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RATINGS: 1460   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (3006) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2016
Flaske. Ok øl men den smager kemisk. Vaniljen og kaffen bakker ikke op om porteren, og man har på fornemmelsen af at det ikke er rigtig vanilje. Alkoholburn til sidst. Ikke god.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (469) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 The first time I tried this was in 650ml bottle, and I thougth it was the best beer I’ve ever tried, however, this rating is based upon the 355ml bottle. I don’t know why the differences between the two tastings were so big. The sweet taste that the vanilla added in the 650ml bottle was gone. Now the taste is full of bitter coffe. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is still great, but it feels like something is amiss. Did they change the recipe? Another type of coffee maybe? Finish is a bit too bitter. Otherwise it is still great. Heavy roasted malt base with chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla. Long finish. Warming, beautiful Imperial Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (273) - SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2016
Pours jet black with a solid 2.5 fingers of khaki head. Great aroma of caramelised coffee bean sweets, burnt sugar, wet wool and deep malty, roasted cereal core coming through on the back of the nose. The palate is medium+ bodied and very well balanced. Not at all too sweet or candied, but with almost a hint of tartness coming through on the early finish which continues on bitter notes on a malty background. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4190) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2016
Black pour, big beige head. Aroma is very acidic, very roasty coffee with a sweet vanilla nose. Mouthfeel is oily, and slightly thick, with a soft carb. Finish is all super dark, and almost burnt malts. Big roasty notes, loads of cocoa and vanilla and very acidic espresso coffee. Pretty impressive Porter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portwood (190) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
BIG nose: mega coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste: sweet, creamy coffee, roasted caramel, molasses. Finish: bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, dusty cinnamon. There’s no mistaking this is a high ABV beer, but it doesn’t feel like 10%. (tasted 03/28/16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stampion (239) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2016
On nitro at the brewery. Awesome. Almost an Irish cream creaminess to it. Smooth, coffee, toasted toffee, vanilla. Epic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle 65cl. @ Central Liquor & Deli, Coronado, USA. A: Black. T: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, slightly bitter and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Percy0103 (655) - MEXICO - JUN 9, 2016
A black beer with a small brown head. Aroma is ot roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and milk. Taste is bitter with a double dark coffee aftertaste. Faint carbonation and some astringency. Kind of oily, but very drinkable. Very complex with a strong aftertaste full of character. An imperial porter indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1773) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle at King Arthur, Ciampino-Italy. Deep dark brown, decent ivory foam. Nose: dark chocolate, grounded chocolate, blast of vanilla! Mouth: vanilla, cake, a bit bitter! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zubblwump (58) - Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Dark brown with a large frothy tan head that lasts. Looks like a root beer float. Strong coffee smell, like an iced coffee from one of those fluff coffee shops. Nice smooth taste, with very little bitterness. Much better than expected. It seems Ballast Point actually can resist the temptation to over-hop one of their brews. Thick feel despite the carbonation. This is a good Porter.

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