RATINGS: 1531   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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4.2
markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
bottle in a trade thanks to cunningham! shared with a friend. poured dark block with a nice caramel head. the vanilla jumps right in your face! strong dark coffee, vanilla, caramel, dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, really tasty stuff! loved it!

4.5
arn8897 (392) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. Aromas of loads of coffee, vanilla and licorice with some chocolate. Taste of coffee and vanilla the little hop bitterness at the end. Medium body on the mouth feel. Nice lacing on the glass. Overall a very good Porter a little bit of alcohol burn at the end also as the beer warms up.

4.4
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2014
22oz bottle pour. Phenomenal - from the first sniff to the last sip. Big notes of roasted chocolate and huge swathes of vanilla pervade the nose and the taste. Beautiful tan foam head on the pour, with a medium body and mouthfeel. This is stellar. The coffee notes are not acrid at all - but provide a good dose of body and kick to this imperial porter. Booze is hidden at 10% - goes down almost too well here. This is a beer I have had my eye on for a while and it was worth the wait.

3.9
CacheManyHose (726) - HONG KONG - NOV 27, 2014
From San Diego. Pours opaque black. Small tan creamy-looking head. Fizzy watery lacing. Smell is overpowering coffee and vanilla, some dried fruit and dessert wine in the background. Taste is also of overwhelming coffee and vanilla. Milk chocolate, a little acidic sharpness, very bitter. Body is thin, slightly acidic, smooth. Tastes unlike any other stout/porter I've had - it's big and complex but the strong coffee and especially the vanilla makes it almost un-beer-like. Agree with HKdIPA that it's almost like a bitter beer version of a Kahlua.

3.9
HKdIPA (810) - HONG KONG - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from San Diego via G&M. Thick black pour with dense fine tan head. Aroma is unusual - the vanilla is a big change from most imperial stouts/porters. Lots of coffee and lots of woody vanilla. Maybe too much vanilla. Taste follows. Vanilla is very powerful - somehow makes it more chocolatey too which is good - probably a bit too much for my liking. That said, good to try a big stout/porter that takes things in a new direction. Tastes a bit like a beer version of Bailey's. Good amount of hoppy bitterness and a lot of booziness. Really interesting beer. Not my favorite but good to try something so committed to a different take.

4.2
BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a massive foamy tan head. Aroma is lightly toasted grains and a bit of cocoa. Taste is similar and wow! Vanilla, roasted chocolate and coffee quite clear as day. Truly wonderful and everyone should try it.

3.9
Aggiebob (1134) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2014
A full body porter with a strong coffee flavor. A very hearty and enjoyable selection.

4.6
kalervo (1043) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Vihreä Haltiatar 11/2014. Very fine beer. Lots of coffee, chocolat, warming roasted malts, some alcohol and well balanced hoppiness. Wonderful.

4.7
tillmac62 (735) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Pours dark as a starless night with an excellent massive head. Lacing and retention are also excellent. Nice nose of sweet dark chocolate over coffee with strong vanilla notes. Medium body with a slick texture that has creamy aspects, but is not quite there. Above average carbonation with effervescence present from the middle on. The flavor profile is simply a masterpiece - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of sweet dark chocolate that highlights the vanilla aspects but also has a distinctive caramel presence. As the sweetness fades, coffee becomes evident and the vanilla becomes more note like and the caramel is most noted. The middle is the only detection of roast I encountered, and it is buttressed by hop flavor (rind like) and bitterness. A combination of alcohol, hops and coffee yield a nice puckering effect. The finish is quite smooth and lingers with an abundance of all the previous flavors. It is the most complex finish I’ve had the privilege to experience. The finish is where the 10% alcohol becomes evident as a very slight nice burn at the back of the throat. This one is World Class, the best porter I’ve ever had and it’s rating is second to only FBS. IMHO, this is the best porter in the world.

4.6
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
On tap at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all coffee with some roast. Flavor is dark espresso roast. Finishes sticky on the mouth. Really nice beer. Holy cow. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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