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RATINGS: 1371   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgfellow (100) - - MAY 7, 2013
Bomber at home. Pours dark brown with khaki head and stubborn lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee with a touch of vanilla. Taste is more coffee, caramel and some booze. Full mouth. The world’s best porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2846) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle shared at GTMW line, pours black with a thin tan head and lacing, the aroma has a ton of chocolate mixed in with a the coffee, blends together really well, the flavor has a nice sweet front end with the bitterness of the black coffee in the finish, vanilla also comes through, really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmcg000 (380) - Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasty coffee with vanilla. Very rich creamy texture, excellent malt profile. Roast coffee with some caramel malt flavors and a vanilla on the back end. Hides the alcohol exceptionally well also. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2013
$10 even at Leary’s. Shared with Jblauvs at his Amesbury flat. Going to make this as simplified as I can: I got a healthy amount of black liquorice, molasses, and cold-pressed coffee. Booze and vanilla were quite prominent as well. Smokiness and yeast, by swallow. Yummy. I remember previous years being a little more balanced and sweet, but I like this just fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with small tan head. Aroma: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Taste: bitter coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Nice! Near perfection. Beautiful beer. Full of complex flavours. However where this beer falls short is in aroma. Which is not really a big deal with a flavour profile like this. Damn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
Pours brownish-black with a decent sized tan porteresque head that leaves light lacing. Aromas are sweet coffee, cream, vanilla and just a hint of caramel and chocolate. Flavors are similar to the aroma though the vanilla hits first as sweet and creamy, then a lovely coffee bitterness edges in followed by a very long and pronounced bittersweet chocolate finish. Palate is heavy if you serve this cold but reaches perfection when it is allowed to warm. Overall this is probably the best Imp Porter I have had the pleasure of drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redtechnj (286) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2013
Appearance- Thick black with a thin tan head. Average lacing. Aroma- Rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, hint of sweet vanilla Flavor- Bitter roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla background

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4466) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2015 Tap. Black with minimal head. Big and boozy porter with huge vanilla and light coffee. Sweet with tons of flavor. Interesting but bordering on overdone. Had this again from a bottle, and found the coffee to be much more forward with light vanilla. Much better balance. Re rating based on this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1266) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Finally got to this one, thick oily black witha short tan head. Big roast malt an coffee aroma and vanilla. Can taste a pretty decent hit of vanilla, with a nice coffee, some smokiness and a hot booziness. Fantastic stuff.

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