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RATINGS: 1168   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
Truly one of the best of the style. Perfect amount of coffee and vanilla to go along with a very nice porter. Excited every time I see this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
Very nice porter indeed. Wife and I enjoyed this at Dats in tampa and it sent the cheesecake for desert to the stratisphere.
Earlier Rating: 3/4/2012 Total Score: 4
Had this in a bottle (2011) at Datz and was served at 55. Aroma was similar to a yeasty abby ale. It poured with a nice head and nice dark brown color. First taste the vanilla mostly, smooth and enjoyable. At it warmed up a bit the coffee came foward in taste. What really made this a great drink was a sip after a bite of cheesecake. WOW the "3rd" flavor you got when mixing with cheesecake was an amazing sliky smooth vanilla cheesecake flavor- Awesome! Really liked this imperial porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewser247 (11) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2012
Big bold high octane porter with a touch of vanilla on the taste and aroma. For being 10% abv it definitely delivers. A little boozy but should be excellent to age and see what happens! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/23/11. Thanks to steve8robin (BA) for this bottle recently! Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very dark black with a thin tan head on top. Spotty lace rings stick to the glass. The nose is full of ground coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, chocolate. Coffee is the obvious main-player here. The mouth is full and creamy. Alcohol definitely smooths this one out. The coffee comes through in the flavor with a punch. Nice dark roasted bitterness to start things off. But the vanilla commands a presence as well. Plenty of creamy sweetness to balance this one out well. Sweet finish with a melding of alcohol, vanilla, and milk chocolate. I’ve had this one on my wants for quite some time, so I’m glad to finally knock this one off. Excellent Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
A thick black body with a brown head that had some retention and mild lace. Aroma had good cocoa notes, Vanilla and roasted coffee. A nice presence of alcohol. Flavor had strong vanilla and cocoa flavors. Initially I found the coffee notes to be a little too mild, but as I drank more I enjoyed the more subtle quality of it. Alcohol was slightly warming. A nice full body probably should have had with a spoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6155) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; black with nice head. Smells good too; malty and roasty. Tastes great; one of the best porters i’ve ever had (that wasn’t bourbon barreled). Mouthfeel is good too. A great brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ataraxia (407) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
Black with a thick beige head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, espresso, and a bit of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter coffee finish. Alcohol blends in very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Pours black with a 2 finger ran head. The aroma is great. Loads if vanilla and chocolate. Taste follows with a silky smooth front to back. Nearly zero alcohol on the back end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pours black. Moderate head. Nose is a wonderful rich dessert coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and mild hops. Flavor is spot on chocolate brownie, obvious vanilla, and finishes with some evident bitterness and sweetness. Vanilla is on the verge of being too much but still a good balance. Medium full body. chewy. good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3636) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours obsidian, onyx black with a wispy, airy, wildly laced head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee, noble aromatic hops, and some serious roast. Full bodied with a smooth, sweet, well-balanced mouthfeel. Finishes with a bitersweet bite and slight booziness. Outstanding Imperial porter

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