1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial PorterVictory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,819 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,819
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 884
Gots: 1,163 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,819 | Reviews: 1,075 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of boxcar01
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Boomer_Briggs
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of KevinmusPrime
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of aakerman
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of chrisp450
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mudboneINla
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Chevelle66
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of xnapshot
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JayAre46
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Nayr
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mendonza
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Eldyr
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

EDIT (10-25-2010): Just split an 8-month old bottle (same batch as in the review below) with JustinA1. The vanilla had mellowed out a bit, but not as much as I had hoped. Still, the balance was much better, so I boosted the drinkability score from 3.5 to 4.0.

Split amongst Wisemen Nick, Zach, and Jorge. Poured into three standard pint glasses.

Appearance: Poured out dark and thick, producing an ample amount of brown foam atop each 7oz. sample. Head looks beautiful: fluffy and brown with great retention. Body is completely opaque. Nice lacing. Looks great!

Smell: Strong coffee and vanilla from the get-go. Damn! I've never encountered this much vanilla before. Mocha, dark chocolate, and blueberries also contribute, but to a much lesser extent. Pretty incredible. I initially thought the vanilla and coffee aromas were too strong, but as I sit here I can't help but be blown away by this nose. Very nicely done.

Taste: Vanilla, charred grains, black coffee, and (blue)berry-like esters. Very interesting and unique, but I find a good deal of astringency in this one. The alcohol (I'm guessing) does some pretty odd things to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full-bodied, and very, very creamy. This seriously feels like a milkshake. Carbonation is very light and velvety. Victory at Sea finishes dry (showing the 10% ABV) and leaves a bit of a medicinal taste that quickly dissipates. Not a big fan of the finish, but the milky/creamy feel is top notch!

Drinkability: This is a very cool beer that's certainly worthy of all the praise. I personally find it to be over-the-top and a bit medicinal, but I'd be happy to try it again. I think splitting this two ways will be your best bet.

NOTE: Zach and Jorge both found this beer to be over-the-top and thought it would be much better if it were toned down a bit. Reminiscent of ST Creme Brulee.

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Captainren
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of pgaveau
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JJWIGHT
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of beefsquatch
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of yoitsarch
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,819 ratings.