RATINGS: 1520   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jiseokkoo (4) - - MAY 27, 2017 does not count
Bitterness is strong and it dimishes the vanilla taste and aroma. Strong coffee flavor as well. Except these two facts great imperial porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingi (649) - - MAY 21, 2017
aroma is very pleasant. theres something off about the mouthfeel, it could be flatter for my tastes. Otherwise a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MavDunk (92) - - MAY 14, 2017
From the bottle. Pours cola black with thick khaki head that hangs around. Scent is cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and malts. Taste is big and similarly complex with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and more. No alcohol to speak of despite the high alcohol content. Big body and very smooth. Finishes with a mild coffee bite. A really excellent imperial porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
disfit (36) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2017
On tap at BeerTemple, Amsterdam. Nose: sweet malt, coffee. Taste: sweetness, coffee, chocolate then a roasted bitter. Pleasant mouthfeel, not watery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JCPlays2 (3) - - MAY 12, 2017 does not count
This is the best beer ever. The only downside to this beer is my spouse calls it Defeat At Sea because I drink one and I am finished for the night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (3133) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2017
Tried this in 2009 (pre-RB) in Manhattan Beach, CA. Now a retry from tap @ Beer Temple. Black color. Sticky, creamy beige head with good lacing. Aromas: vanilla, roast, mocha, vla/custard. Retronasal theres hard roasted malts, ground coffee, sweetness, vanilla. Flavor is roasted, light sweet, moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Long finish, moderate to full bitter. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arfn (21) - SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Smakar precis som en kall cappuccino med svag ton av vanilj. Hade den varit snppet tjockare i konsistensen, s hade jag gett den bttre betyg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
explosivedog (929) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a nice brown head. Vanilla, chocolate, lots of smoke, plums, a bitter finish. Fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1901) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 26, 2017
Bottle. Hm, a hard to read stamp on the bottom, but no BB date - weird. Pours dark brown with rather big creamy head. Nice vanilla and coffee aroma, not much else. Tastes very sweet upfront with considerable dark roast coffee then on, some rather harsh coffee bitterness and roasty malts. But the whole thing just seems a bit too sweet. Fine, rather active carbonation. Dryish roasty finish. The biting ground coffee becomes a bit distracting in the finish. Pretty nice overall, far from excellent though... Hardly worth the above 4 average...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sokuzs1 (1206) - POLAND - APR 24, 2017
Aroma: bean, coffee, chocolate, caramel Taste: moderate bitter, light sweet, coffee, roasty, chocolate, caramel

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