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:
#254
Reviews:
1,452
Ratings:
6,969
pDev:
8.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,104
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2,265
Trade:
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Photo of Quafftastic
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrianScott
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I keep bragging about it, but it never gets old. My westie cousin, Colby Chandler, is now VP of BP, having started out as the manager of the original Homebrew Mart. I was privileged enough to taste Sculpin in Beta in early-2002, one of the last times that I saw his dad, my Uncle Rick, alive. 8=( My Pops had passed the previous summer & both of them were terribly long-lived, which may not bode well for my longevity. C'est la vie.

From the bottle: "Dedicated to the Craft".

I Pop!ped the cap & went with a (slightly) uncharacteristic aggro pour. My specious reasoning was that it being a dark beer, I might get to see a pseudo-cascade as a result. I am happy to report that my efforts were highly successful! Not only that, but it puffed up with just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention that left behind some nice lacing. Nose was redolent with coffee! Mmm. I love coffee, especially in the morning since old habits die hard as a retired U.S. Navy sailor. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with mahogany highlights. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big for an American Porter, certainly. This base version had a solid roastiness, definitely coffee, some smoke & even some chocolate, but I was not getting the vanilla. The vanilla became assertive on the finish, lending the beer a sweetness that it did not initially have. Finish was dry, more roasty than the sweetness could overcome, but it was fine by me. This is the base beer for many variants, so I would encourage you to have this one first & then try some of the others.

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Photo of austinc94
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LoganMc
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barryLongcut
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mntlover
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black a small darker tan head, good lace.

Aroma is little light for a big beer, roasted notes, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is much beer big roasted notes, coffee, chocolate loads of vanilla. Rich big flavors. Good hop bite with lingering coffee bean bitterness and vanilla in the finish. Alcohol notes also in the finish that warms it a little bit they blend perfectly with the flavor.

Mouhfeel and little light for a big beer.

Overall eh nose could be better but flavor is spot on. Pretty easy drinking for a big brew.

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Photo of lewith
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prokopt2
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bold and smooth. Full body. Very nice coffee. I wasn't expecting this to be bad but this surprised me with how good it was.

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Photo of TCOlson
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottvanbelois
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbell23
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tws1
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of anthony-s
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wolverine0712
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WormGod
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korymiller
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany color, thin head. Distinct coffee scent with a malty base. Heavy coffee taste with strong vanilla notes. Delicious. Thick, boozy feel to it. Love this beer.

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

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

Photo of Noles9585
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wardt16
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 6,969 ratings
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