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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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5,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,082
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 902
Gots: 1,302 | FT: 99
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

Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.
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Ratings: 5,082 | Reviews: 1,142
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown/black pour. 1/4 finger head which dissipated to a thin ring. Lots of legs. Really nice looking porter

S coffee notes right away with lots of roasty notes and tons of chocolate characters. Smells excellent.

T basically a chocolate and vanilla milk shake with coffee. The chocolate taste and bitterness is more of a hersheys milk chocolate. A bit of smokiness. Really good. long lingering chocolate coffee aftertaste.

M for a porter I thought this mouth feel was perfect. Not hugely thick like a stout but just right for what it is.

O a really really good porter. This thing has huge milk chocolate and cocoa flavors. The coffee balances it out nicely. The alcohol is detectable but still a very nice beer.

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(Where is the fish on the label? These skeletons freak me out.)

Pour is black, wet, with a gentle, brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and caramelized sugar, bringing to mind a pastry. Taste is vanilla with a kiss of sweetness. Coffee on the finish rounds it out. Lingering coffee bitterness. More vanilla on the exhale. Feel is thinner than a normal stout but has a stickiness to it; coats the mouth with a bitter, burnt aftertaste. Where is the 10% alcohol hiding?

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Overall: More on the roasty / coffee side than I remember. Vanilla very much takes a back seat. Not a bad beer overall, but I remember it being more balanced and nuanced previously. [3.75]

Look: Minimal head and dark brown in color. Minimal lacing [3.75]

Smell: Follows the taste, except the vanilla is somewhat noticeable [3.75]

Taste: Extreme coffee flavor. The debittered dark malts come in second. A smidge of bready sweetness and heat on the back end. Vanilla? [4]

Feel: Feels a litte strong on the carbonation, and a bit thin overall. Warming [2.75]

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A- pours a deep black brown color.... black once all the beer is poured .. 2 finger thick khaki colored head... minimal lacing... minimal retention

S- whiffs of deep bold roasted coffee grounds.... bold hits of bakers chocolate .... sweet vanilla... coffee lingering throughout the smell

T- more pronounced than the smell.... deep complex flavor of coffee and chocolate... sweetness from the vanilla and chocolate .... roasty flavors

M- smooth and creamy... oily aspect on the mouth... bittness on the tongue .... no evidence of the 10% alcohol ...

O- big and bold complex flavors give this Porter depth ... this Porter leads in the pack of flavor and uniqueness on the craft movement ... now I see why this is so sought after and respected .... this is special .... savor every sip

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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