Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev -7.5%
Tasted On: 06-28-2014
Freshness: Best by 12-12-2013
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Received in a trade
Black, opaque beer that features a small tan head. Very good lacing and a low level of retention.
Aromas have vanilla and wood, rich dark fruits, coffee, chocolates and dark cherry fruit.
The taste has dark chocolate, rich malts and brown breads, bitterness of roasted coffee and earth hops and vanilla. Also get some alcohol warming and perhaps some oxidation from the age.
Thick-bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation. The finish has a pretty intense coffee flavor and bitterness.
A very rich and coffee-forward beer that I enjoyed, but it did seem to have some off flavors that may be attributed to the age.
06-29-2014 03:53:12 | More by sommersb
4.05/5 rDev -7.7%
Been hoping for this since Texas finally got Ballast Point this summer.
It pours out dark with a creamy fluffy cloud of a lightly browned head.
The aroma definitely tells you that there is coffee in this. Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Light roast and dark fruit notes. Everything is under the prevalent coffee aroma.
Coffee, roast, and alcohol are balanced a bit by the sweeter vanilla and chocolate flavors. The roasty coffee profile of the beer again exerts its dominance on this beer in the flavor department.
Has a big creamy silky smooth mouthfeel.
01-10-2013 04:08:04 | More by MattSweatshirt
4.35/5 rDev -0.9%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip
A- Black with a two finger light tan head.
S- Roasted coffee, vanilla, some dark chocolate.
T- Roasted coffee, bitter finish, some dark chocolate, vanilla adds a nice sweetness, kind of boozy.
M- Smooth, light to medium body.
O- A tasty coffee beer, but a little boozy. Vanilla adds a nice touch to the beer. Good, but not sure if I would pick it up again. Gets better as it warms.
11-29-2012 02:34:12 | More by larryi86
4.2/5 rDev -4.3%
Enjoy by 11/26/13. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a khaki-mocha head that sticks out and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are solid and full of roasted black coffee and caramel malts. The vanilla seems to take a backseat in the aromas, but are in full force in the flavor department. Flavors are extremely bold and robust. The bitterness from the coffee dominates. There's a sweet cream like quality which really gives this beer a nice complexity. Chocolate syrup and coconut is in the mix. Hops are present, but subtle. There are hints of grapefruit every now and then in the nose and flavors. Bitter and there's a kiss of heat, but not boozy one bit. Mouthfeel is very creamy and fluffy, but extremely thick. It really works for the style and makes for an easy drinking beer. This is dangerously drinkable, it's very easy to drink and has enough complexity to keep you interested. It also gets better the more you get into it and as it warms up. Alcohol goes unnoticed.
Impressive beer right here. Second time having it. It has enough qualities that remind me of a porter, but stout lovers would obviously love this beer. Well crafted beer. Recommended.
03-12-2013 01:04:15 | More by BB1313
4.25/5 rDev -3.2%
A: Quite black with a thin brown head that holds quite well; lacing is great
S: Lots of alcohol, coffee, and sweet malts--roasted chocolate, vanilla and a touch of toffee
T: Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas but boy is this boozy--though as the glass airs out it becomes less hot; the vanilla and coffee really do take over toward the middle and then there is quite a bit of sweet chocolate toward the end
F: Creamy and sticky; nice overall mouth feel--good texture for a full-bodied brew
O: This is a delicious coffee beer but boy is it boozy--it gets better with time obviously but the alcohol makes its presence known and distracts slightly from the overall quality of the brew
04-16-2011 17:50:50 | More by dbossman
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Glad I found this one at the local beer store...
A: Perfect. Black with no light shining through. Thick 1 and 1/2" mocha colored head that slowly thins, but never completely fades.
S: Smells of heavy vanilla with hints of coffee and an oaky / matly backend. Smells good. Not an extremely strong scent, but not hidden either.
T: Very hoppy upfront with vanilla notes followed by subtle coffee. I like this one. Very tasty. The more I drink it, the more the coffee takes front and center and the vanilla takes a back seat.
M: Very good carbonation with a nice smoothness that lingers on the tastebuds.
D: Goes down exceptionally easy. Very easy to drink despite the ABV %.
All in all, this is a porter that is on the stout borderline, which most good porters are anyways. This is a great brew if you're looking for a good blend of flavor, hoppiness, and smooth drinkability. Awesome brew!
01-02-2010 02:24:07 | More by steve8robin
4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
Ballast Point Victory at Sea
22oz. best before 5/11/12
Pours a dark brown hue, pretty much black until you hold it to the light. Towering tan head is very attractive, leaving great lacing on the way down. (4.5)
Aroma has a strong but pleasant vanilla note, along with a hefty dose of chocolate and a wee bit of dark fruit. A hint of oxidation, but otherwise nice and clean. (4)
Flavor is bold, malty and hugely chocolatey. The vanilla is readily apparent, making this brew seem more like a piece of liquid chocolate cake than a beer. Mild roast leaves some tang on the finish, and the coffee character builds as the drink wears on. More rich than sweet. Alcohol is as well masked as anything I've had for the style. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with creamy, medium-low carbonation. (4, 4)
This is a very nice beer and would make for a great dessert when shared between two beer lovers. (4.5)
08-30-2012 01:15:00 | More by dasenebler
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
22oz bomber, loved this on tap...thank Jim for another shot at this. served in a 12oz tulip
A - pours with a very thin layer of loose, dark khaki colored foam. the beer is pretty much pitch black throughout the whole glass. only a couple random spots of lacing left behind.
S - strong, fresh and cold steeped coffee, lightly creamed. some sweetness fights through with vanilla beans, and milk chocolate. roasted malts are present yet stay mostly in the background until the end, more present as the beer warms.
T - strong, yet bitter fresh roast coffee. cut into sharply near the end by vanilla coffee creamer, the vanilla beans come through strong in the end and linger for a bit. toasted nuts and roasted malts, caramel add balance. cocoa powder is very present in the lingering sweet aftertaste. yum.
M - mediud to thickish body, quite syrupy yet cut into sharply by some tight and crispy carbonation. very sticky finish, with lingering roasty bitterness and vanilla sweetness.
D - coffee has died down a bit here but the slack is taken up by a more pronounced vanilla and toasted nutty sweetness. hides is 10% ABV dangerously well, with nary a spat of alcohol taste or burn present.
11-07-2010 19:04:43 | More by Stigs
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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