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RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VertBaconStrips (2060) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
RBSG 2010 on the bus. Dark brown brew with a decent brown cap and speckles. The chocolate aroma is just plain old stupid - so much rich chocolate! Cream, vanilla, weak raspberry and some stiff yet smooth coffee. The flavour is not a let down either - itís huge all around. Burnt things, incredible chocolate, loads of roasted malts, a little bit of coffee, slight alcohol vanilla and a never ending finish. Silky smooth liquid oozed into my liver. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Pours thick black with nice creamy tan head, aroma has notes of bitter coffee grounds, some chocolate, cookie, some milk sugar with notes of chocolate, vanilla as well. Taste is nice balanced coffee and chocolate, slighting more towards the coffee, with a nice malty backbone with a nice bitter dry finish. Delicious, delicious dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Has a vanilla, coffee smell to it. It sort of taste like a chocolate chip cookie with some vanilla and coffee mixed in. Iím not a huge porter guy but this one I liked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1886) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Robust earthy tones with a sharp malt aroma. Black color with a small tan head. Sweet beginning with a light pine bitter middle fading lightly in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Pours deep and dark but not opaquely brown with a lasting, medium sized tan head. Initial aromas of coffee and earthy hops. Vanilla is distinct, but in the background; also some light tinges of alcohol. It also has some caramelly and brown sugar aromas with a touch of espresso and burnt character. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and flavor up front, which leads to a dry and roasted, almost burnt flavor at the finish and aftertaste, but it is restrained from being overly acrid. Toasted and roasted flavor with caramel and vanilla mid palate. Very clean fermentatoin for the most part. A touch of dark fruit character from a bit of age, not from the fermentation process. The finish is dry from the combination of perceived bitterness and dark malt character. The mouthfeel starts out smooth and creamy, but finishes on the dry side from malts and alcohol, which is very well hidden. Fuller medium body; lower medium level of carbonation. Overall a very, very well made beer! The vanilla and coffee compliment the base beer, rather than overwhelm it. I wish I had more than one bottle, and I should have saved this one to share with others...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2011
your head weights about 10 lbs .. . Pours a deep plum brown, medium foam, sticky lacing .. . lots of vanilla and roast, some tar, coffee grounds, and a chestnut after christmas .. . i enjoyed this quite a bit but one was enough .. . and Iíll leave you with what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (934) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 Completely opaque black with chunky brown head resembling the moonís surface. Chocolate, vanilla and coffee are married well and prominent - slightly more vanilla than the others. Dense, dark flavors coat every part of the mouth. Chocolate and coffee more pronounced now than the vanilla. Deeper complex flavors than expected from the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2011 I got this from an in person trade with Boxcar (BA). I really owe him for this one. This beer completely kicks ass. This is the best combo of vanilla and coffee that Iíve ever tasted in a beer. Lots of cocoa as well. Extremely smooth, balanced, and full bodied. And itís almost immoral how easy this is to drink at 10% ABV. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a large foamy orange-brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong coffee followed by light cocoa and vanilla and with a toasty and roasty malt undertone throughout. The flavor was strong coffee and moderate notes of toasted marshmallow, cocoa, and vanilla with moderate floral hops underneath. The finish was very long. Fairly full bodied and creamy in body. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 2, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is heavy milk chocolate with some coffee and vanilla. The flavor is rich chocolate malt with lots of roasty coffee and a light vanilla/alcohol heat at the end. Full body with average to low carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouth feel. Great beer, had this super fresh and I have to say it tastes better with about 9 months on it.

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