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RATINGS: 1273   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of vanilla, toasted nuts, wood, char, dark chocolate and toast. Pretty nice. Flavor is less sweet than this might seems with plenty of dark roasted coffee flavor, vanilla, dirt, dark chocolate, and burnt toast. Finishes with the vanilla becoming initially more pronounced, but then an espresso-like bitterness takes hold. Medium-heavy bodied, moderate alcohol presence, decent mouthfeel (nothing terribly remarkable). Good beer for sure, but I think the bitterness in the finish clashes a bit too much with the initial flavor.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmacklin (449) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque, dark brown almost black with a large, frothy, long lasting, light brown head that laces. Strong coffee aroma with roasted malt, vanilla and dark chocolate. Sweet flavour of vanilla, caramel, liquorice and dark chocolate with a bitter coffee finish. Medium to full body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent. A world class Imperial Porter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (1148) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle bough at bier-deluxe.de. Roast, coffee, lots of vanilla, chocolate and light bitterness. Awesome beer I must say, got even better after letting it rest overnight.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (808) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is robust roasted chocolate malt and coffee. Roasted coffee flavor with vanilla notes. Full bodied with creamy texture and lingering roasty finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
George2Tall (29) - - AUG 24, 2015
The vanilla / coffee combination is not unpleasant, but it can be overpowering. This is a beer to be enjoyed once, but cannot be drunk over an evening. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (263) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black with a relatively lasting coffee brown head leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Similar flavours, some liquorice and dark fruits coming through. Slick oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
altonbrownd (3962) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle from Chevy Chase Beer and Wine. Dark black body with thin head. Nose is liquorice, caramel. Oily taste. Nice roast and toasty. Smooth, creamy texture. Vanilla in the finish. Really nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (713) - - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. Black with tan head. Aroma is all coffee, deep roasted coffee flavours and a touch of vanilla/chocolate in the background. Taste is sweet and bitter. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Amazing stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
njager246 (605) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Aroma is a chocolate explosion with some roasted notes of coffee and malt, taste is thick with chocolate and vanilla, hints of coffee balance it out wonderfully fantastic!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (625) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - AUG 11, 2015
355 ml bottle from Club de Cervezas Pours an almost jet black color with some brownish hues visible against a strong light source. Head is medium, light brown/dark tan colored, with medium retention but a fine lingering lacing. Aroma is luscious and smooth with notes of cocoa powder, oak wood, vanilla, raw coffee beans, wet earth and a touch of moccha. Not a trace of phenols with a 10% ABV, it’s amazing. Taste is relatively sweet, vanilla overtones with oaky and roasty bitterness. Moderate intensity but well rounded and carefully brewed. Medium body, no alcohol in the taste either. Low carbonation. Woody and dry finish. Highly sessionable and not boozy at all. It’s a fine, characterful, well defined Imperial Porter, yet not the best brew by Ballast Point.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (1139) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle. Dark cola. Coffee grinds, roasted malt, vanilla bean. Rich creamy feel, a hint of warm booze that lingers on the finish. Low carb. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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