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RATINGS: 1427   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

b79turner's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
b79turner (246) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 On tap at Hop City, pours black with a small cream colored head. Nose is coffee, oats, cocoa, vanilla. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This is a very well done beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (574) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
Très axée sur la vanille, c’est un dessert sucré et cochon. Un alcool magnifiquement caché et une buvabilité assez épeurante. Pas une bière extrêmement complexe, c’est au bout du compte comme un cupcake qu’on mange sans trop se poser de question.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
partchapol (86) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Smell and taste of coffee, cacao, vanilla. Taste also malt, slightly sour, right bitterness. Right texture. Very good beer, just hope it less of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillemsUrenkel (1318) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2016
22 fl oz bottle, bought at the brewery. My 100th US beer on RB. Nearly black, only reddish edges. More than one finger beige head. Strong coffee on the nose. Taste starts also with strong coffee. In the middle part some low sweetness, little bit vanilla. Increasing alcoholic. Malt in the background. Warming. Strong stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sebilinz (1591) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle. Black body with brown head. Aroma is coffee chocolate dried fruit and some vanilla. Taste is also coffee, vanilla with some roasted malts. Aftertaste is nice bitter perfect balanced by some malty sweetness. Very nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ttheilen (361) - USA - MAY 6, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (824) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Dark black color with thin light brown ring of a head an little lacing. Aroma and flavor have deep chocolatey, cocoa, coffee and vanilla notes. Very smooth but bold, and tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Nice deep dark almost jet black body. Espresso, chocolate and roasted malts in the aroma, with some essence of hops. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4393) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
(Ballast Point Victory at Sea) 650 ml bottle at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10%, bottled Dec. 5 2013 Totally black colour on the body with two fingers of thick, brown head on top, with very good retention. The coffee aroma is still strong, so is the vanilla, faint roasted malts, but actually coffee at first and vanilla right afterwards dominate the aroma. Taste has also lots and lots of vanilla, cold coffee, coffee grounds, roasted malts more noteble now, the alcohol pretty well hidden. Medium body with good carbonation, nicely dry on the palate. Very good and amazingly easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ahem (8) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - APR 28, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2016 Love the vanilla coffee that doesn’t taste like vanilla or coffee, but much deeper. This is an instant favorite for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (474) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2016
From the MacBoost rotter. Dark pour with tan head. Coffee and vanilla hit the nose, some roasted malts, and bread. Taste is a robust coffee/vanilla flavor, very slight bitterness and zero detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful. Great beer served to the masses. Would recommend to others.

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