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RATINGS: 1261   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Two of the worldís 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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Noggleam (1) - Fort worth, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013 does not count
Simply the best imperial porter I have ever tasted. I joined BA just to make a comment on this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (409) - Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Very black body with lasting tan suds. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans. A little oily on the palate and light. Alcohol well hidden. Taste is bitter and the vanilla is not noticeable to me, but enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2415) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a big tan head that sticks around. Gorgeous looking beer. The aroma has big chocolate, coffee, coffee grinds, caramel. The taste is big coffee, mocha, milk chocolate, big bitter finish.. Warming alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4261) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Peter! Pours almost black with a nice reddish brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Great balance. Wow!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
One of the best from Ballast Point. Smooth, rich, tasty. Full body beer. Bring on more and lots of it . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
What a beautiful beer! Thereís something about a beer poured into a short glass. If not the "small packages carry big punches" factor, thereís also, simply, how good it looks in the glass. This is a very dark, almost black beer with a thin, dense cream/light-brown colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts, with sweet coffee and fresh cocoa, but much more dense and concentrated than what youíd expect from your everyday porter or stout. Where this impresses is in the mouth. Itís not only smooth and silky, but also offers a warm, dessert-like sweetness that Iíve never experienced before. Thereís something about it thatís a cross between Belgian candi sugar, chocolate, and peppers. In fact, itís very reminiscent of mole sauce. Thereís a smoothness in the body that makes the roasted and chocolate sweetness palatable, but keeps it sharp. I donít think Iíve ever had an imperial porter so smooth and (extremely) tasty with hardly any obviousness of an alcohol presence.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (4029) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Comes out of the bottle a rich sable just a skeezix above black with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Rich, smoky aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, fine coffee, vanilla and caramel and just a hint of molasses. Mouth-filling flavor delights the palate with roast malt, chocolate, nutty, vanilla, coffee and caramel tones with more than a hint of bitter, woody hops. Each sip seems to be subtly different. Itís a little like drinking cold quality coffee that has a kick like an angry mule. Smooth, rich texture has a firm tingle that persists; finish is smoky, hoppy and a little chocolate-sweet. I havenít given out a perfect score in some time. Love the bottle - Iíll keep it and use it as a Halloween decoration. (Yes, I use beer bottles for Halloween deco!)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
dark opaque brown. tan head. spotty lacing. Rich, milky coffee aroma with cocoa. rich coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate on the finish. so smooth it doesnít even taste alcoholic. someone talented brewed this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Strong authentic coffee flavor, roasted malt holds its own I'm getting some hop bitterness, alcohol well hidden, maybe just a little too much carbonation, otherwise a very very good imperial porter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHopster (920) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
(22oz Bottle) A nice find by Keg_Juggler. Pours a deep brown with long-lasting head and persistent lacing. Aroma of brewed coffee and vanilla extract. Flavors of well roasted malts, vanilla, coffee and alcohol. An essential winter selection. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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