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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Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro on tap;

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger creamy light brown head that receded to a thin cap; sheets of lacing;

S: coffee and vanilla;

T: bittersweet chocolate for a moment, then coffee with cream through the finish; didn't really detect the vanilla, although it could have been a factor in how I perceived the coffee;

M: medium to full bodied; light to moderate creamy carbonation; lightly dry finish; ABV is well hidden - lightly warming;

O: drinks very easily for the ABV;

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

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

Photo of dontknojack
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkBlanton
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pretty deep black. Tastes like coffee but in it's purest form, like a coffee bean, and with hints of vanilla. This was actually a fantastic beer. A lot of purists gice Ballast Point a lot of flack but this was great. If breakfast was a beer this is what it would taste like.

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

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

Photo of JoeK89
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color with a thin thick caramel head with short retention.
Aroma with the expected predominant notes of cold brew coffee and vanilla beans. Hints of caramel, cocoa, mild lactic acid, a bit of caramel, nuts and dark fruits.
Flavor with notes of vanilla upfront, caramel, green coffee beans, some spices, lactic acid, roasted malts (even though the sensation comes more from coffee), licorice, piney and floral hops, dark chocolate and cream. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted note with pine and vanilla in the background.
Bordering full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10% abv is very well hidden.
At a first sip, I noticed it was going to be relatively more complex for the style, although it brings upfront both cold brew coffee and lots of vanilla. This Imperial Porter is almost a RIS.
I was in doubt if this was brewed with lager yeast as its Baltic peers or with ale yeast at controlled temperatures, given its purer yeast profile.
This has matured well after a couple of years since I bought this.

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

Photo of ale_addin
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date looks to be March of 2016.
Very dark, but red hues comes through against the light. Tan, bubbly, frothy head, good lacing
Coffee and malt on the nose, coffee and vanilla combine for taste, with vanilla lasting longer. Very, very tasty.
Rather thin on mouthfeel, but it is a porter, not a stout.
A really good tasting beer, even at 1-1/2 years after bottling.

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

This goes down very easy for a 10% brew, the alcohol level is imperceptible. I could not discern any coffee flavors in it at all, just a bit of sweetness from the vanilla. Had hoped for more.

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Photo of billydrinksbeer
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Vanzomeran
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Excellent deep color and good head retention/Belgian lace.
Very strong coffee and malt on the nose, just a touch of alcohol which is to be expected with an imperial.
Mouth feel is good and solid, about where I like a porter to be.
The coffee hits the taste buds first, and is a tad over-strong, though not particularly acidic. Probably cold brewed. The vanilla comes more on the finish, but is much more subtle. And at 10%, you're left with the feeling of alcohol on the back of the tongue, but not in a terrible way.
Overall: Great for an imperial, a little heavy on the coffee and light on the vanilla.

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Photo of Eammon1920
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing 'Victory at Sea' @ 10.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $10.50
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the snifter
S-vanilla cream coffee
T-vanilla coffee porter , lots of vanilla
MF-ok carbonation , full bodied
Ov-just too much sweetness
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HawkGX
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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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