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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2009
Pours a deep black with amber notes and a medium bubbly tan head. Aroma of vanilla bean, coffee beans, light alcohol, chocolate and nuts. Flavor of loads of vanilla, almost vanilla cream soda, coffee is there, but vanilla is up front. Getting some chocolate and nuts as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 22 oz bomber from Capones. Pours a deep dark brown with a smaller beige head with some nice lacing. Aroma is rather sweet with lots of vanilla, chocolate syrup, nuttiness, coffee grinds, artificial sugars. Flavor is roasty and artifical sweet vanilla that grows on you along with some coffee and chocolate. Full bodied with strong carbonation and average alcohol warming for a beer that is only 10%. I love roasty and sweet but somehow this beer seems to clash and not mesh the way I was hoping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2009
22 from Tylers Bottle Shop. Pours a nice dark black, allows some light on the pour. Head is a finger thick, creamy, chestnut brown. The nose is very nice, rich, very chocolaty, coffee, roasty, mild alcohol, molasses, notes of vanilla. The flavor is very nice, more of a grain/coffee/hop bitterness comes through but is balanced well by the body and other flavors. Rich and chocolaty, coffee, vanilla shows more with warmth and adds a very very nice character. Alcohol starts to come through and shows with a warming finish. Very full and creamy mouthfeel. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rallison (116) - USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours a great, thick black with a creamy tan head that lasts for quite a while. Huge vanilla on the nose with notes of chocolate syrup and childhood sweets. Very smooth chocolate, espresso and vanilla in the taste. The coffee has minimal astringency (huge pet peeve for me) and the taste is nicely backed up by a tootsie roll chocolate sweetness. The coffee/espresso notes nicely balance the sweetness. This beer is over the top in many ways, but so very well put together. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and appropriately carbonated. Drinkability is very good. Highly recommended. Great on its own, great barrel aged, etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a crema head. Nose is molasses, vanilla bean and coffee. Silky medium body with light buzzy carb. Taste is vanilla, coconut, chocolate and plum with distinct chewed coffee bean. Big, bold flavors that balance nicely. Perfect for dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3739) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Black in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Taste is of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a deep, dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark roast, some vanilla, and some wood. Flavor is sweet, dark roast, some wood and dark roast bitterness, as well as coffee. Mouth feel is full body with low-medium carbonation. Overall, very interesting, very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 Bomber from JohnnyJ. Pours opaque dark brown with a light brown head. The nose is huge with coffee. Huge. Really huge. Hell, there’s even some vanilla. Really, its the same with the flavor. Coffee and vanilla. I could really do without the vanilla. There’s a roasted bitter finish. Full and fluffy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
22 oz. bottle, thatnks Alex. Pours Dark brown, with a a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Nice creamy medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Wow! 22 oz bottle from Bevmo Mission Valley. Dark like a mofo. No light penetration in front of a backyard spotlight. Barely discernable red-brown highlights arond the lip of the class. Nose is malt sweetness and dark chocolate. Taste is dry cocoa, malt, and coffee. There’s a bit of sweetness that is immediately drowned out by the bitter sweet cocoa flavor. Great malty finish. The smallest hint of hops. Great beer.

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