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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

4,836 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,836
Reviews: 1,081
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 890
Gots: 1,170 | FT: 91
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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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pastradul
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured at Homebrew mart.

into a 4 oz taster glass, so minimal head but do to glass size not beer. there was a nice dense dark brown head the stayed around for awhile.

the nose is smooth medium bodied coffee followed by an even smoother vanilla trail through the nose.

the taste is the same... in the fron you get a nice medium roast coffee hit followed my a nice slightly heavier roasted malt character. then finishes with a light creamy vanilla across the palate!

the only thing i wish this beer had was a slightly thicker mouthfeel. other then that this is one of my favorite beers made in SD!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mojua
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prg1976
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a small amount of brownish head. Some head retention, slight lacing.

Smells lots of vanilla, a little alcohol, only slight coffee smell.

Taste is a lot of coffee, slight vanilla, some alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, not much carbonation. Very smooth.

Very drinkable, the alcohol is sneaky. About halfway through you realize that it's 10%.

Photo of beersensei305
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review from a bottle:

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a sliky texture like oil. The head is a dark toffee colo with nice retention and lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Is coffee with a vanilla softness. Some nice roasted malts pop up too.

Taste: Like the bottle says and the way it pours this beer is silky/velvety. Nice smooth coffee flavor up front not as over powering as most similar beers brewed with coffee. Subtly vanilla sweetness. Chocolate undertones, with a nice roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth. Nicely balanced and does not dry out the palate no bitterness.

Dinkability: I would have this bad boy again however I am not a big fan of coffee drinks, I have to be in the mood for them. But I would reach for this one... Nice balance of flavors- some coffee brews are too intense.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from the late release in 2010.

A-Pitch black with a small dark tan head of tight bubbles that settles to a ring around the glass. A little bit of lacing.

S-Lots of vanilla, chocolate, bitter roasted coffee. Almost a spicy kick from the coffee.

T-Rich roasted coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Bitter coffee on the finish.

M-Light to medium body, nicely carbonated. A little harshness from the coffee

D-Wow. The vanill and coffee flavors are HUGE in this. I can't wait to take another sip. I find my self chugging the glass!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tons of coffee nice bitterness to it slight vanilla as it warms but lots of roasty malts.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,836 ratings.