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RATINGS: 1026   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Two of the worldís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
Black with a thick beige head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, espresso, and a bit of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter coffee finish. Alcohol blends in very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (611) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 Bottle from trade with Bobertkuekn. Black pour, low head, moderate carbonation. Aroma is sweet roasted malt. Taste has very noticeable coffee and chocolate notes along with the expected roasted malt flavor and just the right amount of vanilla. Bolder and more complex than just about any other porter. Finish is lingering flavors and significant right hop bitterness. Alcohol is mostly hidden. Mouth feel is slightly thick and velvety. A very very tasty porter and a new favorite. Also tried a 2-year old version that was more mellow, less bitter, but retained the good flavor well, so this is worth aging for a couple years if you want to take some of the bitterness out. Will also thin out slightly with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fletchfighters (1117) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured black with tints of red. Settled black. One finger dark mocha colored head. Very fluffy, very good head retention. On swirling some noticeable alcohol. S-- Coffee. Not really overpowering but there. Roasted malts and some hints of vanilla as well. T-- Coffee, vanilla and carmel. The carmel really stood out. Reminded me more of an iced coffee. Quite nice. M-- Medium light body and a bit velvety. Carmel and vanilla in the front and roasted malts and coffee finish. Was a little bitter in the end with a vanilla finish. D-- Well balanced. Sometimes coffee, sometimes vanilla and sometimes carmel. No taste able alcohol to this. Was a bit light in spots but very, very good, Easily could have had a second bomber of it and been happy and not had an issue with it. Very happy to have had one of the beers I have been wanting for a while. Did not disappoint one bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is full of roasted chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits, vanilla, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with some roasted dark chocolate and coffee beans with some vanilla, raisin, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, some more roasted and lightly bitter coffee comes through with some stronger vanilla. The finish is a mix of roasted bittersweet chocolate with some coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, and booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasted, dry, and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Bold but perfectly balanced. The coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors go very well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Received in trade. Pours black with a three finger tan fluffy head. Smell strong Baltic porter with some sweet vanilla, some roast. Taste FANTASTIC, strong vanilla and roast up front, coffee on the tail. Bit of alcohol but not overpowering. Best Impy Porter Iíve had so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BHeart (72) - - AUG 4, 2012
Absolutely drenched in coffee, vanilla, and chocolate aroma and taste. Dark brown, frothy head. Super rich, smooth, huge boozy kick at the end, almost like its bourbon barrel aged. Perhaps some raisin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (9695) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Re-rated at Ballast Point Tasting Room, Little Italy, 13/11/14. Needed to tone down early amateur rating of 5.0 !!! Still a solid imperial, lots of coffee and tempered well with roasted notes, drinks way under the ABV. RR to 4.4. Poured from a 22oz/650ml bottle into a growler (drank Aprí12) , thanks to Bruce for packing this in his case and shifting it 6,000 miles for me!!! Looks a real treat - pours a rich black with a decent beige/tan head after a straight glass/vigourous pour into a Belgian snifter. Head thins after a minute but retains. Lots of lacing above the beer line. Served at room temperature. Great smelling beer - coffee hits you immediately and when you withdraw your nose and savour the full spectrum you get the vanilla breaching through, sweet chocolate and malts. Everything I want from an Imperial Porter in the taste! Chocolate, coffee, sweet and roasted malts and a decent hunk of vanilla in there. Iíve had a few vanilla porters where you just donít get that íVí hit, but here you have no choice !!! A well balanced beer packing flavours and strength but disguising them all well. The mouthfeel is perfection for a beer of this ilk. Full bodied with a little carbonation, every mouthful makes you return. One of the best beers Iíve had and in my favourite style - the all 5 rating is a real one off but for me this is how it should be as it is right up there for me!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
This bottle was a gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt! A: A flawless appearance. The beer is jet black and completely opaque. There is a dense, thick, foamy head of a dark tan color. The head retention is great and the glass is coated in lacing. S: Fresh coffee beans. I am a coffee drinker, and I appreciate the aroma of fresh coffee. We are off to a great start with this beer. Also noted are scents of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. T: The beer tastes great. The coffee is more present than the vanilla. The beer leads off with coffee and segues to vanilla and chocolate intertwined in roasted malt. Very impressive. As good as it is, I wish Ballast Point would use authentic vanilla instead of natural flavors. This beer is so close to being amazing. Itís the little things that often make the biggest difference. M: The beer is very flavorful and smooth. The 10% alcohol is disguised very well. Itís creamy and thick, with the perfect carbonation level. D: Itís so good, Iím drinking it too fast, but not as fast as last time (see notes). This stuff can catch up to you quickly. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. Iím taking down the bomber by myself tonight, as I have been really looking forward to a good night to enjoy it, but honestly, itís probably best shared a few ways. Note: Chugging this beer midway through an epic tasting can lead to immediate and irreversible intoxication (even if your friend grills you chicken in the middle of the night) and palate wrecking, causing the imbiber to not be able to differentiate Kate the Great from Alpha Kong. Seriously. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-23-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (804) - Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma is rich, coffee mostly. Roasted malts, mild sweetness. Flavor is more vanilla with coffee, roasted malts, caramel, marshmallow perhaps. Medium body with decent lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1805) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Draft @ Brickstore Anniversary party. Pours black with decent tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, sweet vanilla and roasted malt. Tastes are espresso and chocolate, but the vanilla creeps in and really accomodates. Nice full bodied. Overall, a very nice brew that hides the booze and just balances the heavy coffee and chocolate with the delicate vanilla flavors.

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