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Two of the worldís 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Itís poured into my nonic pint glass and it arrives a pitch black color. There is a maybe one finger light brown head that sits on top. The nose gives me a lot of cocoa and vanilla. Iím surprised not to get any real coffee aromas in this. So far so good in my book. The taste is a lot of the same cocoa and vanilla flavors but it does make way for a mild coffee taste. More roasted malt character in there as well. A creamy body makes this not feel thin and watered down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Dark brown pour, minimal head. Smell is coffee and vanilla. Ditto for the taste, with a decent amount of roast as well. Slightly sweet, but not too much. Medium mouthfeel, as expected for a porter. Very good brew for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwm1034 (692) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bomber split with sherm1016....thanks! Pours dark brown...almost black. Nose is sweet with a little bitter coffee hint. Taste is a good balance of the sweet vanilla balanced with the more bitter coffee....would be too sweet without the coffee...very well done....wish we could get this around here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1228) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2011
22oz bottle in trade with Dankbeers619, split with dwm1034. Pours a dark brown with a tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, a little roasty. A little heavy on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet and bitter, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt. Very balanced and very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chrishoss (1) - - MAY 21, 2011 does not count
One of the best beers Iíve ever tasted, Itís full bodied and strong, good bubble retention on the tongue, the cold drip coffee character is amazing and the vanilla is subtle and just right, defiantly a beer designed for long, cold, lonely nights at sea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
The aroma is all coffee, and the smell grows as you pour the beer into a pint. Some chocolate, but mainly strong, black java. Looks black as Satanís heart, with a head as brown as Satanís molars (I assume he smokes heavily.) Tastes divine, a vanilla latte of a beer that integrates coffee and vanilla perfectly into the thick, dark depths of an Imperial Porter. Creamy as a milkshake but without cloying sweetness, this beer will put many a RIS to shame. (3/20/09)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5375) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Wow is this good! Very dark brown and appetizing as can be. Rich everything here. Malted out the ying yang. Coffee, espresso, dark fruit, vanilla, etc. This is good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (522) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Black color with dark tan beige color with touch of red. Espresso like aroma with strong vanilla notes. Extremely creamy texture with a strong and wonderful coffee flavor and followed by some oaky vanilla and mellow tobacco. Was saving this for a special occasion and today is one. Go America!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle ----> Highball glass. The thin head leaves the glass into thin, yet fine lacing. This beer poured thick and VERY dark, maybe the darkest Iíve seen yet. The aroma was pleasant and thick on the nose. First sniff picked up notes of rich dark chocolate, followed by light spiciness - the tip of that scent being fresh coffee and otherwise, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. The carbonation level was perfect, making this bounty of fresh flavors seem creamy even. The flavor was very balanced, offering the bitterness of roasted malts with a nice splash of sweet cocoa nibs. This is one beer I look forward to trying, as of now I am a fan of Ballast Point brews!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
Bottle Wavers1 thank you greatly. Pour thick dark brown/black great brown caramel head with outstanding lacing. Aroma coffee, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, like hot chocolate on a winter night. Taste like drinking melted chocolate bars, rich, roasty, dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel, hints of bitterness. MF smooth super silky creamy full body very faint carb. So rich and decedent very very good exactly what description describes and it is also scary balanced. Could drink this all the time everyday one of the best beers Iíve had.

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