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

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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 5,650
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 PeterIngemi
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a duvel glass.

A- pours slick and black, with a nice two finger mocha colored head, looks so derrricious

S- VANILLA, then chocolate then coffee, the coffee becomes more and more pronounced as the beer warms, smells so derrricious!

T- the vanilla seems to be, as in the nose, to be the most pronounced, blending in deliciously with the coffe and roasty chocolate flavors, finishes like a ice mocha, almost a caramely taste where all the flavors meet.... It tastes so derrricious!

M- low carbonation, drinks creamy and smooth, almost a touch syrupy, but in a good way

O- a truley awesome brew, deffinatley my favorite ballast point brew I have tried to date. I feel like it may be a little heavy for an IMP porter, probably would have figured it for a stout, however the alcohol content is hidin incredible, I would have guessed 8.5 not 10,
I'm sorry Kyle.... But victory @ sea is tooo derrricious! (915 characters)

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift I received from TheBrewViking. I was looking forward to this all week as I decided to drink this on a Friday night after work> TGIF. Thanks Brooks.

Poured into a snifter (and little bit into a de Molen tasting glass for the mrs)

I'm looking at a deep dark black brew. Nice mocha colored head and a decent amount of lacing.

The aromas are bold. Coffee upfront with the vanilla, something to be expected from a coffee vanilla porter. The is a lot more going on. A sweet milk chocolate malty scent...

Flavors are just like the nose at the beginning. Yeas there is coffee vanilla and that milky chocolate but it's followed by a very nice bitterness.

It's a failry thick and heavy porter. Carbonation is medium and the finish is dry to neutral. The mouth gets coated leaving all the wonderful flavors for a while.

This is a world class brew. The coffee and vanilla flavors taste natural as opposed to some artificial flavoring. The looks, nose, taste, and feel make this a near perfect after dinner beer. Highly recomended.

Thanks againg Brooks for sending this my way. Amie and I enjoyed this quite a bit and I'll be looking for this on my next trip to AZ! (1,170 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with a light brown, creamy, pillowy head. Little lace or head retention.

S: Plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, and a hint of vanilla and alcohol.

T: Malty, boozy concoction. Thought it would get better near room temperature but turns out the alcohol becomes stronger. Sweet malt with burnt, roasted malt, dark coffee, and some mellow vanilla in the finish.

M: Some cloying burnt malt. Pretty smooth and tasty. Drinkable for the ABV but the booze is definitely noticeable throughout and hits you about halfway through the bomber.

O: Pretty solid Imperial Porter. Enjoyable. Big. (610 characters)

Photo of AApparel
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Aggressively poured into a  snifter. Head poured to a two-fingered thickness with a very creamy head that resembled a coffee with cream. Looked amazing to begin, but subsided quickly. Had good lacing down the side. The color is a deep stark black, even when held to sunlight.

Smell: The aroma is powerful. A friend about 5 feet from me immediately could smell the coffee aroma.  Smells like a rich coffee, with some sweet vanilla notes. The coffee hits first and then vanilla, with roasted chocolate underneath. As the brew warms, it opens so much, it's shocking. 

Taste: First sip is beyond what I even thought it would be. I could taste chocolatey vanilla at the start. Roasty flavor comes throughout, with bitterness at the end from the coffee, but not a heavy alcohol burn, which I like. So glad that the porter taste is throughout and not lost in all the flavors. Definitely get a constantly changing flavor throughout. What lingers is the roast coffee and chocolatey malts.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, with little to no carbonation. Definitely makes you think your drinking a great coffee. Coats the mouth very well, and does not have an overwhelming alcohol feel or burn. So subtle, I couldn't believe it was 10% abv.

Overall: I had very high hopes for this, and not only did it live up to it, it exceeded it by far. I went out and bought another 6 to enjoy for the coming months. Lately brews have been falling short in expectations. It's good to see this exceed it and surprise me in how complex and wonderful a brew could be.  (1,554 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown around the edges, bordering on black in the center. Tall tan head that dissipates to a small covering, leaving patchy lacing in its wake.

N- Earthy, mildly roasty coffee tones dominate the nose with soft milk chocolate malt underneath. Vanilla is about equal with the coffee, and the bean characters of both ingredients blend really well here. Also has an unexpected "Fruity Pebbles" character as it warms. Alcoholic fumes are noticeable but not distracting.

