Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & VanillaVictory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla
BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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.

Added by radshoesbro on 03-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#260
Reviews:
1,467
Ratings:
7,026
pDev:
8.66%
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Photo of Chilmer
3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nunitn
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ballast point to me seemed overpriced but with this one it's worth it well done.

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Photo of MO1978
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel Mug. No date.

L: Opaque. Slim beige head has below average retention.

S: Lots of coffee, layered in with vanilla, chocolate and cacao. Very nice aroma.

T: Again, a lot of coffee however it is more subtle here, with the vanilla and chocolate being more pronounced. Very complex yet simple enough. Very good.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth, lingering chocolate.

O: Very very good beer.

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Photo of Bmarkalan1970
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My second ever imperial coffee beer (first being Old Rasputin RIS by North Coast), this is an old favorite. Recently tried the amazing BA version and realized I had yet to review the original. So here it is:

L: Poured into a goblet, it produces about one finger of frothy brown-sugar head, like that on a mocha latte. Body as dark as any I've seen, retention is excellent, but not a ton of lacing.

S: Just amazing. Like a Tiramisu cake in a bottle. The pour produces immediate and luxurious quantities of vanilla, followed by turbinado cane sugar, fudge, coconut, bourbon, chocolate syrup, then blonde roast coffee.

T: The only difference in the flavor is that the coffee is more pronounced, providing a foundation and skeleton for the sweet chocolate and bourbon notes that compose the body. Boozy.

F: Syrupy, but finishes very dry. Not too sticky.

O: A perfect model of a sweet imperial porter. Makes one hell of a base beer for barrel aging too.

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Photo of Half-full
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Almost perfect and great for the price. I pick some of this up whenever I get a chance. This is my favorite Ballast Point offering offering huge notes of coffee and vanilla. Beautiful color in the glass. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of benros222
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Lahey
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black appearance with light khaki head.
Smell is sweet coffee vanilla and chocolate.
Flavor is coffee forward with the vanilla and cocao flavors supporting. Great taste to this beer.
Mouthfeel isn't the thickness it would be as an imperial stout. Appropriate for the style. Not too thin either though.
Overall a very enjoyable beer. This is becoming a favorite of mine due to the quality, value and availability.

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Photo of Kyle1234
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ConnorMobs
3.54/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grapeshops
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dudd
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Nass
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really well made. NO DATE on the bottle anywhere to speak of. A porter that has adjuncts in it should definitely have a date on their. Wonderful tasting coffee with a tad bit of sweetness from the vanilla. That 10% abv is not traceable. This is at least a 95 in my opinion. Oh well, maybe I am just a sucker for these dark beers with coffee added to them. Cheers! A (95-99) World Class

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Photo of Zenboy99
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Heftklammer
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LA_Hue24
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of blevinsaj
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Creamy and great mouthfeel. It does not taste like its ABV. Coffee is very prominent followed by a sweet vanilla. Great beer and my favorite porter.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Explosion72
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think victory at sea is a very flavorful porter but perhaps a little bit too much.

Look: black with a very thick off-white head head

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee

Taste: Roasted malts (a lot), coffee, some vanilla, not much booziness for ABV 10.00%.

Feel: medium to full body

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Photo of wattie83
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 7,026 ratings