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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle share! Part of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu’s snifter. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game. A: Pours a nicely opaque black color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent levels of lacing on the glass. S: Lots of vanilla to start off - and I’m impressed by how naturally it comes off, as well. After that comes a moderate coffee profile...and then after that, tons of chocolaty dark (not necessarily roasted) malts. Not the greatest aroma ever, but I really like how it evolves in its layering. T: The very first sip is a little harsh with vanilla, though it will smooth out after a few more sips. I really enjoy the layering of the flavors; first vanilla, than subtle mocha coffee, and finally a chocolate and licorice finish. There’s a vegetal component in there that I feel harms the balance. Quite good, apart from the overboard vanilla bittersweetness - but some aging will tone it down nicely. M: The finish is pure sticky, wet sweetness, which fits what this tries to accomplish as a dessert beer. I could do without the slight sugar burn, though. In general, it’s lighter in texture and more sharply carbonated than a typical imperial stout - but its best feature is how superbly the alcohol is hidden. I didn’t get a look at the ABV on the bottle, but I could easily guess it to be 5.5% rather than 10%. O: I hope it was just palate fatigue from drinking a quartet of sours before hand, because this was a bit of a letdown. Regardless, this a damn solid dessert beer that can become a really great one after the vanilla fades some. This wipes the floor with certain vanilla porters that will remain nameless, at least.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerandhockey8 (242) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - MAY 3, 2015
From 22oz bottle to shaker. Pour is about black with a thick tan head. Nose is huge roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses. Taste is sour and sweet with a heavy body. Finishes sharp and dry. Huge beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cwill (16) - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Pours black with a minimal tan head. Aroma and tastes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and booze as it warms. Full bodied silky mouth feel. Reminds me Brooklyn chocolate stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1211) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Pours black. Aroma is of coffee, malts and roasty toastiness. Full bodied. Flavor is the same. Great stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1673) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 1, 2015
Cervesa amb un fort aroma a cafè, en boca segueix aquest aroma però també amb un toc a vainilla. Cerveza con un fuerte aroma a café, en boca sigue este mismo aroma pero también con un toque a vainilla.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ninecats (285) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Backlog, bottle. Dark brown/black, two finger beige head, dissipates quick leaving some lacings. Aroma is coffe, chocolate, swedish julmust, malt, slight alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, minor bitter hoppiness in the finish. Full body, medium carbo, oily texture. Good and well balanced.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
David_87 (81) - - APR 30, 2015
Pours jet black. Aroma is intense vanilla and coffee right of the bat, some dark roasted malt tones in the background as well, one of the best smelling beers i ever had! Taste is actually a bit overbearing on the vanilla, would have preferred more coffee and roasted malts, this was a very fresh bottle and vanilla tends to fade so this is one for the cellar indeed! Still top notch imperial porter/stout! Bottle from SB.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (68) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2015
Black, mostly dark brown, porter that has a small tan head and not much lacing. Smells of coffee and vanilla dominate the aroma. Taste follows suit with the coffee coming in strong to start with the vanilla and a sweetness to end. Nice bodied brew with a somewhat thicker feel than other porters and quite drinkable for being 10% abv. Overall, an awesome imperial porter that won’t disappoint!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 29, 2015
Sharing bottle. Dark, dark amber, almost black body with a medium sized dense beige head. Strong aroma of dark, smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate and some warming alcohol. Flavor is strong, but very smooth and balanced, dark, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and pleasant bitterness. Fine, strong and balanced body with a long lasting aftertaste of dark malt and warming alcohol. Great beer all the way.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CVBis007 (54) - - APR 26, 2015
Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, these are a few of my favorite things. Throw them into a fantastic porter and I'll give it 4.2 stars. Drink up, victory is yours.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shark_Pants (378) - AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2015
Tar black with a small tight beige head. Strong aroma of coffee beans, some vanilla, dark chocolate and a hint of tobacco. Taste - wow! Super smooth - espresso coffee, molasses, vanilla, a little chocolate, sherry and caramel. Velvet smooth with just a little prickle on the tongue. Medium bodied, well disguised booze. Superb.


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