T- Lots of vanilla bean goodness on the palate. Soft roasted coffee blends nicely with roasty, chocolatey malt. As the beer warms, there's an odd fruity character which I've never noticed before. Firm leafy, tannic bitterness with an alcoholic kick that becomes a bit biting. This is definitely the hottest batch I've had. Long bitter, roasty finish with some lingering vanilla and a pleasant peppery alcohol to warm the soul on a cold California night.

M- Medium-light body, slightly slick, moderate carbonation, with a long, bitter, dry, tannic finish.

O- A nice treat for the winter season. I like the dry complexity of this brew. The high level of tannins from the coffee and roasted malt work beautifully with the vanilla. I imagine the barrel-aged version of this beer would be ridiculous. (1,273 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a very dark brown with maybe just a hint of a ruby highlight, but not much. Two fingers worth of a tan head

S-Very sweet smelling at first, but then gives way to the roasted malt, coffee, and a light vanilla.

T-Similar to the nose with roasted malts, roasted black coffee, chocolate, but then finishes with a vanilla milkshake like taste. A light hops presence helps balance things out. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, a dry smooth finish

Overall I like this one a lot. Great smell with the vanilla, nice complex taste, and a good mouthfeel. So good! (591 characters)

Photo of Ynot2
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a snifter, nice three finger mocha colored head with a nice toffee colored lacing as the beer is consumed. A deep dark brown color to the glass.

Smell of lots of vanilla and chocolate, the coffee is there but it is the lessor of the aromas? Think of a chocolat mocha.

The taste of vanilla and chocolate are up front from the first sip. Very little alcohol for a 10% beer. The coffee bite follows the smell, at the end and more subtle? There is a lingering coffee taste as the beer warms, but it is not overpowering. Really nice flavors.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect for the style. Like a malted drink, very little carbonation as I would expect. Thick and creamy, full body sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Overall a great example of the style. The pour, aroma and flavors make for a delicious beer. I will have more if these in the future. Wish it was available in a 12 oz bottle, 22 is a bit much for one person. (965 characters)

Photo of rawla
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**Finally got around to typing the notes for this review***

Purchased a bomber from Vendome Wine and Liquor on Olympic Blvd on 12/17/2011 after Miguel, the gentleman who runs the beer section, recommended it due to it's limited availability.

Poured into a 6 oz snifter.

A: Pours with a rich, caramel head. About a finger of head. Surprising for a beer of this high ABV. Dark as night, but some range of color with some brown towards the head. A creamy toffee lacing on the sides. Awesome.

S: Vanilla Latte. The coffee is present, but the vanilla really PUNCHES through!. Very little alcohol presence in the nose. Impressive character.

T: Cafe con Leche notes, vanilla, espresso. Full semi-sweet presence throughout, without overbearing on the coffee and toasted profile. Well balanced. Again, you can't really taste the alcohol in this. Finishes off like coffee and vanilla bean, too. I want to say this is a straight-forward Imperial Porter, but that would be a disservice. It wants you to taste vanilla, coffee, espresso, and damn if it doesn't execute it flawlessly. Mmmm

M: Lighter than I expected. Goes down smooth, without really sticking through the roof of the mouth.

O: A stunningly well balanced Imperial Porter. Some bitterness i the end to keep the palate on it's toes, but overall an amazing beer. Will drink again.. A (1,341 characters)

Photo of Blanco
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with light brown/tan colored head. Very strong excellent lacing. Huge coffee aroma immediately upon pouring, along with a little roasted malt. Coffee is upfront in the taste as well, however, it has more of an artificial taste to it. A bit of sweetness comes through as well, with hints of chocolate and some roasted malt. Sadly, the vanilla is hard to pick up at first.
Medium bodied. 

This was a decent beer, but was somewhat of a disappointment in the taste, after such an amazing smell. In the end the beer was good but I wish the flavor had more of a coffee punch. (596 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A – Black as night, and pours with the appearance of used motor oil. An outstanding thick, three finger, brown head that lasted a VERY long time. Patchy lacing.

S – Medium strength aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, and vanilla.

T – Taste definitely matches the smell here, with coffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate being the predominant flavors. Intense in its flavor presentation. Some alcohol warming in the finish, but overall the 10% abv is remarkably well hidden. Very sweet upfront, but just when it would have a tendency to become cloying, a little bittering hops kick in bringing balance, and leaving an aftertaste closer to dark/bittersweet chocolate. Maybe lacking complexity, but it sure delivers what’s advertised with gusto.

