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:
1,095
Gots:
2,226
Trade:
84
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,889 |  Reviews: 1,432
Photo of Tuggy
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A beautiful opaque, nearly black color with a generous tan head. Great retention and lacing. Bright aromas of freshly brewed coffee, vanilla beans, toast, cocoa, and some char. The taste is well-balanced notes of the above. A nice mix of coffee and vanilla of the finish. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of Fordknox
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riggsenater
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwkdmk
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of justjonas
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersgud
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tridge85
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black pour with a decent amount of head
S: smells very sweet with strong notes of coffee and vanilla
T: tastes very creamy with vanilla and coffee flavors mixed in
M: very smooth with mild carbonation, syrupy like
O: well balanced among the flavor profiles and has a superb aroma, very good porter!

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

Photo of Goldfishman
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hints of vanilla and coffee, nice roasted taste

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Photo of Nlawrence301
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-review! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a pitch-black color. The head is two fingers high and tan in shade. While the retention isn't stunningly long, it features a great texture. Decent amounts of lacing stick to my glass. (4)

Smell: The coffee notes are great - and so are the vanilla notes. These two elements combine together beautifully, and that's before I mention the aromas of chocolate, gingerbread, and graham cracker coming through. It's like the best damn latte in the world... (4.5)

Taste: Vanilla is stronger on the taste, especially on the initial flavors. Coffee gently crescendos on the finish. I also get a lot of chocolate, cream, and gingerbread in particular (I'd even call this brew a little spicy). 10%? Not here. Not at all. The vanilla is a touch strong for me, but the craftsmanship of this brew is spectacular. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Fairly light on the palate, but also rich as well. Its residual sweetness is concealed extremely well. Just like the flavor profile (didn't) reveal, there isn't a hint of booze anywhere. Carbonation helps it go down far more easily than it should. (4.5)

Overall: When I first tried this, I liked it, but I never fully 'got' it. It's a great beer, but it's close to what I remembered - it has a bit too much vanilla for my tastes. This isn't a dismissal of this offering, just a subjective bugaboo. Objectively, this is a top-caliber imperial porter. A must have beer, especially now that's it in 6 packs. (4.25)

4.12/5: A vanilla lover's delight

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Photo of tarheels4life23
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redrock
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vanilla, mocha and chocolate it's roasted malty goodness in a cup.

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Photo of tb4475
3.52/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregaroo
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hello! TRIA Rittenhouse has this on tap. Great pour with 1/2 inch head in the tall stem tulip glass. Quick swirl and the head reappears. Close your eyes and remember when your Grandma put an extra drop or two of vanilla in whatever she was baking. That is this porter. I love you, Grandma.

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Photo of RichD
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CMundt4994
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beartooth
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.59/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SovietBear1982
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fondyball20
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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