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RATINGS: 953   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Pours deep and dark but not opaquely brown with a lasting, medium sized tan head. Initial aromas of coffee and earthy hops. Vanilla is distinct, but in the background; also some light tinges of alcohol. It also has some caramelly and brown sugar aromas with a touch of espresso and burnt character. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and flavor up front, which leads to a dry and roasted, almost burnt flavor at the finish and aftertaste, but it is restrained from being overly acrid. Toasted and roasted flavor with caramel and vanilla mid palate. Very clean fermentatoin for the most part. A touch of dark fruit character from a bit of age, not from the fermentation process. The finish is dry from the combination of perceived bitterness and dark malt character. The mouthfeel starts out smooth and creamy, but finishes on the dry side from malts and alcohol, which is very well hidden. Fuller medium body; lower medium level of carbonation. Overall a very, very well made beer! The vanilla and coffee compliment the base beer, rather than overwhelm it. I wish I had more than one bottle, and I should have saved this one to share with others...


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Davhgbrew (887) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
Big aroma of coffee grounds. Body is medium full and alc is hardly noticeable. Coffee Is pronounced as is hop bitterness. Sweetness is quite low in this brew, but it is just enough malt backbone to balance the hops. Basically a easy drinking dark ale that doesn’t explode with alc. Coffee is the main theme, and it’s not as chewy, dry and acrid, or burnt as an Imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
czlowiekwiadro (38) - POLAND - APR 13, 2014
bardzo intensywny kawowo-waniliowo-czekoladowy zapach. ciemne, klarowne, ze słabą pianą. w smaku cierpkie od kawy, alkoholu i paloności. słodkie od wanilii i słodów. do tego czekolada. genialne piwo.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MHOSKINS (68) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2014
Simply one of the best Ports ever brewed. Best enjoyed when aged several months. Great vanilla flavor. Drink solo. Not as enjoyable when sampled with other flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1048) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bomber, cellar aged 1 year and shared with ck1 and my other brother. (notes say Fischmans, so perhaps it was me purchasing) Has a black pour with a tan head. Aroma has nuts and chocolate and light cherries. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, nuts, cocoa powder and some roast. Smooth and well balanced. On a night of really good stuff, it was the best of the night.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MattiasA (617) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2014
Sample at Malmö beer- and whiskey festival. Excellent balance, powerful but not overpowering. Loads of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (567) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2014
Dark brown with a tan coffee colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla aroma. Sweet Roasted malt start, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and a dark coffee bitter finish. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (593) - SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2014
650ml bottle. Nearly black body with a medium thick, compact, head. Old style coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. //Rated via Beer Buddy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (19647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle at Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of fresh ground coffee and dark chocolate. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate with notes of coffee. Roasted finish of coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (12758) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle at Hotel Iidaya, Matsumoto - shared with Mette. Pitch black - offwhite head. Lots of fresh coffee. Vanilla. Some sweetness. Roasted. Ok burned notes. Licorice notes. Some mild bitterness. Smooth body and finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfroms (59) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle sampled on 3/21. Best before 10/25/13, whoops. Coffee color with slight orange hue, medium creamy tan head. Smell is rich and appealing: roasted berries, burnt toffee, caramel latte, vanilla, complex malts. Taste is unified and hard to pick out individual elements, but there’s coffee, plums, surprising bitterness fading into bitter cocoa powder. A little past its prime but still solid.


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