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RATINGS: 1455   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6411) - 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.

   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

   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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiddleBrau (1163) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Growler from Whole Foods. Black and black with thin tan head. Burnt roasted coffee nose slight hint of vanilla. Flavor very burnt and roasty. Not a fan of coffee beers... too burnt and not enough complementary malt. Alcohol is well hidden tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
On draft at the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Strong coffee flavor, hint of vanilla, roasted malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 1/28/2013 Total Score: 4.4
Strong coffee aroma and intense coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla. Some alcohol on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Creamy vanilla, chocolate and coffee whip up a memorable piece of cake.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam sits atop the blackness.
-These super-sweet dessert-like concoctions can only work if they’re impeccable, and this one is.
-Coffee and roasted malts add welcoming depth away from the sweetness spectrum.
-Carbonation was pleasantly fluffy.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jw0406 (1118) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
22 bomber pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aromas Of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted dark malt. Full bodied, incredible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Strong hops, strong vanilla, strong coffee, high alcohol, this beer is high in everything, but it doesn’t taste very good. It is like Kahlua with hops. Perhaps its appeal is to those who like lots of tastes other than good malt and hops, but it isn’t very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours a deep dark black with minimal tan head. Aroma has a big roasty note up front, followed by rich chocolate and then the vanilla comes through, almost like vanilla iced cream. Flavor is huge on the vanilla, but almost has an extract like taste to it, roastiness follows and the chocolate character as well. Overall this is a pretty good drinking shelf turd, especially for breakfast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
circinus (279) - SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a thin brown head. Coffee, vanilla, slight licorice, malty. Full body, low carbonation, bitter coffee finish. Nice!

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