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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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4,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,103
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 756
Gots: 812 | FT: 62
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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3/5  rDev -31.7%

kennethkearns, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

JamFuel, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

dcisco44, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

BGsWo22, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

JReites, Mar 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

orangey, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MadCat
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice dark black color with dark tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Strong medium roast coffee, some hints of roasted malts and earthy hops

Taste: Strong medium roast coffee dominates the taste. The faintest hints of vanilla, along with a little stronger hints of roasted malts and earthy hops. Good bitterness

Mouthfeel: Full body, good level of carbonation for the style

Overall: Disappointing. Severely. Even without all the hype it gets, picking up a bottle from a good brewery that says "Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter" you would expect something different. This tastes like you brewed a batch of beer replacing the water purely with coffee, and not a coffee with the kind of notes I prefer. If this didn't say vanilla on the label, I would have no idea it was there. And, you have to really know what you're looking for to tell that it is based on a porter. Now, maybe I had it too fresh? Maybe a little age will tone the coffee down? But still, where's the vanilla? I know its there, but it is so over powered by the coffee. I haven't had a ton of coffee beers, but what I have had is a bit more balance, a bit more toned down, and a bit more enjoyable. At $10 a bottle, I'm not going to try to figure out if I got a bad bottle. Still, this isn't a drain pour, but I can think of plenty of 4 pack or 6 pack beers I would rather have.

MadCat, Feb 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

jrman1386, Jun 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

jme015, Apr 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

taylor714914, Jun 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

irishgreensoda, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

tsatem, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

b1515152004, Jun 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

JohnF51, Apr 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

drewfull, Nov 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

ariceclemson, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

Twoheartedzombie, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

spikechiquet, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

rxeight, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

MOVERTON1284, Aug 08, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, trade with beerman4. Dark brown with a thin tan head. A very strong smell, roasted malts, sweet vanilla, maybe just a little coffee. Almost cloyingly sweet from the vanilla, also too bitter in the aftertaste. Could use more malt presence and less extra flavoring. The body is a tad thin for a robust porter style, didn't match well.

I'm a little disappointed overall, the taste is too sweet, the vanilla is more prominent than I'd like, and the coffee is too bitter. The bottle states this is an artisinal masterpiece but I disagree. Their IPA's are solid though.

TurdFurgison, Jan 23, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

24oz. Bottle
10oz. Pours into XL Duvel Tulip

A: Victory at Sea pours black as night with a brown, creamy head that dissipates into islands of patchiness after about ten minutes. A very pretty pour.

S: The scent from this Porter is very straight and to the point: charred barley. There was no pretending or beating around the bush on this one. Very boring.

T: The flavor profile of Victory at Sea unveiled a creamy, frothy, hot chocolate, black coffee, and caramel once warm. Enjoyable, but still very standard or typical.

M: Once the head of the Porter dissipates, the creaminess sort of does as well. Once the body warms up for about fifteen minutes on this sipper, the malts viscosity drops off largely. Not that there was a ton of maltiness beforehand, but this beer really turns into a thin bodied mess of carbonation. Thumbs way down from me!

OVERALL: Victory at Sea is tastefully enjoyable, but not very balanced at all. To be blunt, it's all over the place. We agreed collectively that the chocolate taste was bitter and dry, the black coffee or espresso was very forward, and the vanilla was just a tingly and grainy mess that basically turned into a thin chalkiness after twenty minutes or sipping.
Victory at Sea didn't open up at all or gain a thing from temperature rise. Infact, it died completely, and fell apart. I've had much better.

RobertColianni, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -26%

donovansill, May 26, 2014
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,103 ratings.