M – Thick and creamy, like a chocolate malt. Carbonation is extremely minimal and suits the flavors well, lending to a very “heavy feel” in the mouth. Sort of coats and hangs there. Just a tiny bit syrupy. Clearly a sipper.

O – I found this brew to be delicious, although with such strong coffee/roast flavors is closer to a stout than a porter. In fact, this rivals many a coffee stout that I have sampled!

As much as I enjoyed it, I could not have more than one of these in an evening. Took me the better part of an hour to finish it, and had me not even wanting another beer afterwards, it's flavors were that strong. Would be a fantastic dessert beer. Would be interested to try the barrel aged/oaked versions to see if they bring a little more depth and complexity. (1,582 characters)

Photo of danielp215
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an interesting beer to say the least. Pours a dark black with light tan head. The smell is outstanding. Lots of bitter coffee and vanilla extract and some dark chocolate. Taste is out of this world delicious. Starts with big sweet vanilla and sweetened iced coffee and finishes with bitter unsweetened coffee and vanilla extract alcohol. This is one balanced beer. Bold flavors but everything gets a fair shake. Mouthfeel is slightly thin when compared to similar beers. This gives founders breakfast stout a run for its money. Hope you all can get your hands on some. (576 characters)

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you dimce for the bottles.

Aggressively poured into a large Cheers mug. The head starts at a two-fingered thickness with a very attractive creamy head that's the color of coffee with cream. The head disappears within a minute and lingers around the edge. The color is completely opaque black, even when held to sunlight.

The aroma is delicious. I pick up what smells like a mocha vanilla coffee drink. There is primarily chocolate and vanilla smell, with roasted coffee underneath. As the brew warms, more of the roasty aroma is coming through.

First sip is so nice! I'm tasting chocolatey vanilla at the start. What follows is some bitterness, probably from the coffee, and a little bit of alcohol burn. Finally, tasting a lingering roast coffee and chocolatey malts.

The feel is completely creamy. Not feeling any carbonation which I think fits this brew perfectly. In other words, it would be strange to feel any carbonation in a chocolatey coffee drink. My mouth is coated with creamy deliciousness.

Overall, I am very impressed with this brew. This has a great balance among the various flavors. I don't consider my palate to be well trained, so it's a nice surprise to be able to pick out the primary flavors intended by the brewer. This is what makes this porter a big winner. If this sounds good to you, then I highly recommend. I'm very happy to have received this in a trade. (1,396 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pitch black body, two finger thick and sticky mocha colored head, tons of patchy lacing.

s: vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate.

t: big vanilla and chocolate up front, like chocolate milk. then it turns to roasted malts and coffee.

m: big full body, creamy, sticky, great carbonation, coffee bitter on the end.

o: one of the best uses of vanilla in a beer i have had. (373 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an impenetrable opaque black color. A thick, rocky tan head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and rings of sticky spiderweb looking lace.
S: Vanilla beans and roasted coffee intermingle. Roasted malt, chocolate. Very nice.
T: This is excellent. Big vanilla and chocolate flavors right up front. Roasted malt and coffee. Though the coffee always takes a back seat to the vanilla. Fairly simple, but excellent.
M/D: A big full body. Medium carbonation that is perfect for a big beer. Velvety smooth and silky texture. So easy and enjoyable to drink. A great sipper, and warmer on.

I have had this several times, but finally got a bottle for my own. This is even better than I remember. Excellent, and highly recommended. (742 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As black a porter as I've ever seen, or at least extreme dark brown. Head isn't huge but it's remarkably fluffy and creamy while it lasts. All kinds of tan lace hangs onto the glass.

Aroma on par with Southern Tier's Jahva in terms of pure coffee-laden malt explosion. Vanilla tones do sneak through but it's really more about the coffee balancing (very nicely, I have to add) with the bold malt presence.

The taste, oh yes, the taste. What I probably like most about this beer is that despite being an adulterated porter, it never loses its porter-ness. The roasty tones and easy drinking quality of a good porter are here in full, and only enhanced by the gourmet coffee character embedded in every fiber of the beer. A quick snap of hoppy brightness in each sip betrays the brewery's San Diego home base; vanilla is here but merely supportive. Probably would have given this a perfect "5" for taste if the vanilla were just a smidgen more assertive.

