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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lightandrhythm (63) - - MAY 13, 2012
Rich caramel malt with coffee and vanilla overtones. Smooth mouthfeel and a dark velvety color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich blackish pour, pretty dark overall with some brownish edges and glow. Dark, decent haze, not opaque. A frothy tannish head dies to a decent ring, laces small. Aromas are rich coffee roast, touches of cocoa and a firm vanilla bean essence, smmothed out sweetness with some toffee, biscuits. Coffee with cream, roast, toast. Vanilla and coffee play well. Initial is medium bodied, a bit bigger with firm roast, earthy coffee, cocoa up front. Middle shows a gentle sweetness as the finish is really what grabs me: smoothed out vanilla, roasty and sweet coffee, cream, and caramel. Fudgey, rich vanilla bean essence lingers and sets the pace as far as character. Really nice, firm and inviting. Great flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tabernae (178) - Latina, ITALY - MAY 6, 2012
Grazie a Matt&Mortlach; Ci sono giorni che hai la fortuna di bere tanto, bene e in compagnia, le cose che ti rimangono impresse però sono poche e questa birra è assolutamente tra queste. Nera, testa beige, al naso i malti tostati, gli aromi di vaniglia e cacao creano un mix perfetto. al palato le note di cacao e la piacevole amaricatura vengono rese bevibili da un corpo leggero e da una carbonazione soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
Truly one of the best of the style. Perfect amount of coffee and vanilla to go along with a very nice porter. Excited every time I see this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
Very nice porter indeed. Wife and I enjoyed this at Dats in tampa and it sent the cheesecake for desert to the stratisphere.
Earlier Rating: 3/4/2012 Total Score: 4
Had this in a bottle (2011) at Datz and was served at 55. Aroma was similar to a yeasty abby ale. It poured with a nice head and nice dark brown color. First taste the vanilla mostly, smooth and enjoyable. At it warmed up a bit the coffee came foward in taste. What really made this a great drink was a sip after a bite of cheesecake. WOW the "3rd" flavor you got when mixing with cheesecake was an amazing sliky smooth vanilla cheesecake flavor- Awesome! Really liked this imperial porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewser247 (11) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2012
Big bold high octane porter with a touch of vanilla on the taste and aroma. For being 10% abv it definitely delivers. A little boozy but should be excellent to age and see what happens! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/23/11. Thanks to steve8robin (BA) for this bottle recently! Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very dark black with a thin tan head on top. Spotty lace rings stick to the glass. The nose is full of ground coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, chocolate. Coffee is the obvious main-player here. The mouth is full and creamy. Alcohol definitely smooths this one out. The coffee comes through in the flavor with a punch. Nice dark roasted bitterness to start things off. But the vanilla commands a presence as well. Plenty of creamy sweetness to balance this one out well. Sweet finish with a melding of alcohol, vanilla, and milk chocolate. I’ve had this one on my wants for quite some time, so I’m glad to finally knock this one off. Excellent Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
A thick black body with a brown head that had some retention and mild lace. Aroma had good cocoa notes, Vanilla and roasted coffee. A nice presence of alcohol. Flavor had strong vanilla and cocoa flavors. Initially I found the coffee notes to be a little too mild, but as I drank more I enjoyed the more subtle quality of it. Alcohol was slightly warming. A nice full body probably should have had with a spoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6519) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; black with nice head. Smells good too; malty and roasty. Tastes great; one of the best porters i’ve ever had (that wasn’t bourbon barreled). Mouthfeel is good too. A great brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
Black with a thick beige head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, espresso, and a bit of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter coffee finish. Alcohol blends in very well.

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