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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.

   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.

   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 wasn’t expecting it to be as good as this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5537) - 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.

   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. Can’t 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 Diego’s gems!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2011
I’ve been waiting to open this one for a while, and I’ve 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 what’s also apparent is the hops bitterness, which I wasn’t 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. It’s 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 I’ve had in the last 4 or so months. Wonderful!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1245) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Nice and dark, medium thin head with a little lacing. Mostly vanilla on nose. Taste was full on vanilla, then chocolate, then a long coffee finish. Really cool progression and full bodied beer. Terrific beer. >>>Rerate: On cask at Blind Tiger, NYC. Amazing creamy rich vanilla and semisweet chocolate. Like a liquid desert. Incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (708) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pour black with nice head and lacing. Nose is coffee and black malt. First sip is espresso, molasses, roasted malt. Finish is oak and dry hops. Very little vanilla. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4236) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2011
Bottle, from trade. Pours a tar black body with a small creamy khaki-hued head. Nose is strong filter coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, nougat, creamy nutty tones and hints of deep malts. Taste is much like a mocha cake, with lots of filtered coffee, mocha, coffee liqueur (like Kalhua) and hints of cocoa and vanilla. Well-hidden alcohol. Reminds me a lot of Haandbryggeriet Costa Rica, actually. A solid coffee porter, which isn’t really my style but this beer still deserves props for its flawless execution.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle at Chris O’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Dark brown color. Very aromatic coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Roasty flavor with chocolate, coffee and nuts. Warming with a bit of alcohol sharpness. Lots of coffee and chocolate in good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (3030) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 An exceptional brew that blew my mind... it was an unexpected treat that involved me asking the bartender "what the hell style is that beer" to which she responded "i have no idea, let check it out" ... poured to sampler glasses... i took one swig and said "yeah, uhh... i’ll take a full glass please" A: Dark brown/black body.. moderate khaki head.. nice coating on the glass. S: Bam! Vanilla. Bourbon. Chocalate. Roasted Coffee. Rich caramel. Slight oak. Booze. Cola. T: Yeah it tasted like the nose! A frigging smörgåsbord of incredible flavors. Blended to perfection. Each flavor popped yet didn’t drown out the others. At 12+ the booze was present in a way which accentuated the flavors rather that killing the tastebuds. M: Medium-heavy on the palate. Good finish. Nice carbonation. Delicate for such a big beer. D: Something about porters make me struggle... but this one was rather remarkable...

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