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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 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. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle, pours dark brown almost black with a nice brown swirled head, aroma has coffee, roasted nuts, flavors of roast coffee, darker fruits, nutty, vanilla oaky smooth finisher, I did prefer the original however
Earlier Rating: 3/21/2009 Total Score: 4.3
draft at Sea Rocket, black walnut colored with perfect tan head, aroma of coffee and cocoa, flavor of roast coffee, rich dark chocolates, cashew butter, very good finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle from Carrboro Beverage Company. Nice to have this as a "local" beer. Pours dark brown with a small tan head and adequate lacing throughout. Nose and flavor come through with a nice blend of vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and hops. Everything is relatively well with the vanilla characteristics perhaps showing the most, but not to the point that they are unpleasant or cloying. . The palate is amazingly creamy and silky smooth. Not overly bitter or overly sweet like some imperial porters. Well balanced and pretty tasty for some a high gravity brew. Would like to try the "original" someday to taste the difference.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours thick and black. Tastes of highly roasted malts, espresso, slight vanilla in the background. Light head with little retention or lacing. Overall, a great beer. If you like strong porters, youíll love this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
22oz bottle from BevMo! Mission Valley. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a good sized chocolate head. Big coffee nose with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor was a little boozy with a big coffee influence. Iím not sure why they didnít bottle the original recipe? This one is not quite as good.
Earlier Rating: 1/30/2008 Total Score: 4.2
On tap @ San Diego Brew Co. Very deep brown almost black in color, head was beige and about 2 fingers. Coffee, coffee and more coffee on the nose. Some smoke, vanilla and wood chips present as well. Hefty mouth feel and more chocolate was present on the finish than initially. One of My favorite Imperial porters!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bomber shared at the decadence release Huge nose of vanilla and coffee followed up by a smooth & creamy flavor of vanilla, chocolate & coffee.
Earlier Rating: 8/1/2008 Total Score: 4.2
On tap at Ballast Point for the RBSG 2008. Great coffee flavor, tasty tasty brew. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2487) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bomber from La Mesa Market. Pitch black in color. Strong roasted coffee aroma. Not a whole lot of vanilla in the nose. Very smooth and thick. Lots of burnt/roasty maltiness and tons of bitter coffee. Quite tasty. For some reason I canít really taste any vanilla. Good stuff.
Earlier Rating: 3/21/2008 Total Score: 4
Tap @ Hamiltonís. Poured black in color. Smooth body. Huge coffee aroma. Tastes like a somewhat sweet iced coffee. Quite tasty. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
22oz. bottle, with thanks to stefanje for the unexpected box! Pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is cold pressed coffee, espresso, chocolate and light vanilla. On the flavor the vanilla comes more front and center, with more chocolate, espresso and some caramel. Overall I agree with others that the vanilla is a bit too amped up on this, but still a nice beer. Thanks again Stefan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Tap at the Old Grove location 10%. Dark pour with a very creamy tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma, dark roasted malts as well. Flavor was alot of coffee as well, slightly sweet some caramel and a little vanilla, very smooth and very tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
5th official rating of this version, Bottle I got today at the Homebrew mart location. Iím looking forward to seeing the differences between this and the original and how much the Pours a rich black with a nice light brown head that fades into a nice island. Nose is sweet with a lot of vanilla and coffee, and a nice malty kick. Taste is rich and very sweet with kicking coffee and a lot of vanilla. For me, this is clearly different than the original version, the vanilla comes out in a big way. Its not a terrible thing by any means but the vanilla is almost omnipresent. This is tasty but Iíd take the original any day.
Earlier Rating: 12/2/2007 Total Score: 4.5
PP Strong Ale Fest 07, Beer 1 day 2, quite a way to start a day. Iíve been wanting to try this after Bartzilla told me his Girlfriend roated the coffee for it. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is huge, full of mocha and coffee and chocolate. Taste is strong, mocha, chocolate, coffee, and a hopped edge. this is killer.

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