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RATINGS: 1052   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a crema head. Nose is molasses, vanilla bean and coffee. Silky medium body with light buzzy carb. Taste is vanilla, coconut, chocolate and plum with distinct chewed coffee bean. Big, bold flavors that balance nicely. Perfect for dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Black in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Taste is of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a deep, dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark roast, some vanilla, and some wood. Flavor is sweet, dark roast, some wood and dark roast bitterness, as well as coffee. Mouth feel is full body with low-medium carbonation. Overall, very interesting, very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Bomber from JohnnyJ. Pours opaque dark brown with a light brown head. The nose is huge with coffee. Huge. Really huge. Hell, there’s even some vanilla. Really, its the same with the flavor. Coffee and vanilla. I could really do without the vanilla. There’s a roasted bitter finish. Full and fluffy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
22 oz. bottle, thatnks Alex. Pours Dark brown, with a a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Nice creamy medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Wow! 22 oz bottle from Bevmo Mission Valley. Dark like a mofo. No light penetration in front of a backyard spotlight. Barely discernable red-brown highlights arond the lip of the class. Nose is malt sweetness and dark chocolate. Taste is dry cocoa, malt, and coffee. There’s a bit of sweetness that is immediately drowned out by the bitter sweet cocoa flavor. Great malty finish. The smallest hint of hops. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle, pours dark brown almost black with a nice brown swirled head, aroma has coffee, roasted nuts, flavors of roast coffee, darker fruits, nutty, vanilla oaky smooth finisher, I did prefer the original however
Earlier Rating: 3/21/2009 Total Score: 4.3
draft at Sea Rocket, black walnut colored with perfect tan head, aroma of coffee and cocoa, flavor of roast coffee, rich dark chocolates, cashew butter, very good finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle from Carrboro Beverage Company. Nice to have this as a "local" beer. Pours dark brown with a small tan head and adequate lacing throughout. Nose and flavor come through with a nice blend of vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and hops. Everything is relatively well with the vanilla characteristics perhaps showing the most, but not to the point that they are unpleasant or cloying. . The palate is amazingly creamy and silky smooth. Not overly bitter or overly sweet like some imperial porters. Well balanced and pretty tasty for some a high gravity brew. Would like to try the "original" someday to taste the difference.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours thick and black. Tastes of highly roasted malts, espresso, slight vanilla in the background. Light head with little retention or lacing. Overall, a great beer. If you like strong porters, you’ll love this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
22oz bottle from BevMo! Mission Valley. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a good sized chocolate head. Big coffee nose with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor was a little boozy with a big coffee influence. I’m not sure why they didn’t bottle the original recipe? This one is not quite as good.
Earlier Rating: 1/30/2008 Total Score: 4.2
On tap @ San Diego Brew Co. Very deep brown almost black in color, head was beige and about 2 fingers. Coffee, coffee and more coffee on the nose. Some smoke, vanilla and wood chips present as well. Hefty mouth feel and more chocolate was present on the finish than initially. One of My favorite Imperial porters!

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