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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (2779) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 An exceptional brew that blew my mind... it was an unexpected treat that involved me asking the bartender "what the hell style is that beer" to which she responded "i have no idea, let check it out" ... poured to sampler glasses... i took one swig and said "yeah, uhh... i’ll take a full glass please" A: Dark brown/black body.. moderate khaki head.. nice coating on the glass. S: Bam! Vanilla. Bourbon. Chocalate. Roasted Coffee. Rich caramel. Slight oak. Booze. Cola. T: Yeah it tasted like the nose! A frigging smörgåsbord of incredible flavors. Blended to perfection. Each flavor popped yet didn’t drown out the others. At 12+ the booze was present in a way which accentuated the flavors rather that killing the tastebuds. M: Medium-heavy on the palate. Good finish. Nice carbonation. Delicate for such a big beer. D: Something about porters make me struggle... but this one was rather remarkable...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Sample on Day 2 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/13/2011. Pours black with a medium rocky beige head that burns away slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of espresso, vanilla and dark chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted coffee, charred malt, vanilla/chocolate and hops. The finish is roasty with a vanilla mocha aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3699) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Poured a dark black, with little tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and a niice bouquet of coffee/espresso. Taste like the aroma, but coffee is not overpowing, and has a nice booze flavor as the beer warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (9356) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2011
660ml bottle (ChrisO Pre-GBBF2011 "Donkey Dork Lord" Shindig)
Chocolate orange aroma, lots of vanilla. Super soft and smooth, but also with pleasnt carbonation. Super rich chocolate orange taste. Massive retronasals. Quite tingly finish. Covers 10% well. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bomber. Black onyx pour with a short deep brown head and lots of lacing. Strong aroma of freshly roasted coffee. Plenty more coffee in the flavor along with dark chocolate, butterscotch, caramel and vanilla. Full body and a sweet, flavorful, slightly bitter finish. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6833) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle at chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig ’11. It pours opaque black, with a thin beige head. The nose is medicinal, vanilla, chocolate milk and dark chocolate. The taste is medicinal, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, herbal and jagermeister, with alcohol warmth in the finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2004) - Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Rich dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, rich chocolate, & vanilla; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, hops, and some caramel; The alcohol is well hidden; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, this is a meal - excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with thick tan head. Smells of coffee,chocolate, and roastiness with notes of vanilla. Taste is mild bitter with some sweetness. Alcohol is hidden well. Palate is full bodied and a little sticky and smooth. Overall, a nice porter, well balanced and I like how it is not too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13712) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2011
At Chriso Pre Gbbf 2011. Lovely black beer. Intense dark choc some coconut but the intense choc is lovely. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet coffee and chocolate. Coffee hits the palate first, followed vanilla sweetness and milk chocolate. Medium body and appropriate carbonation. I wanted more body on this beer. I would have liked this better if it was an imperial stout with coffee and vanilla.

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