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RATINGS: 1455   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5273) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle (22 oz) 2012. Traded by Reynold314, thanks Matt! Dark brown (almost black) with a medium brown head and huge lacing. Aroma of vanilla,roasted malt and coffee. Taste is about the same with slight caramel notes. Medium body. Alcohol is well hidden. This Imperial Porter is super tasty and pleasant to drink, but not very complex (vanilla/coffee) and pretty straightforward.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2013
draft at Coles, Buffalo. dark pour, tan head. roast, vanilla, coffee notes in both aroma and flavor. very drinkable at 10%. Fuller bodied. Very nice porter

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (1176) - , Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bomber to glass. Nice roasted aroma with small amount of vanilla. Dark dark pour with beige head. Taste is smooth with slight vanilla. I found the roasted flavor to be too strong. Really was more charred than roasted

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (2595) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Black, with a moderate light brown head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and light roast. Taste is rich with some sweetness and tons of coffee and dark chocolaty bitterness. Pretty full bodied and creamy with a mild alcohol sting. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz bottle, I’m usually not one for the imperial taste, but this one is excellent. Black pour, small tan head, aroma of roasted nut hops,, taste of roasted vanilla, chocolate malts, earthy tones (maybe from the coffee flavors). Well balanced, complexity, warming alcohol, nice brew from Ballast.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Draught. black, syrupy, and little head. The aroma is just sweet vanilla and mediocre coffee. The flavor is way too sweet and bad flavored coffee bitter. Texture is slick with little life and a little drying end. This is terribly balanced and ill conceived. flavored coffee is gross and imperial porters don’t work as a style t for me.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Aroma of rich coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. An opaque blackish brown pour with a rapidly dissipating tan head and abundant lacing. The taste is amazing! Dark roasted coffee up front, a hoppy bitterness in the middle, and a vanilla chocolatety finish. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, another Ballast Point success!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gegrographer (21) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a pitch black from the bottle, one can definitely taste the intermingling of the coffee and vanilla throughout, pretty crisp tasting with minimal aftertaste

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Roasty malty, coffee, and a more subtle vanilla aroma. Taste is coffee up front, a little alcohol heat, and vanilla on the finish. Moderate amount of carbonation and little to no head. Overall one of my favorite porters and definitely one I’d recommend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Very black color, not much head, moderate lacing. Smell of coffee and vanilla, somewhat faint though. Taste is same with more prominent dark chocolate flavor present and warming alcohol. Bitter finish. Very good.


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