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
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:
#265
Reviews:
1,472
Ratings:
7,038
pDev:
8.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 7,038 |  Reviews: 1,472
Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Am94w7
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of catwhite4296
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's an excellent porter; the flavors balance well but I feel like the vanilla gets lost in the bitterness.

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Photo of ClearWater
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff. You just have to try it yourself to experience and understand it’s superiority.
Strong head that lingers a bit, but nice. Pretty lace it leaves on the glass. Cocoa, vanilla nose. Café mocha, espresso on the palate. A hint of cinnamon ant toasted walnut. Nice malted finish. Not boozy at all to me despite the 10% ABV.
So good.

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Photo of Samantha11
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpw302
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffH_SC
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark opaque almost black pouring into my sniffer with a small head that lingers for a minute leaving just a ring of bubbles around the glass. Smells sweet of vanilla and chocolate with a hint of coffee. The chocolate and vanilla hit me right away with the bitterness of coffee coming later and followed by the warm alcohol heat on the breath. Lingering are faint hints of the bourbon & rye whisky from the barrel aging making it a fun complex drink Feels full bodied coating the mouth nicely. Overall this comes across to me as a high quality product and very enjoyable to sip on a cool winters day. If you're a fan of the dark brews you're sure to enjoy this

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

Photo of Jrosso
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of willp27
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beaulabauve
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lebriarjr
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ABabbidge
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Black body, almost no light gets through. Long lasting 1 finger tab head.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla

T: More bitter than I expected from the nose, but that's not a bad thing. Starts with bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes and then you get more sweet vanilla and milk chocolate flavors. Ends with a bitter earthy flavor.

F: Smooth and creamy. A little bitterness at the end.

O: Most vanilla porters are too sweet and unbalanced for me. This one is an exception. It is very well balanced. i usually stay away from ballast point due to their prices, but this one may be worth coming back to. Well made beer.

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

Photo of Vandelay1863
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of huthuty
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Menacingly prevelant head, almost pitch black
Smell is sweet and vanilla is prevelant coffee is less so
Taste is intense in character, deep burnt malt mixes with coffee and contrasts with the vanilla, this isn't far off from a pastry stout, nonetheless it is excellent

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Photo of JerryHelper
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PseudoLin
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 7,038 ratings