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RATINGS: 1025   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1334) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with a tall brown head; aroma of coffee; balanced flavour with a long medium bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (744) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2014
Oh Boii.. Pour pitch black, with a small Khaki head. Aroma has tons of coffee, plenty and plenty of vanilla, some roast, bitter choco, cacao powder. Jeez this is slick. Taste is actually somewhat dry, with very slight sweetness, and a heavy dose of bitterness. Medium n’ sticky body, with a fizzy (to the style) carb. Ye!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1557) - Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2014 22 oz bottle, couldn’t find a date, but i purchased it about 13 months ago- Pours black with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted coffee, nice espresso beans, vanilla and roasted malts. The taste is velvety smooth, coffee and vanilla really shine, roasty and delicious, bone dry finish which is interesting. Body is full and carbonation is medium. I was expecting to give this lower than the average, 100/100 is almost unheard of, but this is quite good. Just casually looking at the bottle I noticed a enjoy by date on the bottom of the label, it says 01/02/14, how does a beer of this caliber even have a expiration date? 10 months expired and it tastes fantastic, I don’t understand how they date beer sometimes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - OCT 5, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a beautifully deep brown-nearly black color with a huge billowy brown colored head. The head just sits there and persists, very slowly fading over time to leave one fantastic level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – Oh man there is a whole lotta coffee in this smell. A huge coffee aroma greets the nose with it being accompanied by tons of vanilla and caramel sweetness. Along with these aromas are some very nice roasted malt smells as well as a moderate presence of a cocoa smell. A little bit of a woody aroma and a decent showing of a boozy smell round out the aroma profile, creating a rather sweet, dark and warming smell overall. Quite delicious smelling. Taste – The taste begins with tons of dark roasted malt and a sweeter coffee flavor. The sweeter nature of the brew is of a vanilla and caramel nature with just a hint of chocolate mixed within. The sweeter vanilla and caramel actually pick it up as the taste moves onto the end with the vanilla getting quite strong at the end. All the while the coffee also steps it up getting even stronger in flavor toward the end of the taste, and bringing with it a little bit of a more roasted and some more bitter flavors. While the nose displayed quite a boozy nature the taste did not display as much just giving some hints of alcohol. In the end with the mix of flavors one is left with a sweeter and rather coffee heavy roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a 10 % brew with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the feel was rather fitting as it prevented both the boozy flavors and coffee flavors from becoming too overpowering, but while still providing the base for all the complex flavors to be appropriately appreciated. Overall – This is a nice coffee lover’s imperial porter. Big on coffee with a nice blend of roast, coffee, sweet, and booze. A very nice one to try if you get a chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PacNWDad (106) - Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2014
22 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass. AR: Coffee and roasted malt, not sharp though. AP: Very dark and a bit cloudy. Thick, full head with very small bubbles. Leaves lots of Brussels lace on the glass. T: Strong, but not overpowering, coffee at the start which transforms into a malty, sweet, woody flavor in the finish with some winey character. P: Full mouth feel, not highly carbonated, thick. O: Really, really enjoyed this one. I am aging the other bottle and will see how it changes over a couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"BIG aroma - coffee dominates the vanilla, but they’re both there, as are lots of roasted malty goodness. pours typical, maybe a touch darker than the norm for the style. man, you can smell this one comin. feel is a bit thinner than expected, but not to a fault. flavor not super complex, but super tasty. mirrors the aroma, and nearly as aggressive. coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted/burnt grain. good stuff. 2nd take 2/2011- made an even better impression. same aspects, more deliciousness! 7/11-as good or better than last time...4.4! awesome brew."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle from Homer321, thank again man! I’d been wanting to try this beer for awhile. Finally able. Dark brown/almost black pour with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with lots of coffee and subtle notes of vanilla. Flavor is malty with plenty of coffee but just a kiss of vanilla. Finishes boozy though. Not nearly as robust and well-balanced as I was hoping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 28, 2014
Good raosty aroma. Flavor great balance of coffee and roast malt. Nice earthy hops. Slight roasty bitterness and great bitternes in hop profile.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksoden1186 (1) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
This is an exceptional beer. One of the best coffee stouts/porters I've ever tasted. Aroma is a big coffee nose with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Excellent mouthfeel. Coats the mouth Immediately hit with coffee and vanilla on tongue. This beer has one of the stronger coffee tastes of the coffee beers I've had. Really really awesome Overall, this is an A+. I can't imagine what Oils make this beer any better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (3033) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle 0.655l at Kaisla, Helsinki. Colour is black with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Sweetness, some vanilla and roasted malts. Soft but maybe too sweetish.

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