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RATINGS: 1057   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle shared by SoLan. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is big vanilla and bitter coffee flavors and roasty malts. Flavors are coffee, roasty, dark fruits, and slight vanilla with a nice hoppy finish. Nice beer if you love coffee. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1782) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle, thanks tarheels! Pours pitch black with a big tan head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel is creamy with notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Excellent, complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5904) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small wispy beige head. The aroma is as advertised: coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Deep roasted malts and hints of dark fruits are also present. The flavor has the roasted malts being more prominent. Ample chocolate, coffee and vanilla make for an enjoyable experience. This gets better as it warms. Earthy bitteerness with a touch of char come out. Finish is dry roasted vanilla coffee. Medium-full body and scary smooth. Absolutely no sign of the ABV. Enjoyed 7/30/09 (and again on Fri. bus RBSG 10)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Shared on the RBSG bus. Pours a deep black with a decent head that leaves some lace on the glass. The aroma is all things black molasses, chocolate, lots of raw coffee bean, some raisins, and some vanilla. The flavor is chocolate and vanilla with some coco bitterness and deep roasty tones with a mild booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ketchepillar (1171) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Thanks to someone on the RBSG bus! That’s damn good. Really rich chocolate/coffee. Very decadent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle, on the Friday Bus Trip at RBSG 2010. Pours cola brown, moderate off-white head, poor lacing. Nose is spicy hops, almost oriental in terms of aroma, with notes of ginger, pepper and 5-spice coasting above the expected coffee, roast, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is akin to chocolate syrup, plus the earlier spiciness, and more coffee. Needs time, but still plenty good right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Black pour with brown highlights and a small loose white head. The aroma has loads of vanilla and coffee with some faint dark fruit. Thew flavor is smooth milk chocolate, vanilla, candied figs, smoke, wood and lots of alcohol. Thinnish body, oily, soft carbonation and some alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1407) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
On tap at PP Solana Beach. Black on black in the glass with an initially nice brown head fading to the sides. Massive vanilla laid over coffee in the aroma (smooth smooth smooth). Taste is heavy (but well-balanced) vanilla supported by coffee, sweet malt, and thinning alcohol with a hint of raisin. Exceptional beer and definitely the best I’ve had from Ballast Point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 bottle at home ... from cquiroga ... deep black ... big bubbly head ... down to thin lacing ... big soft chocolate vanilla nose ...chocolate front ... big vanilla ... light sweetness ... fairly rounded ... full flavoured ... but nothing overpowers... 4.0

Bottle at home ... deep black ... small tan head ... soft sweet toffee malt (that i dont like) nose ... dark roast ... big vanilla ... quite sweet ... full on ... dark sweet roast ... little powdery chocolate ... 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2010
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma of vanilla, sweetness, roast and vague coffee. Flavour of roast, sweetness, coffee, vanilla, chocolate and vague smoke. Medium to full bodied. Has a vanilla dense roasty bitterness in the end. Quite nice. Thx to snojerk321 for this.

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