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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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4,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,780
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 880
Gots: 1,146 | FT: 87
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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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Absolutely insane coffee-forward porter. World-class, nigh perfection, end of story. Buy it.

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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

22 oz Bomber.Pours a brownish black.Smell is every thing you get when you taste it.Coffee coffee and more coffee.Very smooth beer.If you drink this whole bottle you can get to the point where you taste the slight vanilla flavor.Very slight.This is for the coffee drinkers out there.Unfortunately I am not a big coffee drinker so this was not for me but I did appreciate how smooth it was.I would recommend this to coffee drinkers but if you don`t like coffee stay away. Has a 10.0 Abv .

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Dark, malty, coffee beer. The hints of vanilla shine through. This is a world class porter.

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2.5/5  rDev -43.2%

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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown, verging on black. Once in the glass, no light whatsoever filters through the brew - it almost seems as though light rays that stray too close are sucked in and absorbed. A thick, fluffy dark tan head forms and hangs around for a while, slowly dying down to a cap and ring which leave clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma opens with dark, dark, dark roasted grain, not unlike burned bread, wreathed through with black coffee-espresso to form a miasma of the color black. Underlying that is a sort of earthen bitterness.

T: Oh, that thick, heavy, blunt, blackened roasted grain! The flavor opens with a veritable club of blackened, burned bread and grain, with traces of smoke and char. Unfiltered dark roast coffee takes not merely center stage, but also left, right, and the orchestral pit at times. There are notes to the flavor quite reminiscent of burnt firewood or campfire ashes, mixed with the scorched earth from the bottom of a firepit dug in the deep woods. Vanilla is hinted at, bringing no sweetness along with it whatsoever, not unlike sipping extract right from the bottle. Alcohol heat comes in during the bitter, slightly astringent finish.

M: Thin, far thinner than one might expect for a brew this heavy, dark, flavorful, and high ABV. It verges on watery at times as it moves across the palate.

O: While I'd have preferred a little more malt sweetness to come through the blackened flavorstorm, and a little more body and heft to the feel, this is definitely a tasty example of an imperial porter!

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,780 ratings.