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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5,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,424
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 923
Gots: 1,475 | FT: 105
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: radshoesbro on 03-17-2009

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.
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Ratings: 5,424 | Reviews: 1,199
Photo of Jaysauras
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark, velvety, like a pepsi or coke look. Head is thick and creamy looking. As you would expect from a porter. Very sharp looking beer. Excellent head/lace.

S: Smells of rich coffee flavor, a hint of sweetness that accompanies a bowl of cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal. Also the distinct smell of oak or bourbon.

T: This is where the Victory at Sea really separates itself from other porters. Most are simplistic in a way. You get your coffee, your chocolate, and then you go about your business. Ballast Point has done a very strong job here in incorporating some more complex flavors. It is a touch boozy, but the way it works isn't overpowering. You get your typical and advertised flavors of Chocolate, Coffee, and Vanilla, but there is a wonderful rich undertone of nutmeg and cinnamon. It also has a hint of bourbon or whiskey. The best part is the finish, which blends a nice strong hoppy flavor of an IPA with a roasted malt and coffee bit. An undertone of vanilla still lingers. It is like S'mores meets alcohol meets Hershey's kisses. From beginning to end it takes you from sweet, to rich, to hoppy. An excellent combination from start to finish.

F: Chewy, sticky, but also crisp and boozy. A nice balance. For a 10%-er the booze is evident but not overpowering.

O: Tremendous. One of the best porters I've ever tasted. It goes above and beyond your standard porter. With rich tastes and textures it is a must try for those who appreciate a good solid stout, porter, or Imperial stout. It takes the standard flavor of a porter, which can be lazily applied to a plethora of brews, and expands upon them. It adds an element of complexity to the style while maintaining a lovely simplicity and loyalty to the popular style of American Porter.

Photo of everyman
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm impressed, but maybe this beer is not really a porter at all. ? Well..ok, it is, but Only according to popular belief that a porter is malty - slightly sweet. Actually, if wasn't for the nice sticky lacing on the glass, I would say its a lot more stout-ish. It's dark. It's dense and full bodied. Also, it's full of roastiness and there is some lightly-bitter coffee taste. Maybe its malt character is something that only a brewer can know and define. It's great. It's a bad ass porter that's stout-like.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lock & Key - Downey, CA - bomber poured into a glass

Photo of KillerJigger
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best Porter ive had to date!! Wow!

Photo of bradkharris
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly a Victory Beer, one too always get when given the chance.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Victory at sea pours a black color with a nice size lacing head. There is a big roasted malty and coffee aroma. The taste has a big roasted flavor, big hints of coffee, then finishes with a subtle sweet vanilla flavor. Great body great flavors. Overall, its big, complex, and enjoyable.

Photo of buckslayer50
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good brew, extremely coffee forward but I like that. Wish I had gotten a little more vanilla, the coffee kind of overpowered everything else, but overall this was damn good and I will buy it again whenever I see it.

Photo of MA_hops
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely ludicrous beer! The rich coffee notes combined with chocolate, vanilla and caramel make this one of the best beers known to man!!

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a beer fest in Rock Island Illinois. A phenomenal imperial porter, then put the complex smell and taste of the Vanilla Bean. Awesome.

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coffee drinkers unite. Very strong coffee flavor that finishes with sweetness and an alcohol kick-- like a Starbucks with a vanilla extract chaser. If you like your morning Joe be sure to check this one out!

Photo of el_michoacano
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buena cerveza de porter muy disfrutable

Photo of sjccmd
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is strong coffee. Some peppery notes. Cinnamon and spices, and a good dose of vanilla. Dark chocolate, some fruity esters and citrusy hops, but those are kept to a minimum. Vanilla comes out more and more.

Pours black with a dark tan/brown head. Medium sized head recedes leaving a good amount of lacing. Clarity is pretty good.

Taste is again big on coffee. Filled in with roasty malts and a hint of citrusy hops. Vanilla comes in on the finish with cinnamon and clove. Coffee is balanced nicely with robust dark malts, burnt toast, and some caramel. Very rich, but the coffee seems to keep it from being cloying. Vanilla adds a hint of sweetness.

Full bodied with medium low carbonation. Vanilla seems to add to the body. Some residual sweetness balanced with roasty bitterness.

Big and luscious. Coffee balanced nicely with the rich porter character. Heavy for the style.

Photo of OldGriz
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had. I typically don't like dark beer, but this made me a believer. It felt like chocolate milk and tasted like espresso. I had it on draft, but will definitely pick up a six pack next time I can find it.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yes = doing a cannonball into a pool. the temperature is 95 degrees. the water is 79 degrees. thank you ballast point

Photo of Joebooh2
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better tasting porters I have had. Smooth and packed full of taste

Photo of virginia_lurker
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to admit, that I do go a little bit crazy when this one is not available to my tastebuds.

What an amazing coffee vanilla roasted delight this one is. An absolute necessity to your fridge/cellar whenever you can keep it available.

Photo of SouthernTear
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Closest thing to perfection I've had in a beer. Big, dark, mysterious, yet with a surprisingly mild finish.

Photo of raiderob
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber into das boot.dark coffee color with brownish foamy head.vanilla bean.caramel coffee taste with slight hint of 10%.....sweet&tasty...Prost

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good porter not overly sweet or syrupy lots of coffee and smooth vanilla excellent

Photo of citizencane
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A touch on the boozy side as apparent on mouthfeel, but this is delicious nonetheless. Coffee, vanilla, and beer flavors all blend together without getting lost or overpowering one another. If you like coffee and vanilla, try this.

Photo of Gabmen1290
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing! You'll definitely be pleased!

Photo of Samuel906
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a seriously amazing beer. Had this long ago on tap and it is one of the reasons I started to get into craft beers, and had a lot to do with my current love for good, rich stouts and porters. Pours a deep brown, murky and ominous like the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Thin khaki head laces the calm seas above. The smell is absolutely exquisite. Sooo much rich coffee, like smelling the bag of your favorite beans before you brew your first cup in the morning. Hints of tantalizing maple and dark chocolate beckon you to your first sip. The taste is equally divine, like the finest cup of cold brew coffee, with black cherries, smokey and bittersweet. Feel is smooth, coats your mouth, and mild carbonation brings the coffee and lighter notes up from the depths. There are lots of beers that are infinitely complex, where you could write a college dissertation of all the flavors you can discern: this is not that beer. It is simple, straight forward, and perfectly balanced but has everything you're looking for in a stout or porter. Absolutely fantastic; one of my favorite beers on the planet. In a sea of good stouts and porters, this is truly a victory for Ballast Point.

Photo of hip2hops
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Maybe it's the glow of the moment, but...
after three bottles over three weeks, this BP brew is my favorite beer...
a complex, balanced, sip-orific masterpiece.
Coffee & vanilla, yes. But, chocolate, too.
I could just breathe in the aroma for hours and be satisfied.
Bravo, San Diego!

Photo of Seanem44
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal! Wonderful porter easily among the best out there.

Photo of LoveMyBeer1991
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark in color, pitch black.

S: Coffee and chocolate.

T: Strong coffee/chocolate flavor. Some toffee?

M: Creamy with good carbonation.

O: Fantastic imperial porter. I'm a coffee fanatic so this beer appeals to me. Would have no problem buying again.

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