RATINGS: 1522   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bomber. 2013 bottling. Nearly black pour, with a creamy tan head; nice lacing. Overt aromas of espresso, with layers of vanilla extract and bakers coco. Once settled, the carbonation gives a soft, creamy, full mouthfeel, with an overall medium weight on the palate. 10% very well concealed. Similar flavors of vanilla cream, coco powder and creamy espresso coat the palate... Kinda like espresso poured over vanilla ice cream, with a drizzle of chocolate. Flavors of dry, bitter coffee and dark chocolate cling to the palate. Well defined, if not a bit one dimensional.. Though still good stuff. Definitely need to be in the mood for a coffee or mocha to fully enjoy. A little more weight and concentration would take this to the next level.. Though I'm not complaining. Solid. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3
BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Growler from Whole Foods. Black and black with thin tan head. Burnt roasted coffee nose slight hint of vanilla. Flavor very burnt and roasty. Not a fan of coffee beers... too burnt and not enough complementary malt. Alcohol is well hidden tho.

3.7
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
On draft at the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Strong coffee flavor, hint of vanilla, roasted malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 1/28/2013 Total Score: 4.4
Strong coffee aroma and intense coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla. Some alcohol on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Creamy vanilla, chocolate and coffee whip up a memorable piece of cake.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam sits atop the blackness.
-These super-sweet dessert-like concoctions can only work if they’re impeccable, and this one is.
-Coffee and roasted malts add welcoming depth away from the sweetness spectrum.
-Carbonation was pleasantly fluffy.

Bottle.

4.1
jw0406 (1265) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
22 bomber pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aromas Of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted dark malt. Full bodied, incredible.

2.8
dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Strong hops, strong vanilla, strong coffee, high alcohol, this beer is high in everything, but it doesn’t taste very good. It is like Kahlua with hops. Perhaps its appeal is to those who like lots of tastes other than good malt and hops, but it isn’t very impressive.

3.9
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours a deep dark black with minimal tan head. Aroma has a big roasty note up front, followed by rich chocolate and then the vanilla comes through, almost like vanilla iced cream. Flavor is huge on the vanilla, but almost has an extract like taste to it, roastiness follows and the chocolate character as well. Overall this is a pretty good drinking shelf turd, especially for breakfast.

3.8
circinus (301) - SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a thin brown head. Coffee, vanilla, slight licorice, malty. Full body, low carbonation, bitter coffee finish. Nice!

3.1
stephenj007 (123) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
A big bomber pour. Typical appearance of a dark, yummy porter style. A pleasing, warm alcohol aroma, woody smoke, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate. I really am not getting any coffee hints, but the vanilla comes through with the alcohol....interesting. Taste is slightly more hoppy than some other porters, but good. Definitely some more alcohol on the finish, along with some tootsie roll sweet chocolate flavors. This was an interesting Imperial Porter....at first, I wasn’t to sure about it...just didn’t quite seem to be all there, a bit off kilter maybe. As I sat, enjoyed and rated, it became more enjoyable. My suspicion is that this needs to be served at a bit warmer temp than some other porters for a full experience. "It was darkly rumoured that the butler, regarding him with favour such as that stern man had never shown before to mortal boy, had sometimes mingled porter with his table beer to make him strong." Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1848

3
Handypaul (550) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2013
750ml bottle. If you like effervescent coffee liqueur this is the beer for you. Pours black with a minimal head that’s gone in an instant leaving no lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and wood ash. Taste is very lightly sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, lively to fizzy carbonation (way too much for this beer), burnt malts, bitter chocolate and a long bitter finish. Alcohol is too prominent. I generally like this sort of beer but not this one.


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