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RATINGS: 1262   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dirtydrew (1) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012 does not count
This is the best imperial Porter Iíve tasted. Its big, bold, sweet, and marries the flavors of coffee and vanilla very well. I cant say enough good things about this beer. My only complaint is that all you can tase after this beer is sweet vanilla and coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle shared at Proof. Black pour. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is milk chocolate goodness - tinny vibe. Really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2012
22oz - If somebody asked me to describe porter, I would use this. Dark but not impenetrably black, lighter body in the glass, roasted notes and a watery, refreshing finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
22oz bomber poured in a snifter. Pours a solid black almost like used motor oil. Nice creamy tan one finger head. Aromas of espresso, chocolate and a fresh cup of black coffee. Definitely a big coffee flavor upfront. Some cocoa with a slight hint of vanilla in the background. Pretty distinct alcohol in there too. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Overall this is a great beer. Probably one of the best imperial porters Iíve had. If you can find it...pick it up.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2135) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 On tap at Devil Craft, Shimbashi care of TimE. Black with an off white head and texture is oily. Nose is bold strong black expresso coffee, sweet coffee liqueur like Kahlua or something, definitely an alcoholic kick. Taste is sweet coffee liqueur, bitter roasted coffee, alcoholic. Very nice. Too sweet for some but just right for me. Itís a sipper but a nice one. Rerate at Bruceís Bíday at the Craft. From a 3.9 to a 4.2.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattH (660) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Black pour. Aroma of roasted coffee and cocoa powder. Taste is a ton of cocoa, some roasted flavors, and a little alcohol. Medium carbonation and body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3013) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Roasty, chocolate, molasses, slight alcohol, wood. Deep black in color, light tan head, oily lacing on glass. The flavor is chocolate up front, molasses sweetness, roasted coffee, wood. Very nice. Thick in body, oily mouthfeel. The finish is roast, pine, citrus, alcohol warming. Excellent. Equal to its hype.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (479) - South Gate, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Had it on tap at Bluepalms then purchased at Bevmo, had to ask for it the folks at Bevmo where hidding this. Poured into a snifter A: Pours rich, creamy with a beautiful 2 finger brown head. S: Vanila, espresso and roasted malts. T: Let just say this is super flavourful vanilla upfront lots of vanilla followed by coffee and chocolate with some roasted malt. Vanilla took control out of all the other flavors and I liked it. M: Creamy and thick, heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation and low bitterness in the end. O: A dessert beer, so flavorful and creamy very nice. This is my favorite porter.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerbeer (4) - - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
A porter stronger than most. The flavor really comes out as it gets closer to room temperature. I know this is obvious due to the high abv but the flavor change is even more dramatic than with other strong porters. This beer is smooth considering its high gravity origins. The coffee and vanilla bean add to the flavor. They add to the smoothness and a little complexity. However being a high priced beer it must pass a little extra scrutiny to justify the extra dollars. Well if all that extra cash was for the vanilla and coffee Iíld say leave it out. Its good and while the taste is complex it seems to be missing something.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (829) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Some numbers stamped on the neck but I canít figure out the bottled on or best buy date. Pours with lots of brown frothy head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is of alcohol and vanilla with a little bit o coffee. Mouthfeel is moderate and slightly greasy. Not much carbonation especially after sitting out a while. Taste is really, really hot. Like sniffing rubbing alcohol. Other flavors are vanilla extract and coffee. This could have been a very good beer. All the parts are there but itís way too hot and has this artificial vanilla flavor to it. As of now, itís just decent with a very good aroma.


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