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:
#253
Reviews:
1,432
Ratings:
6,889
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,094
Gots:
2,226
Trade:
85
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,889 |  Reviews: 1,432
Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of agreenman19
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Herky21
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goddamn it took me too long to try this one!

The aroma was fairly mild to me, I found a pleasant balance of vanilla, roasty malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee. This tastes leaps and bounds better than it smells. Sweet up front with vanilla and caramel playing nicely off of one another; a big roasted note come comes in mid-palate before a massive coffee finish. Just phenomenal! I especially appreciate how subtle the vanilla is. Vanilla is not my favorite ingredient in beer but it absolutely adds something special here.

Sign me up for a case in the not too distant future. This may well be my breakfast stout substitute.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with light tan foam. Smells of coffee and vanilla, very strong and decadent. Flavor is overpowering coffee and burnt malts. Full bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Decent beer, nose>flavor

Original review on 19FEB11: 3/2.5/2.5/3.5/3- 2.73
A: Pours a dark, brown ale. single finger latte head falls quickly leaving a fine velvet sheet. Little lacing.
S: Plenty of coffee. Sharp alcoholic nose. A little overbearing with the coffee and alcohol.
T: Once the beer hits the mouth, it's all vanilla. Such a severe transition from coffee to vanilla, man I don't really dig this. Okay, a little bit later and the coffee is starting to balance out the vanilla sweetness a bit. Roasty background.
M: Thick with low carbonation. Sticky.
D: This is a big beer. I will finish the bottle, but I will never seek this out again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bnes09
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dense viscous-looking motor oil colored liquid with a finger of whole wheat colored head on the pour. Head retreats to a ring around the glass and forms many small lace spots.

Rich, warm and inviting aroma of dark chocolate, bold coffee, vanilla and oak. Just a hint of bourbon. Extremely well balanced.

Dense, wheaty malt backbone with hints of cooked corn. Roasted malt boasts complex coffee, chocolate, toast and licorice qualities. Toffee and molasses sweetness in the perfect quantities to balance the roasted bitterness. Hop character starts as a non-specific, underlying, herbal bitterness allowing the malt character to shine through. The hops then morph into an aggresssive pinesol, garlic and nutmeg spice which maintains a good balance with the malty character and adds a spicy aftertaste. HInt of vanilla extract. Great balance for such a complex flavor.

Full bodied and bordering on a syrupy texture. Smooth and slick throughout from the dense malt then changes to ultra-dry from the aggressive hops. One of the more dynamic feels I've experienced in a beer.

Overall, this beer is outstanding. Deeply complex and delicious.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

$14.99 -6pack

I had this beer a while back. Must have been old because the coffee and vanilla were way underneath. Today I know I have a fresh bottle thanks to them doing 6-packs now.

This is insane. One of the best coffee beers I've ever had.

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Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the skeleton parrot on the shoulder of the skeleton pirate. Opaque black, large chunky tan head leaves lumpy gravy retention. Could look better only if it came in a glow in the dark bottle.

Dark roast coffee + dark roast malt = dark and rich with smooth vanilla all over. Subtle hop burst at the end. Smells like it tastes.

I would never guess this to be such a high abv as the alcohol is expertly hidden. My new favorite dessert beer.

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Photo of Kendo
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is black with a 2-finger, tannish/chocolate brown head that leaves behind nice thick rings of lace.

S: Not as strong as I'd expected, but I think that actually bodes well, as I've had plenty of vanilla-added beers that really overdo it and you note it right away in the nose. I get mainly roasty notes - roasted barley malt & coffee beans - with just a touch of vanilla.

T: "Roasty" is the first word that comes to mind. Some coffee, plenty of malt, a modest amount of vanilla and a touch of charcoal/char that provides bitterness. Finishes with a surprisingly solid bitterness that provides a nice offset of all the otherwise malty flavors (as well as the "added" flavors of vanilla and coffee). No trace whatsoever of the 10% ABV.

M: Good for an imperial porter - nearly full-bodied in heft, but with a good creaminess that makes it drink lighter.

O: Tremendous stuff. Nicely balanced and tasty.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto with Sculpin right next to it.

a - pours deep dark black, one-finger mocha colored head, retention around the edges and decent lacing

s - vanilla extract and dark chocolate dominate, dark fruits and deep roasted coffee add a nice depth

t - fairly sweet with semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla up front, mid-palate is dominated by dark roasted bitter coffee, finish has lots of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla extract and some boozy notes

m - medium-to-full bodied, medium carbonation, pretty dry finish, strong alcohol warming

d - definitely a sipper and not overly drinkable, the coffee bitterness is fairly hard on the palate, that said, the flavors are interesting and I'd have no problem polishing off a few snifters or a bomber

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Black as night, creamy tan 1 inch head, tons of lacing

SMell - Lots of coffee, smoke, vanilla, chocolate, malts, barley, spices, man they put alot of everything in this

Taste - Is this a porter or stout? Man its sweet. Lots of vanilla and malts. Tons of coffee mixed with smoked bitterness. Very strong, very sweet, intense in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel - Bold, sweet, intense. Mouth is all messed up over the flavors. Tounge gets a huge sugar kick , then palette gets some sugar and burn from alcohol. No way would i drink anything ipa or pale after this monster. Still i ask, is this a porter?

Drinkabilty - This 22oz was enough. This was very strong and high on flavor. Was fun to drink, alot going on. Wasnt expecting it to be so strong and sweet. Its really good,I want to age one and i need to drink another one cause it was good, and next time i will expect the flavors more.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tylerstravis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jvillefan
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A dark brown beer that has a light brown half finger head that does not stick around very long.

S: Roasted malt is the primary aroma here. There are some coffee and vanilla flavors in the background of this beer's aroma.

T: Vanilla Coffee is dominate here. It is well balanced with the heavy roast malt with caramel undertones as well.

M: A little light for my liking and the carbonation is also a little light but overall good.

O: Great beer. Get it if you can. The roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla mix well together.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of roasted chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted dark chocolate and coffee beans with some vanilla, raisin, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, some more roasted and lightly bitter coffee comes through with some stronger vanilla. The finish is a mix of roasted bittersweet chocolate with some coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, and booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasted, dry, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Bold but perfectly balanced. The coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors go very well together.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This will be the first beer I give a perfect score to and it has been the only one to date worth a 5

2011 version consumed a few days after the release

Look: Black and totally opaque with a perfect 1 inch foamy head and great retention with some circular lacing. As you drink the beer down it coats the glass and leaves behind a light brown coating. Just beautiful

Smell: Just wonderful gourmet coffee upfront and it might e the best coffee nose I have ever smelled traces of vanilla fill the background nice. Just perfect

Taste: God damn the flavors in this beer are in perfect harmony. The coffee melds so well together with the chocolate and finishes perfectly with just the right amount of vanilla and just a slight amount of alcohol. PERFECT

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Silky smooth going down and coats the mouth beautifully

Overall: This is truly a perfect imperial porter.

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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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