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RATINGS: 1445   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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1378) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2015 Draft at Alewife in Baltimore. Dark black with brown head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and roasty malt. Taste has big flavor and thick. Oily creamy mouth-feel with dry finish. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2767) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Draft - pours black with light brown head and good lacing. Nose is dark coffee. Flavor adds chocolate, vanilla, very bitter. Big body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2013
On draft at Whole Foods Chandler’s Watering Hole. Pours the shade of a cloudless midnight sky with a two-finger cardboard-color head. Big vanilla nose (more like vanilla syrup as opposed to the bean) complemented by a deep espresso aroma. The taste goes perfectly from vanilla to chocolate malts to coffee with a subtle touch of molasses. Velvety slick texture with a refreshing long finish. I can’t get enough of this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Simply beautiful on the pour. Opaque with a pillowy head. Aroma is coffee and roasty with hint of vanilla & chocolate. A twist cone of soft ice cream. Ice cream with no sugar. A real macchiato....espresso with a touch of foam on top. Palate is very dry! Hoppy finish. Lovely body. I do love a porter but this one is maybe a tad too bitter for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Noggleam (1) - Fort worth, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013 does not count
Simply the best imperial porter I have ever tasted. I joined BA just to make a comment on this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Very black body with lasting tan suds. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans. A little oily on the palate and light. Alcohol well hidden. Taste is bitter and the vanilla is not noticeable to me, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a big tan head that sticks around. Gorgeous looking beer. The aroma has big chocolate, coffee, coffee grinds, caramel. The taste is big coffee, mocha, milk chocolate, big bitter finish.. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (5263) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Peter! Pours almost black with a nice reddish brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Great balance. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
One of the best from Ballast Point. Smooth, rich, tasty. Full body beer. Bring on more and lots of it . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
What a beautiful beer! There’s something about a beer poured into a short glass. If not the "small packages carry big punches" factor, there’s also, simply, how good it looks in the glass. This is a very dark, almost black beer with a thin, dense cream/light-brown colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts, with sweet coffee and fresh cocoa, but much more dense and concentrated than what you’d expect from your everyday porter or stout. Where this impresses is in the mouth. It’s not only smooth and silky, but also offers a warm, dessert-like sweetness that I’ve never experienced before. There’s something about it that’s a cross between Belgian candi sugar, chocolate, and peppers. In fact, it’s very reminiscent of mole sauce. There’s a smoothness in the body that makes the roasted and chocolate sweetness palatable, but keeps it sharp. I don’t think I’ve ever had an imperial porter so smooth and (extremely) tasty with hardly any obviousness of an alcohol presence.

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