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

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & VanillaVictory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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A-Nice creamy, lumpy head and dark brown/black
S-Coffee, coffee, coffee
T-Coffee, coffee bitterness, roasted malt
M-medium bodied but creamy, too thin IMO for an "imperial porter" that is 10% ABV
O-Giving this a 4. I ordered 10 of these online and paid a premium to ship. Big disappointment considering the high rating. I love coffee stouts/porters, and wake n bake is probably my favorite. Other reviewers that I am normally on the same page with have this beer ranked almost a point higher than myself. The coffee bitterness/astringency overwhelmed all other notes that might be in this beer...but I guess i'll never know because they are overshadowed. Did I get a bad batch?

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

One of the many cool brews sent to me in a very exciting trade with craytonic. Thanks again man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Pours our dark brown and produces a two finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Sits black in the glass with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a healthy wisp and ring. A good wisp remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. A good looking porter.

SMELL: A bold nose of roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and a slight touch of vanilla as well. Follows exactly what the bottle says. Coffee and vanilla are definitely there, and blend quite nicely with the malt backbone.

TASTE: Follows up on the nose nicely. Roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and some big, burnt coffee beans. Hints of vanilla show up near the finish, as well as some spicy alcohol notes. Quite hot still, actually. Bold and lingering aftertaste is bitter-sweet, with plenty of bitter, roasted coffee flavors, caramel and vanilla sweetness, and boozy notes. Almost tastes like this porter has been bourbon barrel aged for a bit. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-lighter body, luscious, and very creamy-smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat after the swallow.

OVERALL: Good, enjoyable beer. A nice nose and some very nice flavors, though it's still a little boozier than I'd hoped. The heat makes it a bit of a slower drinker actually, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Very glad I got to try this brew, and would gladly have another if given the opportunity. Thanks again craytonic.

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Very strong coffe notes up front followed by a smooth vanilla aftertaste

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 7,004 ratings