Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Victory At Sea - Coffee And VanillaVictory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla
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From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Imperial Porter
Ranked #13
ABV:
10%
Score:
97
Ranked #534
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 8.66%
Reviews:
1,513
Ratings:
7,159
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 10, 2024
Added:
Mar 17, 2009
Wants:
  1,152
Gots:
  2,316
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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Rated: 4.24 by Ananabiya

Jun 11, 2023
 
Rated: 4.39 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured very dark brown and capped with an ambitious light brown head that climbed three inches very quickly.
The aroma to my chemically damaged nose was mild but still featured proper porter smells- roasted malts, coffee, a touch of chocolate.
The taste- I grabbed the can again to verify, but vanilla plays top position. Not sweet at all, but no mistaking there is vanilla in here. Coffee shows up later, this drinks true as it warmed.
The feel was good, ideal even. Not sure if it could be better. Ideally viscous.
OA- very happy to have been able to try this finally!
Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by griffinwelsh from Texas

4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
If you've ever wondered what could make a great porter even better it is notes of vanilla. This beer has a rich coffee flavor and a satisfyingly vanilla aftertaste. Color is dark and consistency is very smooth. It's a shame I can't buy it in Texas.
May 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by Beecham from California

Apr 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by bongobeer from Alabama

Mar 05, 2022
 
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can pour- dark as night with foamy khaki head leaving frosty/foamy lacing and a ring of bubbles. Nose is vanilla and coffee for days. Taste follows with some roasty malt and mild espresso bitterness. Vanilla lingers on the finish. Tasty.
Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by irishevans from California

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake from California

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2021 release from can. Poured from fridge temp. Pours black with a really good amount of light brown head. Sticks around for quite a while as well. Nose is incredible. Vanilla, marshmallow, coffee, dark chocolate, red licorice, burnt toffee, and a nice amount of dark fruit. The taste nicely follows the nose, but with a distinct bitterness on the back end. Vanilla and coffee (very dark) are dominant. Definitely some charred wood, black licorice, roasted malts, almonds, and tar. Not sweet at all. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. Overall a really nice coffee stout.
Sep 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Apr 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Mar 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by LasVinny from Nevada

Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.65 by beerrat from Virginia

Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.39 by Argail from Louisiana

Jan 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
After being impressed by the High West BA version of this a few weeks ago I figured I'd give this a shot. Quite affordable at $3 for a single bottle given it currently sits at #323 of all time on this site

Pours a very dark brown with just a finger of espresso colored head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing and decent legs

The aroma here is sweet but not overly so, bringing a nice balance of vanilla, hazelnut, toast, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, and a slight dark fruit note

A bittersweet balance is maintained throughout the entire sip, starting off with notes of cocoa powder, lightly toasted malt, raisin, and a touch of grain alcohol. The swallow makes this one a bit sweeter, bringing notes of rich vanilla, slightly astringent coffee, milk chocolate, and almond

A medium silky body pairs with gentle carbonation for a smooth slow sipper. The finish is mostly dry, due to the roasty character of the coffee

Damn delicious beer right here. It hits all the notes expected and doesn't feel overly sweet or strong despite the high abv. I'd definitely get it again
Dec 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.02 by Sayb from Arizona

Dec 04, 2020
Victory At Sea - Coffee And Vanilla from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 7159 ratings