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RATINGS: 1445   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 17/20
gad905 (202) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
Lovely but not overpowering vanilla with not as much coffee as expected on the nose. Viscous dark brown pour with thick tan head, fades slowish. Soft sweet caramel and chocolate taste followed by powerful hop and coffee bitterness. Good complexity. Constant but light vanilla presence. Thick palate but you can tell it’s a porter not a stout. Cracking beer, defied my expectations of it being super sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3675) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2013
22oz bottle pours black with an extremely dense, lasting, creamy tan head. Seriously it is a mat I could float a quarter on. Big roasty aroma with a lot of coffee. Lots of bitter dark roast and coffee again. Attenuated and sharp. Lingering bitter chocolate and ash. Good, but not quite to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (478) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2013
This is awesome! All the aggressiveness that I was expecting with lots of coffee and a smooth finish. Still, the thin body on porters is sometime a down side for my personal taste. But in hot weather, I certainly see the appeal. Overall, you should seriously buy this and try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2443) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
650 mL bottle. Looks like a porter. Not much head. Like Dieu du Ciel, only a porter. And this clearly is an IP, not an IS. Mouthfeel and all. Milder aroma. Mild vanilla. Roast. No booze. Bit of soy sauce. Perfect level of carbonation. Toasty bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (12763) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, lightly hops, roasty, bitter, some chocolate. Very bitter and bitter chocolate in the finish. Full body and medium to full carbonation. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Delicious with its loads of rich dark roasted malts, crushed up roasted dark coffee beans, subtle hints of vanilla, and bitter dark chocolate influences. I’m not sure I could ask for much more out of an American Porter than this one offers. At 10%, this one could hammer you quickly but I can’t detect a single tinge of booze out of this one. It’s masterfully crafted....The thick creaminess of this one makes it a real pleasure to enjoy as well. It’s thick and rich but not in a cloying way at all. World class in my opinion
Earlier Rating: 1/12/2013 Total Score: 4.6
Pours a dark black with light tan head. The smell is outstanding. Lots of bitter coffee and vanilla extract and some dark chocolate. Taste is out of this world delicious. Starts with big sweet vanilla and sweetened iced coffee and finishes with bitter unsweetened coffee and vanilla extract alcohol. This is one balanced beer. Bold flavors but everything gets a fair shake. Mouthfeel is slightly thin when compared to similar beers. This gives founders breakfast stout a run for its money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SanfordBrewer (1465) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (7432) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1682) - 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)

   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.

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