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RATINGS: 992   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6651) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (1974) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13564) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
RBSG 2010 on the bus. Dark brown brew with a decent brown cap and speckles. The chocolate aroma is just plain old stupid - so much rich chocolate! Cream, vanilla, weak raspberry and some stiff yet smooth coffee. The flavour is not a let down either - it’s huge all around. Burnt things, incredible chocolate, loads of roasted malts, a little bit of coffee, slight alcohol vanilla and a never ending finish. Silky smooth liquid oozed into my liver. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6148) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Pours thick black with nice creamy tan head, aroma has notes of bitter coffee grounds, some chocolate, cookie, some milk sugar with notes of chocolate, vanilla as well. Taste is nice balanced coffee and chocolate, slighting more towards the coffee, with a nice malty backbone with a nice bitter dry finish. Delicious, delicious dessert beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Has a vanilla, coffee smell to it. It sort of taste like a chocolate chip cookie with some vanilla and coffee mixed in. I’m not a huge porter guy but this one I liked.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Robust earthy tones with a sharp malt aroma. Black color with a small tan head. Sweet beginning with a light pine bitter middle fading lightly in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Pours deep and dark but not opaquely brown with a lasting, medium sized tan head. Initial aromas of coffee and earthy hops. Vanilla is distinct, but in the background; also some light tinges of alcohol. It also has some caramelly and brown sugar aromas with a touch of espresso and burnt character. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and flavor up front, which leads to a dry and roasted, almost burnt flavor at the finish and aftertaste, but it is restrained from being overly acrid. Toasted and roasted flavor with caramel and vanilla mid palate. Very clean fermentatoin for the most part. A touch of dark fruit character from a bit of age, not from the fermentation process. The finish is dry from the combination of perceived bitterness and dark malt character. The mouthfeel starts out smooth and creamy, but finishes on the dry side from malts and alcohol, which is very well hidden. Fuller medium body; lower medium level of carbonation. Overall a very, very well made beer! The vanilla and coffee compliment the base beer, rather than overwhelm it. I wish I had more than one bottle, and I should have saved this one to share with others...


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