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RATINGS: 1419   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SanfordBrewer (1449) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
opaque black with a short-lived tan head. full body but not creamy or silky. medium carbonation.

aroma: kahlua, astringent acidic roast malt, cola.

taste: kahlua, vanilla, harsh woody coffee, leafy hop bitterness, and sour minerality.

very one-note. lacks depth and complexity and subtlety.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (6917) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
Courtesy of tderoeck. Thx! 65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. Great label. Blackish appearance, mocha head. Nose is heavy roast, very rich on chocolate, sweet mocha, coffee, light espresso, light vanilla,… Taste is bitter & sweet roast, lots of sweet chocolate, so much chocolate, thick vanilla with sweet coffee, chunk of mocha, brownie, caramel, brown sugar, cappuccino,… Thick and creamy. Utterly delicious, easily the best Porter I have ever head, ace beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Porters don’t get much better than this. Bourbon, vanilla, a bit of smoke. Great stuff. (Had it on hand pump)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmohr (39) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2013
22 ounce bomber. Dark dark brown pour, small head. Vanilla, coffee, alcohol presence. Damn, this is good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer-yum (1189) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Delicious way to lead into the home stretch of an epic tasting session. I regret missing its brief appearance on tap at a local craft beer bar a few months back but doubt it could be too much better than the bottled version I just enjoyed.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - AUG 1, 2013
If you can still call this a porter, its the best porter ive ever had. Wow, really nice flavors going on here. Vanilla and espresso are dominant, but there are strong elements of cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutmeg, and orange chocolate. Coats the throat but never too heavy. Totally worth seeking out, Only negative is the vanilla is so strong it turns ever so slightly bitter/sour...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
2010 vintage. This didn’t age very well. Pours black with thin tan head. Flavor of roast with a flavor that I can’t place. I can definitely tell its old.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2961) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2013
22oz bomber thanks to Cleg via local for local swap chapter 4. Pours a jet black color with a creamy thin dark tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is rich espresso, chocolate, roasted malt, and again a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5103) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Black pour from bottle. Chocolate malty piece of heaven. As good as a porter gets.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2013
brown, nearly black, medium brown head with moderate retention and a lot of lacing. coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roast, caramel, alcohol. medium sweet, medium-heavy bitter. full body, thick and creamy feel, soft carb, warm. dessert-y without being cloyingly sweet


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