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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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3,761 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,761
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 681
Gots: 701 | FT: 55
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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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Exantrius, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of usechopstix4soup
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very black body with a thick foamy caramel head.

Smell is really what makes this beer wonderful. Smells of dark roasted coffee, vanilla, and caramel infused together dancing around the top of the brim into your nose. This is something you must try. There are bits and pieces of bread and other carby smells that give it depth.

The taste reminds me of a dark, black coffee with a shot of espresso and vanilla. It is bitter but porter lovers will be instantly drawn.

The porter has a watery body, lighter than most but this isn't something that I particular mind.

Great beer, definite recommend.

usechopstix4soup, Nov 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

BeerSnobDougie, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of levineju
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My wife and I both enjoy this style, and I have been wanting to try more from BP. Poured into his-and-hers nonic pint glasses from a 1pt. 6oz. bomber, about $8.50 retail.

A - pours an appealing cola-brown, almost black color that translates little light. Two fingers of frothy mocha head that, while pleasing to the eye, dissipates fairly quickly.

S - the label boasts locally sourced coffee beans utilized in the brewing process, and they're not kidding. It's all roast coffee on the nose, malty and rich. Not picking up the vanilla as much.

T - now THAT'S a coffee IP! Great coffee up front, roasted nut shells, a little bit of that cola again - likely the vanilla coming through - mid sip. Finishes with strong, bittersweet cocoa powder.

M - very creamy, but not cloying.

O - Ballast Point does it again with this sweet treat.

levineju, Feb 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MachoMan410, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of constahoogan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark molasses and motor oil black body with a leather brown rocky head. The nose is very coffee malted with a hint of vanilla. The palate is very rich with a nice blend, in this order, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, oak and another kind of creaminess i can't quite pick up on. There's no detection of alcohol whatsoever. Rich thick full-bodied mouth feel with the desirability to devour more.

constahoogan, Feb 11, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jakjak711, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

TheHopBuddha, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of hctap00
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, per usual. Decent head the color of creamed coffee. Fades to a thin lacing that lingers.

Not surprisingly, coffee dominates the nose. Reminds me of a medium roast, with hazelnut tones. Second whiff reminds me of french vanilla hot chocolate of my youth. Sweet, but not overly so.

An assault on the senses that pushes the "American Porter" classification to the limit. And I love it. A blend of delicate coffee and hazelnut/vanilla sweetness. When I think one flavor is going to assert itself, the other shows up. The coffee is not very bitter, but just enough. Vanilla gives a bit of an edge. A bit of warming alcohol as it goes down. Little hop bitterness.

Smooth and creamy on the palate. Not too much carbonation, which I like

Overall, a real treat. Would make a great dessert beer. Share it with a friend and sip it slow.

hctap00, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ejeitner, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

showmeyourface, Mar 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

htownbeerhound, May 26, 2014
Photo of BoatsSinkBro
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle.
-Pours like oil (a good thing)
-Pitch black appearance with chocolate milk head.
-Aroma of coffee, a bit of toast and chocolate, and a lingering presence of vanilla.
-Drinks a pretty full mouth feel with well done carbonation.
-Tastes of coffee, roast chocolate body, and a good hint of vanilla in there to round it out. Almost creamy-like.
One of my go-to American porters.

BoatsSinkBro, Mar 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

StoutMan20, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

specksofdust, Jun 02, 2013
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours very little head and is a jet black in color looks great.

the smell is coffee with a slight hint of vanilla.strong smell stings the nose.

now the taste is where its at with this beer,to call it complex is a huge understatement.first its the coffee then the vanilla hits but only slightly,while all the long tasting like a porter.outstanding taste,top notch.

the mouthfeel is kinda thick but not too much as to turn you off from your next drink.i would call it drinkable for what it is.

overall this is my first time drinking an imperial porter of any type and i am highly impressed with it.i like porters and imperial stouts to begin with but ballast point has got a true world class beer here,complex and rich yet drinkable,its what an imperial porter should taste like imo,.cant wait to try more from ballast point.

BEERZILLA, Aug 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Jaxbrew, Mar 21, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Toronado in North Park.

A - DARK! Lighting wasn't the best but it looked pretty close to black.

S - Smelled of coffee to me.

T - Had a bit of a chocolate / coffee taste.

M - Your typical porter. Had a smooth but thick feel to it.

D - I could drink this all night assuming I had a nice meal before. Not something you want to do on an empty stomach.

turboedtwo, Mar 03, 2009
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

petroos, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/black color with a tan head which pours thin and dissipates quickly. Only thin film is left chilling on top. Ruby highlights around the beer.

S- Heavy roasted coffee bean flavor dominate the aroma, hard to find much else than that in the aroma. I'm not a big coffee fan, but I do enjoy coffee beers, oddly enough.

T- GOOD LORD! This is amazing! I was not expecting this! Sweet creamy caramel undertones, layered with some dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee beans, and a big kick of vanilla that adds such a beautiful sweetness to this beer. Seems like there is a decent portion of bittering hops in addition, but it's always hard to tell will rich roasty coffee beers.

M- Full bodied, creamy, thick luscious mouthfeel.

D- Not incredibly drinkable, at least for me. Bitterness that comes with coffee definitely slows my ability to drink, it's also a very heavy beer. The alcohol also impedes speed. However, this is still a great beer worth the try.

thisisxxmyIPA, Apr 09, 2010
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3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an impressive imperial porter that is really masquerading as a stout in my opinion.

A-Dark almost motor oil black with a vague ruby blood red glimmer at the bottom of the glass when put up to light

s- coffee, chocolate, butterscotch, marshmelow powdered sugar with some vanilla hint

taste- COFFEE right up front with a surprising intense bitterness that was definitely unexpected. Around the intense coffee flavor there is dark chocolate, boozy bourbon and some dark fruit.

m- medium bodied

O- A good porter that really pushes the envelope of a stout. It really shattered the common perspective on how porters are just wimpy stouts. Although this porter is great, the bitterness is a little overwhelming and i feel like it covers up the unique sweeter qualities of this beer. It is definitely a heavier beer ideal for those cold winter nights.

itlnstallion11, Oct 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Joelbear5, Mar 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

D35TR00, Jul 23, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a porter glass. Ebony black - no light will penetrate. Rapid 1/2 inch head quickly fading to lace and edging.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, malt.

T- Great! lightly sweet very expensive black coffee. Medium dark chocolate and mild vanilla.

M- Medium carbonation dissipates rapidly with a medium mouth feel. Smooth finish hiding alcohol well.

O- I like many beers but this is one of my favorites. Excellent coffee porter - an easy two glass beer at one sitting. Goes well with light desert fair but will remain the star of the palate show. I will seek it out again.

Realbeer1542, May 03, 2014
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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