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RATINGS: 996   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Served cold from tap at brewery. A “coffee vanilla imperial porter,” this beer literally tasted like cold coffee infused with alcohol. My girlfriend said it was “heavenly thick, syrupy, coffee and chocolate!” I thought it was the second best brew consumed at the brewery, but since I’m not a huge coffee drinker, the dominant flavor would have to grow on me if I were to drink it regularly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4394) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha pancake head with excellent retention leaves sheets as it slowly recedes to coat surface. Espresso, cocoa and vanilla aromas. Dark roasted espresso, dark chocolate and vanilla. Less body than expected, but makes it nicely drinkable..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malty, vanilla and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark roasted coffee sweet flavor with medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3276) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to smokepot23!
Dark brown body with a large coffee head, gone quickly. Nose has lots of rich, dark chocolate, also some coffee. Vanilla is a minor player. Flavor is somewhat sweet, lots of coffee, vanilla, and some chocolate. The coffee adds a nice bitter bite to balance through the finish. Smooth body. Very nice balance here, the interplay of the rich chocolate and bitter coffee notes taking the beer further than most of these kinds go.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2009 At Toronado SD, MAN was this good! Like liquid Whoppers with a touch of vanilla & coffee. A bit of chili pepper in the nose but not in the flavor. Velvet smooth and creamy all the way around.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle shared by mspindler..Pours black with a beige head.. Aroma is lots of cold coffee and vanilla.. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla.. Very smooth beer.. I want more!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009

7/23/2009: Ballast Point Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter has semi-sweet chocolate, hints of espresso, and plenty of vanilla in its aroma. Its appearance is near black in tolor with a tan-colored head that deposits ring-like lacing on the glass. The flavor consists of dark malts, hints of chocolate, strong acidic coffee, and loads of vanilla bean. Mocha comes through in the finish. To be honest, the vanilla is a bit overpowering as it is not balanced by any of the other flavors. To make matters worse, this medium-bodied beer feels a bit thin. Is this a good beer? Yes, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near being great for me. I didn’t like it nearly as much as the majority of the recent ratings or as much as those who sampled it with me...

22 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Rating #161 for this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 15, 2010 bomber from CBX. pours a gorgeous, slightly oily, jet black with a thin, mocha brown head and great lacing. aroma is outstanding with big, dark, roasted coffee, vanilla extract, sweet cream, dark chocolate and toasty malts, with hints of tart, vinous fruit and spicy cinnamon. flavor is simply fantastic...4 months in the cellar has served this one well...huge, dark roast hazelnut coffee, sweet vanilla, toasted coconut, cinnamon, and toffee up front with a hint of dark fruit, smoke, burnt toast, and roast on the back end leading to a long, bittersweet roast coffee finish. palate is nearly full bodied and amazingly slick with an elegant touch of boozy warmth from the 10%. overall, a great imperial porter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Draft at The Thirsty Monk. Pours a lacing tan head with a dark brown body. Smells of cocoa and coffee. Flavor is cocoa and coffee. Finish is strong vanilla, coffee, and a little dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (1950) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pours black with thin, dark ruby highlights and a 2 finger creamy mocha head. Aroma is huge on coffee, roast, roasted nuts, caramel, milk and dark chocolate, espresso, light toffee, dark caramel, floral and herbal notes. More caramel, vanilla and nutty notes come out as it warms, along with some toffee. Flavor is caramel sweetened espresso, rich caramel, super rich vanilla pudding, nice roast, some woody notes, burnt/toasted white bread, vanilla creme chocolates, a little char, nice toasted maple char and a little dark fruit. As it warms the vanilla notes become a little stronger than I would have liked, but doesn’t get in the way too much. Finish is roast, vanilla, smoked/roasted nuts, some bitterness, very smooth espresso notes and a little char. Palate is medium-think with a slick entry, very dry finish and light, but appropriate carbonation. Really, really good stuff, I would love to see what the bourbon barrel version is like. I could see it smoothing out the vanilla, or making it even more sharp and over the top.


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