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RATINGS: 1207   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2010
Bottle (shared with Tweety)... Poure black with a tan head. Milky, cocoa, malt aroma. Tasted like chocalate milk with an iced coffee tone towards the finish. Malts crept in, and a tiny, roasted bitterness. Creamy, vanilla bean, chocalate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. pitch black with a thick khaki head. nose is vanilla, roasted malts, rich chocolate, and more vanilla. great on the palate, flavor is very vanilla, roasted malts, light chocolate, and a heavy coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
(22oz bomber via trade with LagunitasFan) pours clearish espresso brown, thick tan head and excellent lacing. Nose of vanilla extract, cola, nuts, light coffee aromas. Taste of huge vanilla extract, dry coffee and cocoa powder, and semisweet chocolate. Medium body with a very creamy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
bomber shared at DLD-black pour -brown head -aroma and taste of vanilla, coffee, roasty, -sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
tap at RnH - Pours dark and murky with a dark head. Coffee, roast, creamy and dark, thick and chewy. Love that mouth feel. Smooth and tasty. Has a nice piney hop that so rarely comes through in darker beer. Tasty and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to Lt. Dan for sharing this at DLD. Deep thick black pour with a dark brown head. The vanilla hits your senses first, followed by the roasted malt, and coffee. The sip sent an explosion of flavor reminiscint of the flavor you just took in. Creamy, chewy, the beer coated my mouth. So good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
A- Opaque nearly black body that pours with a nice 2-3 finger tan head. Head fades eventually to a thick collar but leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass. S- Nose is very sweet and vanilla is certainly the main character. Coffee beans are definitely present as well and make up the background of the nose. T-The initial flavor is subtle and offers a subtle vanilla sweetness with a touch of dark malt backbone. The finish is full of vanilla sweetness with some coffee undertones-but then just as the sweetness almost becomes too much a moderate roasted malt bitterness comes through to balance all the flavors. The slightest alcohol heat can be detected as well. P-Medium to high carbonation and medium weight-silky smooth body. O- This is 10%???? Really??? I thought I was drinking atwater vanilla java porter until the finish. This is a well rounded balanced coffee porter with ABV nearly undetectable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-06-2010 02:20:17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3293) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle. Consumed the sunday morning after DLD. Decent beer, but not what I’m looking for in a beer. Some nice booze, chocolate and coffee notes to this as well. The vanilla is definitely front and center. For some reason vanilla flavored beers never sit right with me. They tend to come across as overly sweet and artificial. While this beer may be well crafted, i just wasn’t feelin the vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2010
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown with a finger of tan head. Coffee, chocolate malt along with a bit of hops in the aroma. Lots of chocolate in the flavor. Rich and smooth, medium to full bodied. Some piney hops in the middle. Vanilla in the finish. Finish lingers fairly long. Also some drying from the hops in the finish. Solid beer, but the coffee stout/porter thing just doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2010
Growler fill at CBX. Pours dark black with a fluffy, dark tan head. Definite smell of coffee (but not overpowering), slight oak age/vanilla mixed in as well. First sip is overwhelmingly coffee flavored, but again, its not a strong/overpowering feeling. I think the vanilla and a bit of sweet chocolate flavor helps mellow the coffee. This helps mask the alcohol content as well. This is one of the most balanced coffee "related" offerings I have ever tasted. Not a huge aftertaste, but enough to remind you of your last sip.

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