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No Reservations – Imperial Porters

Shaun Tolson

Like Breakfast Stout and Parabola, Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea embraces a bold coffee flavor, but unlike those other beers, this one delivers a brew that almost encourages you to drink it without reservation. “It’s a little bit lighter-bodied, but it almost feels like a more aggressive beer,” says Mesirow. “It’s pretty intense. A lot of beers with vanilla can get cloying and too sweet, but [here] the vanilla is very subtle. If you didn’t know that the vanilla was there, you might not pick it up.”

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