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
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
Ratings:
6,836
Reviews:
1,413
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
1,087
Gots:
2,210
For Trade:
88
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Ratings: 6,836 |  Reviews: 1,413
Photo of SGR1220
2.86/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kcnih
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbaz
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass right from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin brownish to black body which comes off almost purely opaque. Tan head rising super thick, just about two finger's length.

Smell: Hit of espresso and brown sugar, little light but seriously appetizing scent.

Taste: Bitter coffee and you definitely few the vanilla. Gives the beer a sweet feel combined with light molasses notes.

Mouth: Toasted bitter finish. Sticks very well and paired with the right tapas the beer compliments very well. Medium carbonation and definitely full bodied.

Overall: Great grab and amazingly at my local Costco store. Beer worth searching for and of course always in a glass. Salud!

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Photo of chadberg
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aquabears
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reddish, rich, black, mocha head, slightly mottled color in the foam. Thick lacing. Smell is roast and coffee, hint of vanilla and malty sweetness. Bitter coffee, with a sweet, gentle vanilla flavor on the back. Bitterness fades after you swallow, and you end up with a roasty flavor on your breath and sweetness on the tip of your tongue. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, a little oily, not very thick.

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Photo of car2052
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to snifter.

A: Chocolate brown and black. 1 in. caramel colored head.
S: Vanilla Espresso, teriyaki glaze, tobacco, bourbon, char.
T: Coffee dominates the taste, with slight vanilla notes. Slight sweetness followed by a slight hop bite. You get the sharp coffee acidity in the aftertaste.
M: Medium full. Not overly syrupy.
O: Very nice coffee imperial porter. I like the fact it is not overly full and sweet.

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Photo of Nicholas-Drinks
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PMarcy78
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpolewan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour on tap at the Griffon in Niagara Falls, NY. Finally glad to try this legendary imperial beer.

Appearance - black and ominous, with just a glint of light shining through from a reflection made on the table. Long lasting tan head, curtains of lacing left behind.

Smell - freshly brewed coffee, some vanilla present too but dialed back. Close to Peche Mortel on the nose alone.

Taste- loads of coffee, traces of vanilla and generally a bitter demeanour. Super delicious and wishing I could have another.

Mouthfeel - two words. Liquid velvet!

Overall- fantastic beer that lives up to the hype. Will have to pick up a six pack the next time I see it.

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Photo of psmith161
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Grupatre
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManUtdSooner
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WantonFaun
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danh53
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wish they made this in 12oz bottles. This is fantastic. Big chocolate, lots of coffee and some dark fruits. Coffee is the dominant note here, but its not overpowering and everything blends together well. The mouth feel is big for a porter and big soapy bubbles look great in the glass and improve the mouth feel. Next time I see this on draft., I won't hesitate.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a pokal glass on 1/20/17.

A: Pours a dark cola brown to black in color with a 1/2 inch, foamy, khaki-tan colored head with short retention. Thin khaki colored lacing throughout.

S: Mostly notes of coffee accompanied by vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits.

T: Taste matches the nose almost exactly. Starts off with bitter black coffee followed by vanilla, cream, caramel, and toffee. Ends with a very slight lingering bitterness.

F: Full bodied, smooth, thick, and creamy. Slight carbonation.

O: Overall, a great Imperial Porter. Love the vanilla and coffee additions. Tastes as advertised. Well balanced and well done. Very drinkable. Would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of erk0607
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Oily off black/very slightly brown with a short lived, dark tan head. Lacing lingered for duration of beer.
Smell: Like you walked into a slightly sweet, vanilla-caramel scented coffeeshop. Also get somewhat of a sugary dark fruit nose...maybe?
Flavor: Moderately bitter coffee, malt, caramelized sugar. Mild bitter aftertaste. Toffee.
Feel: Smooth, soft carbonation, medium-heavy body, slightly slick going down.
Overall: Very good, a great dark beer if you're in the mood for a caramelly-coffee beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a medium, creamy, tan head that fades quickly.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and hints of vanilla and char

Tastes light sweet and roasted malt, coffee, smoke and finishes semi dry with a smokey hint and vanilla. Medium to medium full body. Creamy lighter medium carbonation.

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Photo of tprinzing
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really like this one! The vanilla is very well balanced with the coffee! It has great lacing on the glass, and a nice creamy mouthfeel. The coffee has a somewhat mellow quality about it like one gets from a better roast.

I just keep enjoying this one more with each tasting. This is a great beer!

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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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