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RATINGS: 1371   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.


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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1800) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Poured from 12oz longneck bottle into a snifter goblet, opaque dark brown colour, reddish when held to the light, with beige foam, short-lived but lots of lace. Exactly what you’d expect from an Imperial Porter with Coffee and Vanilla: roasty, toasty, boozy, hop resin, stone fruit esters, etc. I live the grainbill and coffee aspects okay, but the vanilla is too strong for my taste, and it’s a bit too acidic and alcoholic to consider truly balanced. Full-bodied, moderate carbonation, strong bittersweet aftertaste which remains over-powered by vanilla to the end. Worsened as it warmed. Intense, ballsy, I get why people love it so but I’m sure I’d enjoy the base porter at a tamer abv more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
donandres (126) - , Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2016
12 oz bottle poured to wine glass, enjoyed with cheese, mixed nuts, crackers Appearance: dark brown to black appearance in wine glass, deep brownish red color is viewed against the light, minimal head Aroma: strong green coffee bean smell, not like brewing coffee, vanilla is not noticeable Taste: Toasted malt taste, with hint of coffee, dominant lingering alcohol afterwards Overall: Excellent beer, one of the best porters i have had

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nejhleader (1407) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Very nice brew. Has a nice dark malt aroma. Is a creamy body. Has a hooch chocolate and coffee taste with some toast malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (1268) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
Bouteille 355ml. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée riche et crémeuse laissant une superbe dentelle. Arôme de vanille, café froid, malt torréfié. Goût de café, vanille, malt torréfié, bonne amertume, alcool, chocolat noir en fin de bouche. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saltyseadog (16) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2016
12oz bottle from Prairie Trail Hy-Vee, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Aromas of roasted malts and medium-roast coffee and coffee grounds masking undertones of vanilla bean and something curious like wet cement. Massive creamy, bubbly head to match or even surpass a perfectly poured pint of Guinness, dissolving quickly into generous lacing. Short-lived effervescence on the glass. Significantly roastier flavor than aroma, dark-roast coffee and dark chocolate up front, roasty malted barley in the middle with lingering chocolate bitterness and vanilla bean on the finish. Full-bodied and creamy, to all outward appearances the carbonation should be more than sufficient, but the mouthfeel still seems heavy and flat for this type of beer. Would benefit from more carbonation or more vanilla. A nice looking beer and fairly textbook example of a roasty stout. Doesn’t seem as special or unique as its score here had me expecting, and doesn’t benefit from the addition of the vanilla beans as several other brews I’ve reviewed lately. At least the price is competitive.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hype (38) - - FEB 1, 2016
Great coffee flavor! Like it a lot! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1304) - SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2016
650ml bottle from Brewdog online shop:
An excellent imperial porter with a strong alcohol kick & lots of flavour, particularly at the end when a warming alcohol kick came through. Well-balanced with nice coffee & vanilla flavours on top of the dark malts & roasted flavours, it was an outstanding beer & one of the better porters I’ve tried so far, although Orkney Porter probably still comes out on top.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbertles (2) - Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2016 does not count
Great dark beer with a nice head. The beer is smooth and very flavorful, but no hoppy bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knasputte78 (276) - SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2016
Svart med ett litet gult skum. Trevlig doft med rostade toner och kallt kaffe. Bra len smak, vaniljen och kaffet ger en fin känsla. Lätt trots hög alkohol, bra porter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymow (1224) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2016
bottled - great portery aroma. Super dark in color. Nice roasty porter flavor, rich with a hint of vanilla.


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