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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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4,808 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,808
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 882
Gots: 1,157 | FT: 89
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.
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Etan
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours an opaque black with a light tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Sweet coffee with hints of vanilla. Notes of marshmallow, lactic sugar, cinnamon, some chocolate. So good.

T: Big coffee hits the palate. Like the nose, the coffee starts out sweet and milky, with lots of vanilla. Slight alcohol in the back with a quick wave of roasty burnt coffee bitterness in the finish. A little sweetness and coffee lingering. As the glass is drained, the coffee bitterness coats the palate and doesn't go away.

M: Moderately thick. Could be a little thicker.

O: The alcohol is very well-hidden, but I'm missing the sweetness that usually comes from the alcohol and malt because of the coffee's dominance. If you love coffee, this is nice, but I think it causes a bit of an unbalance between the porter elements and the flavors from the beans.

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4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep, black body with no light getting through...a thin, tan head formed and showed little retention...a little bit of lacing

S - The nose was very, very sweet smelling...vanilla and cream (lactose) dominated the nose...hints of coffee were apparent

T - The flavors flipped from the aroma with the coffe and espresso flavors standing out...the coffee in this beer is like a fresh cup of iced coffee with a hint of cream...the vanilla and cream notes were subdued over the roasted and bitter coffee flavors...I was actually picking up a bright hop presence at first sip

M - Full bodied...smooth and creamy...great coffee finish

D - This porter is 10% so watch out...but you can not taste any alcohol...great coffee flavor with hints of cream...make sure you like coffee before having this one

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional brew that blew my mind... it was an unexpected treat that involved me asking the bartender "what the hell style is that beer" to which she responded "i have no idea, let check it out" ... poured to sampler glasses... i took one swig and said "yeah, uhh... i'll take a full glass please"

A: Dark brown/black body.. moderate khaki head.. nice coating on the glass.

S: Bam! Vanilla. Bourbon. Chocalate. Roasted Coffee. Rich caramel. Slight oak. Booze. Cola.

T: Yeah it tasted like the nose! A frigging smörgåsbord of incredible flavors. Blended to perfection. Each flavor popped yet didn't drown out the others. At 12+ the booze was present in a way which accentuated the flavors rather that killing the tastebuds.

M: Medium-heavy on the palate. Good finish. Nice carbonation. Delicate for such a big beer.

D: Something about porters make me struggle... but this one was rather remarkable...

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer pours a typical porter dark with two full fingers of caramel colored head

S - coffee, big and upfront, no surprise there, the coffee aroma is tempered by a sweeter aroma, cant distinguish it as vanilla, but its that type of sweet, had i not known this was a coffee/vanilla porter, i wouldve said toffee/vanilla/lactic type sweetness

T - coffee is big and upfront in the taste as well, big and alone, the aftertaste is where the vanilla sweetness comes out and becomes distinguishable as vanilla beans, not modified/candy vanilla, the gap between the front and back has a bit of a metallic twang, there, but not big enough to be offputting

M&D - the sweetness lends a decent smoothness, its an easily drinkable beer, hides a double digit ABV as well, nice brew

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-black with a thick tan head with good lacing

S-smells strong of creamy coffee. great smell.

T-oh boy oh boy...this comes in with a strong and unmistakable taste of vanilla and coffee. its a great full flavored taste that lasts and becomes an after-taste almost as strong as the initial hit...and it lasts for a long time. this beer is beautiful. i'm really impressed that the vanilla really comes through in this one. most beers i've experienced that claim to have vanilla don't have a lot of vanilla taste to them.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a good heavy finish

O-few beers do i want to savor as much as i wanted to savor this. i found myself so excited every time i went to take a sip....10% ??? i think not...it drinks more like 5%...this beer is just about everything you could ever want in your porter. i can't wait to find this again some day.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this. I've been meaning to review this for quite some time.

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Surprisingly dark, I would legitimately call this jet black - pours with a large, rocky, beige head - keeps a solid cap - leaves webs of lacing

Smell: Big, bold coffee - roasty coffee beans and coffee grounds - tons of vanilla bean and vanilla - cooked, roasty, burnt malts - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - nutty in the finish

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla - decidedly reminiscent of chocolate-covered coffee beans - espresso and some drip coffee - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and a touch of cocoa - the vanilla is definitely big, with some vanilla beans and vanilla extract, but I think it's a bit overshadowed by the coffee... or maybe I can't quite discern the two flavors since I add French vanilla to my coffee on a daily basis - whatever - nice level of sweetness balanced with some roast - finishes dry and roasty

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, definitely big for the style, nice carbonation, smooth

Overall: Yup, worth a try

This isn't the best porter I've had, and it's not the best application of coffee. But it is very good. It's fairly easy to find, so I'd say it's definitely worth a try.

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,808 ratings.