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RATINGS: 1012   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
On draught at the PB Taproom $3 per pint!. Arrived an opaque darkest brown with a moderate beigey head. Aroma is rife with coffee and bitter chocolate, along with herbs and alcohol. Flavor is roasty bitter, hugely featuring coffee and dark chocolate, with the alcohol noticible but well hidden for 12%. Full body and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
first sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival Nov 2008, an event shared with what seemed liked hundreds of ratebeerians and enjoyed mostly through a straw, since my face was a bloody mess of scabs and stitches. I have since had this beer at a couple of places around town, and damn is it good. It has a roasty choclate aroma with cofee. the flavor is best described as chocolate covered cofee beens, roasty and bitter with some nice vanilla notes. Ballast Point is close to my house, Can i get a keg of this?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Deep dark brown in color with a nice off white head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Sweet malty flavor. Chocolatety roasty vanilla notes. Very nice. Medium bodied. Finish is chocolatety. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap at the brewery - Pours black with a thin, long lasting tan head. It has a huge coffee aroma and flavor which blend wonderfully with the dark roast malt base. It’s balanced, very tasty, and wow, I never would have guessed the 12% abv. The brewer confirmed the presence of lots of coffee in this beer (obviously) and said some vanilla was used as well. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 On tap@Stone World Bistro: Dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is strong Starback coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor follows aroma with espresso and dark chocolate cocoa with a hint of vanilla and licorice and a sharp chicory like dry bitter finish. Full body is creamy with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
2007 PP Strong Ale Fest: Poured black with a tan head. The aroma started with pure diacetyl and tart coffee. After a few minutes it was big milk chocolate and a hint of licorice. the other aromas are gone. The flavor was of some tart coffee and dark chocolate. The aroma score is for after the crud went away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009
Name: Victory At Sea Coffee Imperial Porter
Date: December 01, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale Fest
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate and coffee aroma with a caramel sweetness that gives the chocolate a milky quality
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of sweetness bring out more chocolate, touch of roasted for balance, hint of sour mash tartness

Name: Victory At Sea Coffee Imperial Porter
Date: June 27, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.2 to 3.6
Aroma: big chocolate aroma, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla
Flavor: rich chocolate and coffee flavor, vanilla sweetness comes in to bring out the chocolate, plenty of roasted coffee bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Tasted on tap at the 2007 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. This Imperial Porter pours a medium black color. Medium to small sized tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with a touch of vanilla. A medium bodied Imperial porter. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. There is a touch of wood and wine as well as vanilla flavors in this beer, but the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (946) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 07. Damn, this might be one of the most intense aromas Ive ever whiffed off a beer! Insane roasted coffee notes and sweet dark chocolate. Silky black appearance with a small beige head. Coffee and more coffee comprises most of the flavor, with noticeable subtleties of sweet milk chocolate, butterscotch, toffee and a decent hops bite at the end of each sip. I almost had a better time sniffing this stuff than drinking it. Overall, one of my favorite porter’s to date, and a privilege to try at the festival. Awesome, chewy, full-bodied palate that sustains the flavor. Wow, I love this. Also tried the cask version, brewed with whiskey-soaked cinnamon at OBriens in February ’09.. Absolutely incredible!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Tap at the 11th anniversary. Syrah barrel aged. Opaque black, with a thin film of dark brown head. Buttery coffee and cream aromatics. Heavy coffee flavor, some residual sweetness. Dark alefruit and an earthy roastiness. Ruddy, earthy fruit twang manifests in the finish, peers through fading sweet coffee. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, rather smooth.

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