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RATINGS: 1178   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
In short: An over-the-top vanilla and cacao lovefest. Good but a bit too much
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when about 1 year of old. Sent to me by nbutler11. Thanks a lot Nick.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Intense nose of cacao, vanilla and burnt malts. That nose is really intense. Taste is even more intense, too much so. A ton of vanilla, a lot of cacao, caramel, roastiness, marshmallows, a cup black coffee, dark liquorice, booze. Alcohol is rather apparent. For the first half of my bottle I thought this beer was very good. But during the second half of the bottle the vanilla and marshmallows were getting a bit too much for me. Cloyingly sweet too. I am no wimp and I can (and do) drink bombers of big imperial stouts on a regular basis. Dark Lord at 15%? Bring it on baby. But the Victory At Sea is a beer that can only be enjoyed in small quantities. And because of that my score is not very high. I’m not sure what they name the beer after but we can probably rule out the Iraq Occupation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Poured black with white head that faded quicklysmelled sweet smokey coffee and vanilla tasted about the same

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2353) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
From a 22oz. bomber. Pours deep place with a thin tan head which quickly dissapears. Smells of vanilla, oak and coffee. Tastes nutty with carmel and some roastiness with a nice hoppy back bite. Very easy to drink. Really good on cold winer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10640) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bomber about a year old poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head with great lacing. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roastiness, light coffee and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, mocha, light roastiness, light carmel and a hint of coffee with a smooth lingering milk chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6591) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12/11/10. Bomber courtesy daknole! Opaque black pour with a thick caramel brown head that fades to a film fast with plenty of lacing. Huge coffee aroma with dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, a bit of caramel, and a touch of booziness. Awesome flavor that leans more towards sweet vanilla that balances better with the coffee than the aroma did... really tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
22oz bottle, purchased at Papago Brewing. Pours a deep, cola-brown color with a reddish tinge; slight, fine-bubbled, light-tan head with decent lacing and retention. Solid, chocolatey and dark roasted malts in the aroma; light notes of ash and bitter chocolate; some modest red fruit notes; basic, but solid and enjoyable imperial stout aroma. Medium-full body; modest carbonation; minimal alcohol showing through, well-integrated as a vinous component; lots of darker chocolate and roasted malts, cola and some modest touches of caramel and hints of a burnt malt character; overall, not a particularly effusive imperial stout (nothing compared to something like 50/50 Totality or even Rasputin), but still pretty enjoyable and neither acrid nor overly burnt. Maybe a touch too much roasted bitterness for the amount of flavor, and there is a bit of warming alcohol as this warms. Lasting finish of burnt and roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate; lingering roasted / bitter ending to this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours chocolate with ruby edges. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some dark fruits. Very sweet, lots of coffee on the palate. Bitter coffee finish as well. Very nice stuff.

From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Received in a trade with bmanning and consumed in the summer of 2009. A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, with a short tan head. S: Lots of roasted malt paired with coffee, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. T: The vanilla comes through quite a bit and in comes the chocolate with a bit of sweetness, followed by a dry coffee/espresso and plenty of roasted malt. M: Fairly full-bodied with moderate carbonation. D: Very, very drinkable. Quite complex and added yet another tally to the number of amazing vanilla-infused beers that I’ve had. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-01-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2010
This is an awesome beer. Just enough coffee to add to the flavor but not take over. The Vanilla stands out and creates a smooth finish to this awesome beer. Truly worth the effort to track one of these down and the only bad thing about this beer was the fact it was my only bottle. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lcdumchus (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Pours a dark brown with short lived tan head. Great coffee aroma. Tastes of roasted coffee with vanilla accents, but not overpowering. Wonderful, but would likely taste even better aged.

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