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RATINGS: 1431   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours incredibly dark, slight tan head. Aroma roasty, coffee, chocolate, very rich. Body roasty and thick, finish retains a slight bitterness, really lovely!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
From a growler into a wide bottomed tulip. A: Very nice coffee and chocoalte notes. Very smooth. Not bitter. A: Looks nice. Dark black. Dark brown head dissipates quickly. T: Tastes pretty solid. Again, nice coffee and chocolate notes (more on the coffee side). A little acidic in the finish. Not really getting the vanilla undertone... perhaps itís overpowered by the other strong notes/ P: A little acidic and boozy on the finish. Fully bodied. Carbonation is good. overall this is a really nice beer. Great flavor notes. A bit of earthiness adds to it. The finish is a tad too acidic with a lingering bitterness. Better finish that some, worse than others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2895) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Dark brown pour. Big tan head that quickly falls leaving a wake of paint behind. Aroma of coffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is a big vanilla up front. Follow that up with some coffee and yum. Very rich velvety mouth. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Was pleased to find this top beer in Apalachicola, Florida. Great change of pace after pounding Jai Alai all vacation. Pours black like oil with light brown head. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate the nose. Flavor is hugely sweet but nicely balanced by a bitter back end. Oily mouthfeel. Bottle - Honey Hole Liquors -Apalachicola, FL

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1735) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2013
22oz bottle, split. Thrilled that Ballast Point is delivering beers to Oregon A: Lightless mahogany with a rim of cappuccino head. Not much in the way of legs, surprisingly, but Iíll manage. N: The vanilla strikes first, but itís soft and almost supple. coffee and dark chocolate firm up the base, and thereís a hint of molasses and similar flavors to oak. I get a whiff of charcoal, too. T: Very bitter like fresh-pressed espresso mixed with some smoked wood. Malty sweetness and vanilla do a good job of rounding this out so that itís not one-dimensional. Hop greenness also rears its head. Hits multiple parts of the tongue. M: Oily with a medium-heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden. O: A really well-built Imperial Porter that never allows any one of its elements to overwhelm the others. Iíll be buying this one on a regular basis.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyW68 (1361) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2013 Black with mocha head. Aroma is vanilla chocolate and coffee. Maybe a touch of heaven. Taste is rich roast chocolate and coffee. This is what baby seal tastes like to a polar bear.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adeishaqra (45) - - JUL 2, 2013
Thick, thick, thick. Nice coffee and vanilla bean very visible in the palate. Nice light aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (1577) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Pours black with thick dark tan head. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla aromas. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt flavors. Some alcohol taste present. Sweet chocolate finish and full body. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3997) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Really excellent beer. Not at its best when it is too cold (but thatís usually true), there is just such excellence in the balance of the coffee within the porter--not overdone, with vanilla and caramel appearing, too. Rich palate. On tap at the Publican, Chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter comes out of the bottle looking dark and brooding. The beer itself pours a dark obsidian color. The head starts as a dark tan foam, bubbling up through the beer and rising up the glass. The foam eventually rises a few inches to reach the top of the glass. A slow recession leaves plenty of lace sticking to the glass. The aroma provides a blast of roasted malt notes and deep, full coffee. There is a little bit of bitter dark chocolate in the back, but the aroma is mainly a blast of roasted malt and bitter coffee. My first impression is that this beer is big, bold, and makes no apologies for being so. Dark roasted malt has hints of smoke and dark chocolate. A jolt of vanilla breaks up the bitter transition from fully roasted malt to intense coffee. The coffee starts strong, with the bitterness coming after. With each sip the cumulative bitterness grows, reminding me of just how intense of a beer this is. Perhaps it is some kind of magic trick, but this beer does not drink like it has 10% alcohol. There is almost no alcohol present in the taste; it is only noticeable in a slight tingle on my tongue and gums. There is a great creamy nature to the carbonation, more so that the beer. If anything, the flaw with this beer is how light the body feels compared to the robustness of the flavor and carbonation. There is a little bit of bitter and sweet sticky residue left on my lips. This is truly a great beer and may be the best porter I have had so far. The combination of flavors and level of intensity really do it for me.

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