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RATINGS: 1056   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
proxident (3) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
aroma is vanilla, coffee. Black appearance with a dark brown heading. Kind of bitter-ish taste with a heavy oily body. Soft to medium carbonated. Overall a really good looking and tasting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (888) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
650ml bottle. Black pour, brown head. Coffee is abundant in the aroma. I’m not a huge coffee lover but high marks for delivering on its promise. It’s mixed in with a chocolatey, nutty roastedness. No vanilla as of yet though. Taste is more bold coffee and this time the vanilla meshing with it. Chocolate brownie midway through. Ending with coffee bitterness. I can see why this is so highly rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (7409) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2014
Draught at the Argonaut, Washington, DC.
Pitch black colour with a small tan head. Roasted malt, spices, pepper, chili, mild sweetness and vanilla in the aroma. Very roasted malty flavour with ashy dryness, coffee and chili warmth. Rich, heavy and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
UrbanCaveman (77) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2014
22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F. A: Pours a deep, dark brown, verging on black. Once in the glass, no light whatsoever filters through the brew - it almost seems as though light rays that stray too close are sucked in and absorbed. A thick, fluffy dark tan head forms and hangs around for a while, slowly dying down to a cap and ring which leave clumps of lacing on the glass. S: The aroma opens with dark, dark, dark roasted grain, not unlike burned bread, wreathed through with black coffee-espresso to form a miasma of the color black. Underlying that is a sort of earthen bitterness. T: Oh, that thick, heavy, blunt, blackened roasted grain! The flavor opens with a veritable club of blackened, burned bread and grain, with traces of smoke and char. Unfiltered dark roast coffee takes not merely center stage, but also left, right, and the orchestral pit at times. There are notes to the flavor quite reminiscent of burnt firewood or campfire ashes, mixed with the scorched earth from the bottom of a firepit dug in the deep woods. Vanilla is hinted at, bringing no sweetness along with it whatsoever, not unlike sipping extract right from the bottle. Alcohol heat comes in during the bitter, slightly astringent finish. M: Thin, far thinner than one might expect for a brew this heavy, dark, flavorful, and high ABV. It verges on watery at times as it moves across the palate. O: While I’d have preferred a little more malt sweetness to come through the blackened flavorstorm, and a little more body and heft to the feel, this is definitely a tasty example of an imperial porter!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Souvent croisé sur mon chemin. Cette fois-ci, en bouteille de 12 onces. Un porter qui devient presque noir une fois bien installé dans mon verre. La mousse brune a un certain panache. Une dentelle se déroule entièrement. Le nez intense de chocolat, de café et de vanille laisse aussi voir du caramel, de la mélasse, des noix et de la guimauve légèrement brûlée. En bouche, le café amer très fort fabrique des notes pimentées. Le chocolat noir assure une amertume de haut calibre. La vanille vient détendre les impressions de torréfaction et de charbon de bois. L’alcool est complètement caché. Les houblons contribuent, avec le café, à la contention des sucres maltés. En bouche, le liquide montre un corps rond. Le pétillement, ajusté vers le haut, participe à la gestion de la buvabilité. La texture est crémeuse et soyeuse. En finale, les houblons résineux se chamaillent avec un café qui souhaite établir sa suprématie. Complètement délicieux. J’aime beaucoup. Je dirais même plus, j’aime trop. Ce truc complètement robuste, complexe et cohésif est si facile à boire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (361) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Taster... Dark brown pour with off white foamy head... Strong coffee aroma... Flavors of a Starbucks iced coffee... Very nice !!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (2335) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Wow, just wow. Black gold. Chocolate and coffee,slick and oily. Campfire, burnt toast and coffee. Molasses, yum....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (1539) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: intense coffee, vanilla, some chocolate and cacao. Appearance: black, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: vanilla ice cream coming up, sweets intensify, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, very light bitters in the long finish. Overall: incredibly nice Imperial Porter, not too strong, very subtle, extremely complex. Pint at Ballast Point Brewery, San Diego.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lizardking3 (126) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Beautiful dark ruby black, dark tan head. Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Taste is massive coffee and creamy vanilla, with lots of chocolate as well once the temp warms up. Very very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (1395) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2014
wowzas, this is a very strong coffee flavored porter. you can taste teh coffee grounds in this one. finished with a bitter coffee flavor. slight chocolate notes to the nose. had a draft pour at world of beer. pours black with a thick tan head.

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