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RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours thick and black with a nice caramel colored head. Aroma of darkly roasted coffee beans. Burnt coffee flavor with vanilla undercurrent that gets sweeter as it warms. I’m really enjoying this more as it warms because it balances out the heavy roast flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a medium size tan head that lasts. Nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. No lingering aftertaste. Medium to full body. A very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Just not a huge fan of this...cloyingly sweet!!! Really enjoyable nose with cocoa, roasted marshmallow, and pure vanilla bean rising from the glass. Dark mahogany pour produced a sticky latte head. ...And then there was the flavor. Eye-crossingly sugary with the vanilla completely out of balance. A little thin for the style, as well. Meh.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
one of my faves, this stuff is super balanced, amazing mouthfeel, very vanilla’ish and sweet, but very well balanced and bitter as well. caramalized vanilla and burnt oak all over this one, plus all the usual suspects. yummy!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3052) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
pours deep black with a huge mocha colored head...nice lacing and retention! aroma has dark chocolate, coffee, hints of dark fruit vanilla, and slight phenols. flavor is roasty with syrupy chcoclate, coffee, dark chocolate, some burnt qualities, and a hint of citrus. mouthfeel is rich and creamy...slightly sticky...with a slightly chocolatey and roasty dry ligering finish. so good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Thanks to Joenuegs for this one! Jet black pour thin beige head and spotty lace. Aroma is roast and in your face vanilla. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla. roast and caramel. Alcohol well masked. Body is silky

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2010
Basically a black brew with a small beige foam on top. Aroma is lots of caramell, vanilla and light powdery chocolate alongside subtile notes of liqourice. Flavor is huge vanilla and sweet caramell giving way to dark and light chocolate ending on a extremely sharp and pleasant coffe bitterness that rescues this beer from being too sweet and straight forward. Still rather simple but tasty with a slick medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Vanilla truffle aromas. Booming vanilla and coffee flavors. Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish. Delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Kevin at Grape and Gourmet. Pours near black with a short brown head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, pipe tobacco, roasted malt and molasses. Taste is more vanilla and coffee with lighter tobacco, roasted malt, caramel, soft alcohol and light brown sugar. Mouthfeel is that of moderate carbonation with a slight warmth. Body is medium overall. Ends with more bitter coffee, roasted malt, lighter vanilla and tobacco and molasses. Very tasty!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1409) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared at Grape & Gourmet’s 4th Anniversary (thanks to GandGKevin). Dark brown to black pour. Strong roasted coffee aroma with just a hint of vanilla. The taste is almost the opposite with strong vanilla bean upfront and espresso in the background. I didn’t notice the alcohol. An outstanding beer.


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