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

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Reviews: 1,180
Hads: 5,733
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 968
Gots: 1,621 | FT: 100
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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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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into a pint glass

This beer pour jet black with a very large frothy head that lingers for some time

The aromas coming from my glass were of strong coffee and sweet vanilla

The taste is mostly coffee with a little bitterness followed by smooth sweet vanilla finish. not much bitterness really just the right amount

This beer is big and has a fairly heavy feel to it, but that does not take away from its drinkability, could have had a second if it weren't so damn strong (494 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger mocha head. Big trails and small blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate with very nice coffee aroma and some vanilla.

T- chocolate, roasted malts, big coffee blast with the vanilla shortly behind, with some bitter roast at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and lighter but in a good way. No clue this was/is 10%

O- great porter. Coffee and vanilla really make this beer and drinks very well for a 10% beer. (540 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the local grocery store for $7.99. The label on the bottle first caught my eye and after reading the description I knew I had to try it.

A- Poured out vigorously, this one is so viscous that is makes a "lug, lug, lug" sound as it comes out of the bottle. It had a minimal head of about half a finger and left some nice lacing on the pint glass. Color is is an opaque black. I held this one up to light, but no light made it through.

S- Coffee smell is what comes out first. Smells like a dark roast, but also has hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a pretty good amount of hops. At 90 IBUs it smells well balanced and full of flavor.

T- This beer is full of sweet malty flavors but I am also impressed by the amount of hop flavor. It adds balance to the coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted flavors. This beer is certainly not lacking in flavor.

M- This beer has a really sensational balance. It is lightly carbonated, full bodied, and has a nice chewiness to it. The combination and balance of delicious flavors cover up the ABV wonderfully and make this a really enjoyable beer.

O- This was a fantastic porter. The price is reasonable and it has nice amount of hops to balance everything out. I will have to have it again. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 32oz growler found in Davey Jone's locker.

A: Dark as the abyssal plain with a muddy-shoreline colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass like relentless barnacles.

S: Sweet and bitter coffee and freshly pillaged vanilla dominate the nose.

T: Avast! The vanilla and coffee tones come through as heavy as the ocean itself as a slight saltiness washes over the palette. Very sweet, but not overly sweet. The alcohol is not masked all that well and is as harsh as a sea-storm at night. This fucker lets you know you're drinking a big beer and to slow down and enjoy it.

M: Thick, but not too thick. Leaves a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

O: Would like the sweetness to be a little bit more in check, but other than that this is an amazing beer. Not sure if a 32oz growler is the best way to enjoy it, would have liked a smaller bottle, but alas, Davey Jones only had a 32oz bottle. (916 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a thick black with a thin tan head - looks kinda imposingly dark. Smell is all roast and coffee, smells like it's going to be heavy on the roast. Fortunately the taste isn't nearly as roast-heavy as the smell would indicate. There's certainly a good amount of roast and coffee here, but it's balanced out nicely by a little bit of sweetness and vanilla. It manages to keep from being too sweet or too roasty - honestly the flavor is more of a 4.25 than a 4.5, but I'm balancing it out by giving it a 4 overall. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a really tasty beer that I'm excited to have access to regularly now that Ballast Point is distributing to DC. It's extremely drinkable despite the higher ABV. (751 characters)

Photo of Roose13
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Black with a thick foam one-finger head. The head drops to a half finger and lingers.

S: Roasted coffee, a bit smoke porter, subtle vanilla

T: Very boozy. The coffee is incredibly strong and roasted. Don't really taste any vanilla, which doesn't bother me. Very strong though. I love the hops in it.

M: Very creamy. Little carbonation. Pretty dry.

Overall: Helluva porter. Very boozy, full of robust flavors and it's definitely something to sip and enjoy for a period of time. It's my first BP beer and certainly won't be my last. (575 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #200

Acquired via trade...thanks Dan. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 10%.

A-A fairly aggressive pour results in black beer with a tiny sand colored head that collapses into a filmy ring in the center of the glass. The ring slowly expands as each sip goes down and results in a layer that looks like the top of a capuccino. Lots of bubbles are visible along the side of the glass and a tad bit of lace is left on the glass.

S-When it is first poured into the glass, a subtle sniff results in vanilla flavors and a light roast character. When I bring it up to my nose and inhale deeper, the coffee becomes quite apparent. After about 20 minutes in the glass, the vanilla starts to become more pronounced. After about 40 minutes the coffee and vanilla really gel together nicely. This one really deserves a 4.25; a 4.50 is a tad too high.

