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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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to Dominic. Pours pitch black, thin dissipating head. Big cocoa nose, dark berries. Very chocolaty flavour, turning coffeeish later. Deep flavours, vanilla awesomeness. A massive body and great balance of flavours make this an astounding beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Poured very black, smooth, lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts. #1000 for me!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
22oz bottle. Black with a medium tan head that leaves moderate foam and a touch of lace. Not inky though with some mahogany around the edges, which I guess is an argument for it being a porter (whatever that means). The aroma is great, with lots of coffee and maybe even more vanilla; almost like a mocha with a shot of vanilla syrup. I’m having Starbucks flashbacks, and I like it. Plenty of milk chocolate as well, and the vanilla aids in the impression of an immense sweetness. Did I already mention the vanilla? I got more coffee at first, but the vanilla is really coming out over time. Forty-five minutes in the glass, and this begins to resemble vanilla extract. I love that stuff. The flavor is sweet, but not thick or sticky (wait, that’s a mouthfeel). Coffee, poser dark chocolate, and lots of vanilla. Fresh coffee, which is always a nice touch. Just enough bitterness to balance the sweet, and no astringency or discomfort. Medium-full body with carbonation that falls somewhere between medium and low. Just a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish, but very integrated and smooth for a ten percent beer. Leans more heavily on the coffee, and especially the vanilla, than I was expecting, but this is fantastic stuff. A true dessert drink, (or morning depending on how you roll, and I do have a slight caffein buzz) but one that is not overly sweet or thick. I could drink a fair bit of this, with alcohol being a welcome limiting factor before any abrasive flavor characteristics. Ballast Point just nailed in on this one: full of flavor, yet balanced and super drinkable. The vanilla is almost silly at times, but I love the stuff and it really works with the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Wonderful brew here. Deep brown body with a large, frothy head. The aroma is delicious vanilla and coffee scents. The taste is a creamy vanilla infused coffee. Not too roasted or harsh at all, but full flavored. Perfect body and carbonation. A great treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 Black pour with a fading frothy head. Aroma is coffee and vanilla extract, roasted malts, sweet bread. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, packaged hot coco mix and vanilla extract. Overall it tastes pretty artificial, or at least like vanilla extract poured into a porter. Bitter and light bodied. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3778) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bomber. Opaque black with a half-inch of lasting creamy foam. Aroma is coffee and bitter cocoa with some light cream. Flavor is big with vanilla, balanced by some bitter cocoa, peppery citrus, and coffee. Medium-heavy body is smooth and roasty-dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
joeneugs (3326) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Amazing beer. The aroma hits you as soon as the glass is delivered. Hard roasted malts with heavy notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The flavor is delicious with smoke, roast, vanilla ice cream, espresso, chocolate. Well balanced flavor profile. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this. I imagine the barrel version is incredible as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
On tap at Capone’s. Dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head. Smells of coffee, cocoa, and general roastiness. The flavor is coffee, oak, vanilla, and roasted grains. Medium-full body. Lots of coffee at the finish. Very yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2009
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear black colour. It had no head when it got to my table so I’m unsure if it had one when it was poured from the tap. Smells of coffee, vanilla, malts, and chocolate. Vanilla, coffee, oak, malt and chocolate flavor. Ehhhh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle via trade with toncatcher. Deep opaque brown-black body, medium clumping tan head. Vinous nose with notes of coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Vanilla hits the palate first, backed by roasted coffee beans and licorice. Robust body. This really reminded me of drinking a cold, carbonated, flavored coffee. And, no, I don’t mean that in a bad way. Exceedingly competent but falls short of greatness.

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