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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On tap at PP Solana Beach. Black on black in the glass with an initially nice brown head fading to the sides. Massive vanilla laid over coffee in the aroma (smooth smooth smooth). Taste is heavy (but well-balanced) vanilla supported by coffee, sweet malt, and thinning alcohol with a hint of raisin. Exceptional beer and definitely the best I’ve had from Ballast Point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 bottle at home ... from cquiroga ... deep black ... big bubbly head ... down to thin lacing ... big soft chocolate vanilla nose ...chocolate front ... big vanilla ... light sweetness ... fairly rounded ... full flavoured ... but nothing overpowers... 4.0

Bottle at home ... deep black ... small tan head ... soft sweet toffee malt (that i dont like) nose ... dark roast ... big vanilla ... quite sweet ... full on ... dark sweet roast ... little powdery chocolate ... 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (9634) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2010
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma of vanilla, sweetness, roast and vague coffee. Flavour of roast, sweetness, coffee, vanilla, chocolate and vague smoke. Medium to full bodied. Has a vanilla dense roasty bitterness in the end. Quite nice. Thx to snojerk321 for this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle with big thanks to Tytoanderso. Midnight black pour, lasting light brown carbonation and an aroma strong dark chocolate and a little smoke. Flavor is also plenty of bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and a little smoky and thin on the finish. Although finished a little thin, was extremely well balanced for a 10% ABV beer. Thanks again Tyler for sending this beer my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2010
$9.99/22oz. The Wine Stop. Honolulu,HI. Pours black with a nice tan head. The aroma at first is coffee roast then some vanilla, and smells real nice. The taste is shockingly like vanilla ice cream with espresso syrup on top. Kind of like a root beer float but instead of soda they used coffee . The mouthfeel is so creamy you can still feel it in your mouth well after each drink. Seriously I have never tried a beer that tasted like it had vanilla ice cream in it, this did. This is a very sweet beer and is dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Serving: Bottle.
It pours almost black with a thick tan head. The nose is very roasty with notes of coffee, some herbal hops, and a bit of chocolate. The taste has loads of coffee, a pleasing back bitterness, earthy hops, dirt, milk chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Medium to rich mouthfeel with average carbonation leading to a lingering, bitter finish. Overall it’s an excellent porter that maintains great drinkability and has a great use of coffee flavor without being overbearing. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
sample at SAVOR on 6/5/10. light black pour with a small tan head. coffee nose with chocolate and roasted nuts. big chewy smooth body with vanilla, more nuts and coffee. nice carbonation on the tip of the tongue. roasty, vanilla, caramel, chocolate filled finish. awesome beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Weird aroma of aloe, bark, and golden rod. Garnet brown, thin beige head. Aloe dominated flavor of dark roasted malt, with traces of coffee. Point for originality, but there was a hop flavor that was far beyond piney and did not work for me at all in this porter. Do people really like this beer that much?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle: The aroma has lots of roasted coffee, moderate vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of fruit. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights with a small beige head. The flavor starts with caramel, chocolate, and light vanilla. The finish has moderate roasted coffee and some faint burnt notes. Medium bodied mild carbonation and soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Had the opportunity to try this during the Black Friday event at Capone’s. Appearance: Pours black with a minimal khaki crown that shows little retention or lace. Smell: Wow this is one lovely smelling brew! Loads of coffee and vanilla over a nicely roasted malt. Some chocolate makes an appearance but it’s more of a supporting role. Taste: Very good blend of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. So close to a 5.0 Mouthfeel: Enough carbonation and very creamy! Drinkability: The flavors are bold and the abv is in double digits, but it’s delicious tasting with a rewarding mouthfeel. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-29-2009

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