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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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3,560 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,560
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2013 04:13:47 | More by sloelco
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-23-2013 13:18:53 | More by JVan
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-23-2013 00:37:25 | More by Hessian257
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-05-2013 18:30:35 | More by Eighty
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-22-2013 19:59:14 | More by brycevolk
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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Not sure what batch this is, but it's definitely not the most recent. Late '09, early '10?

Appearance -- Pours an impenetrable dark brown, black in the glass, with two fingers of chocolate tan head. Wide bands of lace and fair head retention.

Smell -- Espresso, leather, pipe tobacco, cocoa powder, burnt bread crust, molasses, and vanilla. Not especially aromatic, but what is there is nice.

Taste -- Rich and roasty almost to the point of burnt. Cafe macchiato, tobacco, leather, vanilla bean, bittersweet coffee, minty hops and pine sap. Malt sweetness crescendoes toward the finish with caramel and vanilla ice cream. Lingering flavors vanilla, espresso, and gentle pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, a bit chewy, with moderate prickly carbonation. A little extra body and this would be a 5 for certain.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Passed my expectations, nearly made it to my hopes. Rich, roasty, great balance, good feel. The flavor opens up considerably as it warms. Must get more.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:54:02 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Murrhey


4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap in a mug at Hollingshead's in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger mocha head. Great retention and lacing. Dark brown color, very little light goes through.

S- Chocolaty, vanilla, oak, brandy smell.

T- Vanilla and roast malts. Very bitter and some sourness. Boozy. Quite nice.

M- Very thick and smooth. Dry linger.

O- This beer isn't even one of my favorite styles and I admit it is phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 04:37:49 | More by Murrhey
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New Jersey

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

02-22-2014 23:29:13 | More by Bartos
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

09-09-2013 01:26:50 | More by hockeyfighter19
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle with me.

Pours pitch black with nothing but a cream colored ring around the edges.

The aroma is very nice and inviting. Rich notes of cocoa, coffee, caramel and vanilla.

The taste is dominated by coffee and cocoa... almost reminds me of dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Caramel and roasted/charred are present in the middle with vanilla beans rounding of this beer. Very tasty!

Medium to full in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Without this level of carbonation it could have taken this from a top notch brew to a sub par one in a hurry.

Overall, this was an excellent treat. Perfect after dinner beer for sure. I'm very happy I got to try this beer and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:22:28 | More by dcloeren
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-27-2012 19:22:13 | More by theminutemen
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

12-20-2012 07:43:41 | More by Pecan
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A--Moderately hard pour into a pint glass yields a huge 3 finger mocha head that almost overflowed due to a bit of a cascade effect. This beer is pitch black with no visible highlights. The head recedes very slowly and leaves a half-finger on it that sits as long as you can hold out from drinking it. Leaves a good lacing on the glass...this is how a imperial porter/stout should look.

S--Strong mocha scent...gourmet coffee beans, cocoa powder, creamer.

T--Yum, this is why I love craft beer. Strong but not overpowering fresh-brewed coffee taste, some sweet vanilla pokes through but I wish there was more because damn its creamy and good. There is a strong piney hop bitterness on the back end to balance this one out. Aftertaste is mainly just that lingering hop bitterness. For a little while I thought it was too hoppy but as it warms the flavors peek through again. This beer is riding a fine line, I think it is "slightly" too hoppy, so I can't give it a 5 but if you are a hop head first and a stout/porter fan second then I can't can tell you that this is definitely the beer for you.

M--Creamy but not thick, just enough carbonation to make it lively. Look and mouthfeel are the two high points of this beer.

D--Easy to put away the bomber, extremely drinkable for an "imperial" anything. Solid beer overall, not my favorite porter by any means but it is so well rounded that I can't help but give it a very high score.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 04:28:52 | More by alcstradamus
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New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown but ruby at the edges. It's a porter so it can get away with this. No head.

S: Heavy roasted coffee. Very thick. Fairly singular.

T: Vanilla, roast, chocolate, and booze. A touch too roasty perhaps. The aftertaste is like I've been drinking all day.

M: Medium bodied behind a thick initial blast of thickness. The roast brings it up a touch.

D: Solid beer but more like a stout than a porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:46:52 | More by drseamus
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3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with what I must say is one of the coolest beer labels I've ever seen (a pirate sea captain)...nice info about the beer on the label as well, though I didn't see a freshness date...split into two chalices to split with the wife

Appearance: Pitch black, slightly viscous, and utterly opaque, no light's getting through this one, even at the edges...a hard pour produces an attractive light tan creamy head with nice retention and some nice lace

Smell: Typical imperial stout-like aromas...burnt/roasted malts, lots of bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol, and some dark fruit...perhaps just a touch of citrusy hops in here as well...overall, quite nice.

Taste: Big bitter coffee flavors, much more than is present in the aromas...punchy coffee bitterness, but not overpowering...some boozy vanilla as well as a bit of citric hoppiness...bitterness is medium to high but somehow balanced out by the alcohol (which is fairly evident, though not abrasive) and burnt malts...don't get me wrong, this is quite tasty; it just seems SLIGHTLY one-dimensional with big coffee flavors and not quite enough malt depth/complexity

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy, nice and creamy, with a little booziness

Drinkability: Pretty high for a 10%abv

Conclusion: Not QUITE as much depth as I'd like, but otherwise pretty damn good...we paired this with a chocolate angelfood cake spiced with a touch of cayenne and it was quite nice...as far as big coffee beers go, this is far superior to Jahva IMO and is a bit better than Redhook's as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 05:03:16 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-07-2013 04:18:28 | More by stortore
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-02-2013 14:29:04 | More by johntfox
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-22-2012 13:14:43 | More by vrbulldog22
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-20-2013 17:19:33 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

04-14-2013 21:02:07 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to silverX for this one.
Bomber into CBS snifter.

A- Completely opaque black pour, heavy but not oily pouring. I got no head on this pour, that made me a little sad. Lacing is non-existent.

S- Huge dark roasted coffee. Subtle molasses but that is about it. I don't get any vanilla or sweetness. Maybe a little chocolate.

T- Monster amounts of coffee with brown sugar and molasses. Vanilla is there but really taking a back seat to everything else. Dark chocolate with hints of alcohol in the back end.

M- Medium to full bodied, chewy with a creamy start that quickly transitions to lively from the carbonation.

O- Other than how this looks (lack of head) This is a world class porter. The coffee is perfect, the vanilla is subtle.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:07:47 | More by korguy123
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-24-2013 23:31:01 | More by Kubrickx
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-20-2013 21:34:52 | More by e30todamax
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,560 ratings.