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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Very strong coffee presence with a hint of vanilla. Not too oily with perfect carbonation. This beer is very good at hiding the alcohol taste but leaves a hint that goes well with the roasted coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1736) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2012
bottle. pours thin black with medium off white head. aroma of vanilla and coffee. taste is super espresso/coffee with not much vanilla showing up.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1169) - Nevada, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours dark with a thick creamy head. Leaves good lacings. Vanilla, coffee, and smoke fills the nose. Good body with hints of vanilla followed by burnt toast and coffee. Finishes a little dry. Bourbon version is better, but this could be my daily drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Big coffee flavors and aromas but the vanilla is hardly present. From there it was a pretty standard imperial porter with big malt flavors The coffee lent a pretty nice bitter aftertaste, but it wasn’t really balanced. Enjoyable beer nonetheless.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wine101joe (14) - USA - FEB 2, 2012
Found this beer to be remarkably appealing and easy to drink. Perfect balance of coffee flavor that does not over power the need to taste something that resembles a "beer". Had on tap in my shop in Wake Forest, NC. Interested in comparing the taste from the bottle.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
keanex (1563) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Poured into a snifter from a 22 ounce bottle un-dated.

A: Beautiful pitch black body with a dense tan head that compliments this perfectly. This beer simply looks amazing.

S: This smells absolutely wonderful, there’s a perfect balance of vanilla and fresh roasted coffee here, reminds me a lot of vanilla cake actually with coffee. This is wonderful, my only complaint is wishing it were a tad stronger.

T: Absolutely wonderful, there’s bready vanilla flavor into a silky rich cocoa coffee flavor. It’s as if I’m sipping on a mocha cappuccino with some vanilla flavoring. This is complex, intense, and very easy to drink.

M: Thick and syrupy with light carbonation, this is filling and feels great.

O: This is hands down the best porter I’ve ever had, I have no complaint with this and will be buying one every time I find one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmisko (352) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Pours very dark brown, just under black. Dark tan two finger head. Looks yummy! Smells like coffee, roasted malts come through, and a tiny bit of vanilla. Taste like coffee with a splash of irish cream, and bright hops help make it interesting. I am so happy that the vanilla is not overly done, it is there, but not distracting you from the other flavors. You might even over look the vanilla if casually tasting it. But this is such a deliciously good beer, I’d hate to know some one if just mindlessly drinking it away. Very enjoyable!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Wow, there’s quite a bit of chocolate in this beer I get. Very smooth, doesn’t taste as strong as it is. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (781) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
22oz bottle - Dark tan 2.5 finger head which has good staying power. Really dark, nearly black body. No light shines through. Aroma of a milky coffee latte drink. First flavors of that of strong black coffee rounded off with hints of vanilla. Coffee bitterness lingers on the palate. Perhaps lingers a little too long for my taste. Think the uniqueness comes out of using brewed coffee rather than simply grinding some beans and tossing them in the kettle. Very drinkable as long as you like black coffee. If not, you might want to move along to something else.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2271) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Chocolatey aroma with light vanilla notes. Full bodied chocolatey (with light vanilla notes) and a nice roasty finish that lingers. Pours black with khaki-colored head that settles.
Earlier Rating: 5/9/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Roasty dominance with a bit of wood and a light vanilla tone. Deep brown in color. Vanilla and char with a caramalt and roast flavor. Notes: GABF ’09


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