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RATINGS: 1458   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 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stephenj007 (121) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
A big bomber pour. Typical appearance of a dark, yummy porter style. A pleasing, warm alcohol aroma, woody smoke, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate. I really am not getting any coffee hints, but the vanilla comes through with the alcohol....interesting. Taste is slightly more hoppy than some other porters, but good. Definitely some more alcohol on the finish, along with some tootsie roll sweet chocolate flavors. This was an interesting Imperial Porter....at first, I wasn’t to sure about it...just didn’t quite seem to be all there, a bit off kilter maybe. As I sat, enjoyed and rated, it became more enjoyable. My suspicion is that this needs to be served at a bit warmer temp than some other porters for a full experience. "It was darkly rumoured that the butler, regarding him with favour such as that stern man had never shown before to mortal boy, had sometimes mingled porter with his table beer to make him strong." Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1848

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Handypaul (434) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2013
750ml bottle. If you like effervescent coffee liqueur this is the beer for you. Pours black with a minimal head that’s gone in an instant leaving no lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and wood ash. Taste is very lightly sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, lively to fizzy carbonation (way too much for this beer), burnt malts, bitter chocolate and a long bitter finish. Alcohol is too prominent. I generally like this sort of beer but not this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16191) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Draught@RNH. Dark black color, small beige head. Chocolate and cocoa in the nose, Medium to full bodied. Lots of milk chocolate, latte, Lingering attacking bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice transition from sweet and roasted to bitter and fruity. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Aroma: vanilla, medium roast coffee, cocoa, all in smooth succession. Appearance: espresso body, light brown and foamy head. Taste: sweet vanilla, caramel notes balanced by bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate. palate: incredibly smooth mouth feel. creamy, like an oatmeal stout, with medium carb. mimics the texture and mouth feel of a barrel aged beer. outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Chewy, chocolatey yumminess. Complex flavors overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. Overall, an outstanding brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TychoJames (1077) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2013 Flaska från systembolaget . Svart med beigefärgat skum. Doft av vanilj, kaffe och rostad malt. Smaken drar åt mörk choklad, kaffe och vanilj

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2013
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Aroma: wood, vanilla at the forefront, fading into coffee and roasted malts. Also present are earth and ash, while caramel tempts and waters the mouth. There’s a prickling alcohol presence, but it blends in with the other notes. The mouthfeel is sublime: perfect combination of a medium-to-viscous body and smooth carbonation. It manages to be as distant from "watery" or "overcarbonated" as it is from "syrupy." On the tongue, it is sweet without being cloying and moderately bitter; it leaves an aftertaste of burnt wood, malts, a motherload of coffee, and just a hint of vanilla. I really wanted it to be a little more vanilla-forward than it is, but then again that’s asking for perfection. It’s a fantastic beer as it is, and I’m glad it finally got to Texas. It’ll be a regular in my fridge for sure.

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