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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 18/20
Ataraxia (378) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
Black with a thick beige head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, espresso, and a bit of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter coffee finish. Alcohol blends in very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Pours black with a 2 finger ran head. The aroma is great. Loads if vanilla and chocolate. Taste follows with a silky smooth front to back. Nearly zero alcohol on the back end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pours black. Moderate head. Nose is a wonderful rich dessert coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and mild hops. Flavor is spot on chocolate brownie, obvious vanilla, and finishes with some evident bitterness and sweetness. Vanilla is on the verge of being too much but still a good balance. Medium full body. chewy. good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3326) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours obsidian, onyx black with a wispy, airy, wildly laced head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee, noble aromatic hops, and some serious roast. Full bodied with a smooth, sweet, well-balanced mouthfeel. Finishes with a bitersweet bite and slight booziness. Outstanding Imperial porter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
My neighbor and I split this last night. It was one of the best beers that I have had. It pours black with a lite brown head, aroma of vanilla and cocoa beans with a creamy chocolate/roasted coffee taste. i get a more chocolate finish than coffee. Like have Vanilla ice cream with chocoloate. Can not wait to get another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (568) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Courtesy of my next door neighbor, it pours almost black in color with a beige head. It has vanilla and cocoa beans in the nose. There are some other things that i’m picking up but can’t quite identify. I’ll have to try again when I open my bottle. The taste is fantastic. Very creamy with molasses and vanilla. The coffee notes them come through and then it has big chocolate finish. Very long and silky. This is a beer that I’ll definitely grab some extra bottles next time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours black with very little brown head, medium lacing. Aroma is coffee and sweet caramel. Taste is well-balanced between sweet and bitter with vanilla, caramel and coffee all coming through really well. Thick mouthfeel. This stuff is amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2012
Draft at Vintner. Pours out pitch black with a tan head on it. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Little bit of coffee present as well. Tastes sweet and smooth, no alcohol noted, but a little bit of a hop kick to it. What a great porter, I am really glad they had this one on tap. I did not get to see the cool label though...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Aroma is sweet, milky vanilla, roasted coffee bean (with no astringency). Taste is slightly coffee astringent, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, a slight sourness, cocoa, and some pine bitterness. Finish is a lingering alcohol sting that is quite surprising, considering it makes almost no appearance previously, and a slick, oily coffee. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours dark with a light to medium tan head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, roasted malts. Flavor is big time coffee with hints of vanilla and roasted malts. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Little too much coffee for me, but overall a good beer.

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