Finish leaves that wonderful taste of very high-quality coffee in your mouth, nearly indistinguishable from having actually just had a sip of ultra-good joe; texturally it's smooth and somewhere between light- and medium-bodied; carbonation is minimal; 10% alcohol is...really, this is 10% alcohol? It's hardly noticeable.

Ballast Point comes up with another winner. No wonder this is so highly rated. Hugely pleasurable and drinkable, but I can't help wonder how a stout version of Victory At Sea might pan out... (1,472 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this one last night for the first time for what will hopefully be a new annual Christmas tradition. Thanks to Jimmy for getting me one of these.

So, no formal review for me, but I liked this one so much that I need to at least review it and say something. It looked awesome in the glass and tasted delicious. Definitely a complex , quality beer. when it was all gone I wish I had more.

I am not even a really fan of porters, but both my brother-in-law and loved this beer. Well done Ballast Point! (505 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bomber I purchased fresh that year it was released and completely forgot about it until today. Poured into a snifter, it appears dark brown in color with more than a finger of dark tan head. The cap recedes to a thin film across the top. A light swirl brings back a finger of dark khaki head. When held to the light, it shows some dark brown clarity around the edges with some indication of red through the body.

The smell includes everything you would expect based off of the aroma. Coffee, vanilla, roasty grain, chocolate and a bit of a citrus element that comes from a combination of hops and the citrus component of strong coffee. A little bit of mineral inclusion is present as well as a musty grain/coffee and sulfur inclusion towards the back. The more I smell this brew, the more it comes across like cocoa.

The taste of this brew is roasty initially that blends into a flavor of vanilla and coffee. The coffee is lightly musty and contains a bit of a citrus element. The roast is bitter and produces some unsweetened chocolate flavors. There is a bit of a mineral element present that blends into the citrus element of the hops and coffee. Each flavor is individually identifiable but collective comes together to make a fairly good brew.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 10% abv is felt with both flavor and warmth but it blends nicely with the character displayed throughout. Overall not a bad brew, this is something I wouldn't mind revisiting immediately after it's release to see how that coffee is while it is fresh. (1,575 characters)

Photo of aorloski
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at 9:30 am paired with vanilla yogurt and pomegranate granola

Appearance - incredibly viscous motor oil out of the bottle. Looks better than mosts stouts. this one poured vigoursly gave me a 2 finger mocha head that was fluffy.

Smell - Boozy, booze right up front that hides really great notes of coffee, vanilla and roasted malts.

Taste - Again, this one is a little hot and pretty booze forward. Incredibly sweet with not a ton of vanilla or coffee shining through but they are there. I was expecting more robust qualities of a porter mingled with vanilla and coffee, sounds better than executed.

Mouthfeel - Creamy as hell, silky and chewy.

Overall - A tad of a disappointment for me, wanted it to be more than it was probably, but still a very fine crafted brew regardless. (789 characters)

Photo of ales4baldo
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Being a metal fan i can really appreciate this image on the bottle. Nothing more hard core than a skeleton pirate captain.

A-Poured straight into a snifter glass. Poured out a little thin. Black as night. Really nice brown head with about a finger and a half. Looks delicious.

S-A really nice sweet coffee bean aroma. Makes me wanna drink this when i wake up. Lots of dark chocolate and subtle smoky flavors. The vanilla is in there but its a bit hidden.

T-Wow, really nice and robust. Lots of dark notes and smoke in this one. The vanilla sneaks in there quietly but adds a really nice sweetness. The alcohol presence on this one is remarkably strong. But it isnt overwhelming.

M-Draws very strong and robust. Really settles nicely and drinks easy. High carbonation and lots of flavor. The vanilla starts to kick it as it warms. Full bodied with a lot of charachter.

O-For being a beer that i really wanted to try i am impressed. Really smooth and very robust. Lots of flavors and warms up nicely. A very good beer. (1,027 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Beerwolf for another share!

(A)- Pours a pitch black. Some tan bubbles.

(S)- Some chalky cocoa and spicy pepper-like dusty funk.

(T)- Some nice vanilla with rich raisin, dusty cocoa, and caramel.

(M)- A mellow/smooth carbonation level. A nice balance albiet some chalky/dusty characters, but good.

