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
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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:
6,863
Reviews:
1,423
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
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1,092
Gots:
2,223
For Trade:
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Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Look - 4 - Its a very dark poor, with a good clean white head. Doesn't fizz up as much as some, but does give about 1 finger once settled. Head could be a tad creamier.
Smell - 4 - Very strong earthy coffee smell out of the bottle. Over time settles to a more coffee/vanilla smell
Taste - 4 - Again the smell of coffee and vanilla translate into taste. There is another flavor in there that I could not quite put my finger on that didn't quite resonate but I did look past that (see overall)
Feel - 4 - Again good traditional porter feel going down, thicker than say a pale ale, but not too thick. Initial taste of coffee gives way to vanilla

Overall - 4 - I am by no means a porter drinker. I was "exchanged" one of these for a taster of another brew from Ballast point. My true drink from Ballast point would be something like a Scuplin - unfiltered - or a Bonito or some such. Anyways I digress - I'm not a big porter (or stout) drinker. That said, this lives up to the description. There are, as mentioned above, some very strong coffee and vanilla flavors, and these work well with the overall taste of the beverage. I would imagine that if porter was your preferred drink type this would actually make you question reality and what you have been drinking your whole life. As for me, I can do one, occasionally, and I'll wander off into IPA land again, but it was a good excursion away from there and I was glad I took it - might just be a while before I'm back - but I know that is just personal taste as this is a good brew!

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fryeguy52
3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Motive707
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, somewhat reminds me of an Imperial Stout but it's a porter. You can taste the coffee up front and then the vanilla comes in. Highly recommended.

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Photo of daem3384
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mike
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of abagri
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Finkline
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nosquatch
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drink it, it's pretty awesome. Had it out of a bomber I bought at Costco. They actually have a nice selection of bombers. The problem with most Ballast Point beers is that they are a little too pricey. A 6 pack of cans is like $1 million. Are they trying to be the highest priced item at Sheetz? They're almost beef jerky expensive. Or those $20 scratch off lottery ticket expensive. Who buys those anyway? You'd be better off using that $20 on beer and at least feeling good about your life for an evening than pissing it away on a $20 scratch off.

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Photo of El_Brujo_de_A2
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thick frothy brown tinted head. Nose is of sweet vanilla. Taste is quite different from the nose.Sweet anise,dark chocolate. faint vanilla. dark roasted coffee beans.Tastes alot better than I imagined from the fragrance it was putting off. Wet mouth feel. Semi dry bitter finish, but nothing a guy who doesn't like sugar or cream on their coffee would mind. Overall an interesting take on the porter style.

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Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark brown, with big khaki head.
Smell: Coffee, vanilla, molasses, and bready malt.
Taste: Chocolate, molasses, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium body.
Overall: A good coffee vanilla Porter from Ballast Point.

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Photo of corywalston
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kraticus41
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Bum4ever
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a pure black color with a slim concave off white slightly foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Slim stringy lacing roams around the glass. The smell starts off with a rich roasty coffee and vanilla blend. A light cocoa enters in ever so slightly as it warms. The taste was roasty sweet cocoa and balances a slight bitterness from the coffee. A super smooth vanilla roastiness rolls over the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat oh so smooth and roasty coffee and vanilla. It’s a nice balancing act of flavors relinquishing delicacy of harshness but nothing overbearing. Overall, imperial porter - check. Awesomeness - check! As a night cap - priceless!

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Photo of claminat420
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottled 321st day of 2015. aged well.

Appearance- from a hardy pour into a libbey's porter glass it's a typical porter/ stout darkness (black). frothy tan head that leaves a medium amount of lacing. nothing crazy but good from looks.

Aroma- chocolate and vanilla mixed well. awesome smelling porter.

Taste- I don't get much coffee. it's more hardy in a burnt chocolate with a smack of vanilla which I find really good. alcohol is very well hidden which could be from the aging. other malts sorta mingle in the background like a biscuit taste but nothing crazy.

Mouthfeel- solid medium/ heavy bodied. great carbonation even from the aging. a slight silkiness.

Drinkability- glad I have another six pack aged just as long.

Overall- I had this fresh and I didn't find it anything crazy. if you want to try this brew I would recommend to age it at least a year. the alcohol is sooo well hidden. I was worried of it being too coffee heavy but not really. I would compare it aged to a founder's porter just in beast mode. hope they didn't change the recipe after the corporate sell out.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ballast Point Victory At Sea, 10% ABV, 60 IBU. Pours black, with a one finger tan head. Nose is malty, bit of vanilla. Taste is pretty much overwhelmed by bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent, overall very good, but had hoped for more.

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Photo of brymtb
4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

....everything a Porter should be....and more

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Photo of turntable1973
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 911CROFT
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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