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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
97
world-class

3,561 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,561
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 622
Gots: 675 | FT: 53
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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phils93rul

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-04-2014 18:47:03 | More by phils93rul
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-04-2014 17:25:19 | More by Thedrizzle
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ArmedsouthernEr

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-04-2014 04:55:41 | More by ArmedsouthernEr
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-04-2014 02:46:06 | More by Mersh
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DanSmith17

Delaware

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-04-2014 00:52:56 | More by DanSmith17
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outlaw1323

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-03-2014 18:22:44 | More by outlaw1323
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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-03-2014 16:31:40 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-03-2014 13:54:09 | More by uvm2003
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halfbarrelbrew

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-03-2014 07:39:07 | More by halfbarrelbrew
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slvrmon82

Delaware

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-03-2014 07:09:03 | More by slvrmon82
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Hastur23

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-03-2014 05:15:06 | More by Hastur23
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black. Some dark brown. Thin tan head that dies quickly. Few bubbles of lacing if any at all. Quality dark beer appearance.

S-Roasted coffee. Creamy vanilla. Cocoa. Milk chocolate. Mocha. Black licorice. Root beer & horehound.

T-Coffee. Vanilla. Cream. Wow more coffee. Hop is there. Bitter. The darkest of chocolate. Raisin. Charcoal smoke. Woodsy. Bitter resinous finish. Licorice.

M-Moderate/medium body. Not too thick nor watery. Low to moderate carbonation. A bit literally flat. Nothing too exciting.

O-I want to retry this soon. A renowned beer for good reasons. One that needs to be sat with for a bit, to pluck out more flavors than just coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Probably a few better porters out there, but this has to be top ten easily on, Earth, maybe, not just the states.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:21:19 | More by shacawgo24
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dking1525

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-03-2014 03:14:09 | More by dking1525
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-03-2014 02:34:18 | More by hollywood_15063
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-02-2014 22:43:12 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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epim00

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-02-2014 21:25:46 | More by epim00
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koko2315

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2014 04:18:41 | More by koko2315
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Dave2234

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-02-2014 01:55:22 | More by Dave2234
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Ben7773

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-01-2014 22:05:41 | More by Ben7773
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-01-2014 07:14:58 | More by Ristaccia
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CageyBee

California

4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A truly fantastic beer. Dark and full-bodied, with plentiful hints of coffee and sweet vanilla. Velvet and smooth on the tongue, with light carbonation. A wonderful brew for after dinner. Almost no flavor of alcohol, which is admirable in a 10% beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 05:20:20 | More by CageyBee
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-01-2014 03:18:31 | More by HeyYoMar
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang snifter

Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is strong with coffee - roast bitter black coffee flavors.

First sip is viscous, with a sweet strong vanilla flavor that fades into a roasted coffee bitterness. Delectable. There is a nice, sweet chewy moutfeel, and strong bitter finish. But the flavor of the beer is almost dessert-like in its sweet vanilla flavor. Excellent all around.

I first tried this beer at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival - it was my favorite beer of the festival. Excited to have found this in my bottle shop.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:55:50 | More by FickleBeast
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DPJ3322

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - Deep, dark, almost black in color. Rich mahogany that only lingers around the edges.

Smell - Light vanilla and extremely dominant caramel smell on the background.

Taste - I get vanilla, with more caramel as it warms with the coffee becoming pronounced and strong at the end of my sip.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light in carbonation which suits this beer well. The velvet/viscous texture of porters is there is and it is outstanding.

Overall - Despite me not giving a 5 besides this category, the sum of all parts is indeed the best of all worlds as Leibniz would say. This beer is great and has a lot going on with it. I am really loving the style and I find it to be slightly lighter in body than Founders Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:20:01 | More by DPJ3322
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-01-2014 00:27:02 | More by OneEyedJack
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,561 ratings.