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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 Bottle: Deep obsidian color, very deep brown at the edges. Fine-bubbled, tan head that fades quicker than expected. Aroma is blasting with heavily roasted coffee beans; burnt, scorched, charred, ashy. Super roasty and even quite bitter. Lightly sweet vanilla aroma with some deeper, dark cocoa underneath the oily coffee beans. Taste is roasted, charred, burnt & oily coffee beans from left to right; intense French Roast beans. Lightly sweet vanilla coats mid-palate with a hint of charcoal and ash in the finish. Super dark and roasty plays well with the tiny amount of vanilla sweetness. I’m a fan of bitter-roast over sticky-sweet in many cases. This porter is a winner for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (6698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle. Milk Choc, dark choc fennel and licorice aroma Black, low head Quite dry, sparkly, salty finish Dark chocolate aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2355) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a nice thick black, with a dark tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving a stringy lace on the glass. The aroma is a gorgeous creamy vanilla, with notes of roasted coffee, and soft chocolate undertones. The taste starts out in that same vanilla and coffee indulgent half, and then the booze takes over. This is definitely an imperial that let's you know you're drinking it. The booze is overwhelming on the back end, and that booziness is what hangs around. If they could make the vanilla and coffee linger and cover the booze, this would be a 5, or damn close. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
Bubbly big tan head dark pour soft carbonation the aromas rich coffee bean caramel vanilla malt chocolate cocoa rich molasses the flavours cocoa superb roasted coffee beans dark rich coffee fudge molasses strong bitter taste perfect for a good imperial the roasted taste caresses the porter rich fruit no dried taste yes a lovely range of tastes in this porter vanilla chocolate really hits the spot the finish wonderful imperial some rich malts roasted tastes the input of vanilla a stirring bitter backing and dry cocoa taste first rate imperial porter

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3375) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Tap at cannibal. Pours deep dark brown. Nose is super chocolate. Tastes of lots chocolate, tar, rootbeer, creamy and boozy. A tad rich and this certainly put me over edge to drunk town

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2844) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
Pours black with a small tan head. Swirling it leaves small lacerations. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, coffee, hazelnuts, slight boozy tones. Taste is vanilla, honey, coffee, hazelnuts, red currant, slight booze. Aftertaste is red berries, vanilla and honey. Very good!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (827) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2013
Dark as the night. Aroma is beautiful - creamy vanilla, mild astringent coffee with a choc dessert smell. Taste is coffee bitterness, some small vibe of vanilla trailing at the end. Overall, a lovely imperial porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (5805) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Powerfull smell with chili, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Similar taste, warming finish. Very complex and powerfull beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (2618) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
Pours dark with low light brown head Aromas of coffee, dades, vanilla, raisins, dark chocolate Nice sweet malty taste of coffe, vanilla, liqourize, bitter dark chocolate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_est_deus (1127) - örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2013
Svart öl med ett ganska litet, mörk brunt skum som försvinner efter någon minut. Doft: Kaffe dajm (karamelliserat socker, rostade nötter, mjölkchokladb, körsbärs pralin, vanilj, lite alkohol och kanske lite apelsin. Smak: Kaffe, mjölkchoklad, nötter, vanilj, gräddkola, bigarråer, sött brynt smör.


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