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RATINGS: 1437   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1095) - 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...


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portwood (96) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
BIG nose: mega coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste: sweet, creamy coffee, roasted caramel, molasses. Finish: bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, dusty cinnamon. There’s no mistaking this is a high ABV beer, but it doesn’t feel like 10%. (tasted 03/28/16)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stampion (223) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2016
On nitro at the brewery. Awesome. Almost an Irish cream creaminess to it. Smooth, coffee, toasted toffee, vanilla. Epic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (2576) - SPAIN - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle 65cl. @ Central Liquor & Deli, Coronado, USA. A: Black. T: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, slightly bitter and spicy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Percy0103 (543) - MEXICO - JUN 9, 2016
A black beer with a small brown head. Aroma is ot roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and milk. Taste is bitter with a double dark coffee aftertaste. Faint carbonation and some astringency. Kind of oily, but very drinkable. Very complex with a strong aftertaste full of character. An imperial porter indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1556) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle at King Arthur, Ciampino-Italy. Deep dark brown, decent ivory foam. Nose: dark chocolate, grounded chocolate, blast of vanilla! Mouth: vanilla, cake, a bit bitter! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zubblwump (37) - Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Dark brown with a large frothy tan head that lasts. Looks like a root beer float. Strong coffee smell, like an iced coffee from one of those fluff coffee shops. Nice smooth taste, with very little bitterness. Much better than expected. It seems Ballast Point actually can resist the temptation to over-hop one of their brews. Thick feel despite the carbonation. This is a good Porter.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tkenvin (4) - Walpole, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2016 does not count
Quite simply the best overall porter you will ever consume. Shear ecstasy for the palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McTapps (6396) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle from trade with Henrik - thank you! The beer has got a deep black colour with a steady and smooth head and a smooth body. Delicious aroma of chocolate, coffee and malt. Taste of bittersweet chocolate, strong coffee, malt, barrel and dark bread. Intense and strong finish. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ramboraffe (1757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2016
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget web. Black with tanned head. Roasted malt, bitter coffee and light sweer vanilla. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
Vanilla and coffee flavor really stands out. Yummmmm. The downside is that the flavor tastes a bit artificial.


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