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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2205) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2015
Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt and very soft coffee. Flavours include more vanilla and a fair bit of sweet malt. A fair whack of coffee too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanK (243) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 17, 2015
12oz Pours an impenetrable black with a small tan head. Smell of coffee beans and vanilla, with some other complexities. Is thick bodied and relatively well carbonated. Dark coffee flavors dominate and make for a bitter, dry beer. Alcohol is well hidden by bitterness, not much vanilla when tasting just bitter coffee. Very solid and impressive for 10%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Deep brown pour. Smoky coffee aromas with some background bitterness. Sweet on sipping. Chewy palate. Dry finish. Coffee and vanilla syrup. Slightly medicinal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (939) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bomber. Pours a virtually opaque brownish-black, frothy espresso colored head with excellent retention and lacing. Nose is a massive wallop of coffee beans, leather, wood, roasted barley, hint of vanilla. Mouth is oily and coffee forward, bittersweet, vanilla, brown sugar, undertones of dried fruit, earthiness, leather. Finishes a touch hot (ABV on this one is prominent... might grab another bottle to cellar -- which at $7.99 is a no-brainer!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (890) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 14, 2015
Pours a completely opaque black with a nice, big and lasting creamy beige head. Aroma is coffe and vanilla with some liquorice. Flavor is boozy coffee with a rich vanilla sweetness, but never overwhelming or burning, kind of drinkable for its weight. Medium to heavy palate, complex layered, great sipping imperial porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
From a bottle into a snifter. Huge hit of coffee and vanilla, some chocolate. Medium body, slightly oily, medium carbonation, medium sweetness. Long finish with tons of vanilla. Pretty easy to drink, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Big hit of coffee and roasted malt on the nose, along with some dark chocolate notes. Vanilla starts to show in the mouth, along with some espresso grinds, mild caramel, and a bit of chalk. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable considering its weight, but the finish is a bit on the chalky/over-roasted/astringent side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zwiebel88 (461) - GERMANY - MAR 14, 2015
Schwarz. In der Nase brutale Kaffeenoten, Espresso, Röstmalz, röstiger Kaffee, leichte Vanille. Heftig. Am Gaumen Röstmalz, Kaffee, leichte süße, Vanille, dunkle Früchte, schöne Balance. Cremig. TOP!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2556) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2015
Dark roasty nose, coffee and dark chocolate. Very dark brown color, dark tan head. Big roast initial, slightly oversteeped coffee, light chocolate notes, and some very nice dark fruit hiding amidst it all. Medium-heavy body, very smooth on the tongue. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (2538) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2015
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a pure black color with a slim concave off white slightly foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Slim stringy lacing roams around the glass. The smell starts off with a rich roasty coffee and vanilla blend. A light cocoa enters in ever so slightly as it warms. The taste was roasty sweet cocoa and balances a slight bitterness from the coffee. A super smooth vanilla roastiness rolls over the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat oh so smooth and roasty coffee and vanilla. It’s a nice balancing act of flavors relinquishing delicacy of harshness but nothing overbearing. Overall, imperial porter - check. Awesomeness - check! As a night cap - priceless!

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