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RATINGS: 1271   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8634) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 draft. nose is mild vanilla bean, light milk, medium roast, overall pleasant and without flaws but lacks depth. sticky and oily texture up front, more astringent (still only a minor annoyance) medium roast in the back. somewhat rough and parched at times, the carbonation is a little disjointed but it’s not much of a fault. char, coffee, roast, etc. overall somewhat simple (stale nose is the biggest complaint) but I appreciate it’s quietness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2010
22oz – Courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks for the bottle, Brad! Black, thick khaki head. Caramelized vanilla bean and roasted coffee aromas warm to soft swirls of milk chocolate toast and crème brûlée. Deep burnt vanilla coffee and dark chocolate flavors round to a roasted caramel-like finish. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Great beer…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
r464 (2069) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Very dark, perhaps more opaque than some porters. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, malt. The deeper coffee and roasted nut flavors hit first, followed by the vanilla. Fairly heavy, though the alcohol content is masked a bit. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2010
Pours Black with medium sized brown head. Aroma of fresh vanilla, milky chocolate, espresso beans. Amazing, inviting....velvety body gives rise to a vanilla aged milk chocolate shake with alcohol. Huge lactose, huge chocolate. Wonderful vanilla finish. The alcohol aftertaste is perhaps it’s only flaw. Lucious and among the finest porters created

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle (shared with Tweety)... Poure black with a tan head. Milky, cocoa, malt aroma. Tasted like chocalate milk with an iced coffee tone towards the finish. Malts crept in, and a tiny, roasted bitterness. Creamy, vanilla bean, chocalate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5025) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. pitch black with a thick khaki head. nose is vanilla, roasted malts, rich chocolate, and more vanilla. great on the palate, flavor is very vanilla, roasted malts, light chocolate, and a heavy coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5816) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
(22oz bomber via trade with LagunitasFan) pours clearish espresso brown, thick tan head and excellent lacing. Nose of vanilla extract, cola, nuts, light coffee aromas. Taste of huge vanilla extract, dry coffee and cocoa powder, and semisweet chocolate. Medium body with a very creamy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
bomber shared at DLD-black pour -brown head -aroma and taste of vanilla, coffee, roasty, -sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1833) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
tap at RnH - Pours dark and murky with a dark head. Coffee, roast, creamy and dark, thick and chewy. Love that mouth feel. Smooth and tasty. Has a nice piney hop that so rarely comes through in darker beer. Tasty and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to Lt. Dan for sharing this at DLD. Deep thick black pour with a dark brown head. The vanilla hits your senses first, followed by the roasted malt, and coffee. The sip sent an explosion of flavor reminiscint of the flavor you just took in. Creamy, chewy, the beer coated my mouth. So good.

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