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

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial PorterVictory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
BA SCORE
4.39/5
6,889 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#254
Reviews:
1,432
Ratings:
6,889
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,094
Gots:
2,226
Trade:
84
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1/5  rDev -77.2%

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1/5  rDev -77.2%

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1/5  rDev -77.2%

Photo of Rocketbird
1.46/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Strong coffee nose, minimal head. Very dark bodied. Extreme burnt toast flavor, minimal vanilla flavor. Blech.

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Photo of Sti555
1.65/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of djuhnk
1.69/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Smell- green pepper stale coffee, the stale coffee aromas only got worse as it sat in the glass

Taste- stale coffee overrides everything else, there's quite a bit of roast and bitter coffee going on too, a very subtle sweet maltiness barely shows through.

Feel- feels thin, acrid, roasty, and bitter, not thick and velvety like a 10% porter should be. Not impressed

Overall- very disappointed, this is why coffee beers need to be done very carefully, they get out of control quickly

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Photo of twloco
1.91/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

This has always been amazing in past years. I've only had it in bombers and on tap. I just bought fresh six pack and it's horrid. Just has a bitter cheap coffee flavor. Sadly no redeeming qualities. This is nasty, not sure what went wrong, but I'm going to try returning it. Undrinkable swill. This the 2015 in 6-pack bottled in November. Something is wrong with it, this was a favorite prior to this.
It's never had a bitter coffee flavor before and the vanilla was clearly there which seems missing, it even smells like cheap coffee.

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2/5  rDev -54.4%

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2/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of ale1
2/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

found this at Moe's Center Street beer store in Jupiter, Fla .

not having tried this porter style ale after searching all the shelves for new one's we added this to this evening's taste session again.

poured into a Seirra Nevada pint glass served around 55°

taste:coffee,vanilla to the nose, however when sipping some, hit with strong coffee,chocolate flavors, not what you'd expect from roasted barley however kind of a instant coffee taste if you like cuban coffee cortaditas, the bittering in the finish not from hops, but from the unsweetened chocalate & coffee.
this ale overwhelming, viscous appearance
really tough to call this a porter as it's really a black coffee bitter stout ..rather potent one at that.

this could be served as a desert type ale if that's what they intended????

naaa this isnt pleasant to drink, obnoxious glorpy cacaraca

like you're to assume ? or beat me, make me like it ?

this ale is like in your face coming and going , we'll pass on the next purchase
to call this an enjoyable beer ? no not really it just doesn't taste good even with all the flavors firing off at different times start to finish
tastes like a bad medicine

i homebrew ale, it has to taste good or i wont make it.

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2.24/5  rDev -49%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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2.25/5  rDev -48.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -48.7%

Woah, this is a huge beer. Bitter, lots of coffee. Thick and heavy. The vanilla flavor seems lost at sea. Tasty in small amounts, but hard to finish a pint.

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Photo of sendsilk
2.29/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Okay,
Just found one of these down here in good old FL, a rarity I can assure you. Read alot about this bad boy and am super excited to try it. Here goes the play by play as I drink it.

A- Poured dark, I mean really dark, burnt brown color. Nice 3/4" head but quickly recedes and not much lacing.

S- Holy Coffee! That's not a good sign for me. I like coffee for breakfast and beer for dinner and I likes 'em separate. I was hoping to be overpowered with vanilla but it is definitely coffee. Dammit, I hope this doesn't taste like some Kona Pipeline Porter which I bought a case of and can barely stomach the swill.

T- Coffee and beer dammit to hell. Where the hell is the vanilla guys? It DEFINITELY says vanilla porter on the label. How about labeling it [email protected] Coffee porter **Now without vanilla!!** I could have had a Cigar City Cubano Espresso which tastes very similar, BUT, I did not want a coffee beer. I'm sure many people out there love this (as witnessed by the rating) but this is not the "vanilla porter" I signed up for.

M- It does have a nice thick and creamy mouthfeel even though the coffee is overpowering.

Well, at least I can say I have tried it. I have another one of these that someone might want to trade for. I don't know, maybe as it gets older it will get better but this is definitely not for me.

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2.29/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.36/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.4/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz into Portsmouth tulip. Been meaning to try this one for a long time.

A- Dark roast coffee... 5 finger head after an aggressive pour. Great formation/retention. Khaki in color, even and thick lacing. One of the better 10% pours I've seen in a while.

S- Kind of buttery toffee caramel. Mild heavily creamed coffee. Not really appealing.. there's something off in the nose here. .

T- The buttery caramel toffee is here but doesn't turn me off like it does in the nose. Vanilla is here but comes across more like artificial sweetener than vanilla bean. Tastes like a chocolate butterscotch sundae with some coffee ice cream. Sweet, but not in the realm of ST's creme brulee. Mild acidity, but the coffee is playing too much of a subdued role and the caramel vanilla sweetness is a bit too much.

M- Flavorful.. a bit too sweet. Stealth ABV, very lush body, great carbonation.

D- Low. I'm very 'meh' on this beer. For the price, I can't see myself buying this again.

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.1%

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 6,889 ratings
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