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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, nuts, and roasted malt. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
Thanks to JuiceIsLoose for the taste. Good stuff. Aroma, of course, is coffee and vanilla. The flavor has a bitter kick of strong coffee, with just enough vanilla sweetness to balance things out. Very good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Bottle. More like "a humilating defeat at the hands of a short ship." Smells like copper, tastes like copper. Bad bottle? Iíll have to have another someday to see if this was just a freak thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to Hophead22. Poured black in color with lots of coffee chocolate and malt in the aroma. Taste is lots of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and very smooth going down. Way to easy to drink at 10%!! Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bomber poured into a tulip. Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in black in the glass underneath a big tan head that leaves good lacing and hangs on as a cap for a while. The aroma is really nice and big on this one with the subtle sweetness of the vanilla balancing perfectly with the massive roasted coffee smell. Lots of dark malts underlying the other aromas. The taste is a bit sweeter than the aroma. The initial tastes are of big roasted coffee and dark malts. The vanilla is subtle to start but really comes on strong in the finish and leaves a very sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth with good carbonation. The finish is sweet but slightly dry with the roasted coffee character. This is a very good porter with some very bold flavors and aromas, dominated by the coffee but with the vanilla reallyl coming through in the taste. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1511) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle shared by wolf at SL. Black in color, nice lilttle head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Way to easy to drink. Light/medium texture. Creamy smooth. Ballast Point makes some really good beers and this was one of them. Thanks to wolf and hophead22...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
That1Guy (1942) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2009
Another huge thanks to Smokepot23. Crushed with Jakebra. One delicious beer. Nose of coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Flavor has the same but chocolate is more extreme. Thick, roasty, complex, and awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bottle from the Scripps Ranch location. Nose is more subdued than the tap version, but still smacks of coffee and the addition of light vanilla is nice. Flavor is much the same, but the coffee shows through even more - kept light on the palate by the vanilla. Make no mistake, this doesnít have the distinct vanilla flavor one might expect: instead, the coffee and vanilla are unified exquisitely, eliminating the bitter, semi-sour sensations often imparted by the bean. This is very drinkable.
Earlier Rating: 1/23/2008 Total Score: 4.7
Absolutely! Ab-So-Lutely! I looked for a bottle of this everywhere I went for months, but finally found it on tap at the Stone World Bistro. Dear Lord, yes! Itís like coffee that can get you hammered! This loses minor points on Palette/Flavor because itís not at all complicated: itís coffee; and one more overall because itís brilliantly tasty, but I donít know if I could drink it every day. An absolute masterwork.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2009
22oz from Carrboro Beverage Company. Having wanted to try this for quite a while, I was expecting to be underwhelmed after the recent arrival of KBS. But I have to say that this brew is nearly on a par. Thick creamy pour, motor oil and coffee head. Sweet vanilla notes are very subtle in the nose, a nice surrogate for the barrel usually favored in this style. Creamy body, almost oatmeal stout-like. Coffee is delicious, seems like itís cold-filtered. Rich and complex base porter is satisfying in its own right, but the interplay of dessert beer flavors is really scrumptious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (805) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle: pours dark black with a frothy tan head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and malt, taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, very smooth and rich, a bit of a bite from some hops in the finish. Seems very much like a stout to me but whatever...good stuff.

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