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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

4,798 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,798
Reviews: 1,073
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 880
Gots: 1,156 | FT: 89
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

Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.
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4.64/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -15.9%

A: Deep, Deep brown. Nice light brown head that dissipates but thin layer remains. A swirl easily produces another layer.
S: A hint of milk chocalate upfront that quickly turns to espresso. Short of a burnt coffee/espresso. A hint of vanilla extract.
T: Big hit of vanilla, especially at the very beginning and then also sharply lingering on the aftertaste. But most of the flavor is dominated by bitter coffee. Quite bitter. Also decently boozy. I don't smell the alcohol but I taste it.
M: Mouthfeel is nice, full and creamy. Not so rich that you feel like chewing but the right amount of body for a beer of this kind.
O: 3.7. It's very good, but I wanted to enjoy it more. I enjoy the slight chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors, but it comes off a little too harsh and the bitterness lingers too long in a not so pleasant way.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

March 2013. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Finding a bit of a bite this time which over powers the vanilla in the aroma. Coffee is still there. Maybe needs a tempering to ambient.

03/01/13 On cask at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very aggressive vanilla. (Note to self: Make bondage porno of flogging w/vanilla bean. Animate if necessary.) Not a whole lot of body

01/24/13 On tap...just barely. At Rattle N Hum, NYC. Caught the last 1/2 pint. Simply marvelous. Words would damage the image. If you find it...do it. There will be no regrets.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.4/5  rDev 0%

22oz bomber 10 days after bottling poured into a sniffer and enjoyed over a period of 2 hours.

Appearance - A traditional black bodied porter with a bit of milk chocolate head. There is precious little carbonation or head retention.

Smell - Wet damp coffee grounds with some harsh roasted notes. However as the beer comes up in temperature this gives way to the world class beer I expected. Deep medium roast coffee crashes against milk chocolate and heavy unsweetened vanilla. It is amazing and the roasted notes fade into the background. Very pleasant and worth the time to bring down and subsequently wash my sniffer glass.

Taste - A stronger and deeper version of nose, The deep medium roast coffee crashes against milk chocolate and heavy unsweetened vanilla which are quite chewy. But you need to let this beer warm up a little more than you would expect.

Mouthfeel - Thinner than I expected for an Imperial Porter in part to the balanced warmth of the ABV and lacking an oily feel from the coffee chocolate interplay. I liked it given the nice amount of carbonation.

Overall Impressions -
Wow, it was quite impressive, despite the hype and mystique, the beer lives up to most of its reputation. This beer really needs to warm up and time to unfold. Much like the sails of a clipper ship, you can't expect to unfurl the sail instantly. The beer in its first hour or so wasn't as impressive as the initial damp roasted coffee with vanilla extract, however once it came up to just below room temp, there wasn't any stopping to it. I would seek it out.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CA_Jim
2.25/5  rDev -48.9%

Woah, this is a huge beer. Bitter, lots of coffee. Thick and heavy. The vanilla flavor seems lost at sea. Tasty in small amounts, but hard to finish a pint.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Very strong coffe notes up front followed by a smooth vanilla aftertaste

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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Good beer. Definitely a dessert beer. Very chocolately and a little vanilla latte in there. Not sessionable, not recommended on a warm day, and not recommended on a really full stomach. A heavy beer, but delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,798 ratings.