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RATINGS: 1452   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
650 ml bottle.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, mudcake, dark chocolate, weak citrus and some caramel. Flavour of roasted malts, salty licorice, dark chocolate, cherries, wood, caramel, coffee and vanilla. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a roasty, vanilla, grass finish with mellow sweetness. Smooth and very well balanced. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle. Completely clack, nice thick brown head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, molasses. Taste is rich and roasty shoo-fly pie, espresso, vanilla. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Aroma: Coffee, milk chocolate. Appearance: Solid black, mostly white lacy head. Taste: Bitter sweet chocolate Palate: Mild carbonation, somewhat dry, medium body. Slightly bitter chocolate finish with a hint of vanilla. Overall: Less complex than I imagined, but solid overall. The lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste detracts from the overall beer somewhat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
conlepa1 (72) - Chillicothe, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
A strong porter. Vanilla is very present but a perfect balance. Not too sweet as some porters are. Nice lacing. Perfect head. Solid mouthfeel. Substance and balance. This is a great beer. A great brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (1543) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours a deep dark brown almost black in color. Aroma is of robust coffee with a tinge of vanilla. Tatse is of rich, chocolate coffee throughout with a hint of burnt caramel. The aftertaste leaves a burnt coco flavor, a true imperial strong porter in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
This deep black porter has a strong chocolate aroma. It has a head which looks like a latte. It has a strong coffee flavor with hints of vanilla which remind me of bourbon. Very well put together and flavorful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours black, two finger thick khaki head thin lacing that sticks around. Aroma is coffee grounds, chocolate, vanilla up front, sweet vanilla, milk chocolate lingers, no alcohol on the nose at all. Taste is sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee grounds at the front, bitter coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla mid mouth, bitter sweet chocolate and espresso on the finish. Low carbonation, fuller body, bit of alcohol warming and spicyness. Overall real good, very tasty and complex, you should seek this beer out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoesefat (362) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Smells malty, chocolate and coffee. Pours deep impenetrable black with a thick brown head. Delicious chocolate, coffee and caramel, with a hint of something peppery. Nice thick and creamy beer with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mrnoluv (298) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
You can smell the vanilla, coffee, roasted beans, the alcohol, beautiful deep dark brown color, the taste is bitter chocolate with a hint of sweetness, the bitter after taste is not overpowering just sits there long enough, if you don’t like strong coffee taste, I mean strong, stay away because the first thing you taste when you swallow is coffee. This is one of the best porters I have ever had, love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (2200) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bomber shared. Pours almost opaque brown. Very dark with creamy mocha colored head. Deep dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hints of alcohol. The flavor works like this, roasted coffee followed by roasted malts and cocoa powder followed by medium alcohol burn. Silky smooth throughout. Imperial porter by any other name would not be victory at sea. Incredible beer.

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