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RATINGS: 1315   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2013
In! Very complex beer. Black heavy pour with thick tan head. Not much lacing. However, this is a great tasting ale. Roasted notes of coffee and malt lead with vanilla in the middle, and then bam, just the right amount of hop character to finish it off. And it packs a punch as well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (1047) - CROATIA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle; pours black with a mocha colored head; roasted coffee aroma with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and malt; taste is roasted coffee with chocolate, vanilla, and malt; finish is dry, roasted coffee and malt with a touch of bitterness; wow, excellent imperial porter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Where and how: on tap at Birch
Aroma: bold, heavy with chocolate, alcohol and vanilla. Mild residue of heat coming from its alcohol. More of late chocolate
Appearance :
Top: small and white.
Base: black, almost opaque
Palate : full bodied, smooth with light carbonation.
Taste: very nice blend of cask and dry heat adds to dimension. Last soft chocolate (semi-dark).
other notes solid, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2704) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2015
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Deep dark brown pour under a fluffy tan head. Vibrant aroma of vanilla, spent coffee grinds, and vague fruit character. The body is smooth and medium. Coffee and caramel sweetness in the flavor with a full bitterness that lingers briefly at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (807) - SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2015 Damp concrete roadt nose. Black super glossy appearance with light loose light tan head. Deep sappy slick body. Bitter dark chocolate & coffee with traces of ash and restrained liquorice. Some acidity. Light vanilla.The bitterness leaves a very long lingering black coating in the roof of your mouth. Stealthily huge but still linear.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jared_Clifton (86) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours black with tan head. Heavy body. Tons of coffee, hints of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Huge coffee and dark chocolate bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mariuspoenari (42) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
A dark crimson pour with generous head and visible carbonation. Huge vanilla smell, together with coffee, chocolate, cocoa and caramel. The taste is quite complex and perfectly balanced, with vanilla up front, followed by coffee, alcohol spiciness and malt sweetness blended together with a soft bitterness. The soft carbonation makes for a very nice mouth-feel. Medium-dry finish with a strong vanilla feel that lasts on the palate. One of the best porters around, and I am quite picky about my porters.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nijstrom (272) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle at Cosmic Comic Cafe. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Also vanilla and sweet roasted malts. Moderate bitterness and sweetness. Dry and bitter finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Savage_Night (243) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours black with a light brown medium head. Head retention is good. AROMA: dark roasted malt, vanilla, blond coffee, smoky, dark bitter chocolate oil, burned brown sugar, peppercorn, slight alcohol, caramel, earthy, faint toffee, spices licorice, herbs and slight tobacco. TASTE: dark roasted malt, vanilla, blond coffee, peppercorn, smoky, dark bitter chocolate oil, spices burned brown sugar, slight alcohol, hop spice, molasses, tangy, caramel, earthy, faint toffee, licorice, herbs, faint chili pepper and slight tobacco. AFTER TASTE: bitter malt, peppercorn, burned brown sugar, bitter coffee oil and herbs with an oily spiced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Narnad (1513) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Served on tap at the Beer Market in Vernon Hills. Arrived in a snifter. Very dark black, oily liquid with a deep, low, dense tan head. Aroma has a strong coffee nose with hefty chocolate and toasted malt notes. Flavor is extremely complex with a very early coffee flavor but it is quickly combined with a sweet chocolate, smooth toasted maltiness and with a smooth vanilla/ice cream finish. Body is very oily and extremely hefty. Overall one of the better beers I have had in a long time. Very well crafted and worth the time to find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewHaMeister (316) - - NOV 6, 2015
Bomber bottle, thanks to Bytemesis, poured like motor oil. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and booze. Flavor is silky vanilla cocoa. I want some more.

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