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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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Reviews: 1,217
Hads: 5,918
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 1,006
Gots: 1,718 | FT: 92
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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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Reviews: 1,217 | Hads: 5,918
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Victory At Sea (Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter version)

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. The darkest of browns with a light brown head. No peering through this beer, its about as dark as night. Attractive lacing that looks very ornate.

Aroma of coffee and faint vanilla sweetness.

Vanilla up front which gives way to a lingering coffee flavor. This beer also has some chocolate notes. Very decadant and full flavors. The aftertaste of coffee, cocoa and vanilla is truly remarkable. There are even some hints of oak in this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied with a lingering coffee/bitter chocolate finish. A little syrupy in nature.

Drinkability requires some respect for this sipper. It wasn't hot with alcohol at all. Overall, this beer is just great.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body, big lasting mocha head with carbonation that looks like it's a nitro. Sheets of lace, cool.

S: Vanilla and caramel malt. Coffee lingers.

T: Great balance between coffee, vanilla (both real, not artificial, nice), toasted malt that comes through with coffee and a little nuttiness. Surprised to find the vanilla and coffee play so nicely together. Not much coffee acidity, which is appreciated. Perfect sweetness for me, so probably a little much for most people. No alcohol.

M: Love that fluffy head. The body is a little thin for a porter (read: medium).

O: This needs a much more arrogant label for such a wonderful brew. The coffee and vanilla are up front and don't require 'searching' for them, but there are still beer-y things happening. The persistence of this head is right up there with the best IPA's. Such a great, warming, tasty beer that is dangerously drinkable (and affordable- HOT DAMN!).

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Photo of Murrhey
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap in a mug at Hollingshead's in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger mocha head. Great retention and lacing. Dark brown color, very little light goes through.

S- Chocolaty, vanilla, oak, brandy smell.

T- Vanilla and roast malts. Very bitter and some sourness. Boozy. Quite nice.

M- Very thick and smooth. Dry linger.

O- This beer isn't even one of my favorite styles and I admit it is phenomenal.

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Photo of turboedtwo
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Toronado in North Park.

A - DARK! Lighting wasn't the best but it looked pretty close to black.

S - Smelled of coffee to me.

T - Had a bit of a chocolate / coffee taste.

M - Your typical porter. Had a smooth but thick feel to it.

D - I could drink this all night assuming I had a nice meal before. Not something you want to do on an empty stomach.

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Photo of hawgdude
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A deep, rich, almost caramely porter. Definitely not a sweaty-summer-afternoon post-lawn-mowing beer. I slugged one down and got half snockered-- 10% ABV needs to go down slower than that. The remaing five will have to wait for chilly autumn nights.

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Photo of nodder
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown..almost black with a two finger dark tan head. Sticky lacing remains on the glass.

S- Strong coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Slightly boozy.

T- Sweet espresso and dark chocolate. The vanilla is there but def. in the background. The strong coffee flavor dominates here, and thats fine. Alcohol burn is there but well masked.

M- Medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. Quite smooth. Somewhat bitter finish but nothing big.

O- Love it! Recommended. Gonna grab another bottle to age a bit.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter comes out of the bottle looking dark and brooding. The beer itself pours a dark obsidian color. The head starts as a dark tan foam, bubbling up through the beer and rising up the glass. The foam eventually rises a few inches to reach the top of the glass. A slow recession leaves plenty of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma provides a blast of roasted malt notes and deep, full coffee. There is a little bit of bitter dark chocolate in the back, but the aroma is mainly a blast of roasted malt and bitter coffee.

My first impression is that this beer is big, bold, and makes no apologies for being so. Dark roasted malt has hints of smoke and dark chocolate. A jolt of vanilla breaks up the bitter transition from fully roasted malt to intense coffee. The coffee starts strong, with the bitterness coming after. With each sip the cumulative bitterness grows, reminding me of just how intense of a beer this is.

Perhaps it is some kind of magic trick, but this beer does not drink like it has 10% alcohol. There is almost no alcohol present in the taste; it is only noticeable in a slight tingle on my tongue and gums. There is a great creamy nature to the carbonation, more so that the beer. If anything, the flaw with this beer is how light the body feels compared to the robustness of the flavor and carbonation. There is a little bit of bitter and sweet sticky residue left on my lips.

This is truly a great beer and may be the best porter I have had so far. The combination of flavors and level of intensity really do it for me.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Seriously?!? I haven't reviewed this after 3-4 bottles? Best intentions and all...
Bottle that was sitting in fridge for about another, no date:

Dark beer-I'd say black with confidence even though it is late when I am reviewing, and lighting is poor. Not a stretch given the brown head-foamy in nature upon settling. This our's lacing fairly substantial on a rinsed glass.

