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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (770) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bomber. Black as the depths of the ocean in appearance with a half-inch of cappuccino foam. Very strong dark roast coffee and espresso notes in the aroma along with a touch of vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is much the same with a strong emphasis on roasted malt, coffee and vanilla flavors in addition to some dark chocolate and rum in the background. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and slightly viscous with just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol. Overall, it’s a seamless blend of coffee, vanilla and booze that improves with each sip.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of roast malt with hints of vanilla, lots of coffee. Flavor is overwhelmingly coffee, some roast malt and hints of vanilla.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle from mashmaster. Thanks Tom!! Aroma has notes of vanilla, roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel and some hidden citrus hops. Very dark brown hue that sits black in the glass. Very small tan head that almost completely diminished and left little lace. Palate is full bodied with average carbonation. Overall a very nice imp porter. Loved the nose and the flavor but would have liked the carbonation to be a little more subdude and the head to be a little more pronounced. Enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2011
I thought this was really good. A little smoother than their imperial stout, and a little thicker too. Dark, roasty, not too hoppy and improves as it warms. Lots of chocolate in the palate, and pretty sweet as well. Note: I had aged this one about a year.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 Simply one of the best out there. As expected the nose is dominated by fresh roasted coffee, a dash of herb-like woodiness and the subtle presence of vanilla. Pours black with some brown hues if held to the light. Off-white foam bordering on a light tan. Taste matches the aromas. Up front there is a lively dose of roasted coffee with a dash of chocolate. The coffee really livens up your palate. The finish is full of dark chocolates and earthy hops which balance this beer nicely. Feels like a porter should on the palate. Full bodied but not syrupy, nice carbonation. Get your hands on this, it is amazing. One of my favorite beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2643) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2 dec 2011, bottle. Black and clear. It is a black coffee with some sweet element that I wouldn’t have said vanilla without reading the bottle. Med creamy body and moderately fizzy. Much sweeter to taste. Definite vanilla notes. Biggest flavour is certainly black coffee but the vanilla and a bourbon cask certainly sweeten the coffee bitterness. Really nice

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2804) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Pours an opaque black color with a soapy tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Coffee flavor upfront with a sweet vanilla ending. Very nice porter with a great body!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to Sean. Pours a dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of coffee notes with some roasted malts and dark grain. Flavor begins full of coffee with roasted malts and a hint of sweet chocOlate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Courtesy of Footbalm. Black color with a small head. Aroma of vanilla and coffee. Sweet vanilla and sugar flavor. Malty and chocolatey.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (726) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass. Some numbers stamped on the neck but I can’t figure out the bottled on or best buy date. Pours with lots of brown frothy head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is of alcohol and vanilla with a little bit o coffee. Mouthfeel is moderate and slightly greasy. Not much carbonation especially after sitting out a while. Taste is really, really hot. Like sniffing rubbing alcohol. Other flavors are vanilla extract and coffee. This could have been a very good beer. All the parts are there but it’s way too hot and has this artificial vanilla flavor to it. As of now, it’s just decent with a very good aroma.


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