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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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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,536 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,536
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 830
Gots: 1,020 | FT: 79
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

Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla.
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Photo of Kark
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Opaque pour and attractive creamy khaki head, laced the tulip well.

Coffee forward aroma with a distinct chocolate syrup note, think espresso roast and Bosco comingling. The nose is bold and sweet at the same time.

The scorched coffee flavors are bold and quickly counteracted by the sweetness of the chocolate. Many have noted that the flavors seem artificial, and while I tend to agree with that sentiment, Victory At Sea appeals to me in a similar way a flavored Starbucks coffee might. Not getting much in the way of vanilla flavor, mostly scorched coffee and chocolate syrup going on here. Very easy drinking and the 10% abv is barely noticeable, which makes it dangerous now that it comes in 6 packs of 12 oz bottles.

Light medium mouthfeel,maybe even a tad thin for an Imperial Porter, creamy texture.

Very glad this is now packaged in 6 packs of 12 oz. bottles for $15 ( I was eyeballing the $10 bomber for 2 years). The ratings seem a bit hyped, but I must admit, Ballast Point certainly has created a good tasting Imperial Porter whatever shortcomings it may have. Victory At Sea is a terrific Winter warmer, and I definitely recommend trying it.

Photo of EConnOG
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjdc
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of phishfoolme
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rockaroo
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell is great. Up-front aspects are perfect but maybe lacks sublime savory -ness on the warm side. Great beer I'm not worthy to judge. Ballast Point has gone from overrated/priced to best brewery going all the sudden for me here in VA.

Photo of mick303
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass, oily black colour with a great head of caramel head, solid retention and lacing. Gorgeous.

S - rich aromas of dark cocoa butter and chocolate syrup and vanilla, hazelnut, a subtle sweet dark chocolate, no astringency or heavy roast notes, just an incredibly complex and refined aroma mixing in some coffee, slight hints of black liquorice, and a rich velvety chocolate cake/fudgey notes, some almond, and the vanilla is excellent.

T - similar profile, with a very strong vanilla lead off the start, then more of the spirituous and nutty aspects come in, marzipan and coffee come to mind. Cocoa and rich dark chocolate emerge as it warms, indelibly rich and thick, showing a good load of hoppy bitterness, which is earthy, aggressive and herbal with some resiny kick on the finish, pine sap, also some rich dark maltiness that underpins the whole profile, but the roast is not astringent and I feel the bitterness is largely from the hops, which counter the alcohol warmth and give this a sensational flavour and profile.

M - Lovely and satisfying, huge body with a lot of oomph, coating creaminess, with a gentle carbonation, thick and full, but with a long drying finish full of dark malts land cocoa that demand another sip.

Inspired and lovely beer, the vanilla, while ever present, was in a supporting role and I thought the overall composition reflected well, too create a porter that was neither cloying nor overtly alcoholic, great tact indeed to combine the many flavours at play into such a robust, aggressive and also balanced brew. I did find I was slightly more blown away by the aroma though, but this is a seriously impressive beer.

Photo of Gww1864
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clay_i
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superbohl4
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kman_866
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of quang_dam
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TripelMark
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dirtytaint
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of insearchofhops
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mattyb79
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of disgorgemw
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Whimpers
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of smanson56
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,536 ratings.