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RATINGS: 1296   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (14399) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle from Bier-Deluxe. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and cocoa. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. 170915

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3549) - BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2015
One of the Ballast Point classics, an imperial porter infused with coffee and vanilla, with a morbid yet attractive, arty label as usual with this brewery. Very creamy, lacing, tan coloured head doubting between greyish beige and light yellowish brown, very stable; colour is actually an extremely dark burgundy but looks totally opaque black in the glass. Delightful aroma: mocha, cappuccino, dark chocolate, cured meat, wet leather, dates, wet peppercorns, black olives, gingerbread, indeed vanilla but subtly so, dried grapefruit peel, hint of marmelade, cocoa, kahlua, dry sherry, sharp and stimulating accents of burnt wood, toasted bread, pipe tobacco, cinnamon, candied figs, baked banana sweetness piercing through everywhere. Candied sweet onset, raisins and dates all around, banana, but kept in place with restraining sourish and (especially) umami accents, the latter not becoming too overpowering but just adding a subtle seaweed- or mushroom-like complexity to the whole, tangy and noble, with a soft, gentle carbonation just fit for this style; vanilla sweetness suddenly pops up and accompanies the deep, thick, oily maltiness filling the mouth with well-dosed caramelly, nutty and toasted flavours before plunging into a rich and creamy ’chocolateness’ which leaves a bittersweet coating in the back of the mouth and throat, further dried by peppery, spicy, tangy hops; needless to say, a ’black’, roasted coffee bitterness manifests itself in that phase and keeps lingering far beyond, but one can feel it is from pure coffee rather than from thick roasted barley, as would be the case in the average imperial stout. There is a glow of warming alcohol in the end, but only gently so, and for a 10% ABV beer the alcohol remains remarkably well camouflaged. An almost dame blanche-like sensation remained with me for a long time. I need to get more Ballast Point beers: they are always right on the money. I love imperial porters and frankly, I did not expect this to be anything less than a masterpiece in its style. And they nailed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2666) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle from SB. Very dark brown with a tiny brown head. Chocolate and roasted tones. Malt, chocolate roaasted and fruit. Full body with a roasted / fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vadie (1068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
Noir sombre avec une petite robe marron solide. L’arôme est intense. Du chocolat, café, réglisse, malt torréfié, vanille et un peu d’alcool. En bouche il y a les mêmes arômes, avec une finition assez amer pour l’équilibré. Super.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (12945) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2015
KØLF 060315. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is vanilla, mocha, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. Full body. Balanced very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Changed (427) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2015
12 oz. Pours black. Off-white head, good lacing and small head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and mostly coffee. Flavor is... really earthy. Like dirt, dark coffee, spicy. Quite bitter, long finish. Not a really pleasant experience, but memorable and positive overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2591) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Plenty of vanilla dominates the nose. A bit of oak and coffee too. Orange highlights, somewhat dark, clear, not much head or lacing. Dry hefty coffee taste overwhelms. Hope you like coffee. I do. Not much else going on here. Palate is dry in an IPA sort of way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saint_Rho (15) - Munich, Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2015
Strong coffee Aroma, pours black with light creamy foam, Strong coffee Taste, coffee Taste lasts Long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Pours dark reddish brown with a beige head, The aroma has chocolate, meaty hot pepper, coffee and super smooth roast - nice melding balance to all the aroma notes. It has a medium / full body with some bite and mild carbonation. The flavor starts with cacao nibs, coffee, bitter roast and spicy / earthy hops. The finish is pleasantly abrasive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1487) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Like milk chocolate. Pepper. Vanilla. Some coffee. Seems like a stout. Tasted at my Whales and Whimps bottle share. Thx Tim.

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