Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#426
Reviews:
1,490
Ratings:
7,089
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
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1,132
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2,322
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Photo of CaptainHate
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in an oversized wine glass. Inky dark brown body topped by a small tan head which quickly dissipated. Smell was of vanilla coffee over a charred malt base echoed in the taste. Mouthfeel was just fine for an imperial porter. A perfectly tasty imperial porter.

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Photo of SANDSTORM
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrancisM12
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mojopin88
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ryan4120
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep, opaque black with mahogany highlights around the edges with a thin tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a small amount of lacing.
S - Hints of bitter coffee and roasted malt along with dark chocolate on the nose along with sweet vanilla and lingering caramel notes
T - Follows the nose with a really nice amount of bitter, roasted coffee up front along with roasted/toasted malts followed by bitter dark chocolate balanced by notes of sweet vanilla and caramel
F - Medium bodied leaning on fuller bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation - smooth, rich, creamy
O - An incredible porter that really hits all the right notes - powerful flavors, a great feel, and a fantastic smell

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fizzy thick one finger latte colored head. Color is almost pitch black

S: Powerful cocoa flavors. Coffee is present. The vanilla sweetness permeates through. Slightly toasted. Smells incredible

T: Dark and rich. The dark chocolate and coffee work in tandem with the heavy toasted flavors. Just as that wanes, a creamy milky sensation takes over and the vanilla drops in.

O: This is a decadent dessert beer. Like a bitter chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, and black coffee blended up into a beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of MercInc
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nicholas2121
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, with an ABV of 10.00% This American Imperial Porter pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep brown color, with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee,and not saying that is a bad thing. Nice amount of lacing to this this Porter, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts, mixed with coffee an sweetness. The roasted smells are definitely high an in the smell of this brew. So far Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Rich an Bold with flavors. You first pick up on a Sweet, Roasted grains, malts and coffee. A smooth easy going finish. It is really hard to pick up on the 10.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth an rich. The vanilla flovor is a nice touch this brew. This is one of the better coffee Porters on the market.
The body of Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. This is a well put together coffee Porter. If you are a fan of coffee or Porters, you should look this on up. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Sweet, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla a 4.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Ballast Point Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this American Imperial Porter.

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Photo of cwkash
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spacejamflam
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours velvety smooth and black with a very slowly rising and slowly falling tan head.
Smells of chocolate and vanilla, not much coffee.
Taste follows, dominated by chocolate! There's dark chocolate in the taste but milk chocolate in the feel. Slight hoppiness but it's well balanced, and if it didnt have that, it would be too rich.
Feel is silky smooth, very round and lingering but not too rich. Alcohol is well hidden.
Overall a great chocolately porter, a nice replacement for desert!

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Photo of Reef
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Daleville in a tulip glass
Ebony colored, 1 cm tan head and full curtains lacing
Strong vanilla scent, milk chocolate, light coffee, brown bread, toffee
Taste leans more toward coffee, bitter hop tickle, light vanilla, and yes caramel
Rich full body, initially sweet then a bitter tickle, 10% ABV is well hidden, carbonation lasts.
Great porter, there are so many varients but none improve on the original.

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Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Viscous jet with steady copper foam; latte + burnt marshmallow; big ash + licorice, caramel, coffee grounds, vanilla creme + grassy hops to end; med-full, slightly hot, and chewy.

4.25 4.25 4 4 3.75

Sorry, but what's the fuss here? Dessert nose that gives way to some pretty astringent things in the taste which lay awkwardly next to a full body + considerable residual sweetness. There's a chocolate thing not happening, which is maybe how it's a porter not a stout, but it's doing it no favours. Every time I want to love this, I'm getting the bottom of a pot of Maxwell House. I'm drinking it at room temp, not cellar temp, but either way, there's some buzz I'm just not catching.

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Photo of Sauced4life
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ntjockey
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I prefer stouts generally but this Porter beats some of the stouts I usually like.

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Photo of BuddyPal
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’m astonished at the balance and nuanced effort taken to perfect this lovely porter. It hits on all cylinders and the only reason it’s not rated a fiver is , in my opinion, it could be a bit dryer. While not syrupy, there is just a tad more residual sugar for my palate. That being said, in a word, outstanding!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is sweet vanilla, coffee and dark malts. The flavor is coffee, dark malts, vanilla, chocolate and a mix of mild sweetness, slight chilies/spices and acidity in the finish.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been chasing this one for a while. Nice jet black body and fudge colored head. Nose is sweet coffee and vanilla with hops in the background.

Flavor is complex with different stages, all of them balanced and delicious. The coffee and roasted malt tones are intense and really well mixed with solid citrus and pine hop sorties. The vanilla kind of ties the whole thing together. As superb as its reputation. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerLover97
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - big hazelnut head atop a black body.

S - tons of vanilla, chocolate, just a hint of coffee

T - sweet vanilla, chocolate, and a little coffee. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - perhaps the best sub-$3 porter out there.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may beer my all time favorite beer regardless of style! Porters are great taste, slightly lower abv and extremely enjoyable ! Well
Done !

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Photo of LiquidEgo
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigMac59
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. A very nice dark chocolate and coffee color. The head is big and foamy and lasts a long time with nice lacing. There are definite coffee, malt and vanilla aromas. The taste is amazing. A wonderful balance between the sweetness of the malt and the coffee and chocolate acidity. A very nice porter from Ballast Point.

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Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 7,089 ratings