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:
#257
Reviews:
1,457
Ratings:
6,992
pDev:
8.66%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +13.9%
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 +1.6%
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 jewellrunner
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leroybrown10
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Trelly
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent

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Photo of Tunic
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BNarc
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewskihausen
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sathanas
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Duffman79
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cbenson
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of aceseth13
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Truly stupendous

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Photo of SPD656
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jake0000
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of madelf66
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acp21178
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imhoudinibitch
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cambabeer
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigmj7
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory At Sea Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 6,992 ratings