(D)- A solid porter with some fun flavors, though a little weird smell-wise. (422 characters)

Photo of mocktm
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have wanted to try this for quite a while; was finally able to score one in Ocean Beach, San Diego. Big shout out to Mike at Olive Tree Marketplace for hooking me up with some Pliny while I was there as well.

Enormous khaki colored head off the pour, resting atop a espresso colored brew. Complete sheet of lacing as the head dyes down, while still prominently retaining.

There's some massive vanilla notes on this, like that of vanilla creamer I put in my coffee every morning. To be honest, I can't get enough of it; awesome! Plenty of dark roasted malts as well, providing the usual coffee, chocolate background.

Tastes just as I had hoped, serious vanilla upfront that lingers throughout rather brilliantly. Some coffee like bitterness on the back end as well. But again, love the vanilla forward flavor on this.

Medium in body with plenty of carbonation. Slick, creamy and delicious.

Hands down, my favorite porter I've ever had. Can't even imagine how good the bourbon aged version is. I'm gonna need to homebrew a clone asap. (1,038 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from Plenum. Thanks for the brew!

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep black color with a thick brown head that leaves great lacing. Nice rings of foam form all the way down.

S- Coffee leads the way in the nose with some roasted aromas and some bittersweet chocolate. The vanilla is there but the dark roasted coffee and malt aromas muscle it to the backseat.

T- Man, this baby throws it's weight around right from the start! Huge rush of roasted chocolate coffee beans and alcohol initially with some sweet vanilla and caramel flavors in the finish. Some light bitterness from the coffee helps to balance the sweetness throughout. As it warms, all of the flavors become more pronounced and the vanilla begins to shine.

M- Full bodied with creamy smooth carbonation. Very well integrated.

O- Really tasty stuff. I don't see a bottling date on this one, but I'm guessing it is relatively fresh considering the alcohol heat and sharp coffee flavor. This would probably age well enough, but I'm not sure that anyone should want to considering how nice the flavors come together fresh. (1,120 characters)

Photo of CMB2012
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Soonami for this one! Been sitting in the cellar for a few months. Poured into two stemless snifters at just above cellar temp. and shared with the lady.

A- Close to pitch black, you really have to search for any light coming through. Very nice and rich beige head that dissipates slowly. So far we are looking good.

S- Rich sweet malts with coffee in the background. I don't know for sure but I think this beer is around a year old. I've had it aging for at least 7 months and some of the coffee has faded. What is there smells good though, even if it is subtle. This mixes with a sweet vanilla and oat character, kinda like a sugar coated cereal. Finishes with that chocolate malted milk character I've come to love in a good porter.

T- Vanilla and roasted malts blend with some alcohol into coffee bitterness. Not as balanced as I would have hoped with the age and based on the aroma. I'm thinking either drinking fresh or waiting even longer might be the right decision here. Still it is good.

M- The mouth is great. Thick, creamy, somewhat viscous. Tight carbonation amounts to a fairly dry finish with some lingering sweetness. Slight alcohol burn on the end, but I expect this.

O- I would definitely like to try this beer fresh considering some of the flavors and aromas were muted. However, seeing as I only got one, I wanted to wait for the right time to drink it. I just finished my first semester of graduate school so I thought it was appropriate. It's a good porter and among the best I have had. I say try it if you can. (1,552 characters)

Photo of Ungertaker
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter.

S- Coffee, roasted malt, nuts, brown sugar

A- Deep black with a quickly-vanishing khaki head. A ring is left around the glass where the head once was. A bubbly lacing adheres to the glass with each sip.

T- Coffee hits immediately and remains throughout. It is accompanied at the front by a bitter dark chocolate that transitions to a sweeter, almost milk, chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla. Both the milk chocolate and vanilla dissipate, leaving a roasted coffee and hints of raisin at the finish.

M- On the thicker side of medium; a perfect consistency for a porter, IMHO. The carbonation is in the background throughout. 

O- Phenomenal! The balance and complexity have never been matched by anything I have had in a porter that has not been barrel-aged. (806 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice dark brown pretty much black pour with an off white froth about 2" thick.

S - Wonderful coffee scents with vanilla and hints of dark chocolate. Just a great smelling brew that I could keep my nose in for hours.

T - Coffee, Vanilla Bean Dark chocolate. Some hints of booze in there too.

M - Good carbonation with a nice bitter, dry aftertaste.

O - A wonderful porter with excellent scents and solid taste. (423 characters)

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.