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:
6,867
Reviews:
1,425
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
1,091
Gots:
2,222
For Trade:
85
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Ratings: 6,867 |  Reviews: 1,425
Photo of weagle
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CSO
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lelampp
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

So, at dinner waiting for a table & asked the bartender what craft beers they had that were dark, heavy, & malty. She recommended this & I agreed. She brought one out in an imperial stout glass for $8. I took one drink, handed her a $20, & said "bring me one more of these, pour them both in a Guinness glass, & we'll call it even. Best beer I've had in a while. An unqualified 5 out of 5. If you love stouts with a slightly sweet aftertaste, you'll love this. Very tasty!

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had 2/1/15 at Porter's Pub in Easton. One of their better offerings, the coffe and vanilla come through nicely and are balanced well. The porter underneath is spot on roasty, and has a little caramel flavor to it.

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Photo of TRex_likes_beer
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of winter521
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Atodd21
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tbryan5
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad this finally made it to Louisiana. This is a great beer to go with dessert because it's sweet but also retains some of the bitterness from the coffee to complement the sweet vanilla and malt.

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Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ellswrth
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sublime89
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of haines710
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Destiney
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottsoileau
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tastes just like it describes on the bottle: vanilla and coffee yet delivers some extra flavoring such as roasted malts, hints of toasted marshamellow, slightly smoked macadamia nuts, chocolate, and light boozy alcohol notes that warm the throat. For 10% abv it is very smooth, can barely taste the alcohol. It is more a breakfast stout than Founder's Breakfast stout. Also tastes more like a stout than a porter, but delicious nevertheless.
Poured into a goblet color is pitch black like a cold coffee with a creamy head that quickly diminished into a thin white line.
Aroma is of coffee and vanilla.
Body is medium filled with sweet sensations.
Perfect for Christmas morning, afternoon, or evening. Perfect for a snowy winter's day. Perfect beer on a day to stay home from work and enjoy before breakfast.

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Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnyFriday
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

Very deep brown to almost black in color, it tops with very thick silky tan head that stands with great strength of retention. The head just slowly dissipates to an eternal foamy sheet on the surface and leaves plenty of refined lacing patch and spot along the way.

Coffee hits first through a nose then cocoa, dark chocolate, and very slight astringency. Malt with its big roasted, rich vanilla, biscuit, caramel, and some smokiness. Suggestion of slight citric hop too.

The taste is quite like the aroma with big malty sweetness of vanilla, bread, biscuit, and caramel but it is not too overwhelming since it is counterbalanced by solid roasted, smoky, and coffee profile as well as citric hop and roasted bitterness.

Full body and super smooth mouthfeel throughout the palate with proper level of crispness and carbonation, finish is dry. Oh this Porter is truly a kill, it will never go wrong, very rich and luscious. In fact, I did try both on-tap and bottle and discover that from tap is more malty, coffee, chocolaty and is a bit better.

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Photo of gritz147
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of armylax20
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 6,867 ratings.
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