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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
On tap at the grad in Davis. Pours a black color with a decent sized tan head. Nice full flavored beer. Can definitely taste the vanilla. Solid brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4501) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured a deep black with a finger frothy tan to light brown head. Aroma is strong coffee and light vanilla. Taste is strong coffee bean with roasted malts and light vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melker (253) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2013
Aroma of vanilla, coffee, caramel, chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, juniper berries and bitter coffee. Smooth, low sweetness, bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (626) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a small espresso coloured head consisting of tiny bubbles with some large here and there. Really nice! Aroma has luxurious coffee and chocolate as well as loads of vanilla on the end. Faint raisin as well. Taste has vanilla, marshmallows, coffee, cream, roasted malt, dark chocolate, salt liquorice, slight alcohol and that typical porter tartness. Full body with quite high carbonation, round and smooth mouth feel. After taste is roasted, grapefruit bitter and lingers on for long.
Fantastic Imperial Porter! If only the after taste had been a bit more balanced with the other sensations it’d be even better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (6148) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2013
Big Bottle from SB cons 2013-09-21 Göteborg AR: vanilla powder, coffee, dark chocolate AP: dark brown allmosor black colored body, high lively stouthy dark brown head F: warming feeling, soft wee bubbles, milk vanilla chocolate, salt licorice, peppery, tar, tobaco, full bodied, over average bitternees, oily grispy textur, starting of totally asome but finishes to ruff - storage or why not my hands on one of the barrell aged variants;)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
650ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Vanilla, cocoa and coffee in the aroma. Chocolatey and roasted taste with notes of vanilla and coffee standing out. Rich and indulgent, yet easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bomber. Pours a deep black with a small light brown head. The head dissapates quickly but leaves moderate lacing in my snifter. Wonderful aroma of vanilla,coffee,chocolate and hints of wood. Velvety mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Sweet and bitter. Awesome beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (820) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours a pure jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma consists of strong vanilla dominant, quite a bit of smokiness, with coffee and mocha complimenting nicely. The taste is much more potent than the aroma. Huge coffee and vanilla flavors, with a mocha undertone that is mixed with very noticeable alcohol notes. Its a little sweet. Aftertaste is long, with hints of coffee but mostly alcohol. Medium to thick in body, an oily texture, with minimal carbonation. The potency of this one isn’t subtle. It makes itself very apparent as soon as you begin drinking. This is an impressive effort from a brewery that is rather new to my area and has impressed me so far. The artwork on the bottle is awesome as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4438) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2013
Jet black colour,beige head. Aroma of coffee, light vanilla, roasted malts,lots of coffee. Sweet flavour, vanilla, chocolate. Quite full body, sweet finish, roasted malts.
(from 66cL bottle @RBBSG II, Gent 2013. Thanks for sharing Tim - and for hosting!)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Borders on stunning, and hard to say why it's not considered a stout albeit for a chewiness that while thick is a bit less than imperial stouts. Beautiful stout -- errr, porter -- malt base. Truth in advertising: the vanilla while not overwhelming is ever present, whereas the coffee flits in and out throughout. Quite roasty, some bitterness, and no sweetness. Recommended, highly! A- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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