T-On the first sip, the coffee is very upfront. The sweetness from the vanilla hits in the middle and back of my mouth. Before it goes down, the roast flavor comes out. It finishes with some nice bitterness and some roasted flavor in the back. As it starts to warm, the vanilla jumps out quicker and overtakes the coffee. The aftertaste becomes more like a marshmallow dipped in bittersweet chocolate that has been placed into a cup of good coffee.

M-Considering it is an Imperial Porter with vanilla, it's mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I was expecting. It is quite smooth and creamy. It is lightly carbonated.

D-I would never guess this is a 10% beer. It took about an hour and a half to finish this one. A great sipper that only gets better as it warms.

This was another winner from Ballast Point. I would love to try the BA version of this one. Well worth seeking out if you can still find it. (1,795 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip. 2009 vintage, sampled 8/31/10.

A: Four fingers of medium dark brown head transitions from frothy/creamy to slightly rocky as it slowly recedes. The body is very dark, but not quite black. Still, no light comes through. Straggling lace is produced from the head, while the body covers the glass in sheets.

S & T: This bottle has a little bit of age on it, which may have caused the hop aroma to fade. A light yeast quality is evident, but it is indistinguishable to me. Heavy roasted malts of chocolate and coffee dominate the nose with a light vanilla note and a hint of caramel in the background. This beer is reminiscent of all things chocolate: chocolate syrup, fudge, cocoa powder et cetera. The vanilla bean component is mostly noticeable on the palate. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter and an even lighter lactic sourness fills out the flavor profile. Alcohol is absolutely buried.

M: The mouthfeel is velvety smooth at first but falls off mid bomber as the temperature has risen out of the sweet spot. Once the carbonation loses some of it's effervesence, the body becomes medium-light and the texture thins. The mouthfeel experiences is still above average, it was just significantly better at 55 degrees and cooler.

D: Excellent beer overall. Perfect with dessert or even for dessert. Would be interested in trying this one fresh. (1,360 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at tha joint - Ballast Point Brewery in San Diego, CA.

Just crushed a sample of this bad boi and it got Raul thinking like he was a Seahawk and cruzin with Errol Flynn. Luscious vanilla coffee notes with a sweet delicate after balance. If you want to get loose, pop a bottle with ur grl n git at it.

Holla! (315 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark chocolate black, not jet black, has some nice roasted coffee chocolate brown on the edges. Big frothy two finger mocha head, nice staying power.

S: Big aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malt, caramel. This is very complex and the flavors all seem very well balanced, not over competing.

T: Follows the nose, starts with the coffee which falls into the vanilla and almost creme brulee caramel malt with some bittersweet chocolate and just a hint of smoke like molasses. A little dark fruit mixed in as well, some raisin, and some date.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy, a little bit lighter than I expected which is nice as it seems to fit the style. Rather than being a stout named a porter they truly crafted a porter mouthfeel and weight despite the 10%.

D: Incredibly drinkable for this big of a beer. Very delicious, would love to have this one again! (930 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours an opaque dark, dark brown (about as dark as you can get without being black). A thin half finger of dark tan head appears briefly. It falls away to a loose collar and few straggling islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - A touch boozy in the aroma with alcohol up front. Lots of coffee and dark roasty flavors. Vanilla appears as a sweet creaminess and blends with some other sweet, fruity aroma in there.

T - Lots of coffee up front in flavor, a bit of astringency coming from the amount of coffee there. Lots of other roasty flavors too from dark grains, also gives a hint of caramel, a sweet and somewhat fruity flavor. Vanilla adds some more sweetness and definitely a smoothness to the flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and on the watery side - almost like carbonated black coffee. I think this keeps the vanilla from having more of an impact. I thought it would be fuller and creamier in feel. Carbonation is adequate, but on the light side...also contributes to the thin feel. Probably my least favorite aspect of this beer, but only a minor distraction.

D - Rather high in alcohol at 10% and the alcohol is noticeable in the nose, but not as much in the flavor. Somewhere in the middle of a sipper and a moderately drinkable beer overall. For what it is, it is pretty smooth. A bomber is plenty in one sesson though. (1,395 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 22 fl. oz./1 pint 6 fluid ounces/650 ml bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westbooro, MA
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a deep brown/black with a frothy, one-finger, cocoa-colored crown that faded to a lasting ring. A substantial amount of drippy lacing cascaded down the glass with every sip.

Super smooth, freshly brewed coffee dominated the aroma. The coffee was potent yet well balanced by a milky sweetness. Strong vanilla notes came through as well. Caramel malts trailed in the background. Although the aroma was not terribly complex, it was really pleasant and inviting.

The flavor profile was interesting (perhaps more so than the aroma) but lacked the intensity and smoothness of the nose. Deep and malty up front. French roast coffee beans appeared in the center. Some bakers chocolate notes came through as well. The finish was a bit more harsh than I anticipated it to be. Quite roasty and ashy (almost a touch acrid) with a generous dose of piney, bitter hops.

