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RATINGS: 1196   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1926) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Tap. Foamy tan head that leaves oil slick spots on a very dark brown, nearing on black body. Sharp espresso and lots of vanilla in the aroma, with some booze and sweet spice. Flavor is dark sweet fruit, vanilla shake, bitter bitter bitter coffee and a touch roasty in the finish. Medium cottony body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thingus (29) - Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Taken from my BA account, reviewed on 2/22/12 Live tasting, bomber into Duvel tulip... Appearance; pours black with two fingers of bubbly mocha colored head... Retention is decent with the head hanging around for a couple minutes before falling to a thin film... Lacing is good, with blotches and spiderwebs all over the glass. Smell; coffee and vanilla!! And not much else... Try as I might, I canít get any more aroma from this brew... Taste; holy moly, this is a vanilla latte lovers dream brew!! Tons of coffee and vanilla... Smoothly roasted and not overly bitter or burnt tasting, great flavors of vanilla bean... As the coffee and vanilla fades out with hints of malt and chocolate sneaking in... Mouthfeel; on lighter side of full bodied, with good carbonation... Slightly bitter finish.. Overall; a damn good beer all around, the vanilla and coffee work exceptionally well together!! Iíll definitely track this one down again, absolutely worth the effort to obtain!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sathorael (153) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 22oz bottle into tulip. Pours a dark black with hints of mahogany in the light. Aromas of caramel, roastiness, a little vanilla and huge coffee. Taste is smokey roasted black coffee, toffee, and a little vanilla. Very full mouth feel with a long lasting, coffee grounds, aftertaste. Very well done beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (761) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Love this stuff, canít wait every year when this one shows up. Very Black pour with a nice contrasting tan head. Coffee aromas jump out, followed by vanilla, and chocolate. Lots of coffee flavors mixed with vanilla and chocolate against a well balanced mild sweetness. These flavor overlap into the finish. Damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle - 2012 batch. Strong coffee nose, limited vanilla. Pours jet Black with a wispy tan head. Heavy coffee flavor hides the vanilla some, but it starts to shine as it warms. Long lasting, very pleasing palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
22oz bottle, best by October 17, 2013. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm.

Pours thick black with a small light brown head that leaves some spotty lacing behind and recedes to a light cap and ring.

Aroma is big and bold vanilla and coffee, in fact those two are so strong Iím having a hard time picking up much else, maybe some underlying notes of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Excellent strength.

Flavor starts with a big wave of vanilla, moving towards some dark bakerís chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a little dark fruit, very little hop presence, moderate sweetness, some alcohol but well integrated at this level of ABV. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, creamy, somewhat sticky, good carbonation.

Man, this stuff is delicious! A vanilla bomb! Such a treat to get to try this. One of my customers brought me a bottle after a trip to the West Coast, so a big shout-out to Mark for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (771) - Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle pours thick black with beautiful firm thick chocolate head. Aroma chocolate and dark fruits. Taste chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roast, ash, some malty sweetness especially as it warms. Finish prolonged roast and unsweetened chocolate, some alcohol burn. Finish of chocolate brownies at times, palate thick and creamy.

Outstanding imperial porter worthy of the name.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ANGRYCPA (50) - - NOV 1, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black with thin tan head. Has a nice coffee grind and vanilla aroma that is heavenly. Smells like candy. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Virtually no trace of the 10% abv which is amazing. Lingering finish. Amazing stuff, wish they made it year round. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Black with big, creamy, brown head / Strong nose of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate / Medium to full body, inky and intense, sweet and cloying, malty, with some hop balance and bitter finish / Strong flavors of cold coffee, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel / Probably for those who like flavored coffee, but for me, too cloying, too much vanilla, and not enough hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice black, good light head, aroma is lots of vanillia and flavour is so as well, this one had a nice roasty body, overall very smooth and flavourful, tasty offering

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