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
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
Ratings:
6,860
Reviews:
1,422
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
1,092
Gots:
2,222
For Trade:
88
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Photo of stoffystouts
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brianito
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Completely opaque brown with a thick khaki head that just doesn't quit. First hint of the nose is coffee. Not burnt coffee or flavored coffee, but fresh, ground coffee. There is some clear nuttiness, and a kiss of sweetness that is matched by a bit of salt. The taste is much richer than the nose would suggest. Roasted darkness and malts are the dominant tones, and the creamy vanilla/milky sweetness comes out in the back end, particularly as it warms. The mouth feel is luxurious; it's thick and present without being sticky or cloying. This is a really good beer, if not quite up to its rep on here.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with just a hint of ruby at the bottom, with two fingers of tan head, vanishing after awhile. A bit of lacing too.

Smells of Vanilla, with just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Liquid Silk! So silky smooth, rich and creamy. The utterly robust Vanilla flavor gallantly gives way like a gentleman, to the ghostly-subtle chocolate & coffee. Aftertaste lingering serene.

The booze is extremely well hidden, especially for a 10%, Wise to be savored at home. Drinks with perilous ease.

Easily among the most delicious of brews.

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Photo of TedStrosser
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tre1994
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BabyGoat
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a tan head. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is of coffee, bitterness, vanilla, and even some citrus rind. Medium mouth feel with medium carbonation. Overall a very exceptional porter. One of the best porters I've had yet.

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Photo of Stefko
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Joymas
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soundaurora
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dankacheese
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ64
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a tan frothy head that sticks and laces moderately. Smells of coffee, spice, vanilla, maple syrup, and sweet extra toasted bread. Taste is dominated by semi sweet dark chocolate that has been laced with coffee. Feel is smooth, rich and decadent, and a touch of bitterness to end an initial onslaught of spiced sweetness, only to finish just a tad dry. A mild alcohol warmth considering its high abv. Overall, this is a good flavored imperial porter, and one that I don't mind revisiting from time to time. Cheers!

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Photo of yuno
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Black and opaque. Off-white head, not persisting and leaving a spare lacing.
High aroma of dark malt pronounced by a coffee aroma upfront. Decent burnt character, chocolate and some mild earthy and floral hops aroma. Soft bready notes, low aroma of esters like prunes. Later, when beer have got little bit warmer I could get some soft vanilla kind of whiskey smell.
High sweet, high dark chocolate flavor, medium-low bitter. Sweet aftertaste, chocolate kind.
Full body, creamy, oily, moderately low carbonation, smooth.

Delicious beer but burnt character covers heavily other values. I would like to see it more bitter IMO. Alcohol well covered anyway.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Ballast Point beer. Poured from a 4 month old bottle kept in good conditions.

This beer is pitch black--no light gets through-- with a half finger foamy tan head that sticks around for a couple minutes. As the foam goes down, great lacing is left.

I smelled coffee as soon as I take the cap off. Yeah coffee dominates the aroma with roasted malts. But I definitely get the vanilla and caramel too. Smells great! Like coffee ice cream or one of those dessert drinks from Starbucks. As the beer warms, I begin to smell booze but it isn't too overt.

Coffee and dark chocolate come through right away on the palate. I get some sweetness from vanilla and carmel too but overall quite bitter. Would have enjoyed a bit more vanilla and carmel as the coffee really dominates.

It's a pretty thick beer but the alcohol isn't apparent in taste or mouthfeel. I only really notice it in the smell. Medium carbonation.

I'm not a huge coffee porter/stout guy but I really enjoyed this one. Hard to believe it's 10% ABV! Overall a great beer.

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Photo of GatorB
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattGaskin
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themegamancave
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 6,860 ratings.
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