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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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4.39/5
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6,904 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:
#252
Reviews:
1,437
Ratings:
6,904
pDev:
8.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,097
Gots:
2,234
Trade:
85
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Ratings: 6,904 |  Reviews: 1,437
Photo of RealDeal
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ale_addin
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date looks to be March of 2016.
Very dark, but red hues comes through against the light. Tan, bubbly, frothy head, good lacing
Coffee and malt on the nose, coffee and vanilla combine for taste, with vanilla lasting longer. Very, very tasty.
Rather thin on mouthfeel, but it is a porter, not a stout.
A really good tasting beer, even at 1-1/2 years after bottling.

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Photo of scream
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This goes down very easy for a 10% brew, the alcohol level is imperceptible. I could not discern any coffee flavors in it at all, just a bit of sweetness from the vanilla. Had hoped for more.

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Photo of billydrinksbeer
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Vanzomeran
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Excellent deep color and good head retention/Belgian lace.
Very strong coffee and malt on the nose, just a touch of alcohol which is to be expected with an imperial.
Mouth feel is good and solid, about where I like a porter to be.
The coffee hits the taste buds first, and is a tad over-strong, though not particularly acidic. Probably cold brewed. The vanilla comes more on the finish, but is much more subtle. And at 10%, you're left with the feeling of alcohol on the back of the tongue, but not in a terrible way.
Overall: Great for an imperial, a little heavy on the coffee and light on the vanilla.

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Photo of Eammon1920
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 Shortbox81
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HawkGX
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Look - 4 - Its a very dark poor, with a good clean white head. Doesn't fizz up as much as some, but does give about 1 finger once settled. Head could be a tad creamier.
Smell - 4 - Very strong earthy coffee smell out of the bottle. Over time settles to a more coffee/vanilla smell
Taste - 4 - Again the smell of coffee and vanilla translate into taste. There is another flavor in there that I could not quite put my finger on that didn't quite resonate but I did look past that (see overall)
Feel - 4 - Again good traditional porter feel going down, thicker than say a pale ale, but not too thick. Initial taste of coffee gives way to vanilla

Overall - 4 - I am by no means a porter drinker. I was "exchanged" one of these for a taster of another brew from Ballast point. My true drink from Ballast point would be something like a Scuplin - unfiltered - or a Bonito or some such. Anyways I digress - I'm not a big porter (or stout) drinker. That said, this lives up to the description. There are, as mentioned above, some very strong coffee and vanilla flavors, and these work well with the overall taste of the beverage. I would imagine that if porter was your preferred drink type this would actually make you question reality and what you have been drinking your whole life. As for me, I can do one, occasionally, and I'll wander off into IPA land again, but it was a good excursion away from there and I was glad I took it - might just be a while before I'm back - but I know that is just personal taste as this is a good brew!

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fryeguy52
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Motive707
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, somewhat reminds me of an Imperial Stout but it's a porter. You can taste the coffee up front and then the vanilla comes in. Highly recommended.

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Photo of daem3384
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bobstockwell
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 6,904 ratings
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