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RATINGS: 1216   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Two of the worlds 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Simply beautiful on the pour. Opaque with a pillowy head. Aroma is coffee and roasty with hint of vanilla & chocolate. A twist cone of soft ice cream. Ice cream with no sugar. A real macchiato....espresso with a touch of foam on top. Palate is very dry! Hoppy finish. Lovely body. I do love a porter but this one is maybe a tad too bitter for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (569) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Lately, Ive sounded like a broken record when it comes to dark beer. Beers brewed with coffee have left me wanting more coffee. Apparently, Victory at Sea heard my pleas. Using the cold brewed technique (Im becoming a bigger fan all the time) of coffee infusion, Victory at Sea has a big roasted smell and taste. Whats impressive is that the vanilla finds its way into the nose and palate, too, adding sweet and spicy notes. At times, the vanilla pairs with the coffee to create a flavor like mocha. At others, the coffee hits first and finishes with sweet vanilla. Either way, the flavors are incredible. This Imperial Porter is smooth yet strong. Its damn near perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
annunz123 (921) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Vanilla, roast coffee, and alcohol in the aroma. Great bittersweet flavor with coffee, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Surprisingly sweet finish with some roast coffee bitterness. Fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle: YUMMY! Full bodied porter with amazing balance in the sweetness of the vanilla and coffee. Not too sweet like Breckenridge, and not too much coffee. Just right. Enjoyable around the firepit on a late Spring night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTan (721) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle. A- Coffee, mocha, chocolate, vanilla, subtle caramel, roasty, Starbucks frappuccino. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Coffee, slightly bitter, roasty, vanilla, mocha. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, roasty bitter finish. O- WOW. This may be the best damn smelling beer ever. So aromatic. It smells like a vanilla Starbucks frappuccino. So much coffee, vanilla, and goodness. The taste is about the same. The coffee and vanilla notes are played out exceptionally. A little bitter as it warms on the palate but still great. Not much Id do to change this one. I want another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (231) - Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Black in color with a think, frothy, tan head with great lacing. Strong coffee aroma with chocolate and vanilla notes. Has a light sweetness with a slight bitterness. Leaves a sticky feeling in my mouth. Leaves a long drawn out finish. Coffee and chocolate taste. Very good beer that is definetly worth buying again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (611) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Tap at the brewery with commonshawn, rosskyle, and wildcard. Large tulip glass. Deep plum color pushing black. Aroma is sweet molasses and roasted malt. Taste starts out sweet almost like a syrupy sweet stout. It moves towards the bitter, porter roasted malt notes stopping in the middle to bring on an alcohol hit. Caramel is present with some chocolate notes. Very good beer...best of the Ballast Point stable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (607) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Tap at brewery. Black with small white tan head. Smells amazing. Strong vanilla and chocolate. Some syrupy chocolate sugar. Very smooth. Only slightly sweet, good malt and late bitterness . Finish is good but flavor doesn?t last so much at the end. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosskyle (126) - - MAY 24, 2015
Served on tap at ballast point. Dark black color with medium brown head. Coffee chocolate aroma. Medium heavy body. Smooth texture. Sweet chocolate coffee with a little bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jrwhitney6 (357) - - MAY 24, 2015
Pours black with tan head. Nose is heavy coffee and chocolate - no vanilla. But the taste is a vanilla bomb with some coffee notes. Incredibly smooth. Excellent porter - if anything, maybe a drop heavy on the vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dojken (320) - - MAY 22, 2015
Flaska. Finfin doft! Hr finns havdoft o kaffe o vanilj. Smaken r riktigt trevlig o balanserad. Kaffe med vanilj i lagom doser. En riktigt god stout!!

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