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

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial PorterVictory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
BA SCORE
96.1%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 6,877 ratings
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
Ranking:
#257
Reviews:
1,429
Ratings:
6,877
Liked:
6,612
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
8.88%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,097
Gots:
2,224
Trade:
85
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,877 |  Reviews: 1,429
Photo of Wenzl
2.63/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adamwn
2.75/5  rDev -37.4%

Photo of Kuongming
2.75/5  rDev -37.4%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BigHryn6021
2.75/5  rDev -37.4%

Photo of BeerAcolyte
2.75/5  rDev -37.4%

Photo of dug53
2.79/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SGR1220
2.86/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Keystrokegraffiti
2.87/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks great, but the taste was a bit off putting. At first the flavor is good, strong coffee and mild vanilla, but when it hits the back of the throat it's very dry and bitter. Was really looking for a smooth porter with this one. Disappointed.

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Photo of Auracom
2.87/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Extra from John, thanks man! 22 oz. bottle poured into a Jester King snifter on April 21st, 2012.

A - Deep brown coloring, a bit thin for a large porter. Medium khaki head with quick reduction and marginal lacing.

S - Big coffee bean and espresso as anticipated. Touches of roasted malts and vanilla underneath. Definitely more in the realm of an RIS than a porter in terms of aroma size and intensity.

T - Lots front palate carbonation followed by vanilla bean sweetness and honey. Mid to rear palate of stale coffee beans with cocoa bitterness. Some brown sugar sweetness blended into the mix, but it doesn't offset the poor coffee character.

M - Bizarre, and unfortunately lacking, for a porter. High carbonation, not at all smooth, medium body, dry bitter finish with a hefty espresso aftertaste.

D - I can't really forgive the taste and mouthfeel here. Huge disappointment. Bottle variation? I don't know that I'd revisit, but the hype on this one suggests I need to try it again.

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Photo of Beerbirdnerd
2.9/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChristianSmith
2.91/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of joekriii
2.91/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of allezvousen
2.95/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The first couple of sips give you a big hit of coffee and vanilla then the alcohol takes over on the palate. And by the last few sips you wonder if there is any coffee/vanilla in there at all.

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Photo of TreeBear
2.96/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Great color and pours a nice head from the tap. Tastes very bitter and not smooth at all.

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Photo of Joncasso
2.99/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Well made I'm just not a fan of this flavor and I love porters. This one is just like drinking a cup of coffee but it has a beer taste to it

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Photo of amphion1065
2.99/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased in 2011, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A really fantastic-looking beer. Pour is very dark brown, almost black. A two-finger mocha head (that is, appropriately enough, reminiscent of cappuccino foam) just won't go away. Very tight bubbles, great retention. Awesome lacing, too.

Tons of of roast coffee in the nose. Those roasted malts are very, very strong. There's a pretty clear alcohol element in the nose as well. Just a very slight hint of vanilla. Nice, if one-dimensional.

Unsurprisingly, the taste is basically all coffee. There's a persistent, acrid bitterness that really lingers. Thought there's not a lot of vanilla at work here, there is definitely a pronounced boozy taste. Some dark fruits, but that burnt coffee quality is overpowering.

The mouthfeel is too thin, with overactive carbonation. This really needs to settle down.

I remember loving the first bottle of Victory at Sea I tasted - a friend had brought one back to Boston from San Francisco back in February, and I can still recall both smelling and tasting caramel in this beer. This was just average, and I'm not sure that age is to blame given the fact that the coffee was so strong. A let down for me.

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of dcisco44
3/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Buzogine
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looked good. Felt good. Didn't taste as good as I hoped.

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Photo of JReites
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.1% out of 100 with 6,877 ratings
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