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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter comes out of the bottle looking dark and brooding. The beer itself pours a dark obsidian color. The head starts as a dark tan foam, bubbling up through the beer and rising up the glass. The foam eventually rises a few inches to reach the top of the glass. A slow recession leaves plenty of lace sticking to the glass. The aroma provides a blast of roasted malt notes and deep, full coffee. There is a little bit of bitter dark chocolate in the back, but the aroma is mainly a blast of roasted malt and bitter coffee. My first impression is that this beer is big, bold, and makes no apologies for being so. Dark roasted malt has hints of smoke and dark chocolate. A jolt of vanilla breaks up the bitter transition from fully roasted malt to intense coffee. The coffee starts strong, with the bitterness coming after. With each sip the cumulative bitterness grows, reminding me of just how intense of a beer this is. Perhaps it is some kind of magic trick, but this beer does not drink like it has 10% alcohol. There is almost no alcohol present in the taste; it is only noticeable in a slight tingle on my tongue and gums. There is a great creamy nature to the carbonation, more so that the beer. If anything, the flaw with this beer is how light the body feels compared to the robustness of the flavor and carbonation. There is a little bit of bitter and sweet sticky residue left on my lips. This is truly a great beer and may be the best porter I have had so far. The combination of flavors and level of intensity really do it for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3243) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Draft. Pours opaque black with a beige head. Aroma is rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, light citrus, and some caramel. Tastes like roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, cherries, wood, caramel, coffee and vanilla. Smooth, thick feel. Full body and low carbonation. Roasty, vanilla, grassy finish with mellow sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle, finally available in Seattle market. Pours nearly black with full, dense tan head. No lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and I'm feeling generous so vanilla is (barely) present. Taste is big on the coffee - ample bitterness reminiscent of black coffee in the finish, along with some caramel notes, vaguely tangy finish as well. Medium body, slick texture, soft carb. Overall: this is pretty nice, and decent price point compared to other great imperial porters. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jjg226 (71) - Staten Island, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Appearance - Black with ruby highlights. Thin mocha head that settles into a lace cap that remains throughout. Aroma - Coffee, can’t smell anything past all that coffee. Taste - Coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Bitter, but in a coffee way, not hops. Mouthfeel - Full body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. Overall - Well crafted porter, seek this one out!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1330) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
On tap at The Common Table. Pours black with a thick tan head. The aromas are vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate. The mouthfeel is dry, bitter and has a heavy body with light carbonation. Lots of roasty goodness going on here! Cheers!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Markkind (43) - - JUN 16, 2013
Black as the bottom of the sea. Split this with dad in Father's Day after a great meal. Would've gone great with a cigar but neither if us were holding. Can definitely taste the coffee and vanilla. Balanced perfectly with malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2013
At Seo Carlo. Aroma was super coffee and chocolate with lovely dark roasted malts. Taste was much the same, with an amazing balance of alcohol with malted sweetness. I was very pleased with this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
22 ounce bottle divided up into tulip glasses. This is one of the best imperial porters I’ve had in a long time. It has a big coffee and chocolate presence that is somehow different from the type of thing you’d find in a stout. It’s sweet and toasted, as if your tasting a dark cake. Thick in body, mild carbonation, mouth coating and durable in flavor and very approachable. They do a really good job masking the 10% abv. At $7.99 for a big bottle, this stuff is a steal.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inthasheets (13) - Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Very dark, not something to start with if your not beer drinker. Aroma is good and strong. It starts with a sweet taste (vanilla) then you taste the coffee, subtle finish with what I feel is a bland after taste but enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - JUN 9, 2013
Aroma of boozy cookies and cream. Chocolate, cream, coffee. Black, with ligt brown head. Taste s slight roast, chocolate, vanilla. Delicious..


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