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RATINGS: 1054   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11486) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a nice brownish head. Coffee and vanilla aroma, hay, peat notes, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla fudge, raisins, milk, licorice, roasted, almost burnt, bitter notes, caramel. Vanilla flavor, coffee beans, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, hay, peat notes, fruity, raisins, caramel notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1554) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells vanilla, roasted malt and coffee. Tastes vanilla and smoky roasted malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5740) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde Black. Almost no head. Coffee and coffee-beans in the aroma. Loads of sweet vanilla in the flavour. Coffee and milky chocolate. Light body, low bitterness. Too much vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle @ rlgk’s tasting. Pours pitch black with a small tense brown head leaving lacing. Aroma is coffee vanilla roasted malty ashy dry. Flavor is vanilla vanilla sweet heavily roasted malty coffee chocolate and bitter. Finishes bitter sweet vanilla.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (2298) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
Vanille en plein extase dans ce liquide dense mais très facile à boire. J’ai été surpris par son manque de panache, je m’attendais à une bière moins unidimensionnelle. Quand même très solide.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Poured from a bomber into my Founders snifter. Split the bottle with my old man during the Homerun Derby. A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a wonderful bubble dark brown head. Leaves some wonderful sheet lace behind with some bubbles trying to to keep the head afloat. S: Big dark coffee beans. Roasted to the point where it’s almost slighty burnt and bitter, but in a good way. Some slight dark chocolate notes are present as well. T: Big coffee right up front. That same REALLY toasted flavor is even more present, but after the initial assault on the taste buds it makes way for some light sweet chocolate and vanilla. I’m also picking up a burnt sugar/caramel flavoring as well. M: Medium to heavy bodied, almost chewy in nature. Leaves a great roasted coffee bean flavor with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Leaves an oily feeling on the palate which is highly enjoyable as it allows the taste to linger LONG after I’ve swallowed this black gold. O: I’m becoming more and more a fan of brews with heavy coffee flavorings and this might be one of favorites. It’s not as balanced as others I’ve had, but it’s still a wonderfully crafted brew and I would LOVE to try this on draft. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-12-2011

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle from Marcus has a pepper chilli aroma. Taste is ash trey. Some burnt malt. Not a big fan

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2699) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
From 650ml brown bottle. Black pour, med sized beige head with nice creaminess. Huge coffee nose, a little sweetness as well. Taste has big black coffee, toffee, roasty. Dry finish, lingering coffee and vanilla notes. Medium body. Smooth, very nice strong porter.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1452) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (612) - 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.


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