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:
6,849
Reviews:
1,418
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
1,092
Gots:
2,218
For Trade:
88
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Ratings: 6,849 |  Reviews: 1,418
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

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

Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 6,849 ratings.
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