RATINGS: 1484   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle share! Part of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpus snifter. Notes from last nights Skins/Cowboys game. A: Pours a nicely opaque black color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent levels of lacing on the glass. S: Lots of vanilla to start off - and Im impressed by how naturally it comes off, as well. After that comes a moderate coffee profile...and then after that, tons of chocolaty dark (not necessarily roasted) malts. Not the greatest aroma ever, but I really like how it evolves in its layering. T: The very first sip is a little harsh with vanilla, though it will smooth out after a few more sips. I really enjoy the layering of the flavors; first vanilla, than subtle mocha coffee, and finally a chocolate and licorice finish. Theres a vegetal component in there that I feel harms the balance. Quite good, apart from the overboard vanilla bittersweetness - but some aging will tone it down nicely. M: The finish is pure sticky, wet sweetness, which fits what this tries to accomplish as a dessert beer. I could do without the slight sugar burn, though. In general, its lighter in texture and more sharply carbonated than a typical imperial stout - but its best feature is how superbly the alcohol is hidden. I didnt get a look at the ABV on the bottle, but I could easily guess it to be 5.5% rather than 10%. O: I hope it was just palate fatigue from drinking a quartet of sours before hand, because this was a bit of a letdown. Regardless, this a damn solid dessert beer that can become a really great one after the vanilla fades some. This wipes the floor with certain vanilla porters that will remain nameless, at least.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Korcz (2315) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Dziękuję Pan Mesjasz. Nie zawiodło - bardzo intensywne, palone, dużo kawy i wanilii, długi, goryczkowy finisz. Trochę mało ciała. Świetne.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mzaar (3087) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
Flaska. Svart l med ett beigt skum. Intensiva dofter av kaffe. I bakgrunden hittas ocks choklad och torkad frukt. Smakinslag av nymalet kaffe, vanilj, rostad malt och choklad. Avslutas med en rostad ton. Vldigt, vldigt bra!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaboon (2032) - FINLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is roasted, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is roasted, bitter, coffee, sweet and chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (1284) - Lodz, POLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Sampel w Chmielarni na Marszałkowskiej. Aromat palony, kakaowy, wanilia. Smak dosyć wytrawny, palony, kawa i czekolada, trochę wanilii. Fajne piwo.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerInHeaven (401) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2017
pours nearly black with a dense slowly forming medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with coffee notes. Thick creamy mouth feel. Big black coffee taste with hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Coffee bitter fades in. Solid toasted malt presence. Pleasant fading bitter and warming finish with some faint lingering vanilla. Outstanding!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
colui72 (817) - HONG KONG - FEB 5, 2017
Black with a medium beige head, spotted lacing. Strong aroma of coffee and cocoa. Taste is all about quality coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Absolutely delicious! Very smooth, full bodied and no booze feeling, here we are talking about a top porter!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2017
On tap at Elizabeth Station. Pours a dark brown with a strong beige head. Aroma is cold coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is extrenly smooth (thx to nitro) with the same notes. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (970) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Poured black with a lasting tan head. The aroma was sweet roasted coffee, roasted malt. Taste was bittersweet, vanilla, coffee, nuts, alcohol is apparent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5988) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, dense, four centimetre tall tan head with about 80% opacity in the body. Aroma of pure roasted malt, deeply roasted/burnt coffee and a good dose of vanilla and lighter oak and sweet notes. Full-bodied; Strong rich roasted malt flavours dominate with a lot of grain, alcohol, vanilla and especially coffee flavours that show well and have a lot of complexity throughout the sample. Aftertaste shows more roast from the malt and coffee than anything else, but the coffee and rich vanilla are strong as well, as is the oak, alcohol and rich toffee and caramelised sugars which hit at the very end. Overall, a nice beer that shows a ton of complex flavours, all balanced relatively well, and still provide a great body, smooth complexity and rich beer that is perfect when the weather gets a touch cold. I sampled this 32 ounce growler fill purchased from Whole Foods in Fair Lakes (Fairfax), Virginia on 25-January-2017 for US$5,00 (best deal ever) sampled at home in Washington on 27-January-2017.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mauritsio (866) - FINLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle at crafters Hyvink. Black with large head. Strong coffee, vanilla, strong bitterness.


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