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Two of the worldís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
Aroma of malt, light coffee and vanilla. Pours an opaque brown with very nice tan head. Smooth chocolate, some roastines. Vanilla sweetness is understated but present in the finish. Slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3801) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with very little head. I donít get much nose off this, but there is a little bit of coffee and roasting that I detect. Taste is just a tad sweet, but with coffee and roasting in there as well. Very interesting brew...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (2875) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2012
bomber. Thanks Billy for sending this. Enjoyed at fridge temp in a snifter.

A - Pitch black. 3 finger creamy coffee coloured head that fades very slowly.

S - I smell coffee and vanilla from 2 feet away. On the nose, latte and espresso like smells, creamy and very roast.

T - WOW. Huge acidic coffee notes. The finish is creamy sugar, nice vanilla bean taste. Very much like a vanilla latte thatís carbonated. fresh roasted coffee, sugar and cream. Wow

M - Heavy body, medium carb, dry roasted finish

O - I was not expecting such a terrific beer. Worth seeking out. Wow.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3505) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 Tap. Pours clear deep black-brown with a small tan head and nice lacing. Vanilla dominates the aroma, with notes of espresso, smoke, and chocolate. The flavor is about the same, medium sweet with a light coffee bitter finish. Medium body with a well masked ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
22oz bottle from TomZ, Thanks!. really a solid imperial porter, the vanilla is hidden to me, it finds its way out only once in a great while, whats awesome is holding this beer up to a christmas tree and seeing no light, sheís thick and dark.. well suited for fireside drinking.. not overly sweet like some ST offerings either.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1721) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pour from a bomber that was a bonus beer from Heatwaves - thanks!! Dark pour, pretty thick! Malty coffee nose. Nice hops and bitterness complements the coffee - I donít get any vanilla, but I donít have the most discerning palet. I do know that it is quite good though!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b79turner (235) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On tap at Hop City, pours black with a small cream colored head. Nose is coffee, oats, cocoa, vanilla. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This is a very well done beer.

4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Noahs_Own (5) - Tarawa Terrace, USA - NOV 22, 2012 does not count
An amazing imperial that can fill out the palate. Of all the dark beers, this one falls as one of my more favorites.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Tap. Foamy tan head that leaves oil slick spots on a very dark brown, nearing on black body. Sharp espresso and lots of vanilla in the aroma, with some booze and sweet spice. Flavor is dark sweet fruit, vanilla shake, bitter bitter bitter coffee and a touch roasty in the finish. Medium cottony body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thingus (29) - Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Taken from my BA account, reviewed on 2/22/12 Live tasting, bomber into Duvel tulip... Appearance; pours black with two fingers of bubbly mocha colored head... Retention is decent with the head hanging around for a couple minutes before falling to a thin film... Lacing is good, with blotches and spiderwebs all over the glass. Smell; coffee and vanilla!! And not much else... Try as I might, I canít get any more aroma from this brew... Taste; holy moly, this is a vanilla latte lovers dream brew!! Tons of coffee and vanilla... Smoothly roasted and not overly bitter or burnt tasting, great flavors of vanilla bean... As the coffee and vanilla fades out with hints of malt and chocolate sneaking in... Mouthfeel; on lighter side of full bodied, with good carbonation... Slightly bitter finish.. Overall; a damn good beer all around, the vanilla and coffee work exceptionally well together!! Iíll definitely track this one down again, absolutely worth the effort to obtain!


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