This revue I would perhaps drop the smell a notch, but given that this is a coffee stout and I still get a large coffee nose after at least a month, not touching my initial rating. Coffee, vanilla, cocoa not surprising int their makeup, but the strength is impressive. Some whiffs give me a marshmallow cocoa like impression. Upon further analysis, a 5 is the right rating.

Taste gets all the coffee notes from the smell. This is not to say it is the only flavor, but definitely the predominate taste, which is nice. When I dig beneath the coffee, it does get back to a porter with a lightly astringent roasted malt taste that just outlasts the coffee flavor. But the the beer counters with a sweet, vanilla flavor to extend my enjoyment. This flavor is somewhat fleeting, and I am left with a somewhat nutty, slightly oily slick taste and feel. In general, carbonation is a bit more than I want from this style.

I increased rating score slightly on this review, taste and overall. This is a culmination of a few times with this beer combined into this particular review. Definitely glad to see it available more regularly in my area.

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Photo of veinless
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured oily jet black, with brown only visible in the liquid while pouring. Head seemed minimal at first, but then sprung to life with bubbles coming from the woodwork to bring out a healthy one-finger light tan head. Extremely foamy and incredibly soft, cloudy head that leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing. One of the finest looking beers I've ever laid eyes on.

Aroma on first smell is lots of roasted coffee, and after a couple more sniffs the chocolate begins to come out a bit more. Coffee is fresh grounds, and very raw.

Taste then proceeds to blow the aroma out of the water, as the coffee from the nose is definitely the main actor in the show, but vanilla packs a big punch at the beginning and mid-sip. Chocolate is less pronounced but definitely semi-sweet and present, and the vanilla combines with the coffee to create an awesome meld of bittersweet flavor. Finish is 50/50 sweet/bitter, leaving you with a very neutral palate for all the strong flavors that were going on.

Mouthfeel is phenomenally creamy and full, and backs up the coffee very well, preventing it from tasting watered down in any way. Drinkability is great, as the finish is neutral but leaves you with a bit of everything, and nothing is offensively strong. After a while the coffee begins to build up on the palate, but really this is just nitpicking. Abv is 10% but could have been 0% for all I knew. For 9.99/22oz of this, I may have to stock up on this in the next couple of days.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz-er, enjoyed at a recent tasting. Thanks again daryk77!

Poured into a nonic glass. Black, with a generous inch of tan head that settles into a thick ring with a thin layer of foam. Icicles and sheets of lacing. Great looking brew.

The nose on this is a bit one dimensional, but damn its a fine smelling dimension to be in. Sweet vanilla coffee and plenty of it. The coffee is particularly dark, bordering on espresso, and there's a sweetness to it which probably speaks to the brew's booze strength.

Wow, is this a bitter coffee porter. Holy mother that is some good roasted coffee. The vanilla and cream provides an excellent counterpoint to the bitterness of the coffee, which helps this brew go down incredibly well.

Great thickness to the brew, nice carbonation. Creamy and damn easy to drink.

Awesome coffee porter, highly recommend.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a pitch black with a thick and creamy 2.5 finger tall, dark tan head. The head has fantastic retention and leaves a multitude of sticky lacing behind as it recedes.

Aroma: (4.25)
As soon as you raise the glass to your lips, you're struck by waves and waves freshly roasted coffee beans and rich milk chocolate. As the beer warms, some aromas of marshmallow cream and sweet vanilla emerge alongside notes of baker's chocolate and roasted malts. For 10% the alcohol is very masked.

Taste: (4.5)
Just like in the nose, right away you're greeted by intense coffee and rich, creamy milk chocolate. These milk chocolate tones are overtaken by bittersweet dark roasted grains and a herbal hop edge. As the beer finishes dry, you're left notes of bitter baker's chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and a toasted nuttiness left lingering on your palate. Just as in the nose, the alcohol is very well masked.

Heavy and creamy body with moderate to high carbonation. Very velvety and drinkable for 10%

Overall: (4.5)
Ballast Point does a fantastic job with this beer by delicately balancing the acidic, bitter tones of fresh coffee with the sweet notes of chocolate malt and vanilla, while still adhering to the structure of an "Imperial" Porter. This beer has garnered a cult-like following over the years and it is well deserved. Highly recommended.

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Photo of theghost3
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a 3-finger fallow-colored head. A ring stays throughout with moderate lacing.

The smell is robust coffee and vanilla with toasted malts & slightly boozy scent. The taste is bitter, quality coffee with some caramel and burnt malts. Coffee gets more intense as the temperature rises. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied. Just below a stout in terms of thickness.

