWP
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Kcman91

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-07-2014 20:09:38 | More by Kcman91
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -31.7%

01-06-2014 18:37:45 | More by ThatsThatDude
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ThirstyMavros

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-06-2014 13:35:48 | More by ThirstyMavros
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-06-2014 04:29:05 | More by Fcolle2
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-06-2014 03:32:06 | More by cwguy5
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-06-2014 03:12:11 | More by Brendog9
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terence

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-06-2014 01:19:00 | More by terence
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Metaltildeath

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-05-2014 16:55:33 | More by Metaltildeath
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-05-2014 14:07:39 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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ajramirez1

Washington

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%

Tried on tap at brewery was really good. Stoked that Ballast Point entered pdx market. Picked up in WA...

beer is pretty solid. Has good taste. Decent try. Smelt great, pretty good flavor to beer. Wasnt overpowering pretty balanced.

worth the rank where its at on BA.

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01-05-2014 04:37:51 | More by ajramirez1
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brianmandell

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-05-2014 04:27:46 | More by brianmandell
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BradShook

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-05-2014 03:24:14 | More by BradShook
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sleepyteacher

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

This is definitely in my top 5 favorite beers of all time. It is one of the few beers that incorporates vanilla without tasting like it incorporated vanilla. It is a porter, but it is not bitter (my girlfriend even admitted to liking it and that's a first for a porter). When I have friends over for a tasting, I always sneak this in and it is always the one that they leave wanting to buy.

WARNING: Early in my beer drinking days, Ballast was recommended to me and I shunned it because I didn't like their labeling. Don't let this bottle fool you! It has an old-school sensibility to its design and a very classic and smooth taste. I just picked up a few bottles to age and can't wait to dive into them.

01-05-2014 00:42:32 | More by sleepyteacher
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,710 ratings.