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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,346
Ratings:
6,548
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
19.77%
 
 
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1,069
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2,072
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Reviews: 1,346 | Ratings: 6,548
Photo of leantom
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer you don't find every day. Thank God BP starting distributing in Indiana! Here goes!

A: Splendid. Pours a thick black with a nice head. The head is thick and fluffy, and the lacing sticks to the glass like honey. Some red hue, the beer is nearly pitch black.

S: Remarkable. Among the best-scented stouts/porters ever! Tons of chocolate and coffee - some vanilla as well, but the dark malts dominate. Exquisite.

T: Great. Nice burnt coffee malt with lingering cocoa. Also a lot of vanilla to balance out the dark malt. Great.

F: Little lighter than expected. Pretty easy drinking.

O: A great beer. So glad BP started distro in Indiana. Maybe I'll get to try all the Sculpin varieties, too.

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Photo of Kratman
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing taste and smell to this great Vaniila / coffee porter from BP. Mouthfeel is perfect, hoping someday they BA this. And if they do ohh boy. Take my $$ now

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Photo of benjamminjones24
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night. Light lacing around the edges of the glass.
The smell, oh my....roasted coffee aroma right away. hints of vanilla & chocolate. Smells delicious
Taste follows the nose. Get lots of coffee and chocolate. Decadent.
Feel is a little thin for me, would like it to have a heavier mouthfeel.
Great beer that is def. worth a go!

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Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a stout glass.

L - Intense head, actually lost control of it despite a standard pour. Settled down nicely to a fluffy tan mound on top of the beer, almost looking like a rootbeer float. A lot of thick lacing the whole way down the glass. Beer is very dark brown, almost black.

S - Strong up-front aroma of dark malts gives way to rich vanilla, then finally coffee. Not the aroma-canon of some sweet stouts, but very complex. Not only does it look like a rootbeer float, it smells like one, too.

T - A great example of the blurred line between stouts and porters. They call this a porter, but it's everything people usually think of when the talk about stouts. Rich, complex flavor. Probably the smoothest beer I've ever had in the 10% range, as the alcohol is practically invisible. Dark caramel malt flavors are backed up by coffee flavor. Much lighter roast than some other coffee beer, but that fits the style well. Vanilla is more present in aroma than it is in flavor, but it's there at a distance. Faint hop spice for good balance. Alcohol warms as it goes down, with no unpleasant aftertaste.

F - Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Very full, and almost chewy. Absolutely what I want in a porter.

It's understandable why this has the reputation it does. An excellent experience the whole way through. Not quite as drinkable as a typical porter, but with enough body that you probably don't want to finish it quickly, anyway.

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

L: The pour is opaque and dark. The head is thin and brown.

S: The smell of coffee is overpowering.

T: At the front of the palette the taste of coffee and malts has a nice blend that works well with each other. As the beer moves to the back of the palette the vanilla kicks in giving it a somewhat sweet finish. The flavors are very well balanced and compliment each other.

F: It coats the mouth nicely and leaves a nice coating when you are finished. It is a medium body beer, not to thick, not to thin, just right.

O: I think this is a great brew. All the parts compliment each other beautifully. The coffee flavor isn't overpowering except for the smell and the vanillas finish is a nice touch.

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

A - Dark body, opaque, with light tan head, some lacing.

S - Roasted malts, profound coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

T - Following the nose, with toasted bread elements, molasses, and strong chocolate and vanilla. Close is somewhat acidic and bitter.

M - The feel is full. Bright. Close is surprisingly clean.

O - A fine, fine porter, and rich and lush. Great flavor. And well balanced for the ABV. Lovely.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with both black and lighter caramel highlights. 1 finger head is dark tan in color. Head dissipates down to a thin layer of foam with good sticky lacing left behind.

Rich, dark roasted coffee aroma, mildly bitter. Caramel malt, molasses, and raw grain. Just a hint of citrus. Vanilla isn't noticeable at first but comes out as the beer warms. Still pretty mild though.

Rich, dark roasted, black coffee. Mild bitter chocolate. Caramel malt and dark bread dough. Vanilla is more prominent than the nose but still only an accent, not a main flavor. Some earthiness. Sweetness and vanilla flavor increases on the back end.

Rich, full bodied feel on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness with a creaminess on the tongue. Lingering black coffee.

Excellent beer with strong but smooth dark roasted coffee notes. Would like a boost in the vanilla. Drinks easier than 10% would indicate.

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

Not as much vanilla as I was hoping, but still a beautiful imp porter. Coffee, bakers' chocolate and a nice hoppy earthy note. The mouthfeel is what made this one for me. A bit heavier than other porters of its strength which appeals to me a lot as a lover of big, syrupy stouts.

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

Favorite beer of all time. Pours black and is full bodied. Coffee and Vanilla compliment this porter nicely. This beer reminds me of the perfect cup of Iced coffee . Great with a cookie or a muffin. You want to drink it for breakfast. Also great introductory beer for those naysayers , especially women who may have dislikes the beers they've had in the past. I only tried this beer as two women who said they disliked beer in the past had this one and they said it changed their minds about beer .

They were right. It is "a game changer."