This is a drinkable imperial porter. Expect an intense coffee character and an ABV that wields quite a punch. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 - Pours a very dark brown to black color with a huge three finger tannish head. There is quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is huge, coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, vanilla, nutty, creamy, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste up front is creamy vanilla, coffee, toffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, bitter dry on the back end.

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Photo of Eman17
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark black with tints of brown when held up to light. A solid finger head with a nice tan color that dissipated pretty quickly.

S: Beautiful, reminded me a lot of the '14 BCBCS, tons of coffee, chocolate, malts, very roasty. Not too much vanilla going on.

T: It didn't hold up as well as I thought it would considering the aromas but still very good. Obviously very malty, tons of coffee with some chocolate. Not getting much vanilla at all but hints came as it warmed. Also, a slight bitterness with the finish.

M: Very nice, not too heavy or too light, with light carbonation.

O: Very nice porter, the aromas are fantastic but had me overly ecstatic for the beer. Great coffee flavors despite not getting too much vanilla. Overall a very good coffee porter.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had too much bad luck with Ballast Point stuff so let's give this Porter stuff a go. Seems like this bomber's a good candidate for the Portsmouth snifter, so that's what we'll do once I give it a few minutes to warm up.

Pours a slightly translucent Coke/espresso brown. Head is peanut colored but fades very quickly. Lacing is sparse, carbonation is...well, this is more opaque than I thought, so I can't really see squat for carbonation in the body. Not exceptionally viscous.

First thought of comparables? Founder's Breakfast Stout or Porter. This has a great coffee component here. The vanilla element is thankfully a little understated but it works very nicely - a little bitter alcoholic sting to it which is good. Copious, HUGE quantities of smooth roasted malt with little evidence of patent tannins. Hops seem to make a nice complement in their grassiness with maybe a dash of pine. This shows a hell of a lot of promise.

BOOM! The coffee is powerful as the smell at Starbucks. Malt is huge; patent tannins come about but only sparingly; the mellow dark-roasted malts carry the day. Vanilla is understated but shows up more on the slightly boozy finish. Slight dryness - not so much slate but maybe a hint of charcoal dust. Did I mention this was powerful? Slightly peanutty taste, too. Grassy hops cut the alcohol and coffee just enough to balance this and dry it out a bit. This still has warming to do but it's rich and borderline incredible.

Maybe it's the sweetness of the vanilla, the alcohol and the non-tannic dark malts imparting more of a bittersweet chocolate flavor, but this is a very smooth porter. None of that clamminess and slight metal that I get from so many porters that have a real "stout envy" complex. This is the real deal. Rolls smooth on the palate and down the hatch with a slight peanut saltiness and finishes strong and very creamy...especially for something lacking a huge viscosity. There is balance in abundance, which is some of my favorite kinds of balance. As it warms, the saltiness, booze and dark slate give it an additional kick that's not unpleasant but gives a not-so-gentle reminder of the strength of this beast.

Wow - this is a great example of both the style and the imperial nature of a big beer. It's strong enough to show all its colors but not so over-the-top that it hits like a sledgehammer. Having said that, it's a big pour and I will probably savor it over a couple of hours in a self-preservation move, 'cause this horse kicks wicked hard (Edit: I changed my mind. Warm this up and it drinks wayyy too quickly for its weight class.). Very well-constructed effort from the crew that brought us Sculpin.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured black as night with almost no head at all.

S: smells wonderful. like yummy vanilla coffee from your favorite coffee shop. BIG aroma!

T: tastes like smells actually. Coffee comes through a little more when drinking but you can still sense the vanilla.

M: silky smooth and velvety. A little heavy with good carbonation.

D: A sipper but drinkable for 10% abv. As it warms up in the glass it tasted even better. Would love to get another bottle for the winter time.

Would definitely buy again and very much recommend.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown/black pour. 1/4 finger head which dissipated to a thin ring. Lots of legs. Really nice looking porter

S coffee notes right away with lots of roasty notes and tons of chocolate characters. Smells excellent.

T basically a chocolate and vanilla milk shake with coffee. The chocolate taste and bitterness is more of a hersheys milk chocolate. A bit of smokiness. Really good. long lingering chocolate coffee aftertaste.

M for a porter I thought this mouth feel was perfect. Not hugely thick like a stout but just right for what it is.

