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RATINGS: 999   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 14, 2009
I started my morning out with this brew. Poured into a pint glass it produced a good two fingers worth of coco colored head that went to a sparse lace. The body of the brew was its obligatory black with no light coming threw at all. The aroma of espresso and sweet chocolate were really pronounced in this brew. There was a slight bourbon vanilla smell in there as well. The flavors were interesting as well the vanilla helped cut the bitterness from the coffee and roasted malts. The feel in my mouth was medium to full with good carbonation. This is a good brew not to spectacular I had better in this hybrid style. It is worth the try and I would not turn it down that is for sure. I killed the bomber with no problem with brunch myself so drinkability is fine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (6498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle at Thrashzone. Black with a nice frothy lacing. Coffee-smoke-caramel nose with a bit of vanilla, though that smells like cheap extract. Flavor of cheapish vaniulla extract and coffee. Decent orasted malt but the vanilla is a no-go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bomber, shared with Bram. I had been waiting awhile to finally try this beer, and I donít think it disappointed. Pours viscous dark brown with a small but resilient brown head. Aroma is of very sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and coffee. Similar, but less sweet to Southern Tierís Mokah. Upon sipping, one is greeted with a chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel, prickled slightly by carbonation. This beer also leans primarily chocolate-sweet, especially inially. The mid-palate brings in toasted coffee to the mix. The finish is full, yet with an interesting dryness. Some mildly coffee-bitter notes emerge as well, but not enough to override the sweetness of this brew. Interesting, very flavorful, and ultimately successful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 7, 2009
Robust Series...yeah! Pours out blacker than black with a dark brown head. Strong smell of coffee and rum and vanilla. Was expecting more of a sweet taste but this floored me with itís bitterness. So bitter that it bites. Double bitter dose from the hops and those coffee beans. Cacao, dried fig, tobacco and lots of smoke...taste reminded me a little bit of Back Flag (another pirate/ship oriented moniker). The taste was very stout-like and the presence was hardcore on the tongue; but the body remained true to itís Porter style and was quite smooth and sort of light in itís own hairy way. I liked this stuff but not sure I could recommend it to all of my other beer loving sailors. Aaargh matey, more for me then...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle shared by psprings at hellbillyís holiday tasting. Nice deep brown pour with a creamy small head. Nice aroma of coffee, coconut, chocolate and vanilla. Slightly sweet flavor with all of the above and a bit of nuttiness and alcohol. Very good stuff! Thanks Paul.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3226) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 29, 2009
Tried this beer twice and really tried to like it, probably cause of the high score. Couldnít do it. Big coffee, vanilla, roasted malts and chocolate from the nose. The mouth is big vanilla and big chocolate notes and just a touch cloying and fairly sweet. Its just so over the top, it like made for hopheads that have ruined their palates on hoppy beers. Love big beers, but this is just too much of everything. Apparently I am not getting that it is supposed to be a dessert beer, so I tried it with dessert the second time I had it and that didnít improve anything. Way over hyped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
Deep brown beer with a thick sticky tan head. Aroma is great. Lightly tart on the nose with a bit of vanilla and soft cocoa. I donít get a whole lot of coffee although it is still quite sweet smelling. A bit of light vanilla and a soft cherry fruitiness on the finish. Itís a decent beer, but of donít really get the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bomber shared by psprings at hellbillyís holiday tasting. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin tan head. The nose is vanilla, coconut and coffee. The taste is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Medium bodied. Good stuff Ė reminds me of Maui Coconut Porter. Thanks Paul!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 27, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks Snojerk321! - Pours out thick and deep brown with a lt tan head...aroma is dark roast, dark fruity malt, burnt cocoa and cream...flavour is similar, with vanilla and coffe nuanced but nowhere close to overwhelming, charred bitterness on the back end helps distract a bit from the alcohol bite...this was just about everything I love in an Imp Porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Poured an opaque black color with small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla beans, smoke, chocolate, burnt wood, and nuts. Taste of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla bean, smoked wood, and a fair amount of alcohol.

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