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:
6,836
Reviews:
1,413
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
1,087
Gots:
2,210
For Trade:
88
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Ratings: 6,836 |  Reviews: 1,413
Photo of themegamancave
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a fairly dark reddish-black with a massive, four-finger tan head produced by a gentle/moderate pour. Decent retention and minimal lacing.
S -- The vanilla and coffee flavors definitely shine through here. Notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts, and toffee. Smells a lot like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which gives it a somewhat gimmicky character.
T -- As prior reviewers have noted, the flavor palate in this brew is largely dominated by a stale coffee flavor that isn't particularly appealing. At this point in my beer drinking career, I think it's pretty obvious that nearly all brewers struggle with keeping the coffee flavor in their brews fresh. Occasionally they are successful (think Speedway Stout, Péché Mortel, etc.), but more often they are not. Otherwise the flavors here are good: mild chocolate, barley, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon on the finish.
F -- The 10% ABV is masked well. Medium body with a smooth, tapering finish.
O -- Hmmm.... Maybe it's just me, but I feel like many of Ballast Point's offerings are hella overrated. Victory at Sea is an easy 80/100, but no way is it a 97/100.

79/100

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory At Sea has a medium, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, with red shining through, at the bottom corners. There is a good amount of glass lacing present. Aroma is of rich, creamy coffee, vanilla, and dark malt, and the flavor is of those elements, with a rather harsh char, giving it a sort of burnt, acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Victory At Sea finishes medium dry.

RJT

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

Part of a 3-pack Costco 22oz bottles $19.99
Dark black color
Smell of chocolate
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-heavy carbonation
Taste of coffee, creamy, alcohol taste comes through at the end, some bitterness, slight taste of vanilla, after awhile it does smooth out making for a more pleasant taste. Not sure if the alcohol is getting to me, my taste buds are getting used to it, or is just mellows out at the end.
Overall not for me initially, but towards the end it does taste better. The peppermint version was the best of the 3 pack. I probably wouldn't buy this again as I trust my initial taste first.

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Photo of alawhorne
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonathanED
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nugget40
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maestro0708
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with a one finger, foamy, tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Coffee and roasted malts, vanilla notes and subtle hints of chocolate.

Taste: Bold dark roast coffee, roasted malts. Sweet vanilla counters bitterness from the coffee. Flavors are well balanced. ABV is masked. Coffee lingers on the palate.

Feel: Smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall: Tasty, smooth coffee Porter. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Grackos
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Black color, thin white head. Coffee aroma very noticeable up front. The taste matches with the right-away-coffee note. Delayed silky smooth vanilla note, followed by a hint of alcohol on the finish.

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Photo of Timtac
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hopspiller
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewsby
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Icemann383
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBass
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This delicious porter is thick, rich, with beautifully roasted malt and a nice, heavy coffee and vanilla notes that interweave nicely. Pours dark brown with a frothy, tannish head with good lacing. Flavors really come out with brew warms. Aroma and taste are spot on. This is a great showing for a pure porter.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of spursfaninla
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wanted to try a ballast point, and I don't like IPAs, i prefer stouts and porters. So, this was a good entre.

Did not disappoint. Looked gorgeous with nice full head, solid color.

In short, very flavorful, with the accents definitively being attainable. A little bit of burn to start, which quickly mellowed. The vanilla continues to rise to the top of the palate throughout the glass.

Overall, enjoyed it greatly.

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Photo of Corburk
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmsfish
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kips
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 6,836 ratings.
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