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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured jet black with a delicious looking tan foam head, like a cappucino. Nose has lots of vanilla, a hint of booze, and roasted malts. Very inviting. I’m wondering if it’s going to be too sweet. It might be too sweet. The vanilla really hits hard and almost has an artificial flavor. After a few sips and some warming the vanilla is less distracting. Very full bodied. A bunch of roasted malts. The coffee really shines in the finish which is long and bitter,and a tad sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
On Tap - 3rd in flight of 4. Very dark brown. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Most amazing balance between malt and bitterness. Silky wonderful on the palate and only goodness in the finish. Please sir, can I have some more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Outstanding. Pours dark brown with a thick, dark beige head. Aroma of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, some vanilla. Flavor is phenomenal. Tons of chocolate - think chocolate milk with extra syrup. Hints of oats and vanilla. Modest roastiness in the tail. Finishes sweet and long with nice bitterness. Amazingly smooth and creamy with average carbonation. Mildly warming - really the only noticeable impact of the ABV. Probably the best Imperial Porter I have ever drank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
The potent aroma includes creamy vanilla and chocolatey malts. The dark chocolate black color has a fluffy, snaking, creamy, crimson cocoa head - it’s perfect. The flavor starts as roasted malts and then the vanilla comes in strong with notes of coffee. It finishes quite boozy though with a nice punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 20, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum during the ballast event. Loaded with chocolate and espresso roast... Body is full and creamy. Absolutely awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
Darkest porter I have ever seen, cream colored head with lots of lacing. Aroma of bitter black cofee, oats, oaky vanilla, bourbon. flavor is hot and alcoholic, whiskey burn, roasty. Overall this is badass. $8 bomber! at Hamilton’s San diego.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3422) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
Draft and Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is light but mostly vanilla. Mouth feel is smooth and flavor is full, porter with vanilla overtones. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bomber shared by Enniskillen from Bevmo, Gilroy. Nose of chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla. Black with a medium, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is heavy, dark, coffee and some background chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
valetudo1904 (4) - California, USA - APR 17, 2010 does not count
Pours up jet black with a receding deep tan head. Aroma is an intoxicating blend of coffee, chocolate, and an almost bourbon like rich sweetness. Taste is explosively coffee and chocolate, with the vanilla contributing a great richness and smoothness. Still finishes up dry enough to prevent it from being cloying. A world class imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Black with a nice tan head. Aroma is heavy on the vanilla and oatmeal, roasty, with caramel, toffee and light alochol. Taste is fairly sweet with oatmeal up front, light alcohol warming, nice hoppy background, chocolate.

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