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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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cantabrian (914) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 I guess if you do not want to taste too much coffee in a beer, you should stay away from this. Too much coofee on the nose and flavour. Vanila in the aroma, but less prominent on the flavour. Feels like the leftovers of coffee and a porter poured into a glass of bourbon. Nasty. Managed to be the worst beer at the Christchurch Beer Festival.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kranin (23) - - FEB 21, 2013
Yum! 2011 cellar aged bottle. Excellent balance of coffee & vanilla. Exceptional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of vanilla, toasted nuts, wood, char, dark chocolate and toast. Pretty nice. Flavor is less sweet than this might seems with plenty of dark roasted coffee flavor, vanilla, dirt, dark chocolate, and burnt toast. Finishes with the vanilla becoming initially more pronounced, but then an espresso-like bitterness takes hold. Medium-heavy bodied, moderate alcohol presence, decent mouthfeel (nothing terribly remarkable). Good beer for sure, but I think the bitterness in the finish clashes a bit too much with the initial flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
strongpieman (1572) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bomber. Overall excellent. High alcohol is not present as result of the flavors and nicely done palate. Strong coffee but the bitterness is softened with vanilla. Full body and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours black with thin tan head and some lace. Aroma is roast coffee, light chocolate, vanilla. Taste follows suite nicely with aroma with good roasted coffee predominate, some bitterness. Dry with long coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DMLINAZ (309) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Becoming my favorite porter. A friend brought a gallon growler for a weekend and left half, so Iíll just have to do something with it. Deep, rich aroma and flavor; aroma and flavor include caramel, malts, raisins, Dr. Pepper, coffee, a hint of chocolate, vanilla, some bitterness (I assume from the coffee). Compliments both sweet and salty foods. Works best in a snifter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
This brew smells wonderful. Deep caramel caught me off guard. Big roasted notes with vanilla. Taste to me is a little tainted. There is a huge alcoholic bitterness in mid palate. The mouthfeel makes it dangerous. Very light and tight carbonation. This brew is worthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (1155) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
For porters you donít get much better than this. Nice roasted coffee aroma. Deep dark color with medium brown head. Nice mouthfeel of medium weight. Carbonation was just right. Great roasted malt flavor with coffee being more dominant than the vanilla. Well rounded with a mild hops bitterness. Greatness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fritz123 (1266) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Wow! Great draft 12 oz. Pour with thin head and good lacing. Smell of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. Smells of a chocolate factory. Tastes similar. Overwhelming taste of coffee and vanilla with an ultimate smoothness. Itís like when you would make chocolate milk with whole milk and Nesquick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1621) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle pours a dark black/brown with a medium tan head. Well rounded aroma of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and coffee. Taste of tons of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Has a sharp bitterness in the middle maybe a mix from the alcohol and hops. Very nice!

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