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

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell this is pretty with a deep ebony glow and a thick crown of dense brown foam that laced so well.

The nose is so nice and varied. I catch a smoke and tobacco out front by than it settles in with a dry chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

The flavors are smoky and spicy with a pepper and chili pepper like body. The complexities continue with smoke, tobacco, cocoa, vanilla and roasted coffee. This becomes even more interesting as a strong of vanilla ties through all phases but never intrudes.

The feel is dry but silky, dry with a touch of warmth.

This was a touch hyped before I tried it but it lived up to that pomp. This has superb taste and tremendous variance.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a black color with a frothy brown head.

The aroma has a French vanilla coffee, including a nutty hazelnut. A medium roasted coffee. In general, it’s very syrupy sweet like Starbucks syrups.

The front attacks of vanilla sweetness along with a roasted malt of a porter. Then the beer attacks of heavy roasted notes of deeply roasted black coffee. On the mid palate, this is balanced with a sweet caramel or butterscotch. On the back, you follow on with that bitter espresso bean and 80% cacao chocolate or cacao nib with lingering vanilla notes.

The mouthfeel is full and silky.

An absolutely delicious coffee brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ConorDavidson
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a stout/porter fanatic, I must say, this beer is by far the best I've had the pleasure to try. Immediate notes of deep roasted java. But not too deep, not the point where it was overpowering. The perfect amount where I could taste and understand every point in the taste-curve. Every taste bud: hit. Every node: washed. Then came the undertones. A very subtly bitter espresso hint. Just enough spice for interest, but not enough to distract from the oily textures that engulfed my pallata. While this review may be a bit overly-wordy and pretentious, I really must admit that this beer is one-of-a-kind. I'm interested in tasting the coffee that they use. It must be brewed perfectly. Really, really, REALLY delicious.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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