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RATINGS: 1419   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Totally black with a creamy khaki head. Smells of coffee, vanilla, light hops a malts. The flavor is identical to the smell but very full and robust. Roasted flavors and malts finish a complex beer. This is absolutely phenomenal. Cannot stress how good this is.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ahem (8) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - APR 28, 2016 does not count
Love the vanilla coffee that doesn’t taste like vanilla or coffee, but much deeper. This is an instant favorite for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (465) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2016
From the MacBoost rotter. Dark pour with tan head. Coffee and vanilla hit the nose, some roasted malts, and bread. Taste is a robust coffee/vanilla flavor, very slight bitterness and zero detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful. Great beer served to the masses. Would recommend to others.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
konungen (363) - - APR 24, 2016
Mörk malt, rostad malt, kaffe, choklad, salt?, lagom beska. Tyvärr lite mycket alkohol i doft och smak - ska testa lagra nån flaska och se om de blir bättre. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (5071) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2016
Bot. First I hesitated at 12 midnight to drink this then I blew the cork. Big black gentle pour. First taste evolves to be quite rude nasty bitter and volatile. Yes, it’s a masterpiece alright, a big in yer face masterpiece of a high alky ass kicking boozy beer. Its a blowhard black beer. Reminds me in many respects to a boozy high alky black ipa, yeah. Same with finish, perhaps this would age well. Yeash a little aging may round out this bullshit imperial black ipa bullshit...... oh, I almost forgot, since its such a dizzying beer, there’s coffee in thar 2! heheheh

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
basaywhat (107) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2016
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a full bubbly natural tan head. Aromas of coffee, minerals, and roasted malts. Flavors of chocolate, dark caramel , acidic coffee, and mild roasted malts. Nicely balanced. Smooth and very good!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (326) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2016
Didn’t care much for the peppermint seasonal version this past winter - too much going on. And, getting burned out on coffee flavored stouts and porters. But... this is pretty good stuff. Pours very dark with minimal tan head. Aroma is that of an espresso bean wrapped in a vanilla pod. Flavor is similar with more sweet vanilla both complementing the roasty toastedness This is extremely smooth mouthfeel and slightly sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1276) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2016
Dark with mahogany edges, beautifully textured beige head that lingered thin on top. Big aroma, chocolate, vanilla, mint, roasted malts....rolled nicely over the tongue. Came together nicely, taste of a chocolate frango, pleasant finish, small notes of Kahlua. Turned breadier with warmth. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eripe323 (42) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2016
330ml from systembolaget. Pitch black with Brown head. More carbonation than in a regular Aroma of coffee, vanilla, malts. Taste is coffee, vanilla, dark malts, hints of coconut. Some bitterness in the finish, which is the only negative side of this porter!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (801) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Deeper clouded black-brown, darker tan head. Pretty aggressively, upfront roasted espresso notes, some darker fruit notes, maybe a little bit of honey and vanilla. Decently bitter upfront, quite sweet. Heavier body, very chewy, a good bit of oiliness. Long finish. Pretty good, the coffee is not super well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (600) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2016
12oz bottle. Dark brown pour. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Taste has some toasted malts with the coffee really coming through in the finish. Nice balance with everything. Really nice.


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