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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
molarade (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
Very well balanced. The coffee is definitely present without overpowering the hop notes. And not too sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (833) - - JAN 26, 2013
Black pour, beige head. Some lacing. Nose is iced coffee, roasted malts, cacao, some vanilla that I otherwise might not have noticed if not for the description. Taste is iced coffee, roasted malts, sugar, cocoa nibs, vanilla. Hoppy finish. Medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is pitch black with a big, frothy brown head and great lacing. Big roast, coffee, cocoa nibs, a touch of vanilla, bread, sweet marshmallows, and a touch of spice in the aroma. Taste is sweet chocolate pit, marshmallows, whip cream, espresso, vanilla, a touch of nutmeg, and dark fruits with a sweet finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Definitely a very sweet dessert beer, but balanced nicely with roast and light spice notes. Exceptional porter.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - JAN 26, 2013
In! Very complex beer. Black heavy pour with thick tan head. Not much lacing. However, this is a great tasting ale. Roasted notes of coffee and malt lead with vanilla in the middle, and then bam, just the right amount of hop character to finish it off. And it packs a punch as well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
sjjn (7) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013 does not count
Dark as the midnight sea, cappes by a few tan breakers. Aroma of super rich espresso, some Oreo cookie, a slight sour tinge. Flavor is roasty with a growing bitterness. I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Pours black with a minimal khaki head. Smells heavy on coffee and roasted malts. Vanilla and booze in the background. Tastes sweet up front, some hops to balance, and lots of coffee. Vanilla isn’t as heavy in the flavor as I’d hope it was going to be, but it’s there. A little bitter in the aftertaste, where most of the vanilla is. Thick, mouth coating. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2828) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours a thick black from the bottle with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave good lacing. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts, with an overlying vanilla note. Taste follows, with more bitter coffee than sweet vanilla though. Pretty good, a little unbalanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Draught at REAL A Gastropub, Honolulu, HI
Black color with persistent beige head, creamy. Good aroma of coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and round; good flavor of roasted malt and chocolate, quite rich, with a hint of coffee; very strong bitterness (also from the roasted malts) with some hop qualities in the background. Long final, with some alcohol.
A very interesting beer, almost a coffee liquor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan_E (21) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at Hollingshead’s Delicatessen in Orange, CA. Served in a stemmed goblet. Waves of warm espresso waft in even before landing in front of me. A mere preamble to the intensity of aromatics present. Straight from the roaster espresso conjures images of beans as dark and glistening as a beetle’s back along with Irish cream. Like the label suggests, the head is reminiscent of a thin skin of midnight sea fog that settles into the charcoal black surface. Razor-thin lacing crept down the glass. Not as overwhelming with espresso as the fragrance suggests, the flavors are more extensive. Chocolate covered raisin melts into creme de cassis and dark raspberry liqueur. Bitter baking chocolate provides a good balance to an otherwise decadent draught. Chewy and mouth-filling, the palate is more akin to taking a bite of German chocolate cake than drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevencon (501) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Deep black point and tan head. Coffee chocolate vanilla aroma. Similar taste more roasted bitterness. Dry finish light sour finish I enjoy with porters. Hides the alcohol really well.


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