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RATINGS: 1029   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Two of the world’s oldest beverages join forces to conquer your palate. Victory at Sea embodies the art of masterful brewing by infusing a velvety Imperial Porter with pure vanilla flavor and specially-selected, hand roasted coffee. The addition of cold brewed coffee to the beer lends a subtle roasted flavor to this robust imperial porter, blending perfectly with rich vanilla and caramel undertones. By uniting two San Diego brewing traditions, Caffe Calabria freshly brewed coffee and Ballast Point beer, we have successfully created an artisanal masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierMeHoos (147) - Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a massive foamy tan head. Aroma is lightly toasted grains and a bit of cocoa. Taste is similar and wow! Vanilla, roasted chocolate and coffee quite clear as day. Truly wonderful and everyone should try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (5) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2014 does not count
A full body porter with a strong coffee flavor. A very hearty and enjoyable selection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1827) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottled. Black with a large light brown head. Big coffee aroma, slightly grassy, with cocoa notes and light roasted pecans. Moderately bitter with a mild cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Roasted coffee is really, really nice and well balanced by the mild vanilla and chocolate. Impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalervo (733) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Vihreä Haltiatar 11/2014. Very fine beer. Lots of coffee, chocolat, warming roasted malts, some alcohol and well balanced hoppiness. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (240) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Pours dark as a starless night with an excellent massive head. Lacing and retention are also excellent. Nice nose of sweet dark chocolate over coffee with strong vanilla notes. Medium body with a slick texture that has creamy aspects, but is not quite there. Above average carbonation with effervescence present from the middle on. The flavor profile is simply a masterpiece - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of sweet dark chocolate that highlights the vanilla aspects but also has a distinctive caramel presence. As the sweetness fades, coffee becomes evident and the vanilla becomes more note like and the caramel is most noted. The middle is the only detection of roast I encountered, and it is buttressed by hop flavor (rind like) and bitterness. A combination of alcohol, hops and coffee yield a nice puckering effect. The finish is quite smooth and lingers with an abundance of all the previous flavors. It is the most complex finish I’ve had the privilege to experience. The finish is where the 10% alcohol becomes evident as a very slight nice burn at the back of the throat. This one is World Class, the best porter I’ve ever had and it’s rating is second to only FBS. IMHO, this is the best porter in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (1939) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
On tap at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all coffee with some roast. Flavor is dark espresso roast. Finishes sticky on the mouth. Really nice beer. Holy cow. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGolem (697) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle 660 ml. Pitch black with tiny beige head. Aroma: amazing vanilla touch, coffee, chocolate, nuts, malt and a tad of alcohol. Awesome mix, but the taste is even more impressive. Robust beer, full bodied. Pleasant warming feeling. Among the best in the style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maisteri (1) - FINLAND - NOV 18, 2014 does not count

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (873) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Dark brown, almost black, colour with a large brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and liquorice. Same taste. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2207) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Aroma: Burnt Coffee, Dark Chocolate Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Burnt Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Mild Vanilla Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Drying

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