O a really really good porter. This thing has huge milk chocolate and cocoa flavors. The coffee balances it out nicely. The alcohol is detectable but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into handblown tulip glasses.
Pours a very nice dark chocolate with a minimal roasted molasses colored head.
Smell was nice, coffee, some sweet vanilla notes, dankness, roasted malts.
Taste was intense, delicious. A very nice combination of coffee, vanilla, alcohol forward.
Mouthfeel was really nice. Not too think, just enough to chew on with minimal carb.
Ballast Point continues to impress me with incredibly high quality beers that are readily available nation wide.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at Meridian Point on a cool and rainy afternoon.

Don’t let the big vanilla/chocolate nose drive you away from this well balanced imperial porter. An immediate favorite. It will interesting to see how this one holds up to the competition over time.

A – Pours black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates. A good swirl brings it back. Better lacing than expected based on the low head retention.

S – A big nose of chocolate/vanilla. Swirl this beer to find the other aromas of complex alcohols and coffee.

T – A rich beer of coffee, some black licorice, low vanilla/chocolate compared to aroma, with a medium roasty bitterness that balances the richness. Hides its high ABV very well.

MF – Medium bodied, slightly sharp, thinner than expected based on the richness of taste. Some silky smoothness if you get a gulp of foam.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Weibull for sending this as a kicker.

A: Just about black with some brown around the edges. Minimal white head.

S: Coffee and vanilla right up front. No surprises there. Tons of roast as well. A touch of chocolate as it warmed up.

T: Coffee and vanilla. The chocolate is right behind though. Tons of vanilla in the middle. Very complex.

M: Light bodied for the style.

D: Amazingly drinkable for a beer this big. Very nice all around.

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Photo of bobhits
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

With big dark beers I l like to hold them up to the sun or in this case a white screen on my computer monitor (poor sun light coming into this room). IMO a great stout should be even from the bottle near to jet black. A porter however you expect a bit more ruby hues coming through and this one nails it. A nice tan head with a surprising amount of lacing just to finish things off. I shoulda read more before buying this one....10% isn't really what I was looking for at 4 pm but heck it's final 4 time in about 2 hours, just pre gaming.

There's a certain sweet and soft nature that porters almost always create. Given the difference in a porter and a stout is often just the whimsy of a brewer i find this interesting. Vanilla really comes through as does chocolate and coffee. There malt isn't overly roasted or toasted and the vanilla helps give it this nice soft finish.

Rich, complex, just a wonderful beer. I'm not even sure where to start. The soft notes of malt and hints of vanilla hit the tongue first giving an almost caramel and light roast effect. The beer then quickly turns dark to chocolate and and vanilla bean sweetness. The finish is bitter coffee with enhancement form coffee. This roast coffee lingers in the mouth for what seems like forever after a sip if complete.

The mouth feel is velvety and dense. Imperial for sure.

This is just great beer. I'm not sure I like the vanilla as much as others. It just seems out of place and to be honest it has never been a good thing when a beer mentions vanilla on the label. Still world class and up there with the best of the best.

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Photo of Philousa
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black, but has a tinge of coffee color against the light. takes some effort to produce head and what's there dissipates to leave very little on top of the drink. Aroma starts out with lots of caramel and a hint o licorice/anise. The Porter malt is strong with this one. Some chocolate and vanilla notes with a hint of oak. Sweet vanilla flavor fades quickly to bitter dark roast coffee. Dark chocolate follows and finishes bitter. Vanilla is in there the whole while, lingering. I got some tobacco in there too. Amazingly smooth for the ABV, the finish is dry.

This is one of my favorite porters. Complex and flavorful, I thought this was surely barrel aged at first. Adding chocolate and vanilla is a delicate process, which is why I like BA beers more. All this is to say that the flavors blend well together and are not overbearing. The ABV is very deceiving, too. You notice it when you stand up, not when you drink it.

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Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a impenetrable deep brown/black with over two fingers of creamy tan head with great retention. The glass is covered with lacing.

S - Strong coffee aroma with lots of vanilla and cocoa. Also a hint of cola and a bit of cream in the aroma.

T - Taste starts out creamy and slightly sweet, quickly transitioning to slightly acidic coffee, with cocoa and vanilla. Finish is dry, somewhat earthy and bitter with some noticeable alcohol. Overall coffee is the most prominent flavor.

M - Medium/full creamy mouthfeel that turns bitter midway through and stays bitter through the finish.

O - Excellent imperial porter. Huge coffee presence with nice cocoa and vanilla. Bitterness comes close to being too much, but doesn't cross that line. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 17, 2015.

The pour is a deep mahogany brown with reddish-brown hues around the edges and a modest tan head that fades.

Rich aroma of coffee and vanilla beans as promised but I also pick up some kind of cherry fruit character lurking beneath it all. Low to no hops on the nose.

Medium but soft and smooth body.

Caramel sweetness and coffee grinds in the flavor but the bitterness is quite forward toward the end.

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.