Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 1370   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
Sampled at a recent Wirtz Beverage/Illinois seminar, and viscously dispensed on tap to stemware displaying a rich, opaque, black/brown color, with brownish tan head froth, and wavy cling to the thick lacing. The aroma was pronounced cocoa, with roasted coffee that was very aromatic, but took a back seat. Hints of caramel malt and vanilla were also present and very complementary. The cocoa was even more expressive in the flavor, which was smooth, full bodied, and pleasantly dry toward the finish. My favorite of the afternoon! Move over Breakfast Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (519) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2013
Coffee,vanilla, porter. In that order. Done exquisitely well, say no more, nudge, nudge, wink , wink. Fan-blimmin-tastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - APR 17, 2013
A sophisticated drink with a range of complementary flavours combining to create a sensational, satisfying experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1193) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
~Strong wet coffee grind flavor with burnt malt and woody notes with vanilla ~Pours black with long lasting brown creamy head ~Sweet malty vanilla flavor with strong roasty coffee and malt flavors ~Medium creamy body with medium CO2 kinda harsh lingering burnt roasty finish ~Enjoyable beer but the strong roast and heavy sweetness don’t really blend as well as they should. They are very seperate from each other and a bit intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (1545) - California, USA - APR 14, 2013
A great porter, may be one of the best we’ve had. Pours the usual thick black with brown head. Smells of sweet nuts, like macadamia nuts, and coffee. Taste is awesome, lots of vanilla and nuts, some coffee. Sweeter then most porters. Damn good. Had on tap at Mill Valley Beerworks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (799) - Burlingame, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours a solid black with a light brown head and lots of lacing. It has a rich aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, and the same notes are in the flavor up front, leading to a coffee and chocolate aftertaste over medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (1901) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 Rerate: No chalk. No bitter. Nice coffee. Okay it starts out amazing. Coffee aroma is perfect. Has a nice thick head, it fades, but still for an Imperial porter, very nice. This is the end of perfect. Has a chalky thick flavor on the tongue. Sweet with a chalky bitter flavor. In general its not to great other than to sniff. Not horrible. But not to buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (2122) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
Very aroma of this beer. Heavy and hard of it are much flavor. Long and intense aftertaste. A real tough guy beer if I say so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadyDE (658) - Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bomber pour into snifter..dark black hue..aroma is quite intricate..popping with solid coffee..vanilla bean..roasty goodness..more carbonation than expected..light brown head stays around and coats the glass..mouthfeel is very complex and completely masks the 10 percent..very well done..would be a great brunch match..so smooth..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3972) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 12/10/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big vanilla, cream, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, light roasted malt, and dark bread. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark malt and sweet vanilla notes. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, light char, toast, floral, and light pine. Lingering notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, cream, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, floral, and light pine on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted and sweet creamy vanilla malty flavor; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial vanilla porter! Great balance and complexity of roasted and sweet malty flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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