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RATINGS: 1455   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (4149) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Draft at Ballast Point. Black pour. Aroma of soft roasted malt, creamy coffee and vanilla. Smooth taste of creamy vanilla, coffee, soft roast, chocolate and a creamy finish. Great porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rei00 (56) - CHILE - SEP 8, 2016
Una Porter de color oscuro con una espuma beige generosa. Su aroma es a café y vainilla con notas de chocolate. Su sabor es a café capuccino, caramelo, chocolate Bitter y vainilla que mantienen un adecuado equilibrio entre sí. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Punkero (294) - FINLAND - SEP 7, 2016
Delicate. Sophisticated. Sweet, roasted. Vanilla. Coffee. Medium body. Some caramel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (1016) - Friona, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Pours a dark chocolate color with a thick creamy head and good retention. Big aromas of brownie, strong coffee, strong chocolate/cocoa, vanilla, wood and slight smoke. Flavors strong coffee, strong chocolate, medium vanilla, wood, slight smoke. Medium bitter, medium sweet, slight astringent aftertaste. The bitter astringency is the only thing that turns me off in this tasty brew. Its not to strong but it does linger on the palate. The coffee and the vanilla stick out well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickFifty (1050) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2016
Black color, brown head. Coffee nose, caramel, toffee, vanilla, roasted malt, muscovado sugar, hints of dark chocolate, cardamom and cinnamon. Rich and roasted malty taste, cocoa, vanilla, bitter coffee, well balanced, hidden alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Personal stats: Rating #1000

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (568) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2016
Draft at BP in San Diego. Over the top mocha aroma and flavor. Strong, sweet coffee flavor. Hard to believe this is 10% abv. Very smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Muzzleloader (34) - FINLAND - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Almost pitch black colour and two finger beige head, that quickly disappears. Very pleasant porter/stout aroma with lots of nice coffee, sweet fudge, dried fruits and maltiness. Initial taste is great smooth vanilla coffee, some tangy dark chocolate and bitterness. Full bodied and well balanced despite the extreme flavours and strong alcohol content. Finish is sweet, a bit bittery and warming.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JimmyBoy74 (607) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2016
33 cl från Bishop Arms i Örebro. Riktigt trevligt porter som kommer att inhandlad igen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (1313) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
12oz bottle. Black with a foamy tan head. Flavors are roasted cereals, chocolate, coffee, toffee and vanilla with fruity, herbal and ashy notes. Full body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emusche (198) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Pours black with a thin almond head, clingy, nice lacing present. Nose is all coffee, notes of roast, vanilla and creamer. Taste is nearly identical; this is a coffee bomb wrapped in espresso and dropped into a vat of pure vanilla extract. Great dessert beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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