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RATINGS: 1436   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (24577) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Bottled@Chriso pre-gbbf shindig. Deep brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, some toffee and mild ashy notes. Flavour is ashes, toffee, toasted malts, mild alcohol as well as some nuttyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours an almost pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is filled with coffee and vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. The flavor is again with lots of coffee and vanilla, almost like an ice coffee, some roasted malt, dark fruits and dark caramel. The body is on the full side of medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a really tasty Imperial Porter!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cuso (7433) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle many thanks to coldbrewky, Almost black color with huge beige head. Coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, toffee in aroma. Taste, coffee, caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate. Strong coffee bitter finish. Excellent complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1723) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Shared by someone at the Monte’s Krown tasting yesterday. Pours black, with a tan head. Huge vanilla notes with some roast fill the nose. Vanilla taste is very upfront and in your face, before the roast smacks you. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mortlach (1847) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 16, 2012
05/0572012 220z bottle, shared by Matt (thanks 50belair!). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma bianco sporca, tra il beige e il cappuccino, molto persistente. Aroma di malti tostati, caffé, cioccolato fondente, con netti sentori di vaniglia. In bocca è sontuosa, ha un attacco da cioccolato fondente e una lunghissima, infinita coda amara, caffettosa, semplicemente spettacolare. Corpo medio, carbonazione soft. Birra sorprendente per intensità ed equilibrio, un vero capolavoro.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lightandrhythm (63) - - MAY 13, 2012
Rich caramel malt with coffee and vanilla overtones. Smooth mouthfeel and a dark velvety color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich blackish pour, pretty dark overall with some brownish edges and glow. Dark, decent haze, not opaque. A frothy tannish head dies to a decent ring, laces small. Aromas are rich coffee roast, touches of cocoa and a firm vanilla bean essence, smmothed out sweetness with some toffee, biscuits. Coffee with cream, roast, toast. Vanilla and coffee play well. Initial is medium bodied, a bit bigger with firm roast, earthy coffee, cocoa up front. Middle shows a gentle sweetness as the finish is really what grabs me: smoothed out vanilla, roasty and sweet coffee, cream, and caramel. Fudgey, rich vanilla bean essence lingers and sets the pace as far as character. Really nice, firm and inviting. Great flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tabernae (178) - Latina, ITALY - MAY 6, 2012
Grazie a Matt&Mortlach; Ci sono giorni che hai la fortuna di bere tanto, bene e in compagnia, le cose che ti rimangono impresse però sono poche e questa birra è assolutamente tra queste. Nera, testa beige, al naso i malti tostati, gli aromi di vaniglia e cacao creano un mix perfetto. al palato le note di cacao e la piacevole amaricatura vengono rese bevibili da un corpo leggero e da una carbonazione soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
Truly one of the best of the style. Perfect amount of coffee and vanilla to go along with a very nice porter. Excited every time I see this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
Very nice porter indeed. Wife and I enjoyed this at Dats in tampa and it sent the cheesecake for desert to the stratisphere.
Earlier Rating: 3/4/2012 Total Score: 4
Had this in a bottle (2011) at Datz and was served at 55. Aroma was similar to a yeasty abby ale. It poured with a nice head and nice dark brown color. First taste the vanilla mostly, smooth and enjoyable. At it warmed up a bit the coffee came foward in taste. What really made this a great drink was a sip after a bite of cheesecake. WOW the "3rd" flavor you got when mixing with cheesecake was an amazing sliky smooth vanilla cheesecake flavor- Awesome! Really liked this imperial porter.

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