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RATINGS: 1134   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.

jmikolich's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
22oz bottle from TomZ, Thanks!. really a solid imperial porter, the vanilla is hidden to me, it finds its way out only once in a great while, whats awesome is holding this beer up to a christmas tree and seeing no light, she’s thick and dark.. well suited for fireside drinking.. not overly sweet like some ST offerings either.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Brandon1989 (390) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
This beer pours a dark brown almost black with a medium khaki head that left some good lacing around the glass. The aroma is strong! I pick up coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some oak. This aroma is so sweet and inviting. The taste is overwhelming dark roasted bitter coffee with some hints of vanilla, burnt caramel, some oakiness, and chocolate. It is a great mixture of bitterness up front and sweetness on the backside. For being 10% abv it is hidden quite well and the drinkability is quite high. The mouthfeel is on the medium to heavy side. Some beers don’t live up to their hype, however, this beer exceeds its hype. This is a world class beer and a must try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle - dark brownish/black pour with creamy beige head. Aroma - vanilla, coffee, musty wood and some booze. Taste is pretty damn nice. Each sip is different. First you taste the vanilla and then this smooth coffee flavor with hint dark chocolate! I swirled it in my snifter and the vanilla and coffee just popped! Palate - mouthfeel is somewhat oily and aftertaste is almost nonexistent. Overall an enjoyable beer. Tastes more like 6% abv and goes down smooth! Probably a touch too much vanilla but otherwise perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (994) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is super fresh coffee. Flavor is nice coffee, slight vanilla and roasted porter, too sweet to really love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (938) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2015
/too dark to see through, & a rockier head than i’ve seen in a long time, like a natural sponge. you can’t sescape the chocolate, in aroma or flavor. taste-wise there’s dark coffee, walnut & toffee. aroma has lumber & caramel. ligt and smooth on the pallet. a little on the sweet side but rich tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (94) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
Magnificient beer from such a magnifiscient brewery! Aromas are litterally on the vanilla side. Burnt sugar on the nose, warm smells of caramel and crème brûlée, this nose is smooth and complex. The head is very tiny, quite inexistant I’d rather say. Taste is half and half coffee/vanilla. This beer stands for his strong dynamics balanced with this beer-you-could-drink-all-day kind of lightness. Big WOW for me!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is big on coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Some vegetal notes come and go. Taste is also a blast of coffee, fairly hot, lots of vanilla, and cherry undertones. Smooth, decent mouthfeel, with a long finish that is fairly dry. Overall, a nice beer, although the caramel and vanilla are too strong, and the off-notes in the aroma drag it down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimGustavo (5) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015 does not count
Pours a medium thick black with a tan/chocolaty brown thin head. Smells of coffee, but has stronger vanilla and chocolate notes. Taste is heavily bitter coffee with an after taste fading into a sweeter vanilla blend. I’m not a huge coffee fan, so this one is gets knocked down just a peg on the taste, but overall it’s quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (41) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Very enjoyable imperial porter. While I did feel it was a tad thinner than I wanted, it was smooth and creamy. A bitter iced coffee flavor dominates the taste with subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate coming through. The bitter coffee flavor lingers and continues to please my taste buds well beyond finishing the beer. Glad I picked this up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (172) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2015
A very nicely done roasted Porter. Coffee and vanilla dominate the aroma but some dark and roasted malts are also detectable. The flavor is broader including all of the above plus a clear citrus/orange hop flavor and enjoyably enhanced bitterness. Has a bit of a heartiness, palate-coating stout like character without being cloying, harsh or heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (455) - - FEB 22, 2015
Appearance: Dark black color, tan head. Taste: heavy coffee. Toasted malt. Aroma is coffee vanilla. Good, but strong. Sipping beer.

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