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RATINGS: 1509   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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3.7
Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours black with a warm reddish/orangey note and a creamy light brown head. Hard roasted malts in the nose. Solid body, massive hard roasted malt - almost charcoal - that eventually manages to battle and win the cloyingly sweet and unpleasant vanilla notes. Ends with a warming alcohol and a massive malt bitterness - almost astringent. 141109

4.6
Beerhunter111 (22214) - P´Castle, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2014
Sehr dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit einer schönen bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach viel Kaffee, Röstmalz und Vanille. Geschmack sehr schokoladig, viel Kaffee, eine Menge an Vanille, einfach unglaublich!

4.4
Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Outstanding. Pours dark brown with a thick, dark beige head. Aroma of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, some vanilla. Flavor is phenomenal. Tons of chocolate - think chocolate milk with extra syrup. Hints of oats and vanilla. Modest roastiness in the tail. Finishes sweet and long with nice bitterness. Amazingly smooth and creamy with average carbonation. Mildly warming - really the only noticeable impact of the ABV. Probably the best Imperial Porter I have ever drank.

4.2
Rasmus40 (21695) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle from Bier-Deluxe. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and cocoa. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. 170915

3.9
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Draught at REAL A Gastropub, Honolulu, HI
Black color with persistent beige head, creamy. Good aroma of coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and round; good flavor of roasted malt and chocolate, quite rich, with a hint of coffee; very strong bitterness (also from the roasted malts) with some hop qualities in the background. Long final, with some alcohol.
A very interesting beer, almost a coffee liquor.

4.4
Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2014 Re-rated at Ballast Point Tasting Room, Little Italy, 13/11/14. Needed to tone down early amateur rating of 5.0 !!! Still a solid imperial, lots of coffee and tempered well with roasted notes, drinks way under the ABV. RR to 4.4. Poured from a 22oz/650ml bottle into a growler (drank Apr’12) , thanks to Bruce for packing this in his case and shifting it 6,000 miles for me!!! Looks a real treat - pours a rich black with a decent beige/tan head after a straight glass/vigourous pour into a Belgian snifter. Head thins after a minute but retains. Lots of lacing above the beer line. Served at room temperature. Great smelling beer - coffee hits you immediately and when you withdraw your nose and savour the full spectrum you get the vanilla breaching through, sweet chocolate and malts. Everything I want from an Imperial Porter in the taste! Chocolate, coffee, sweet and roasted malts and a decent hunk of vanilla in there. I’ve had a few vanilla porters where you just don’t get that ’V’ hit, but here you have no choice !!! A well balanced beer packing flavours and strength but disguising them all well. The mouthfeel is perfection for a beer of this ilk. Full bodied with a little carbonation, every mouthful makes you return. One of the best beers I’ve had and in my favourite style - the all 5 rating is a real one off but for me this is how it should be as it is right up there for me!!!

4.2
harrisoni (19165) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2011
At Chriso Pre Gbbf 2011. Lovely black beer. Intense dark choc some coconut but the intense choc is lovely. Really good beer.

4
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a nice brownish head. Coffee and vanilla aroma, hay, peat notes, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla fudge, raisins, milk, licorice, roasted, almost burnt, bitter notes, caramel. Vanilla flavor, coffee beans, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, hay, peat notes, fruity, raisins, caramel notes.

3.6
mcberko (18572) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle, sent from coryking (thanks Cory), pours a red-tinged black with a small tan head. Nose brings out loads of vanilla beans and roasted coffee beans, atop a bit of roast, chocolate and caramel underneath. Flavour brings out more of the roast than the nose suggests, with somewhat harsh roasted malt qualities upfront, transitioning to dark roasted coffee and subtle vanilla flavours. Finishes on the harsh roast, with subtle vanilla and caramel undertones. Quite oily and silky on the palate, with the aforementioned harshness from the roast / coffee. Great stuff, but overrated I feel.

4
chrisv10 (18215) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle, 10%. Black with tiny brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso, little liquorice with notes of alcohol. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquroice, espresso, hop, little vegetable, oak, medium sweet, notes of alcohol and bitter.


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