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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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4,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,811
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 883
Gots: 1,158 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.96/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

I had this beer out of town so brought 2 bottles home on the plane. Finally drinking and reviewing a year later.

Great dark pour, healthy carbonation and lastling head.

Aroma is mostly coffee, with some cocoa as it warms.

Taste is chocolate covered espresso beans (thanks, Tim). Drinking it cold, I was overwhelmed with a dry and bitter aftertaste. Like the aroma, it tastes more balanced warmer.

Solid beer, it would be great to do a side by side with this, breakfast stout and roebling imperial robust porter.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of larryarms847
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours light black in color with a raspberry red hue and a caramel kissed frothy head of foam, much like a cup of espresso.

Coffee, cream, vanilla, roasted nuts, and mocha.

Velvety smooth coffee, vanilla, and chocolate present a creamed coffee aspect that I have not seen replicated.

Mouthfeel is masterfully smooth, a perfect balanced of coffee and vanilla/cream.

Overall, this is definitely worth seeking out.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.76/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.18/5  rDev -5%

Thick murky coffee beer with a fatty porter body and ice cream, vallina hints.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I have to say this was an excellent brew.

Definitely a lot of coffee, but not so much vanilla. Plus it will knock you on your but too.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a dogfish head sniffter glass at fridge temp.
A - pours a jet black with just slight hints of brown around the edges. . Massive 3 finger pancake colored head. That sucks around for a while. Leaving substantial . Lacing with very present alcohol legs.

S - intense roasted Coffee grinds. French vanilla syrup. Hints of caramel candy. This beer smells unbelievably good. Very similar to southern tier creme Brulee in smell.

T - bitter roasted malts with a slight char. Tons of roasted coffee.middle of the mouth it becomes a vanilla bomb.finished with a strong caramel note with the alcohol present on the way down.

M - full bodied and creamy. Very slick and smooth.almost oatmeal stout feel to it.

O - another strong and solid offering from ballast point.these guys know beer. The best porter I have ever had. From the pour to the last drop in the glass. I'm so glad I picked up a few of these.The place I got them from is all sold out. 5 star good!


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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as a starless night with an excellent massive head. Lacing and retention are also excellent. Nice nose of sweet dark chocolate over coffee with strong vanilla notes. Medium body with a slick texture that has creamy aspects, but is not quite there. Above average carbonation with effervescence present from the middle on. The flavor profile is simply a masterpiece - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of sweet dark chocolate that highlights the vanilla aspects but also has a distinctive caramel presence. As the sweetness fades, coffee becomes evident and the vanilla becomes more note like and the caramel is most noted. The middle is the only detection of roast I encountered, and it is buttressed by hop flavor (rind like) and bitterness. A combination of alcohol, hops and coffee yield a nice puckering effect. The finish is quite smooth and lingers with an abundance of all the previous flavors. It is the most complex finish I’ve had the privilege to experience. The finish is where the 10% alcohol becomes evident as a very slight nice burn at the back of the throat. This one is World Class, the best porter I’ve ever had and it’s rating is second to only FBS. IMHO, this is the best porter in the world.

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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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