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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreaperguru (233) - santee, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a jet black color with a short lived dark brown head.The aroma was of roasted malt,coffee,cocoa and vanilla.The flavor was of roasted malt,coffee with vanilla.The body was full with a bitter coffee aftertaste.Overall a very good beer from Ballast point.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
A2kenCdaisyC (50) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2011
This is a beauty! Pours very dark with a light brown head with nice retention. Lacing all the way down as you sip and savor.....balancing rich coffee,creamy vanilla and BIG porter roastiness. Finishes earthy, resinous hops, and mildly sweet and ashen. Imperial indeed!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1857) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V Dark brown pour, roasted chocolate and coffee, some bourbon and vanilla as well. December 21, 2012 - got a bottle from Joe. Dark brown pour with nice head that lasted. Moved appearance to a 5, but kept everything else the same. The alcohol is present, just not the bourbon I mentioned in my initial rating.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On tap at Barley and Hops Great full body. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and roast chocolate. Smooth and easy to drink

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Super dark brown pour with small soapy head. Aroma of rich oak and mild coffee. Medium slick palate. Taste is oak, bourbon, and roast. Awesome.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Nice dark body. Suprisingly non-offensive aroma for a coffee beer. Soy, sugar, malt, and the barest trace of coffee. The body is rather harsh. I can barely taste the beer over the coffey.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours almost completely opaque with creamy brown head that leaves lots of patches throughout. Aroma is coffee and strong alcohol early, but mellows to feature a lot of chocolate and vanilla with some nutmeg. Very creamy; taste is, predictably, coffee and vanilla with lots of alcohol warming. Roasty, boozy finish. This one caught me off guard, I really wasnít expecting it to be as good as this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
On firkin at Toronado. Black with a creamy light brown head. Big vanilla bean chocolate and coffee aroma and taste with a dry bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2008 Total Score: 4
ON tap at Stone. Ruby brown with a creamy tan head. Coffee, chocolate, and caramel aroma. Rich bitter dark chocolate and espresso taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jamuligan (11) - Jamul, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
The vanilla is well balanced with the earthy bitterness of a great Imperial Porter. Canít wait to get my hands on more later this month! Releases seasonally, and I can never seem to make my stash last all year. One of San Diegoís gems!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Iíve been waiting to open this one for a while, and Iíve finally found the right time: Alone in my apartment, during the weekend. So. Poured into a NoVA Beerfest tasting glass, because I can. The smell comes out of the bottle as vanilla and coffee. From the glass, vanilla and cocoa. This is a recipe for a beer that panders to me. Appearance: Dark with very little head, which was slightly off-white. Dark means mostly opaque by the way. Taste: Oh dang. Vanilla, some coffee, but whatís also apparent is the hops bitterness, which I wasnít expecting. Huh. A slight roastiness comes through, which fades into an absolutely amazing cocoa/vanilla dream. As for the palate, I actually took another sip of this one just so I could feel it again. Itís smooth, medium/light carbonation, and a roast cocoa taste that just lingers forever. Overall, I have to say this is probably the 2nd best beer Iíve had in the last 4 or so months. Wonderful!


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