The mouthfeel was pillowy soft and frothy. Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. For a 10% ABV brew, I was hoping for a bit more heft however.

Drinkability was notable. This beer buried its alcohol quite well.

Victory at Sea has its strong points (aroma and flavor profile on the font end) as well as its shortcomings (finish and mouthfeel). This is a very good imperial porter (which is incorrectly categorized as an "American porter" here on BeerAdvocate) but there are a number of coffee infused beers out there which are better. (1,550 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 Oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Pitch black with a one finger of a tan colored head. Quick dissipation

S- Super roasty at first. Almost smokey. A strong coffee presence as well. A bit of alcohol as well. some wood as well. A very desert smelling beer.

T- A big roastynness hits at first. There is a nice refreshing hop bitterness that follows and balances it out. The roastyness carries thought the mouth till the end. The coffee is strong in this beer and also has lingering effects that dry out the palate. A touch of alcohol in this beer give it a bit of a sting. There is some vanilla if you look for it as well. A big roasty monster.

M- A thick and dry beer. Good alcohol feel. Bitter for a porter but drinkable.

O- This is a beastly brew. I would like to have a little less alcohol taste and a little more vanilla. Its fairly well balanced and quite drinkable and overall. Delicious. (902 characters)

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/black color with a tan head which pours thin and dissipates quickly. Only thin film is left chilling on top. Ruby highlights around the beer.

S- Heavy roasted coffee bean flavor dominate the aroma, hard to find much else than that in the aroma. I'm not a big coffee fan, but I do enjoy coffee beers, oddly enough.

T- GOOD LORD! This is amazing! I was not expecting this! Sweet creamy caramel undertones, layered with some dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee beans, and a big kick of vanilla that adds such a beautiful sweetness to this beer. Seems like there is a decent portion of bittering hops in addition, but it's always hard to tell will rich roasty coffee beers.

M- Full bodied, creamy, thick luscious mouthfeel.

D- Not incredibly drinkable, at least for me. Bitterness that comes with coffee definitely slows my ability to drink, it's also a very heavy beer. The alcohol also impedes speed. However, this is still a great beer worth the try. (969 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours as black as beer gets. I went so far as to hold a 150-watt reflector bulb to it... no light came through. The head is a creamy tan, about a finger width, before dying into a fine lace.

Smell - Earthy aromas. Very earthy. Coffee comes through, also a bit of vanilla, but it's buried. A bit of alcohol tinges the nostril.

Taste - Intense coffee, then vanilla notes and chocolate dance on the tongue. The tail end of the aftertaste is reminiscent of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate syrup. Again, a bit of alcohol comes through, but not more than expected for a 10 percenter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium body. Decent carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - This is a great beer. I'll certainly be on the lookout for other Ballast Point offerings in the near future. (797 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware); there’s some date information printed in white ink near the bottom of the front label (“VAS6715148”), but who the hell knows what that’s supposed to indicate. Either way, given the style, I’m not too worried about freshness.

Appearance (4.75): About one and a half fingers of rocky, dark tan foam rise off of the pour, capping a nearly pitch-black body. As the head dissipates, it leaves close-knit lacing and tightly spaced collars all around the end edge of the glass. It also shows some ruddy, mahogany highlights around the edge. This is gorgeous.

Smell (4.25): Mocha icing, chocolate syrup, deeply caramelized malts, and sweet cream fill out the nose—rich and sweet-smelling, but balanced with a modest amount of lightly acrid roast and cocoa powder. Well-structured and rich, while avoiding the tendency of these big stouts to try to muscle out every single note and component.

Taste (4.25): In contrast to the smooth, full, balanced set of aromas, the palate throws a quick jab right out of the gate, with a mid-level shot of mocha-like bitterness, followed by a smooth, malty body (some of the chocolate syrup from the nose mixed with instant espresso) . . . and then a sharp right hook of deeply bitter roast—espresso, unsweetened baker’s chocolate, and herbal bitterness. The beer leaves a more modest, drying bitterness in the aftertaste characterized more by dark cocoa powder than coffee or any other bittering agent. A healthy, boozy heat pops up halfway back on the palate, and carries on through the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Definitely full-feeling and heavier than medium-weight, the beer’s big but not massive or syrupy. The booze in particular, mixed with coffee and cococa bitterness, lightens up the big body and lets the beer to finish surprisingly dry. Too punchy and bitter to drink lightly or with ease . . . this beer’s not for the novice stout/porter drinker, but the dryness really does improve drinkability.

