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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle:   Nearly black, looks like an Imperial Stout, thin foamy dark beige head, spotty lacing.   Absolutely wonderful aroma of coffee, rich roasted malts, vanilla, and graham cracker.   This smells great!   Warming up front, coffee, vanilla bean, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little marshmallow and graham cracker.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as heavy as I would have hoped.   Lingering roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of heat.   The aroma is great, and is a bit more interesting than the taste.   Regardless, great beer!   Could have used a bit more vanilla or at least sweetness on the backside.   Did have a mild bitterness that lingers... needing some more vanilla me thinks.   Otherwise good stuff.   Thanks Ron for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of toasted, dark chocolate and coffee with cream, light hops and yeast aromas of resin and earth, with background notes or toffee, charcoal and a big hit of vanilla. Head is average size, frothy turning creamy, light brown with fair lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy with a soft carbonation and a moderately alcoholic, and lightly dry yet sticky finish. Mouth-filling with tons of flavor and essence to go with a perfect palate, the vanilla really stands out in this Imperial Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
bottle from Samís Quik Stop. Great aroma, Malty, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Blackish Brown color, great head and good lace. Sweet bitter flavor. Thick Body, smooth oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Damn, thatís tasty, great vanilla and coffee mix. Wonderful.....the whole thing was great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2011
On tap at Small Bar, San Diego. Aroma: Roasty, chocolate, coffee. Appearance: Black pour, light tan head, good lacing. Taste: Chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, malty, hint of alcohol, nicely bitter finish. Palate: Medium-full satisfying mouthfeel. Overall: Excellent, very flavorful, good depth, lots of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Great aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Perfect color with a great tan head that lingers and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Taste is very bitter chocolate with a strong coffee presenceand the alcohol is well hidden at first but is more noticable the more you drink. Medium-bodied palate. This is a pretty good porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Dark dark brown, almost black, viscous, smaller head... Loads of coffee, mild dark fruits, some vanilla, a little roast, very very complex... Very nice flavor, roast, vanilla, coffee, cream, some subtle fruits... Medium to medium full bodied, lingering vanilla with a little slickness, creamy... Excellent...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (720) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Fantastic coffee brew! Pours black with creamy tan head. Aroma is strong coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate and vanillla. Rather bubbly on the tongue for a porter, but very nice nonetheless. Havenít sampled many from BP, but this one is fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 First Sculpin, now this fine IP. Pours deep dark brown with a caramel colored soapy head. Has an aroma of roasted coffee, caramel and the perfect amount of vanilla to round it all out. Has a sweet chocolaty taste with that coffee bit and bitter hit, with nice vanilla notes through the finish. You are left with some coffee notes as well. Medium mouthfeel. Damn tasty. If you love coffee beers this will send you flying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Dark pour, small beige head, that doesnít stay around for too long, but laces decently. The smell is sweeter than I would expect. Coffee tones and roasted malts. Sweetness must be from the vanilla. Taste is coffee forward, with the vanilla coming up after. Dry aftertaste, the coffee sticks around for a while. Full bodied and creamy, which I didnít expect. My last Vanilla porter was way too watery for me, this really surprised me in a good way. I didnít want to put this down. Really, really good. I want another one already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
944play (350) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
22oz at Toad in the Hole in Goose Island stem. Jet black with medium tan head. Big chocolate aroma fronts a few roasty and lactic notes. Vanilla quickly presents as the dominant flavor, but gentle chocolate and spiky caffeine are there in quantity too. Medium body does not betray its hugeness. This is a beer whose descriptors read more like a maduro cigar.

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