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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
98
world-class

4,561 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,561
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 836
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 78
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

Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla.
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Photo of MynamesRickJames
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of cjohns73
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beestin
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle (no date I could find) served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black - no light coming in even through the sides. 1/4" rocky tan foam upon pouring died back slowly to a thick ring and persistent skin across the top. Lots of fine lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Fresh roasted/brewed espresso and a hint of vanilla. Some cocoa powder as it warms up.

Taste: Wow! Deep and strong dark roast coffee/espresso up front. Reminds me of the taste of a chocolate covered espresso bean after you bite past the chocolate and get that hit of coffee bean. After that coffee hit, there is a nice sweetness of vanilla and malt that shows up. The finish has some more vanilla, cream, cocoa, and coffee flavors all combined into one. Well crafted and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: For all the strength of this beer you expect a stout and all that heavy creaminess, and instead you get the body of a porter. Carbonation is good, but not strong. There is a nice blend of slick and smoothness with a nice thickness that doesn't come across at stout-level thick.

Overall / Drinkability: An imperial porter indeed! I've had Russian Imperial Stouts that were not this strong in flavor and aroma before. Probably if I had not seen that this was listed as a porter I would not have guessed it was that style. All that aside, the depth and strength of the coffee and vanilla are just right - very strong to stick out, but not so strong as to be overpowering. Rich, but not cloying. Dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is well hidden, and yet I can feel this creeping up on me after half the glass, so I know better to not have another 12oz bottle, but I really wish I "had to finish a bomber because I can't recap it" sort of problem right now. Well done and I can see why so many people rate this so high. I would bet this beer would go well with a wide range of desserts, but it does work well as an after-dinner sipping beer as if it was its own dessert.

Photo of Beaver13
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is huge roast coffee with fudgy malts and a little vanilla.

The flavor is a little more subdued than expected. Lots of roast coffee, chocolate malt and vanilla with a big bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice coffee porter with nice chocolate and vanilla notes.

Photo of dcc449
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swanfungus
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SurferEric
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite porter to date.

Photo of NinaElizabeth
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NWHopinator
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of play36
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gholmes
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SlothB77
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gferg10
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rogacks
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ultrasrs
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zbrown2307
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msf55
3.61/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greymalkin
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of banger7
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,561 ratings.