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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours chocolate with ruby edges. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some dark fruits. Very sweet, lots of coffee on the palate. Bitter coffee finish as well. Very nice stuff.

From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Received in a trade with bmanning and consumed in the summer of 2009. A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, with a short tan head. S: Lots of roasted malt paired with coffee, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. T: The vanilla comes through quite a bit and in comes the chocolate with a bit of sweetness, followed by a dry coffee/espresso and plenty of roasted malt. M: Fairly full-bodied with moderate carbonation. D: Very, very drinkable. Quite complex and added yet another tally to the number of amazing vanilla-infused beers that I’ve had. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-01-2010

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2010
This is an awesome beer. Just enough coffee to add to the flavor but not take over. The Vanilla stands out and creates a smooth finish to this awesome beer. Truly worth the effort to track one of these down and the only bad thing about this beer was the fact it was my only bottle. Awesome!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lcdumchus (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Pours a dark brown with short lived tan head. Great coffee aroma. Tastes of roasted coffee with vanilla accents, but not overpowering. Wonderful, but would likely taste even better aged.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lucylager (6) - USA - NOV 12, 2010 does not count
Originally had a churchills on tap and recently able to buy a few bottles. looks like cola with a little fizz when poured but flattens out quickly. vanilla aroma is pronounced. taste bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. this is a great beer for $8 per bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Picked up a bomber bottle at Spirits of St. Germain in La Jolla, California, and tasted it from a snifter. It pours a very dark and murky brown. Head is tan, and fairly thin and short-lived for me. Smells and tastes like a coffee shop, and I mean that in a good way. The sweet, roasted coffee aroma is huge...coffee dominates the taste at first as well, but is soon complemented by the vanilla and chocolate flavors, and a nice maltiness. There’s also a raisin-like dark fruit flavor that enters to accompany the lingering, mild bitterness of the finish. It’s medium-bodied, and fairly lightly carbonated--this gives it a somewhat velvety feel, but I wonder if my particular bottle might be slightly less carbonated that it’s supposed to be (this might explain the thinness of the head as well). Regardless, Victory at Sea is very good overall; especially good after a light meal or when the weather starts to turn colder.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (697) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Found at Albertson’s in San Diego. Roasted coffee and chocolate waft off this black beer with a dense, tan, persistent head. Rich milk and dark chocolate creaminess hit you on the first sip followed by light vanilla flavor and sweetness, and then a deep roasted/charred malt flavor. Beautiful, well balanced bitterness follows up, probably both from hops and from the dark roasted malt. Even through this heaviness, there’s a fresh grain husk flavor that comes through and makes what could be an over the top dark beer surprisingly refreshing. It says 10% ABV, but it sure doesn’t show it and goes down smooth as silk. Comparable to Old Rasputin with a coffee/vanilla flavor thrown in. This is one great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hamilton23 (606) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
From 22oz bomber. Pours a very dark, nearly black with a dark tan head. Smells of coffee, burnt malts. Loads of coffee in this beer overpower the vanilla flavor. Smooth, drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Dark black pour w/ a huge frothy dense light brown head w/ dense sticky lacing and a good amount of visible carbonation. Full creamy palate w/ a light silkiness. Aroma has a light touch of bitter dark coffee some light toffee sweetness and a hint of vanilla. When it warms up a more milky chocolate aroma comes out. It’s quite nice. Flavor is slightly sweet, lactose milk chocolate w/ a lightly bitter finish from the coffee and a light vanilla in the aftertaste. This stuff is just delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
On tap. A very dark pour, with a small tan head. Coffee! Thick and full mouthfeel. Some chocolate malts in their as well, and a smoothness that was unexpected for this style. Well-balanced with some hop bitterness, but the specialty coffee malts are front and center. I think this would make one hell of an irish car bomb.


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