Overall (4.25): This is a really, really solid beer, and considering its price point in six-packs, it’s a real bargain in the world of imperial stouts/porters/huge dark beers, whatever you want to call it. I like that this beer’s got a dynamic character, with multiple dimensions in every area, from the nose to the body. It’s an awesome drink, and one I’ll definitely keep in mind in the future. (2,462 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a thick 3" milk chocolate colored head. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: loads of vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate is easy to detect.

Taste: big roasted malt flavors with a load of vanilla, some coffee tones, moderate amount of bitter chocolate, and some moderate bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit creamy at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer, but the flavors keeps it interesting throughout. Definitely worth seeking out. (618 characters)

Photo of BigB415
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good thing I like vanilla because this beer is all about the vanilla. Labeled at an imperial vanilla porter, the label doesn't lie. It's been a while since I had a porter since I'm a stout guy but I figured I'd give it a try since Ballast Point makes great beers. Pours a pitch black with light lacing. Smells heavily of vanilla and I think I smell some alcohol which is expectant with this beer weighing in at 10% first sip I get more vanilla and some burn from the alcohol which doesn't over power. Very nice beer, I can see why it's on the top 100 and why it was sold out of most places that I went to. (605 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated December 6, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces a healthy, two-finger head of mocha foam. The head is fluffy and retention is good. The beer is ebony in color but I can see a few bubbles climbing up the glass. Good looking stuff.

S-The aroma is heavy on the dark chocolate and coffee, but the vanilla mutes the bitterness and acidity somewhat and gives a suggestion of a cappuccino or mocha latte. There is just a bit of smokiness lurking in there, as well as some leafiness from the hops. Very interesting.

T-The tastes is similar to the smell. The flavors are a mix of smooth, milky, creamy, vanilla on the one hand, and roasty, acrid, coffee bitterness on the other hand. The beer is surprisingly dry and quite complex. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M-The feel is smooth with milder levels of carbonation and a medium body.

O-I'm not sure that I totally enjoyed the flavor profile of this beer, but it is incredibly well-made and unique. The layers of flavors are impressive and I would never believe that it was 10-point-whatever ABV by tasting it. The look and feel also score quite high. (1,156 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to snifter, enjoy by 11/16/13

Pours jet black with a finger of khaki foam that's started receding. No visible carbonation, alright lacing- pretty run of the mill. Smells of dark roast coffee, cherry, fig, vanilla, caramel, some hops, alcohol, toasted malts, chocolate, and a mass of other dark fruity esters. Some definite complexity, not the most but stands out. Taste follows the nose, strong up front coffee and vanilla, a slight hop profile, toasted malt, cherry and other fruits, creme, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Feel is full bodied and thick. Very creamy and rich, goes down easily. Overall this stuff is pretty good, despite not having much taste for coffee, which by far dominates the taste. Well crafted, must try if you're big on coffee (761 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Nearly black pour, cream colored head with a small amount of bubbly lacing. Aromas roast malt, hints of woody vanilla. Tastes similarly with much more assertive vanilla, coffee and some caramel. A little bourbon like booziness, but not bad at all. Definetely a sipper right now. Close to creamy mouthfeel. I bet this will age very nicely. Been very impressed with Ballast Point, this one did not disappoint. (414 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: stout black, rich full head that leaves lotsa lace

S: roasted malt, espresso, some mocha and vanilla

T: very nice roasted malt with a vanilla syrupiness through it; burnt bitter back to the creamy sweetness gave it nice depth

M: crisp for a beer this rich; viscous body masks the abv

O: I was not as floored by this beer as some others - the beer started off with sweet vanilla flavors, and then dried into roasted espresso notes - a well-crafted beer for sure (467 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It was poured into a snifter glass and was dark black in appearance with a thin mocha-colored head.
S: The aroma is filled with coffee flavors and some hints of vanilla.
T: The initial taste is of dark, roasted malts and chocolate after which the coffee flavors begin to intensify and continue through the finish. There is a bit of sweetness in the overall taste.
M: It feels very rich and medium-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped given the high alcohol content. (543 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a nice dark black, but theres not too much head or lacing going on, looks pretty flat, tiny bit of medium tan head.

On the nose I pick up on a slight trace of vanilla and coffee and another smell that I can only describe as a soggy wood deck, its really interesting, not really what I was expecting though.

Flavor wise its got a nice smokey backbone, slight hint of vanilla comes in thats kind of sweet. Not picking up on too much roast/coffee at all, smoked vanilla is what I can pick out. Definitely well masked ABV though, not boozy at all. Has a funky woody/smokey flavor that lingers around

Mouthfeel is nice and slick, not too thick, but a decent viscosity.

Overall, not really what I was expecting, especially given the fact that has additional flavor additives in it. Its not a bad imperial porter by any means, but really did not live up to my expectations of a coffee vanilla porter. (913 characters)

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.