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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
6,902 Ratings
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial PorterVictory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 6,902 |  Reviews: 1,437
Photo of BabyGoat
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a tan head. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is of coffee, bitterness, vanilla, and even some citrus rind. Medium mouth feel with medium carbonation. Overall a very exceptional porter. One of the best porters I've had yet.

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Photo of Stefko
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of MJ64
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a tan frothy head that sticks and laces moderately. Smells of coffee, spice, vanilla, maple syrup, and sweet extra toasted bread. Taste is dominated by semi sweet dark chocolate that has been laced with coffee. Feel is smooth, rich and decadent, and a touch of bitterness to end an initial onslaught of spiced sweetness, only to finish just a tad dry. A mild alcohol warmth considering its high abv. Overall, this is a good flavored imperial porter, and one that I don't mind revisiting from time to time. Cheers!

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

Photo of Bombelsky
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black and opaque. Off-white head, not persisting and leaving a spare lacing.
High aroma of dark malt pronounced by a coffee aroma upfront. Decent burnt character, chocolate and some mild earthy and floral hops aroma. Soft bready notes, low aroma of esters like prunes. Later, when beer have got little bit warmer I could get some soft vanilla kind of whiskey smell.
High sweet, high dark chocolate flavor, medium-low bitter. Sweet aftertaste, chocolate kind.
Full body, creamy, oily, moderately low carbonation, smooth.

Delicious beer but burnt character covers heavily other values. I would like to see it more bitter IMO. Alcohol well covered anyway.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Ballast Point beer. Poured from a 4 month old bottle kept in good conditions.

This beer is pitch black--no light gets through-- with a half finger foamy tan head that sticks around for a couple minutes. As the foam goes down, great lacing is left.

I smelled coffee as soon as I take the cap off. Yeah coffee dominates the aroma with roasted malts. But I definitely get the vanilla and caramel too. Smells great! Like coffee ice cream or one of those dessert drinks from Starbucks. As the beer warms, I begin to smell booze but it isn't too overt.

Coffee and dark chocolate come through right away on the palate. I get some sweetness from vanilla and carmel too but overall quite bitter. Would have enjoyed a bit more vanilla and carmel as the coffee really dominates.

It's a pretty thick beer but the alcohol isn't apparent in taste or mouthfeel. I only really notice it in the smell. Medium carbonation.

I'm not a huge coffee porter/stout guy but I really enjoyed this one. Hard to believe it's 10% ABV! Overall a great beer.

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

Photo of MattGaskin
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themegamancave
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a fairly dark reddish-black with a massive, four-finger tan head produced by a gentle/moderate pour. Decent retention and minimal lacing.
S -- The vanilla and coffee flavors definitely shine through here. Notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts, and toffee. Smells a lot like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which gives it a somewhat gimmicky character.
T -- As prior reviewers have noted, the flavor palate in this brew is largely dominated by a stale coffee flavor that isn't particularly appealing. At this point in my beer drinking career, I think it's pretty obvious that nearly all brewers struggle with keeping the coffee flavor in their brews fresh. Occasionally they are successful (think Speedway Stout, Péché Mortel, etc.), but more often they are not. Otherwise the flavors here are good: mild chocolate, barley, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon on the finish.
F -- The 10% ABV is masked well. Medium body with a smooth, tapering finish.
O -- Hmmm.... Maybe it's just me, but I feel like many of Ballast Point's offerings are hella overrated. Victory at Sea is an easy 80/100, but no way is it a 97/100.


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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory At Sea has a medium, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, with red shining through, at the bottom corners. There is a good amount of glass lacing present. Aroma is of rich, creamy coffee, vanilla, and dark malt, and the flavor is of those elements, with a rather harsh char, giving it a sort of burnt, acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Victory At Sea finishes medium dry.


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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 3-pack Costco 22oz bottles $19.99
Dark black color
Smell of chocolate
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-heavy carbonation
Taste of coffee, creamy, alcohol taste comes through at the end, some bitterness, slight taste of vanilla, after awhile it does smooth out making for a more pleasant taste. Not sure if the alcohol is getting to me, my taste buds are getting used to it, or is just mellows out at the end.
Overall not for me initially, but towards the end it does taste better. The peppermint version was the best of the 3 pack. I probably wouldn't buy this again as I trust my initial taste first.

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Photo of alawhorne
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonathanED
3.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nugget40
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maestro0708
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with a one finger, foamy, tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Coffee and roasted malts, vanilla notes and subtle hints of chocolate.

Taste: Bold dark roast coffee, roasted malts. Sweet vanilla counters bitterness from the coffee. Flavors are well balanced. ABV is masked. Coffee lingers on the palate.

Feel: Smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall: Tasty, smooth coffee Porter. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Grackos
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 6,902 ratings
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