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RATINGS: 1317   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4637) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle, dark red black pour with tan foam. Aroma of straight vanilla beans, light coffee notes, moka, latte, smells like starbucks. Taste is sweet, vanilla, desserty, powdery cocoa, light coffee finish. Palate is thick, chewy with a balanced finish (not too sweet). The focus seems to be on vanilla more than coffee. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1004) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Pours black with only slight glints of sepia when backlit. Based on color, it could be a stout. Thick light-brown head which fades to a few millimeters. Aroma is vanilla salt-water taffy, cold-press coffee and fake-chocolate. Fresh tree after rain. Body is heavy, somewhat syrupy. Flavor is massive vanilla, melted chocolate, light soy, more vanilla, hot hops on a lake shore with mud baking in a summer sun. Good, but too much vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiveacestx (838) - Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bomber - Pours jet black with a cola head. Nice coffee aroma and quite possibly the deepest, darkest coffee taste Iíve ever had in a porter. I didnít really detect the vanilla but it did have a malty sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Aroma is coffee appearance is dark with little kahki head, taste us strong coffee flavors lingers on palate, great coffee beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2015 Impressive. Pours a deep black-brown cola... beauty. The head is substantial. The aroma is wonderful, enjoyable, I canít get enough.... MALT! Caramel, bread, chocolate, cereal, coffee, nuts, toast, and roasty. The hops give an aroma of resin more than pine... YEASTY! Dough, leather, earthy, leaves, basement aromas... WOW! Alcohol, licorice, raisin, vanilla, The taste is sublime but hard o pin down. Sour and bitter overpower a light sweetness. Thereís salt.... Full bodied thick beer with soft carb and a loooong bitter finish. Best beer Iíve ever bought at a grocery store... Quite a superior offering. Thank you Ballast Point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spittle8 (126) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Tap, pizza port San Clemente. Dark black, light head. Strong flavor of coffee, vanilla, malt. Powerful, flavorful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours incredibly dark, slight tan head. Aroma roasty, coffee, chocolate, very rich. Body roasty and thick, finish retains a slight bitterness, really lovely!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (382) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
From a growler into a wide bottomed tulip. A: Very nice coffee and chocoalte notes. Very smooth. Not bitter. A: Looks nice. Dark black. Dark brown head dissipates quickly. T: Tastes pretty solid. Again, nice coffee and chocolate notes (more on the coffee side). A little acidic in the finish. Not really getting the vanilla undertone... perhaps itís overpowered by the other strong notes/ P: A little acidic and boozy on the finish. Fully bodied. Carbonation is good. overall this is a really nice beer. Great flavor notes. A bit of earthiness adds to it. The finish is a tad too acidic with a lingering bitterness. Better finish that some, worse than others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2744) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Dark brown pour. Big tan head that quickly falls leaving a wake of paint behind. Aroma of coffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is a big vanilla up front. Follow that up with some coffee and yum. Very rich velvety mouth. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Was pleased to find this top beer in Apalachicola, Florida. Great change of pace after pounding Jai Alai all vacation. Pours black like oil with light brown head. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate the nose. Flavor is hugely sweet but nicely balanced by a bitter back end. Oily mouthfeel. Bottle - Honey Hole Liquors -Apalachicola, FL

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