1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial PorterVictory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,529 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,529
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 829
Gots: 1,014 | FT: 78
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,529 | Reviews: 1,015 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of joshrosborne
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jpatton0127
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- deep brown color with dark brown fine white head. some lacing

Aroma- Vanilla, coffee roasted grain Graham cracker and chocolate

taste- Vanilla, coffee roasty malts. Not sure if the sweetness is from the vanilla or the alcohol. Molasses.

Mouthfeel- Buttery smooth texture, slight warming from the alcohol.

Overall- This one is extremely well done. The only beer I think that has a better use of vanilla is the Stone Smoked Vanilla Porter. The coffee plays seamlessly with the hops, mouthfeel is spot on alcohol is subtle but present. Of all the coffee stouts/porters I have had this week I would say that 1st is Black's Dawn , and tied for second is Victory at Sea and Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. With Victory at sea maybe edging Lag out just a bit. A tasty Bev indeed

Photo of KyleMA
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cdmillard
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hoppyboy69
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Geoff413
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of blankenhoney
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no discernible bottle date, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Pours a light black with a light beige head

S: Very bright aroma of roasted espresso bean dominates the nose, followed by rich baker's chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla is there, but unfortunately only faintly and in the background. Love the coffee aroma, but would like a bit more vanilla; after all, it's a porter with vanilla.

T: Rich, bitter chocolate on the front end, followed by strong flavors of roast and spent coffee grounds, and ending with a hint of vanilla. Vanilla is a bit on the artificial/extract side of things.

M: Very nice lighter side of medium-bodied

O: One of my old favorites that I guess I don't enjoy as much as I used to. First few sips are great, as I really savored the rich coffee-forward aroma and the hint of vanilla that emerged. But after awhile the vanilla aroma and flavors disappear into a solid, but pretty standard, roasty-chocolatey-coffee porter.

Photo of AussieActor
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 4nimal
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mikedashg
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at at Downtown Johnny Browns on 02/15/09

Appearance: Very black, can't see through it, but with a brown tint and a good brown/tan fluffy head.

Smell: Huge nose of toasted malt and toasted sesame

Taste: Similar to nose. Huge over the top complex flavors of creamy coffee/expresso and toasted malts with hints of toffee. A little faint syrupy sugar. Alcohol is well hidden in this one. Doesn't taste like 12% at all.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and mouthfeel. It's a perfect balance. Not too thin, not to heavy and not overly carbonated

Drinkability: Due to the high ABV, and the over the top expresso and toasty flavors. One pint would plenty.

Overall: This one of the best coffee porters I've ever had. I would compare this porter to abyss is a stout.

Photo of c64person
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cjoc83
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No bottled on date to be found, just an enjoy by 11/06/13 (which I found a little strange, I would think this beer would be good for aging?). $9.99 at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA. Pours motor oil black and quite viscous into a tulip with chestnut hues at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. An aggressive pour leaves a little over 2 fingers of tan head that hangs around for a little while before receding to a cap. Leaves a patch of lace here and there.

Smell is a wonderful amalgamation of fresh coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts with just a touch of earthy hops and a little sweetness.

Starts out with some bitter espresso in the front, then segues nicely into roasted malts, sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, and black coffee. Some earthy hops come in mid-palette and into the finish, along with some roasted malts, coffee and a touch of vanilla bean to cut the bitter/roasted flavors. A little alcohol warmth in the chest as well. Really nice stuff.

Rich and slightly chewy with low carbonation. Smooth, but a bit of a sipper that packs a little heat. The vanilla really pops as the beer warms and adds great complexity and sweetness, especially in the finish.

Truly a remarkable imperial porter. Big roasted malts and bold coffee with just the right amount of vanilla sweetness to balance it out. Quite possibly my favorite porter. Definitely recommended!

Photo of jb3304
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of KTien
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JesseMurdock
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of akukucka
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mmars010
4/5  rDev -9.1%

A-Nice creamy, lumpy head and dark brown/black
S-Coffee, coffee, coffee
T-Coffee, coffee bitterness, roasted malt
M-medium bodied but creamy, too thin IMO for an "imperial porter" that is 10% ABV
O-Giving this a 4. I ordered 10 of these online and paid a premium to ship. Big disappointment considering the high rating. I love coffee stouts/porters, and wake n bake is probably my favorite. Other reviewers that I am normally on the same page with have this beer ranked almost a point higher than myself. The coffee bitterness/astringency overwhelmed all other notes that might be in this beer...but I guess i'll never know because they are overshadowed. Did I get a bad batch?

Photo of DotBier
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JDice20
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JSuperman
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of mayxday
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,529 ratings.