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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
BA SCORE
4.39/5
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6,941 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:
#251
Reviews:
1,444
Ratings:
6,941
pDev:
8.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,100
Gots:
2,249
Trade:
84
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Ratings: 6,941 |  Reviews: 1,444
Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very defined vanilla and coffee aroma and taste. Perfect for dessert.

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Photo of Steveskk83
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite imperial porter. Poured at around 55 degrees, Pours dark with small tan head medium lacing. Smell is of dark coffee with light vanilla. Tastes is somewhat bitter with lots of robust coffee flavor and vanilla undertones. Great example of what an imperial porter is supposed to be.

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Photo of JoeLev
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BJB13
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours near black with a two finger cap of light brown rocky foam. The lacing is thick and sticky.

The moderate nose is light roast and sweet vanilla.

The robust taste is dominated by dark roast and black coffee. There is some sweetness but it is subdued by the roasty bitterness that persists right through the finish. Medium bodied with a soft creamy feel it goes down with a bit of warmth.

If you like roasty bitterness this is for you.

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Photo of Duncian
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stlfatguy
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark thick color. Light brown head, half a finger but great lacing. Great Vanilla smell with some coffee. Excellent smooth vanilla coffee chocolate taste.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice, no-bullshit coffee stout. Bitter, black, some dark choloclate notes and a subtle vanilla sweetness. Sticky and medium bodied, no head (although I poured it a little too cold). But as it warms the coffee comes oh even more and the vanilla finds it’s place in the back of you tongue and moreso on the nose. Kudos to the sellouts...

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Photo of Ob512316
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass,.
Look: black with tan head, medium lacing.
Smell: chocolate, smoke, vanilla.
Taste: Coffee, Vanilla, then smoke with dark chocolate. Strong vanilla and coffee aftertaste.
Feel: A little heavy due to the abv, but refreshing.
Overall: great Imperial, it sets the standard in my book.

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

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

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

Photo of AGust82
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmsiii
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcrumle18
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best porter I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to get it again.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip

Pours a fine opaque-brown with excellent head and lacing. The aromas of coffee and vanilla are very forward and apparent, but they aren't alone. Smoke, hops, and dark chocolate are there too. The flavor is skewed sweet, but still complex and outstanding. Coffee, vanilla, char, chocolate, hops, and some well-hidden boozy warmth all play on the tongue quite well. The carbonation is good and helps keep this from getting sticky.

One of the best "vanilla" forward brews I've had.

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Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 22 days ago poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours dense dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is vanilla prominent with coffee in the background. The taste is vanilla forward with the coffee again in the background. There is also a sweet chocolate undertone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and undry (not in an unpleasant way). Overall, very good. I don't know that I've ever had this beer this fresh with the vanilla so dominant. I have 5 more from the pack and may revisit this review.

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Photo of gardner254
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This mighty fine "porter"
(pert near a stout) pours a rich muddy blackish brown with a fantastic head of
light tan foam that has excellent staying power that finally fades to a thick layer
with exceptional lacing. Nose of rich coffee, cocoa, vanilla, spicy hops, char,
and earthy malts. Flavors hit the perfect note with vanilla bean dancing about a
moderately heavy char flavor on bakers cocoa and caramel malts that drift on
waves of vanilla and rich coffee with a spicy pine tinged hop finish. Very nice
mouth feel; medium light carbonation that is lively for the style, full body,
coating, and finishing with a char laden finish.

A stout lovers porter for certain, this one is sure to please those who like their
porters on the Baltic side of life with nicely hidden alcohol. Excellent. One of the
best I have ever had from Ballast Point.

Cheers

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Photo of Qdubb
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Shaneb818
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dooleymon
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 6,941 ratings
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