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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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3,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 726
Gots: 734 | FT: 56
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

loganburgh, Oct 12, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

vutoq, Oct 12, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

A: Dark black in the appearance as it should be off white head decent lacing on the glass

S: Right up to the nose you get a dirt smell then you notice it's a roast coffee smell

T: Right up front you get coffee but then the vanilla softens the edges of the coffee very satisfying taste a little bitter on the finish but that might be the coffee

M: medium mouthfeel but it's supposedly a porter not a stout so maybe forgivable

O: Very solid beer I'm not a huge coffee stout/porter guy but the way the vanilla smooths out the roughness of the coffee taste it's not bad it's a one trick pony though no real depth here but better than the average bear

SomethingClever, Oct 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

GreenMind, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

AmericanSpeller, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

PacNWDad, Oct 10, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%

Stillyman11, Oct 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Swilso, Oct 09, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Blazer22, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Brdlist, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

timmy2b, Oct 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Kegger37, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of JDOHare
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Very nice aroma and pours well. The vanilla and coffee aren't hidden at all in this beer they are the two primary stars. I was hesitant to buy this at first as I thought it might be over powered by these two favors but it was a "just right" blend of the two. This beer is as black as the night and was very pleasing. The label indicates its 10% ABV and quite frankly it doesn't taste that strong at all so this beer can definitely sneak up on you after a couple. Well balanced beer with great flavor, consistency, and the right amount of complexity, this is a sensory overload as it will please your sense of smell, sight and taste. I'll definitely drink this beer again.

JDOHare, Oct 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Jrh66182, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

lovethebelgians, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a beautifully deep brown-nearly black color with a huge billowy brown colored head. The head just sits there and persists, very slowly fading over time to leave one fantastic level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Oh man there is a whole lotta coffee in this smell. A huge coffee aroma greets the nose with it being accompanied by tons of vanilla and caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas are some very nice roasted malt smells as well as a moderate presence of a cocoa smell. A little bit of a woody aroma and a decent showing of a boozy smell round out the aroma profile, creating a rather sweet, dark and warming smell overall. Quite delicious smelling.

Taste – The taste begins with tons of dark roasted malt and a sweeter coffee flavor. The sweeter nature of the brew is of a vanilla and caramel nature with just a hint of chocolate mixed within. The sweeter vanilla and caramel actually pick it up as the taste moves onto the end with the vanilla getting quite strong at the end. All the while the coffee also steps it up getting even stronger in flavor toward the end of the taste, and bringing with it a little bit of a more roasted and some more bitter flavors. While the nose displayed quite a boozy nature the taste did not display as much just giving some hints of alcohol. In the end with the mix of flavors one is left with a sweeter and rather coffee heavy roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a 10 % brew with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the feel was rather fitting as it prevented both the boozy flavors and coffee flavors from becoming too overpowering, but while still providing the base for all the complex flavors to be appropriately appreciated.

Overall – This is a nice coffee lover’s imperial porter. Big on coffee with a nice blend of roast, coffee, sweet, and booze. A very nice one to try if you get a chance.

Darkmagus82, Oct 06, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%

memphischas, Oct 05, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -13.4%

bryang002, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

B_Gabler, Oct 05, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

Yellolab2010, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Wratliff315, Oct 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

drinking12many, Oct 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Good God Almighty, ths is one good brew! I'd held Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Fuller's and Founder's Porter to bethe standard bearers for the Porter style, but no more. A great complexities of smells and flavors, coffee, mild chocolate, vanilla, malt, and more coffee. The alchohol does have a bit of a burn, but at 10% it probably should. This a killer!

SFNC, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

iTunesUpdates, Oct 04, 2014
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.