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RATINGS: 1000   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Two of the worlds 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bomber with a pretty sweet label I might add. Pours a thick syrupy brown that looks near black when its all said and done. Massive two finger tan foamy head. Perfect looking porter. Aroma is big on the coffee and vanilla notes. Rich and malty. Even picking up some maple syrup aromas. Taste is on point here. Strong vanilla and coffee flavors here. Lots of roasted malts. Some chocholate. Great balance of coffee bitterness and vanilla sweetness. Its medium bodied. A little thinner than I would have expected. Light carbonation. Lingering coffee finish. ABV hidden VERY well. Not even a trace. Im really enjoying this. Not a beer you can easily find in the area. But Id def. seek out again. One of my favorite porters now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1201) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 A - pours opaque coffee brown with very high fine bubbled head, almost frothy. S - smells amazing. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla up front. Hints of smoke and oak and toasted malts. M - creamy strong bodied brew. Nice strong nose, complex and bold palate. Lingering bitter maltiness with vanilla and oak. T - espresso, chocolate and toasted malts up front. Palate is nice and complex. Vanilla, oak, coffee, rye/grains , marshmallow. Lingering bitter rye, espresso, oak, and vanilla. O - easily the best porter Ive had ( ok its an imperial porter, but still). Very bold coffee chocolate vanilla porter. 8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1887) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Aroma of deep black coffee, slight roast and a hint of dirt. Pours black with slight beige lacing. Taste is loaded with coffee, strong vanilla bean and a nice sweet caramel aftertaste. Very intense and great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle pours black with thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Tastes are espresso and chocolate, but vanilla is on the finish. Body is full with average carbonation and a nice long roasty vanilla finish. Overall, a tremendous Imperial Porter that is not to be missed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1256) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Finally gonna rate this beastly brew. Nose is full of roasted malt/coffee aromas, smooth vanilla, dark chocolate, some dark fruits, and a metallic earthy note. Excellent. I love the vanilla tones in this. Body is dark, dark brown/almost black with a tan colored head. Taste is lots of roasted malt and earthy coffee. There is plenty of chocolate and coffee dominating the flavors on this porter with a light vanilla finish. This is a great porter for sure. Im so glad I got a second chance to get this brew after passing it up a few times already. What was I thinking??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (3570) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2012 Tap. Pours opaque black with thick, frothy tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, and light toffee. Flavor is malt dominate with earthy hops and faint fruit esters; dry, ashy finish. Full body with medium carbonation and warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Tap at Najas. Pours opaque with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is vanilla, coffee and oak with dates and plums, licorice, chocolate and roast malt. Flavor is malt dominant, oak, vanilla and prunes, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Black with a thin creamy light tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate and roasted coffee, with just a bit of creaminess. Smells just awesome. Taste is superb as well. Lots of coffee, lots of sweet milk chocolate, and a creamy vanilla tone that adds sweetness and complexity. Finish and aftertaste is sweet delicious vanilla-chocolate ice cream. Big glass of win.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (6052) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours black with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Taste is rather sweet with malts, coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit. medium body, soft carbonation. 090312

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9134) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 Bottle with Steve and the BA crew. Dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. Delicious vanilla bean, rich dark cocoa, light espresso aroma. Creamy mouth feel. Somewhat bitter coffee, dark cocoa, rich and sweet vanilla bean, delicious dessert flavor. Fuck yeah.

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