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RATINGS: 1452   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3457) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle. Black with a tan head that settles to a cm and lasts well. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, white pepper, fudge, coconut oil. Quite silky, lowish carbonation. Some unintegrated alcohol. Sweet with loads of coffee, some dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge. The coffee seems surprisingly fresh with berry and spicy overtones as if freshly ground. Maybe that’s partly good vanilla, but it works well anyway. Discreet bitterness and a little astringency sweep the sweetness away pretty effectively at the end. As usual for me l with this sort of thing, there’s a lurking sense of "surely this is too much coffee it should be mainly beer because reasons" but it is really nicely put together and the coffee’s vibrant.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
12/7/13. Multiple samples at valley forget beer festival. Best beer I sampled and it was actually the last beer of the night. Poured black with a dark brown head. Sweet vanilla with a dark roasted coffee. Great sweet roasted coffee. Amazing beer!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dfearnley (1759) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle to plastic glass Smells like a coffee crisp, coffee, chocolate, vanilla wafer. Deep black with a creamy tan head. Coffee, coffee, coffee, some sweet caramel, but coffee! Too much coffee for my tastes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12420) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft - Dark roast coffee and roast malts. Jet black with a rich big beige head. Coffee and vanilla are up front but not in a cohesive manor. It seems like I am doing a Imperial Stout with a coffee boiler maker. Mouthfeel is spot on.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at ABR - awesome porter with great coffee aromas and some vanilla underneath. Glad to have this brewery in MN

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (1790) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with an ecrue head that has the aroma of booze and tastes like strip.g roasted coffee with a bitter after tadte

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6043) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and licorice. Flavors follow with a bit of vanilla and dark roasted espresso notes. Medium heavy body with light carbonation. Bitter roasted finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6331) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
65cl bottle from SB. Black colored, dense brown head. Massive roasted malty and coffee aroma, vanilla and licorice notes as well. Flavor has layers of coffee, combined with roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa. Very smooth. Bitter finish, long with vanilla and espresso notes. Huge beer, fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Black with light tan foam. Smells of coffee and vanilla, very strong and decadent. Flavor is overpowering coffee and burnt malts. Full bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Decent beer, nose>flavor Original review on 19FEB11: 3/2.5/2.5/3.5/3- 2.73 A: Pours a dark, brown ale. single finger latte head falls quickly leaving a fine velvet sheet. Little lacing. S: Plenty of coffee. Sharp alcoholic nose. A little overbearing with the coffee and alcohol. T: Once the beer hits the mouth, it’s all vanilla. Such a severe transition from coffee to vanilla, man I don’t really dig this. Okay, a little bit later and the coffee is starting to balance out the vanilla sweetness a bit. Roasty background. M: Thick with low carbonation. Sticky. D: This is a big beer. I will finish the bottle, but I will never seek this out again. Serving type: bottle 11-27-2012

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bomber. 2013 bottling. Nearly black pour, with a creamy tan head; nice lacing. Overt aromas of espresso, with layers of vanilla extract and bakers coco. Once settled, the carbonation gives a soft, creamy, full mouthfeel, with an overall medium weight on the palate. 10% very well concealed. Similar flavors of vanilla cream, coco powder and creamy espresso coat the palate... Kinda like espresso poured over vanilla ice cream, with a drizzle of chocolate. Flavors of dry, bitter coffee and dark chocolate cling to the palate. Well defined, if not a bit one dimensional.. Though still good stuff. Definitely need to be in the mood for a coffee or mocha to fully enjoy. A little more weight and concentration would take this to the next level.. Though I'm not complaining. Solid. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...


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