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RATINGS: 1455   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
Pours brownish-black with a decent sized tan porteresque head that leaves light lacing. Aromas are sweet coffee, cream, vanilla and just a hint of caramel and chocolate. Flavors are similar to the aroma though the vanilla hits first as sweet and creamy, then a lovely coffee bitterness edges in followed by a very long and pronounced bittersweet chocolate finish. Palate is heavy if you serve this cold but reaches perfection when it is allowed to warm. Overall this is probably the best Imp Porter I have had the pleasure of drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redtechnj (309) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2013
Appearance- Thick black with a thin tan head. Average lacing. Aroma- Rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, hint of sweet vanilla Flavor- Bitter roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla background

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2015 Tap. Black with minimal head. Big and boozy porter with huge vanilla and light coffee. Sweet with tons of flavor. Interesting but bordering on overdone. Had this again from a bottle, and found the coffee to be much more forward with light vanilla. Much better balance. Re rating based on this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1463) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Finally got to this one, thick oily black witha short tan head. Big roast malt an coffee aroma and vanilla. Can taste a pretty decent hit of vanilla, with a nice coffee, some smokiness and a hot booziness. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1688) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
Had this at the Monkeypod in Kihei, Maui. It pours a dark cola brown, with a short root beer colored head. Aromas of coffee, fresh chili pepper, and tart cherry. Moutfheel is wet, full, but not thick. Just a bit of carbonation for balance. Cherry, coffee, cola and a bit of sweet vanilla in the flavor. The flavors don’t quite blend as well as I would like, but it is still very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
Sampled at a recent Wirtz Beverage/Illinois seminar, and viscously dispensed on tap to stemware displaying a rich, opaque, black/brown color, with brownish tan head froth, and wavy cling to the thick lacing. The aroma was pronounced cocoa, with roasted coffee that was very aromatic, but took a back seat. Hints of caramel malt and vanilla were also present and very complementary. The cocoa was even more expressive in the flavor, which was smooth, full bodied, and pleasantly dry toward the finish. My favorite of the afternoon! Move over Breakfast Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (586) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2013
Coffee,vanilla, porter. In that order. Done exquisitely well, say no more, nudge, nudge, wink , wink. Fan-blimmin-tastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - APR 17, 2013
A sophisticated drink with a range of complementary flavours combining to create a sensational, satisfying experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1242) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
~Strong wet coffee grind flavor with burnt malt and woody notes with vanilla ~Pours black with long lasting brown creamy head ~Sweet malty vanilla flavor with strong roasty coffee and malt flavors ~Medium creamy body with medium CO2 kinda harsh lingering burnt roasty finish ~Enjoyable beer but the strong roast and heavy sweetness don’t really blend as well as they should. They are very seperate from each other and a bit intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2013
A great porter, may be one of the best we’ve had. Pours the usual thick black with brown head. Smells of sweet nuts, like macadamia nuts, and coffee. Taste is awesome, lots of vanilla and nuts, some coffee. Sweeter then most porters. Damn good. Had on tap at Mill Valley Beerworks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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