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

Date night with the wife at Flix and this is an amazing brew. The nose is mostly coffee with a bit of cocoa. Taste is amazing! Nice mix of coffee, cocoa, toffee. Super smooth and gets me all relaxed.

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

Appearance: Pours a jet black color.

Overall: The aroma is a soft milk chocolate with a lot of cocoa and coffee too. Also has a hint of a cinnamon smell. Taste has strong coffee notes, sweet caramel, sweet chocolate, infinite aftertaste of vanilla. Its a very well balanced beer. Excellent beer, one of the best porters I have had.

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Photo of zshaft
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer was a little easier for me to review. pours black with no light able to penetrate glass. minimal head but good lacing as beer gets consumed. smells like coffee and vanilla. tastes the same. great mouthfeel maybe slightly less thick than a stout would be. this is one great porter. could be a stout far as I am concerned. one of the best out there imo. seek and consume! beware the 10 percent. can't taste it.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a thick dark cream colored head. nice looking beer!

smell is full of vanilla and coffee, as expected. maybe a little too sweet of an aroma for me.

taste is creamy and full of vanilla/coffee spice flavor. creamy full body, nice sipper.

overall this is pretty good. maybe a little too much vanilla/chocolate spice in this for me. still a great taste, very good beer. would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a midnight black with a one finger foamy tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of strong black coffee and

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Strong black coffee throughout with roasted malts. The vanilla appears very faintly in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Sticky dry finish.

O - This is an awesome coffee Porter. The ABV is well hidden and not noticeable. A definite winner.

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

No noticeable born on date
Reviewed 02/09/16

Jet Black with a tan soapy head

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Mmmm...Black coffee w Vanilla cream. Tasty. Buttery as it warms

Creamy but with appropriate carbonation. Maybe a little more than the style. A plus for me. Thick in the mouth

An excellent coffee Porter, up there with Flying Dog Gonzo Porter, one of my faves.

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

Pours dark with a mocha head with nice retention. Smell is straight brewed coffee. I personally don't get much vanilla but I don't mind because the coffee alone is great. First thing i noticed is the nice chewy mouth feel that only enhances the flavors of the porter. Flavor is straight coffee. Overall I still really enjoyed this even though i didn't get much vanilla.

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: This beer was an absolutely beautiful pour with about an inch of head. The color is a very dark mahogany.

Smell: As noted by others the smell is full of vanilla and coffee flavors, almost a bit sweet.

Taste: I found the flavor to be amazing. It was rich and dark with notes of dark chocolate and coffee coming through.

Feel: Great thickeness which compliments all of the flavors. A beer you almost wished never ended.

Overall: As this is only my 3rd beer rating on BA I don't have the palate of others but definitely recommed this beer. It was one of my most enjoyable thus far, cheers.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick silky body, smells a like pure malt. Coffee and vanilla assualt your tastes bus immediately, then theres bitter dark chocolate, malts, and hops. This is definitely worth getting if you find it.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle from Brewdog online shop:
An excellent imperial porter with a strong alcohol kick & lots of flavour, particularly at the end when a warming alcohol kick came through. Well-balanced with nice coffee & vanilla flavours on top of the dark malts & roasted flavours, it was an outstanding beer & one of the better porters I've tried so far, although Orkney Porter probably still comes out on top.

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Photo of Slack
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black, opaque, and a small light brown head. Significant lacing.

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee accented by bittersweet dark chocolate. No vanilla discernible.

Roast coffee and chocolate up front with vanilla and some oak in the middle.

Mouthful is medium and smooth with low carbonation. Finish is a little bitter but dry.

This is a big coffee porter. Aroma is there. Taste is there. The minor criticism is the somewhat bitter finish but don’t let that dissuade you. Give it a try.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour jet black with thick tan head that stays around for several minutes, a quick swish of the glass bring it back. Great lacing.

Smell - Right off the bat I get plenty of coffee it is amazing smells just like a cup of joe.

Taste - Amazing coffee flavors also getting the smooth vanilla and roasted flavors.

Feel - full bodied very creamy and smooth excellent feel.

Overall - One of the best beers I have had i will continue to buy this!!

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is dark roast coffee, cream, butterscotch, and vanilla.

Taste is rich dark roast, chocolate, and vanilla extract.

A big beer that drinks a lot like a stout, but is very smooth and hides its ABV well.

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Photo of DoctorD
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a 1cm khaki head that dissipates quickly. Smells faintly of coffee and malt, but the taste is not faint at all - rich coffee blends beautifully with the beer leaving a dry and pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is tremendous for a porter, but would be considered a little watery if comparing to stouts. I am primarily a stout guy and don't usually enjoy porters but this is an exception - my favorite porter hands down.

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Photo of Macfoshizzle
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Looks exactly like all the other reviews before me.

Tastes very strong espresso, malt, chocolate, and hint of vanilla. The strong bitterness of the espresso and malt stays with you until the end where you feel it linger top of your mouth and back of your tongue. Alcohol is strong and carb is well known. Full bodied and very smooth. It's a beer that want's to be noticed and indeed you will notice. Very tasty beer and will look for a 6 pack to buy.

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Photo of Vlaminck
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little to sweet on the vanilla for me. I want my porter malty, toasty but dry with a slight hop character. Good base. I Would love to try this without vanilla in it

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Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.
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