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
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
Ratings:
6,836
Reviews:
1,413
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
1,087
Gots:
2,210
For Trade:
88
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Ratings: 6,836 |  Reviews: 1,413
Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a slight brownish-cream colored head on the jet black beer. The scent changes from coffee to vanilla with each smell. The coffee taste is light, but the vanilla shines. The flavor hides the alcohol well. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light but certainly not watery. This beer offers everything you want in a porter, then takes it to another level with the additional flavors. Highly recommend.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Onenote81
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to steve8robin for this bottle recently!

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very dark black with a thin tan head on top. Spotty lace rings stick to the glass. The nose is full of ground coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, chocolate. Coffee is the obvious main-player here.

The mouth is full and creamy. Alcohol definitely smooths this one out. The coffee comes through in the flavor with a punch. Nice dark roasted bitterness to start things off. But the vanilla commands a presence as well. Plenty of creamy sweetness to balance this one out well. Sweet finish with a melding of alcohol, vanilla, and milk chocolate. I've had this one on my wants for quite some time, so I'm glad to finally knock this one off. Excellent Porter.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at GABF several times over and also at Boonville. This was one of my favorites at both fests. Just so you don't pull out the "Don't review from beer fests!" crap, I also had it on tap at Rose & Crown Palo Alto.

A - Pours black with a small creamy tan head.

S - Aroma is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roast. Smells great.

T - Flavor is incredible with fresh, creamy, chocolatey mocha, vanilla, and some caramel and roasted malt. Great balance. This is pretty much to imperial porters what Sculpin is to IPAs, i.e. it's awesome. Ballast Point is becoming one of my favorites.

M - Medium-full body with a smooth palate, somewhat low carbonation, and only mild coffee astringency.

D - Very high for an imperial porter at 10% ABV. Overall this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of tylerstravis
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Fresh bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Victory at Sea is nearly black in color with good clarity seen on the pour. Head is thick at first but settles in about a minute. Some spoty lacing is left behind.

Aroma is immediately evident with both coffee and vanilla coming through in balance.

Flavor is also well balanced with vanilla sweetness, mild coffee bitterness, and assertive hops. Dark chocolate and roasted malts also add to the depth of flavors.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and appropriately carbonated. Balanced towards the bitter but drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden for being 10% ABV.

Overall an excellent double stout. The coffee and vanilla just enhance the experience.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of charlzm
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed August 6th, 2010 in a Triple Petrus tulip/snifter.

Beer is opaque black. Modest little tan head comes and goes, leaving behind a sticky ring of foam.

Aromas of coffee and vanilla (surprise!).

Flavor is full of bitter rich coffee and dark roasted malt. Vanilla is only a fraction of the overall flavor, but it can be picked out. Bitterness is all up front, as finish is fairly mild. A moderate caramel sweetness helps balance out the bitter. Warming alcohol is apparent after a few sips as are faint citric hops.

Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth.

Overall, it is exactly as advertised; nothing out of kilter and no surprises. Very impressive execution.

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Photo of bsp77
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with large, sustained, tan head and impressive lacing.

Smell: Pressed coffee, dried out char, chocolate, molasses and vanilla.

Taste: Good God, that's a shock. Very dry onslaught of coffee, char, smoke and vanilla. Some of the semi-sweet chocolate and molasses underneath that I expect from an Imperial Porter, but that initial taste was much stronger and drier than expected. Some burnt molasses aftertaste but not too much of an issue.

Feel: More medium bodied than I expected, with low carbonation. Fairly smooth, but not as creamy as some. Very dry, especially for the style.

Overall: I can see why this is so well reviewed. Just an impressive beer all around.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chickenm
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Burkbom23
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev -8%

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 6,836 ratings.
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