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RATINGS: 996   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1110) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head! Aroma of raw roasted coffee beans and sick raw bourbon vanilla right on yo face! Also some dark dried fruits, roasted malts, a woody and almost sawdusty feel to it along with some cocoa beans and smooth oatmeal. Taste is sweet and bitter with lots of roasted notes, vanilla, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and smooth oatmeal. Very very balanced and stunning porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (366) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a big, brown frothy head. Aroma is huge vanilla, coffee, strong roast, Sweet berries, and almost some banana. Vanilla ice cream and some wood. Taste is really nice and well balanced! Dry chocolate, vanilla, slightly oatmealish, which rounds the sharp roast off in a great way. Dry coffee in the back. Very exclusive and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, and lots of it, plenty of chocolate, vanilla, a bit of roasted malt, and some sugars. Taste is sweet, with plenty of vanilla and minimal bitterness. Lots of chocolate throughout. Alcohol is characteristically well covered by the flavor. Body is not all that heavy. Easy drinking for its size. Dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3760) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
On my second and final flight of beers at The Hopping Pig, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Black, with a lasting beige head, texture was creamy. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. The taste follows along with the roasted maltiness imparting chocolate and coffee like in the nose, it is more bitter in the mouth though. The alcohol is noticeable but it adds to the overall enjoyment of this very drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (547) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 12, 2014
Color negro con reflejos caobas y densa espuma beige. Aromas de café dulce y vainilla. Cuerpo medio, inicio dulce de vainilla bastante intenso que se une a un toque de café, aun dulce, para acabar con un amargor, tostado resinoso y seo. Muy rica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roxtersoxter (307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours black with little to no head out of bottle. Excellent aroma of roasted cocoa, hazelnut, and vanilla. Flavor is full of chocolate with hint of roasted coffee and nuts. A little vanilla at the finish. Great beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget, Hyltebruk. Pours deep black with a lovely, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma is stunning, chocolate, hazelnuts, coffee, vanilla, a hint of spicy chili. Medium to low carbonation, fine dry and creamy and a tad light (in a pleasant way). Flavour has stunning coffee, soft smoke, luscious chocolate, light vinious, light vanilla. Great balance. balance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonnyguns (909) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours pitch black with a firm tan head. Nose is heavy roasted coffee, sweet vanilla and chocolate. Taste is huge. Powerful fresh espresso hit upfront. The sweet vanilla and chocolate notes round it off wonderfully. World class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (208) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Slick’s Liquor in Vista. Huge aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, resin, caramel, molasses, and liquorice. Pours black with a thick, creamy, tan head that lasts and leaves chunky lacing. Medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter, has a slight mineral aftertaste, a bit too astringent. The coffee is a big presence, kind of dominates the aroma and flavor. This is a good one occasionally but it’s really aggressive and bitter, a sipper. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, and long, sweet/bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (237) - Tasmania, - MAY 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Bottle. Very dark brown with a tan head. Heavy malt, chocolate, and sweet coffee aroma. Flavour is a terrific balance of dark malts, wood, vanilla, chocolate, and milk coffee. Starts fairly sweet but leaves off with a reasonable bitterness. A big beer. The last of a few good beers this night, Patrick passed out on the couch halfway through this. Eventually woke up startled and quaffed the rest.

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