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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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4,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,122
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 760
Gots: 819 | 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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4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

Beer4B, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of Martyrob
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

I have to say this was an excellent brew.

Definitely a lot of coffee, but not so much vanilla. Plus it will knock you on your but too.

Martyrob, Nov 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

a77cj7, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of osant37
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a dogfish head sniffter glass at fridge temp.
A - pours a jet black with just slight hints of brown around the edges. . Massive 3 finger pancake colored head. That sucks around for a while. Leaving substantial . Lacing with very present alcohol legs.

S - intense roasted Coffee grinds. French vanilla syrup. Hints of caramel candy. This beer smells unbelievably good. Very similar to southern tier creme Brulee in smell.

T - bitter roasted malts with a slight char. Tons of roasted coffee.middle of the mouth it becomes a vanilla bomb.finished with a strong caramel note with the alcohol present on the way down.

M - full bodied and creamy. Very slick and smooth.almost oatmeal stout feel to it.

O - another strong and solid offering from ballast point.these guys know beer. The best porter I have ever had. From the pour to the last drop in the glass. I'm so glad I picked up a few of these.The place I got them from is all sold out. 5 star good!


osant37, Nov 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

MachWon, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of tillmac62
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as a starless night with an excellent massive head. Lacing and retention are also excellent. Nice nose of sweet dark chocolate over coffee with strong vanilla notes. Medium body with a slick texture that has creamy aspects, but is not quite there. Above average carbonation with effervescence present from the middle on. The flavor profile is simply a masterpiece - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of sweet dark chocolate that highlights the vanilla aspects but also has a distinctive caramel presence. As the sweetness fades, coffee becomes evident and the vanilla becomes more note like and the caramel is most noted. The middle is the only detection of roast I encountered, and it is buttressed by hop flavor (rind like) and bitterness. A combination of alcohol, hops and coffee yield a nice puckering effect. The finish is quite smooth and lingers with an abundance of all the previous flavors. It is the most complex finish I’ve had the privilege to experience. The finish is where the 10% alcohol becomes evident as a very slight nice burn at the back of the throat. This one is World Class, the best porter I’ve ever had and it’s rating is second to only FBS. IMHO, this is the best porter in the world.

tillmac62, Nov 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

lillitnn92, Nov 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DaveRinn, Nov 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Vinithing, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of blankenhoney
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no discernible bottle date, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Pours a light black with a light beige head

S: Very bright aroma of roasted espresso bean dominates the nose, followed by rich baker's chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla is there, but unfortunately only faintly and in the background. Love the coffee aroma, but would like a bit more vanilla; after all, it's a porter with vanilla.

T: Rich, bitter chocolate on the front end, followed by strong flavors of roast and spent coffee grounds, and ending with a hint of vanilla. Vanilla is a bit on the artificial/extract side of things.

M: Very nice lighter side of medium-bodied

O: One of my old favorites that I guess I don't enjoy as much as I used to. First few sips are great, as I really savored the rich coffee-forward aroma and the hint of vanilla that emerged. But after awhile the vanilla aroma and flavors disappear into a solid, but pretty standard, roasty-chocolatey-coffee porter.

blankenhoney, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

jwenzel019, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

Appearance: pitch black, nice creamy tan head with tons of tiny bubbles. The head did not stick around long after the pour, doesn't quite reach the appearance of an imperial stout.

Aroma: First smell, coffee, lots of it, bitter, roasted, chocolate aroma, second, a lovely sweet vanilla bean aroma, the sweet aroma lingers, getting a little bit of caramel aroma, smells outstanding.

Taste: Big bitter coffee flavors up front, then I got some vanilla, more bitterness, very dry on the end, getting a combination of alcohol and coffee bitterness at the end. I am getting a lot of roasted coffee flavors, very nice.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit thin but that does not take anything away from this beer. It leaves a dry feeling. The mouthfeel is the beer's weakest point but it's still a world class beer.

Overall: Love this beer, it's high up there on my list, it has everything I love about a beer, big coffee, roasted, chocolate flavors, a very nice sweetness from the vanilla, it adds just a touch of vanilla, great blend, and its big on the ABV 10%, and it's available in a six-pack. While I prefer a stout over a porter, this beer is so big and flavorful that the preference is erased. You love coffee, roasted, flavors in your beer, a must try!

Catracho5, Nov 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,122 ratings.