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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4,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,331
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 773
Gots: 899 | FT: 71
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 12/19/13. Bought it about a year ago and its been sitting in the fridge ever since.

Appearance: Black and opaque with carbonation bubbles stuck to the bottom of the glass. One finger tan head of froth.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Some black coffee just detectable. Smells like a run-of-the-mill imperial stout with added sweetness.

Taste: Based on the aroma I was not prepared for how delicious this would be. The coffee and vanilla may not be very aromatic but they are definitely pulling no punches when it comes to flavor. Interestingly it starts off kind of mundane. Just clean dark malt with a touch of sweetness to balance things out. Then, right before the finish, the coffee lends a good flavor and bitterness that is evened out by the vanilla and a touch of confectionary sweetness. For a beautiful moment the flavor is reminiscent of a vanilla frapuccino. The finish is smooth and well-rounded. A combination of dark malt, roast coffee, and hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, making it quite dry. The 10% ABV is completely believable due to the depth of flavor but the actual alcohol never shows itself apart from a slight warmth in the throat after several sips. Really well done.

Mouthfeel: Upper medium to full in body with a lot of small effervescent bubbles that somehow don't interfere with the chocolate milk-like softness of the beer. Good drinkability but definitely not a session option due to the big ABV. Great size to split a with a like-minded friend though.

Final Thoughts: I love it when a beer blows past my expectations like this. I've never been a huge fan of porters and an imperial version of any style I'm not fond of is usually a bad bet for my palate. However, Ballast Point Victory at Sea imperial porter is off the charts. Although it walks a fine line between porter and stout, the flavor speaks for itself. If you're a stout fan or even a hop head (like myself) who enjoys full flavored beers, definitely pick this one up if you're in the mood for a robust brew. Would I drink it again? Yes, I will be seeking out a nitro-tap version...

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,331 ratings.