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RATINGS: 1314   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1331) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Very dark brown with Lacy rimming tan head; aroma is very rich roasty malt hint of coffee; flava is amazingly complex blend of fruit cherry vanilla alcohol licorice then coffee; feels medium slight fizz; finishes dry roasty malty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2015
12oz bottles. I tried this without any idea of how it was being rated here. I’m very surprised at the super-high ratings. It is interesting and a bit novel, but to me the flavors clash. The vanilla is obvious and the coffee is present, but it tastes a bit like a good porter that had vanilla added to it. I recognize the quality of the brewing process that happened here, but to me the flavors don’t come together as well as I had hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sdaniel90 (589) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle, 65cl. Opaque dark brown with a brown head. Sweet roasted aroma with hints of caramel, coffee, spices. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Rich and oily. Sweet but not overly so. Tremendous roasted and spicy character. Exquisite coffee and alcohol finish. One of the most complex and sheerly delicious beers Ive tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrjaxson (391) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Totally over the top porter madness, Victory at Sea is. Inhaling scents of vanilla, coffee and caramel prepares you for both the sweetness and bitterness (though far more of former than latter) and dare I say a bit of numbness from the alcohol content? Poured from a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeergeekKorea (78) - SOUTH KOREA - SEP 22, 2015
Aroma: Clear vanilla and rich roasty malt Appearance: Black colour and crisp creamy head, dark brown Taste: Medium sweet of malts, medium bitter is also there, and very light sour from acid Palate: Medium full body, creamy and oily texture, fizzy carbonation on the acid, and bitter and complex finish of aroma from vanilla and malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NallePalle (344) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2015
Draught @ Pipes of Scotland, Uppsala. Vanilla clearly present, though not too much (foam gives hint of icecream).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (794) - Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Very dark cola colored beer with a frothy, brown head. Strong aromas of roasted coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some hints of raisins, and subtle notes of vanilla. Very earthy with a silky mouth feel. Bitter coffee finish. Some booze in there too. Brutal coffee brew. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dayth (20) - - SEP 18, 2015
One of my favorite imperial porters ever. Elegant and thick, with the bitterness of the coffee and hops balanced with vanilla and a chocolatey malt body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (14810) - 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 (3670) - 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.

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