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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

3,559 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,559
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 622
Gots: 673 | 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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CreightonSM

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-13-2014 00:01:34 | More by CreightonSM
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J_Barrett

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-12-2014 19:41:26 | More by J_Barrett
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Fast-N-Loud

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-12-2014 14:47:35 | More by Fast-N-Loud
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22-oz bomber to tulip, shared on 1-11-2014. Kept at room temperature for approximately 5 hours before consumption. Best by date of 1-3-2014.

dark appearance, but not opaque. there is an obvious red tint at the edges. large, very pleasant tan head, eventually settling to nothing in my glass, although there was spotty lacing in the other glass.

there is a lot going on in the aroma. at first, the roasted malts / coffee dominates, despite the year of aging. there is milk chocolate as well. with time, i got a vanilla creme scent, but only when placing my nose a few inches away. with deep inhalation, i continue to get the coffee scent.

less complex taste - there is a vegetal hop bitterness at first, a roast coffee bitterness in the back half. more alcohol burn (but not astringent or metallic) as the beer opens up. i would not drink this too cold or too warm.

thin body at first, yet fairly high carbonation. more slick residual

Hard to compare this one to more standard porters, due to the high ABV, but it is complex and solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 14:14:35 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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epyon396

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -31.7%

01-12-2014 08:23:44 | More by epyon396
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark, but not quite opaque. When held to the light it appears clear and shows a tiny bit of ruby highlight. The head is mammoth, brown, rocky, and quite long-lasting. The nose is slightly astringent, not too assertive, and gives off some nice roasty notes and promises both coffee and vanilla.

The beer has a medium-full body and a complex, superbly balanced flavor. Lots of roasty notes up front as well as a hint of toffee-like malt. Around mid-palate, the roastiness gives way to coffee and the toffee gives way to vanilla, still maintaining a balance. Some of the roastiness comes back on the back of the palate and really lingers on the finish. Is this beer really 10% ABV? No way I would ever guess that. The feel seems thin given the ABV, but I think it's the roastiness playing tricks on me.

I can see why this is a ``Beer of Fame''. It's a tasty, incredibly well-balanced porter that is a near perfect example of the style description and therefore I must rate it very highly. Still, I think I prefer Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and its slight, woody sweetness to this. I like to taste a little more malt and a little less roastiness. It's a personal preference, nothing more (darn sweet tooth). This is a terrific beer and I think it's a better example of the style than EF, but if I could only have one porter, I'd still take EF.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:30:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-11-2014 23:39:28 | More by Cubatobaco
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kdlz

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip glass.

A - Jet black pour with 1 finger tan head. Almost stout-like.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and amazing vanilla aromas jut wafting from the glass

T - Just like the smell, all were present. Not boozy at all.. Made me wish I could wake up to this every morning.

M - On the bitter side, like drinking a cup of coffee, low carb, very easy drinking

O - I think this should be a stout, color taste depth and weight of this beer is astounding. Not a beginners beer. Looking forward to next years plus the 2 I have cellared.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:31:35 | More by kdlz
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour just black with a tiny head on it. It pours and looks just like a stout.

S- The smell on this was amazing. Huge chocolate, vanilla and coffee without much boozy smell at all

T- tastes just like it smells. One of the best characteristics was the thin body, compared to the really heavy taste of a stout. I really enjoyed the taste and as it warmed more of the flavors were brought out

M- Great, not too thick at all and really hid the alcohol well

O- Glad I finally got to try this beer. Id have to say that this is one of the best beers ballast point puts out that ive tried

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 20:10:54 | More by ChrisChagnon
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jtoledo04

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-11-2014 18:54:33 | More by jtoledo04
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br3wmeister

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

01-11-2014 17:44:19 | More by br3wmeister
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-11-2014 09:57:13 | More by JohnParadee
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MrBoh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-11-2014 05:33:19 | More by MrBoh
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allenson21

New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-11-2014 04:13:13 | More by allenson21
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rderedin

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-11-2014 00:58:04 | More by rderedin
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bcuz7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-11-2014 00:29:00 | More by bcuz7
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arusso13

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2014 23:20:54 | More by arusso13
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cproioi

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2014 19:14:42 | More by cproioi
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Belittle

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2014 18:00:09 | More by Belittle
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UcDru

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-10-2014 05:20:07 | More by UcDru
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jnardone235

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2014 04:58:20 | More by jnardone235
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andilane

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-10-2014 04:31:05 | More by andilane
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bram325

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2014 04:06:49 | More by bram325
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JeffZeltwanger

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-10-2014 03:34:08 | More by JeffZeltwanger
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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-10-2014 03:25:26 | More by Smarty_Pints
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,559 ratings.