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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by radshoesbro on 03-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,852
Reviews:
1,421
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time on this beer, this is a fresh review. My first experience I had aged the bottle for a year plus (which I recommend, this beer is a B fresh and an A aged). Anyway...

Aroma begins with a boat ton of coffee and dark roasted malts. As you further investigate you get notes of toffee sweetness, vanilla and a slight alcohol presence.

The taste directly follows the nose; roasted malts assault the taste buds followed by coffee bitterness and slight toffee sweetness. Just like the smell, the hints of vanilla, chocolate and alcohol become more prevalent as you get to glass #2 (this was a 22 oz. bottle). The roasted maltiness/coffee is slightly overpowering to be completely honest and if you don't like dark roasted coffee you probably won't like this beer. Medium bodied with average carbonation; luckily enough to balance the ABV. Flavors were much better integrated in the cellared version I had last year. The alcohol and roastiness are overpowering midway through glass #2.

Overall this fresh bottle of Imperial Porter was good but no where as good as the cellared version, so I definitely recommend this beer 100% but not fresh, buy it and hide it from yourself for at least a year, you will be rewarded if you do.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours jet black with nearly 2 inches of coffee colored head. Leaves intermittent streaks of soapy lacing.

S-Nose is phenolic at first. After letting it sit for a minute or two, deep, lush aromas of roasted coffee bean and caramel/toffee malt sweetness become apparent.

T/M-This is a big, roasty, complex beer. Big flavors of vanilla bean up front. The roasted flavor of the coffee adds a pleasant bitterness that butts up against the otherwise smooth body towards the finish. It's pretty boozy, but I don't mind it so much. The warming quality grew on me after a few sips.

D-One that I look forward to every year. If you can find it, grab it! And cellar it.

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 6,852 ratings.
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