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RATINGS: 1368   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
For porters you don’t get much better than this. Nice roasted coffee aroma. Deep dark color with medium brown head. Nice mouthfeel of medium weight. Carbonation was just right. Great roasted malt flavor with coffee being more dominant than the vanilla. Well rounded with a mild hops bitterness. Greatness.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (1267) - 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 (14) - 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 (274) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Tap pour Malt & Vine, Redmond WA. Dark brownish beer, off-white/tan head. Beautiful vanilla ice cream aroma. Flavors are delicious, a mix of roasted barley with a good bit of dark fruity sweetness, and a moderately carbonated and bitter finish. I really like how the aromas are so strongly vanilla while the flavors are predominantly straight up roasted barley, the way a great porter should be. Pretty excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffreylee (13) - HHI, South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Excellent brew. Very dark brown almost black coffee color with a nice foam head that is tannish orange. The aroma is strong coffee and rye bread with a subtle hoppy whiff. The initial taste is hoppy coffee with a pleasant bitter bite. As it sits in the mouth it gets smooth with a barely sweet toffee taste mixed with dark malt and hops with vanilla espresso. It’s complex with different taste, but they mingle exceptionally well. The aftertaste returns to a more bitter roasted hop essence with a tinge of creamed coffee. At 10% ABV, the 12 oz size is perfect for slow sipping on a winter day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1446) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2016
I’m impressed. I thought Ballast Point was just about their hoppy beers, but this one is so well made and balanced. Sampled it to get a base test for two other variations, and it didn’t disappoint.


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