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RATINGS: 953   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5556) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
22 oz bottle big thanks to Smokepot23. Pours a dark brown color with a medium brown head. The aroma is great; initially heavy coffee notes, later more vanilla and fruits come in. The flavor is also initially lots of rich milky coffee, vanilla, and lots of rich fruitiness come through as it warms and your palate get used to the coffee. Light sour, roasted malts and bitter chocolates in the finish. Very nice at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Light alcohol warmth and a nice medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Sampled via 22-oz Bomber at Dark Lord Day ’09 and available at table 4. Pours a dark cola brown brew with an average beige head that has excellent retention with some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, flowery hops, with a decent cold coffee in the background. Taste is medium body, flavors of toasted dark malt, some chocolate, toffee, a hint of vanilla and coffee. Finish has a nice balance of coffee, chocolate malt and toasted dark malt aftertaste, plus a little alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
From Lagunitasfan thanks homie. Pours dark with a frothy tan head. Taste is mainly coffee and a touch of vanilla notes on the aftertaste. Great fuckin beer overall, probably the best I’ve had from this brewery so far. I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FedorStout (16) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
22 oz split on brother’s bday. Wow this is probably one of my favorite beers. Smells like coffee and vanilla with a lil bit of dark fruit. The taste has a ton of coffee followed by some vanilla. Has a great alcohol feel to it but a little thin. Still one of my favorite beers ever would drink this badboy everyday if i could.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAY 11, 2009
Black witha beige head. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, light cocoa aroma. Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, and coffee. Pretty hot on the alcohol. Good though, would have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Vanilla coffee rinds, hints of dark chewy fruit. Licorice, Charleston chew, tawny wood vanilla and coco. What a delicious brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2009
On tap at Ballast Point a while ago. Didn’t realize it was a different beer than the bottled version. Color was black with a brownish head. ARoma of vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol and chocolate. Flavor was the same with a good dose of coffee and vanilla. Not sure which one I like more; probably about equal in my mind.
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle. Poured a dark dark brown color with a smallish light brown head. Aroma of roasted oats, cocoa, wood, vanilla, chalk, with a good amount of coffee (especially in the finish). Some really nice, and a bit unusual , aspects to this beer. The two most pronounced elements for me was a coffee middle that gave way to a lingering vanilla presence in the finish. Flavor was very robust. Alcohol was well hidden, for twelve percent, but you could definitely tell it was there. I am not sure I am love with this beer however. I just think there is a bit too much vanilla in the finish. Still very nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Liked this one a bit less than the bottled version. Deep black with tan head. Nose was very heavy espresso, dark malt, licorice, hops. Tasted of coffee, bitter hops, dark malt, mild oaky and vanilla hints. Got a tad hot late. Solid.
Earlier Rating: 5/6/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle from Craft. Deep black pour with tan head. Nose is dark malt, choc/coffee, vanilla, licorice. Tastes dark malty, with a heavy coffee, backup vanilla, and backup hops. Stays pretty bitter, with the coffee dominating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2009
From stefanje via trade. Poured ultra dark brown with a dark tan, almost brown head that had nice persistence and average to above average lacing. The aroma was a whiff of vanilla and chocolate with lots of coffee. The flavor was dominated by the coffee but balanced fairly well by the swirling flavors of chocolate, vanilla and smoke. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Sweet but never offensive. Didn’t notice the 10% ABV. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours black with a huge light brown head that dissipates quickly. nice lacing. aroma is coffee, dark roast. Taste is very strong coffee with hints of vannilla. Dark chocolate. Very thick mouthful with a nice burn Thanks to the 12% abv.

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