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

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & VanillaVictory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla
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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & VanillaVictory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla
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:
#255
Reviews:
1,457
Ratings:
6,993
pDev:
8.66%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 6,993 |  Reviews: 1,457
Photo of kds2437
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of greatnorthern315
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DavidR_9
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VS 156 17299 bottling code
Very pretty pour. Surprisingly not a very viscous body at all - I guess that's the gravity difference of an imperial porter from an imperial stout. Light tan frothy head with some larger soapy bubbles throughout, fizzes down to a thin layer of some larger bubbles. Smells of fairly intense coffee beans, a good heap of vanilla, and touches of toffee. Almost gives off a vanilla coke kind of aroma. Tastes of fairly bitter coffee beans followed by a light touch of raisin bread, vanilla extract, caramel and some toffee. Heat and bitterness is definitely evident in this brew. Mouthfeel is rather thin but medium to medium-high carbonation keeps it pleasant. Victory st Sea doesn't quite pack the flavor punch I was expecting but I'm still a fan of this brew and I'd say its true to style, even in its imperialized form.

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

L: From a 12oz bottle it's a dark brown with a minimal khaki head with no noticeable lacing.
S: Light barrel aroma, , vanilla and coffee are more pronounced.
T: Coffee, vanilla, raisin and a hint of molasses and toffee. Moderate alcohol burn.
O: Much thinner than expected, moderate carbonation. I'll let the others collect dust for awhile.

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikerieder
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aj21
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of KingofBeers1000
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite Imperial Porter and probably my all time favorite beer! I love this stuff! I get draft at the growler store. I don't like the 10% so I measure 6 oz. for a drink. It's sipping beer. Savor a great beer summer or especially in the cold of Winter.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mini tulip...

A - Strong two fingers of beige head, sticky lacing
S - Toffee, raisins, milk chocolate
T - Raisins, vanilla bean, molasses, spicy notes
F - Heavy bodied, lively carbonation, warming booze

Overall, I love it.

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

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

Photo of beerPhysics
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LydiasStorm
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved the smell, it smelled exactly how I wanted it to taste. It was too bitter for me though. I expected a fuller body too. This would make an awesome float over vanilla ice cream. Who doesn't love beer for dessert?

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Photo of Jps715
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Easy drinking imperial porter with an aroma of coffee but more of vanilla which gives it a very nice smell.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NodakEric
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atr2605
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours black with a tan head with great retention and some lacing
S-roasted coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla beans, a bit chalky
T-more roasted coffee, dark cocoa, vanilla, and big roasted coffee notes in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-bold, roast brew that hides the abv quite well

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

Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 6,993 ratings