RATINGS: 1522   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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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4.2
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2013
This is awesome! All the aggressiveness that I was expecting with lots of coffee and a smooth finish. Still, the thin body on porters is sometime a down side for my personal taste. But in hot weather, I certainly see the appeal. Overall, you should seriously buy this and try it!

3.7
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
650 mL bottle. Looks like a porter. Not much head. Like Dieu du Ciel, only a porter. And this clearly is an IP, not an IS. Mouthfeel and all. Milder aroma. Mild vanilla. Roast. No booze. Bit of soy sauce. Perfect level of carbonation. Toasty bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

4.3
Benzai (15460) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, lightly hops, roasty, bitter, some chocolate. Very bitter and bitter chocolate in the finish. Full body and medium to full carbonation. Great beer!

4.3
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Delicious with its loads of rich dark roasted malts, crushed up roasted dark coffee beans, subtle hints of vanilla, and bitter dark chocolate influences. Im not sure I could ask for much more out of an American Porter than this one offers. At 10%, this one could hammer you quickly but I cant detect a single tinge of booze out of this one. Its masterfully crafted....The thick creaminess of this one makes it a real pleasure to enjoy as well. Its thick and rich but not in a cloying way at all. World class in my opinion
Earlier Rating: 1/12/2013 Total Score: 4.6
Pours a dark black with light tan head. The smell is outstanding. Lots of bitter coffee and vanilla extract and some dark chocolate. Taste is out of this world delicious. Starts with big sweet vanilla and sweetened iced coffee and finishes with bitter unsweetened coffee and vanilla extract alcohol. This is one balanced beer. Bold flavors but everything gets a fair shake. Mouthfeel is slightly thin when compared to similar beers. This gives founders breakfast stout a run for its money.

2.9
SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
opaque black with a short-lived tan head. full body but not creamy or silky. medium carbonation.

aroma: kahlua, astringent acidic roast malt, cola.

taste: kahlua, vanilla, harsh woody coffee, leafy hop bitterness, and sour minerality.

very one-note. lacks depth and complexity and subtlety.

4.8
77ships (9638) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
Courtesy of tderoeck. Thx! 65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. Great label. Blackish appearance, mocha head. Nose is heavy roast, very rich on chocolate, sweet mocha, coffee, light espresso, light vanilla, Taste is bitter & sweet roast, lots of sweet chocolate, so much chocolate, thick vanilla with sweet coffee, chunk of mocha, brownie, caramel, brown sugar, cappuccino, Thick and creamy. Utterly delicious, easily the best Porter I have ever head, ace beer.

4.1
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Porters dont get much better than this. Bourbon, vanilla, a bit of smoke. Great stuff. (Had it on hand pump)

4.5
tmohr (39) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2013
22 ounce bomber. Dark dark brown pour, small head. Vanilla, coffee, alcohol presence. Damn, this is good.

4.5
beer-yum (1654) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Delicious way to lead into the home stretch of an epic tasting session. I regret missing its brief appearance on tap at a local craft beer bar a few months back but doubt it could be too much better than the bottled version I just enjoyed.

4.7
Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - AUG 1, 2013
If you can still call this a porter, its the best porter ive ever had. Wow, really nice flavors going on here. Vanilla and espresso are dominant, but there are strong elements of cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutmeg, and orange chocolate. Coats the throat but never too heavy. Totally worth seeking out, Only negative is the vanilla is so strong it turns ever so slightly bitter/sour...


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