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RATINGS: 1458   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Huge coffee notes in this one. The vanilla smells like a homemade vanilla extract I made a while ago with vanilla beans and vodka. Lots of booze in this one and the 10 ABV’s are prevalent. First sweet then followed by an everlasting roasted bitterness on the tongue that reminds me of chewing on espresso beans and fresh vanilla beans. The roasted notes were expected from a Porter. I found the Vanilla, Roasted Coffee and the booze which rectified the fact that it is definitely an Imperial Porter. If they could find a better way to mask the booze I would have enjoyed it more. My rating was originally lower, but then I thought about it again and they really did satisfy everything that the label on this beer said it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2013
@Magic City Brewfest. Black with a small head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Coffee, caramel and notes of vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle from Binnys in Orland Park, nice dark brown pour with a brownish head. Big coffee aroma with a nice malt backing, milk chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Taste is very similar, bitter chocolate, coffee roast and vanilla, solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
65 cl bottle @ lusikka, enjoy by 17.10.2013
Aroma has coffee notes, salty licorice and vanilla. Flavour has mocha coffee, vegetables, some chocolate, vanlla and salty licorice. A bit too salty but not bad anyway. I like the vanilla notes here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9362) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
65 cl bottle.
Pours pitch black color with a small head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa.Very balanced and tasty brew. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6472) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
650ml bottle from a trade, thanks Hugonaut13!

Enjoy by 10/17/13 - Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, mocha and espresso. Taste is roasty, heavy with coffee notes, espresso, cocoa, vanilla and mocha. Finish is sweetish, roasty and heavy in coffee notes, hints of vanilla and cocoa as well. Quite smooth, well balanced and tasty imperial porter with loads of coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7700) - 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 (21631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

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