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 Omaha_Style
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just had this on tap for the fist time and quite frankly it was so good that I felt obligated to use this site to rate the beer, a task I haven't done in well over 2 years. This may very well be my new favorite craft beer. Dark oil look with definite coffee aroma. You can distinctly taste both vanilla and coffee flavored accented by the high gravity nature of this beer. Mouth feel is wonderful due to higher alcohol content and it surprisingly is smooth to drink. Winner in my book.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breakdownbbe
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This stuff will stand tall alongside any imperial-barrel-aged-coffee-whatever your buddy from another state waited eight hours in line to get. Huge chocolate, huger vanilla, hugest espresso. Fantastic winter beer, fantastic dessert beer, fantastic beer period. It's a shame they're using that Corona money to put out dumb crap like Watermelon Dorado and beet stouts instead of using it to make this year-round.

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Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of james_biddlestein
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carlso_aw
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wrex68
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours almost black with a half inch tan head. Smell is coffee and toasty malt. Big flavor of coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium. I look forward to this beer every year.

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Photo of greinert21
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitch9
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of cliff1066
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Cparthemore
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tohibii
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is really strutting. When others say "Espresso Stout" or something like that, you taste it and you're like "hmmmm, yeah, I think I can taste the coffee a bit there...."

This Porter tastes straight like stale coffee. I mean, stale coffee front, middle and back. Its like half and half world class beer with stale coffee and 100% authentic.

I personally love coffee and, hell, I even love stale coffee. I appreciate Ballast Point just being like "screw it, lets not even whiff of Soda Pop like other Porters....let's go full with this stuff." They really didn't pull any punches and the whole experience feels properly agrarian, making most other beers taste like processed food. That's a mixed blessing, but I appreciate this sort of experience being available.

Aside from that, it really hides the 10% ABV very well, though it lingers with a bitter aftertaste that is actually rather welcome, because it - again - is just so very authentic of a flavor. I almost felt a voice in the back of my head saying 'Duh! A beer like this SHOULD have an aftertaste as a matter of principle!'

That said, I'm probably only having one of these a night and any other beer consumption that evening will be something a bit lighter (i.e.. processed food); but, I do suspect that I'll be getting this one again.

I would also note that $14.99 for a six pack is greatly mitigated by the amazing power of these things, so it's actually a reasonable deal.

Any aficionado should at least try this one, IMO.

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

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

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

What a great blend of bourbon and vanilla taste. Dark color is very appealing. Aroma matches the taste. This was a good beer but not excellent a I would buy it again.

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Photo of dave_ivan
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not very exciting, but an easy drinking porter.

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Photo of EternalHoppiness
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Mwt
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: 4.25
Dark dark, and very black. 1 + finger head. A nice deep tan foam.

Smell: 4.0
Slight plumb and grape scent. Caramel and slight fruitiness. Coffee and chocolate are very apparent.

Taste: 4.75
There is a huge bite upfront. The hops are quite powerful. Strong flavors of coffee, tobacco, and chocolate take turns on the palette.

Feel: 4.0
This one is very thick and creamy. Definitely a Full-Bodied brew.

Overall: 4.5
Great beer. Not just a gimmicky coffee stout. There are enough other flavors to keep it interesting. Flavorful.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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