RATINGS: 1513   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (2573) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
Very aroma of this beer. Heavy and hard of it are much flavor. Long and intense aftertaste. A real tough guy beer if I say so.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadyDE (812) - Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bomber pour into snifter..dark black hue..aroma is quite intricate..popping with solid coffee..vanilla bean..roasty goodness..more carbonation than expected..light brown head stays around and coats the glass..mouthfeel is very complex and completely masks the 10 percent..very well done..would be a great brunch match..so smooth..

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5323) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 12/10/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big vanilla, cream, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, light roasted malt, and dark bread. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark malt and sweet vanilla notes. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, light char, toast, floral, and light pine. Lingering notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, cream, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, floral, and light pine on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted and sweet creamy vanilla malty flavor; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial vanilla porter! Great balance and complexity of roasted and sweet malty flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
comedybeazle (1) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2013 does not count
On tap at Barleys Taprooms in Greenville, SC. Pours an almost impenetrable black. Aromas of coffee and heavy cacao on the nose. Has a sweet scent, yet a heavy alcohol presence. First sip was a delight, having a lot more coffee than I had anticipated. Chocolate rolls off the back of the palate and a decent alcohol burn towards the end. Strong for a porter, and very flavorful in general.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1547) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2013
Draft at the house of 1k. Black color. Aroma Is dominated by coffee beans. Slight cocoa aroma also. Creamy texture. Warming alcohol. Average carbonation. Slight vanilla notes. A real solid coffee porter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiereLuc (1275) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Noire avec un mince col de mousse moka. Nez de caf crme et de pain grill. En bouche, le caf se donne en spectacle. Mention spciale pour lquilibre parfait amertume / acidit / sucr. Lalcool (10%) intensifie les saveurs sans les clipser; la chaleur se fait surtout sentir en post-got.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
Tap at the tasting room. Near black pour with a foamy beige head. Aroma of espresso roast, bitter chocolate and dark red wine. Taste is very similar but much more bitter and wine-like than I had expected. Bitter coffee finish.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Pours dark with a tan head. Right off the bat, there are chocolate sweet roast aromas. Full bodied flavors with a very distinct vanilla flavor throughout the drink. Amazing!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Very attractive pour and aroma. Black body and tan head aroma dominated by cocoa nibs and coffee. Flavor is a little too much alcohol burn and until it gets to room temp thats all you get. Vanilla shows through and i think bourbon barrel but probably because of the higher alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimsRatings (421) - - MAR 29, 2013
On tap at Raleigh Times. Sweeeeet...very sweet. The vanilla really comes out in this beer - a bit too strong got my tastes. Beautiful dark appearance with little head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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