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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

3,757 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,757
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 679
Gots: 701 | FT: 54
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

nh_hawkeye, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

chaint, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

sonnmr31, Jan 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Phacoman, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

RinZo, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

CreightonSM, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

J_Barrett, Jan 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Fast-N-Loud, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

22-oz bomber to tulip, shared on 1-11-2014. Kept at room temperature for approximately 5 hours before consumption. Best by date of 1-3-2014.

dark appearance, but not opaque. there is an obvious red tint at the edges. large, very pleasant tan head, eventually settling to nothing in my glass, although there was spotty lacing in the other glass.

there is a lot going on in the aroma. at first, the roasted malts / coffee dominates, despite the year of aging. there is milk chocolate as well. with time, i got a vanilla creme scent, but only when placing my nose a few inches away. with deep inhalation, i continue to get the coffee scent.

less complex taste - there is a vegetal hop bitterness at first, a roast coffee bitterness in the back half. more alcohol burn (but not astringent or metallic) as the beer opens up. i would not drink this too cold or too warm.

thin body at first, yet fairly high carbonation. more slick residual

Hard to compare this one to more standard porters, due to the high ABV, but it is complex and solid.

StoutItOutLoud, Jan 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

epyon396, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark, but not quite opaque. When held to the light it appears clear and shows a tiny bit of ruby highlight. The head is mammoth, brown, rocky, and quite long-lasting. The nose is slightly astringent, not too assertive, and gives off some nice roasty notes and promises both coffee and vanilla.

The beer has a medium-full body and a complex, superbly balanced flavor. Lots of roasty notes up front as well as a hint of toffee-like malt. Around mid-palate, the roastiness gives way to coffee and the toffee gives way to vanilla, still maintaining a balance. Some of the roastiness comes back on the back of the palate and really lingers on the finish. Is this beer really 10% ABV? No way I would ever guess that. The feel seems thin given the ABV, but I think it's the roastiness playing tricks on me.

I can see why this is a ``Beer of Fame''. It's a tasty, incredibly well-balanced porter that is a near perfect example of the style description and therefore I must rate it very highly. Still, I think I prefer Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and its slight, woody sweetness to this. I like to taste a little more malt and a little less roastiness. It's a personal preference, nothing more (darn sweet tooth). This is a terrific beer and I think it's a better example of the style than EF, but if I could only have one porter, I'd still take EF.

deadonhisfeet, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Cubatobaco, Jan 11, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +10%

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip glass.

A - Jet black pour with 1 finger tan head. Almost stout-like.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and amazing vanilla aromas jut wafting from the glass

T - Just like the smell, all were present. Not boozy at all.. Made me wish I could wake up to this every morning.

M - On the bitter side, like drinking a cup of coffee, low carb, very easy drinking

O - I think this should be a stout, color taste depth and weight of this beer is astounding. Not a beginners beer. Looking forward to next years plus the 2 I have cellared.

kdlz, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jtoledo04, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

br3wmeister, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

JohnParadee, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MrBoh, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

allenson21, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

UcDru, Jan 10, 2014
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,757 ratings.