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RATINGS: 1297   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4043) - 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

   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.

   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

   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..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown almost black beer with a minimal head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee and malty aroma. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, malty and a bit licorice flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6408) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark as coal black with a frothy, creamy khaki colored head. Aroma has some marshmallow accents, a hint of milk chocolate, a touch of creosote, Flavor as bold and superb with some light Kahlua notes, some marshmallows, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, a touch of black topsoil. Nice thick, slightly chalky mouthfeel. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Pours black with a small mocha head. Smells of dark chocolate, earthy coffee, and vanilla. Tastes dark chocolate and coffee up front, the vanilla comes through on the finish. As you drink more, the smooth vanilla comes through even more. Great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSpaceman (4) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2013 does not count
Plummy bouquet, which is weird. Doesn’t taste plummy, which is less weird. Tasty vanilla and smoky coffee notes. Full mouth feel. Overall good experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Huge coffee notes in this one. The vanilla smells like a homemade vanilla extract I made a while ago with vanilla beans and vodka. Lots of booze in this one and the 10 ABV’s are prevalent. First sweet then followed by an everlasting roasted bitterness on the tongue that reminds me of chewing on espresso beans and fresh vanilla beans. The roasted notes were expected from a Porter. I found the Vanilla, Roasted Coffee and the booze which rectified the fact that it is definitely an Imperial Porter. If they could find a better way to mask the booze I would have enjoyed it more. My rating was originally lower, but then I thought about it again and they really did satisfy everything that the label on this beer said it would be.

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