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
96.1%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 6,877 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:
#256
Reviews:
1,429
Ratings:
6,877
Liked:
6,612
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
8.88%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,097
Gots:
2,224
Trade:
85
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,877 |  Reviews: 1,429
Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andewk for the exceptional trade and the hookup on this bonus beer.

Tall, thick, and dark tan head with a cluster of slowly popping bubbles at the top of the jet black brew. Staying power is excellent. In other words, this head don't need no Viagra. A tiered and multi-hued lace is left when the froth is spent.

Sweet and bitter chocolates to the nose initially, with an undercurrent of black coffee and furtive vanilla bean at the very end. Taste is complex with rich caramel malts, pine, espresso, vanilla, milk chocolate and oaken notes.

Creamy goodness going down with an unbroken but never overwhelming alcohol heat.

A stud of a perfectly balanced bittersweet brew that I find finishes off way to quick no matter how you cut it.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours as black and mysterious as the bottom of the sea with a small tan head that sticks around, leaves decent lacing. Not picking up much coffee in the smell, but great scents of vanilla and caramel, and later on some chocolate. Unfortunately the taste is a little lackluster. Mostly a decent coffee taste, a little sweetness, but not much vanilla. A little roasty. But the thing that really kills the taste is the alcohol, it's there up front with every sip, 10% is too high for a porter in my opinion. A little vanilla and caramel is detectable in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fine for the style. It would be alot better if the alcohol was more hidden. I've had plenty of 10% beers and coffee beers that do it well.

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Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Cramerican
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour on tap at the Griffon in Niagara Falls, NY. Finally glad to try this legendary imperial beer.

Appearance - black and ominous, with just a glint of light shining through from a reflection made on the table. Long lasting tan head, curtains of lacing left behind.

Smell - freshly brewed coffee, some vanilla present too but dialed back. Close to Peche Mortel on the nose alone.

Taste- loads of coffee, traces of vanilla and generally a bitter demeanour. Super delicious and wishing I could have another.

Mouthfeel - two words. Liquid velvet!

Overall- fantastic beer that lives up to the hype. Will have to pick up a six pack the next time I see it.

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Photo of LakerLeith
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Purchased a bomber at Bauer for $9.99. Poured into a stemmed crystal glass. Dark brown color, bordering on black. Large leather brown head. Significant lacing. Thick body, not a lot of carbonation noticed. Smell was a wonderful combo of coffee and chocolate. Taste was a knock out. Borderline perfect. Had that chocolate and roasted barley flavor of a nice porter, but the addition of the high end coffee was killer. Then, the vanilla was just enough in the background to lend a bit of flavor, but didn't overwhelm at all. A great compliment to the intended flavor profile. Outstanding flavor. Mouthfeel was stout-like, very heavy and hearty. Much more than a porter. Not a beer to session with, but a beautiful beer to have with dessert or have as a sweet treat by itself. A bit more expensive than what I spend normally on a bomber, but well worth it. Puts Ballast Point up there with the big boys in my mind.

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Photo of Nat1975
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Omnium
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CPAles
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a nice thick rocky tan head. Nice lace and retention.

Big coffee nose, with good hints of vanilla, but not overdone in this factor. Dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate round this out. A whiff of booze.

Nice balance between the roasted malt, carbonized bits, and coffee. There is some sweetness in here to bring some balance, but is not fruit. Vanilla extract (as there is an alcohol note), some wood, charred bits, bitterness, and a long coffee finish. Wonderfully complex.

Fuller bodied, appropriate carbonation.

Liked this a lot. Glad I found it. Nice complex porter.

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

On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours an initial pitch black that lightens to a translucent, very dark brown (with ruby highlights) as the brew recedes in the glass. It's capped by a surprisingly long-lived mocha-colored head that falls in rocky patches. But it doesn't leave a collar or any lacing down the glass, which is odd. I am able to excite fresh carbonation with a swirl, but it doesn't last.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt which lends quite the flavorful aroma of espresso. I kept expecting more, then I realized it's my "extreme beer nerd" acting up. This has a few primary components, and they are delivered well for a solid bouquet. That's that.

T: Vanilla up front -- I'm told this was made with vanilla beans, as opposed to extract -- and dark chocolate make for a supple, sweet introduction that make me beg for more. The mid-taste is coffee that carries into the finish. The aftertaste resurrects vanilla and chocolate for a supremely satisfying close.

M: Full-bodied; it's quite viscous to swirl in the mouth. Low carbonation that gives it a nearly creamy mouthfeel. Quite good. No trace of the ABV. It drank like something much, much lighter.

D: Hell yes. I had two glasses of this and I'm tempted to go back for more before the keg kicks. This is a good one. The price point is the only thing keeping me away from drinking myself silly on it.

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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 jjd315
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CSO
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Froma 22 oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: deep dark brown with a thumb sized root beer head. The head breaks down giving way to thick lacing.

S: vanilla is the premier smell, followed by coffee, roasted malts and some caramel.

T: roast and coffee but the the vanilla taste really comes through here. I found this to be almost a little overpowering.

M: good carbonation and a chewyness that was nice. The finish was a bit bitter however.

O: a good porter, though the vanilla did at times seem too strong. I also found that as this beer moved up in temperature it became a little less flavorful and a little boozier.

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Photo of knicks19947
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark black in color with a good-looking head of two fingers, beige in color, with large bubbly pock-markings. The nose is quite large, especially once the head settles and the thick lace starts to form. Notes of heavily roasted barley and plenty of coffee, with I suppose a hint of vanillin in the sweetness.

Solid flavor all around, with a good dosage of what you would expect from a Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter. Espresso notes are present, and mix with the clear vanilla hints to give a white bittersweet chocolate impression. Hops are earthy, and melt into the roasted coffee notes to add a pepper edge - not to mention the zing provided by the alcohol.

Great drinkability, as the booze is masked by the preponderance of quality flavors. It comes off as fairly sweet overall, however, which hurts the drink score for me personally. I wouldn't mind if the mouthfeel were thinned a bit by a heavier hand of hops. No matter - this is a solid brew all around.

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours an opaque dark, dark brown (about as dark as you can get without being black). A thin half finger of dark tan head appears briefly. It falls away to a loose collar and few straggling islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - A touch boozy in the aroma with alcohol up front. Lots of coffee and dark roasty flavors. Vanilla appears as a sweet creaminess and blends with some other sweet, fruity aroma in there.

T - Lots of coffee up front in flavor, a bit of astringency coming from the amount of coffee there. Lots of other roasty flavors too from dark grains, also gives a hint of caramel, a sweet and somewhat fruity flavor. Vanilla adds some more sweetness and definitely a smoothness to the flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and on the watery side - almost like carbonated black coffee. I think this keeps the vanilla from having more of an impact. I thought it would be fuller and creamier in feel. Carbonation is adequate, but on the light side...also contributes to the thin feel. Probably my least favorite aspect of this beer, but only a minor distraction.

D - Rather high in alcohol at 10% and the alcohol is noticeable in the nose, but not as much in the flavor. Somewhere in the middle of a sipper and a moderately drinkable beer overall. For what it is, it is pretty smooth. A bomber is plenty in one sesson though.

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Photo of JamFuel
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.1% out of 100 with 6,877 ratings
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