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Two of the worlds 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle share! Part of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpus snifter. Notes from last nights Skins/Cowboys game. A: Pours a nicely opaque black color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent levels of lacing on the glass. S: Lots of vanilla to start off - and Im impressed by how naturally it comes off, as well. After that comes a moderate coffee profile...and then after that, tons of chocolaty dark (not necessarily roasted) malts. Not the greatest aroma ever, but I really like how it evolves in its layering. T: The very first sip is a little harsh with vanilla, though it will smooth out after a few more sips. I really enjoy the layering of the flavors; first vanilla, than subtle mocha coffee, and finally a chocolate and licorice finish. Theres a vegetal component in there that I feel harms the balance. Quite good, apart from the overboard vanilla bittersweetness - but some aging will tone it down nicely. M: The finish is pure sticky, wet sweetness, which fits what this tries to accomplish as a dessert beer. I could do without the slight sugar burn, though. In general, its lighter in texture and more sharply carbonated than a typical imperial stout - but its best feature is how superbly the alcohol is hidden. I didnt get a look at the ABV on the bottle, but I could easily guess it to be 5.5% rather than 10%. O: I hope it was just palate fatigue from drinking a quartet of sours before hand, because this was a bit of a letdown. Regardless, this a damn solid dessert beer that can become a really great one after the vanilla fades some. This wipes the floor with certain vanilla porters that will remain nameless, at least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (938) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2015
/too dark to see through, & a rockier head than ive seen in a long time, like a natural sponge. you cant sescape the chocolate, in aroma or flavor. taste-wise theres dark coffee, walnut & toffee. aroma has lumber & caramel. ligt and smooth on the pallet. a little on the sweet side but rich tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (87) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
Magnificient beer from such a magnifiscient brewery! Aromas are litterally on the vanilla side. Burnt sugar on the nose, warm smells of caramel and crme brle, this nose is smooth and complex. The head is very tiny, quite inexistant Id rather say. Taste is half and half coffee/vanilla. This beer stands for his strong dynamics balanced with this beer-you-could-drink-all-day kind of lightness. Big WOW for me!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is big on coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Some vegetal notes come and go. Taste is also a blast of coffee, fairly hot, lots of vanilla, and cherry undertones. Smooth, decent mouthfeel, with a long finish that is fairly dry. Overall, a nice beer, although the caramel and vanilla are too strong, and the off-notes in the aroma drag it down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimGustavo (5) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015 does not count
Pours a medium thick black with a tan/chocolaty brown thin head. Smells of coffee, but has stronger vanilla and chocolate notes. Taste is heavily bitter coffee with an after taste fading into a sweeter vanilla blend. Im not a huge coffee fan, so this one is gets knocked down just a peg on the taste, but overall its quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (19) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Very enjoyable imperial porter. While I did feel it was a tad thinner than I wanted, it was smooth and creamy. A bitter iced coffee flavor dominates the taste with subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate coming through. The bitter coffee flavor lingers and continues to please my taste buds well beyond finishing the beer. Glad I picked this up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (171) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2015
A very nicely done roasted Porter. Coffee and vanilla dominate the aroma but some dark and roasted malts are also detectable. The flavor is broader including all of the above plus a clear citrus/orange hop flavor and enjoyably enhanced bitterness. Has a bit of a heartiness, palate-coating stout like character without being cloying, harsh or heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (447) - - FEB 22, 2015
Appearance: Dark black color, tan head. Taste: heavy coffee. Toasted malt. Aroma is coffee vanilla. Good, but strong. Sipping beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
penstemon (180) - Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate syrup, creme brulee, coffee, and toffee. Taste of vanilla, intense bitter charred wood, molasses, coffee, chocolate syrup, and caramel. Strongly bitter, med-full body. Carbonation a bit prickly. Finishes dry with a lingering burnt marshmallow taste. This is a great imperial porter. Sort of a kick in the face but in a good way.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
asceticbrewer (22) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2015 Poured from 12oz into tulip. Strong notes of vanilla and coffee, although the coffee is nowhere near as much roast character as other coffee porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1631) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Blackish brown. Nose of fresh, cold-steeped coffee and cream with light roast. Flavor is mildly acidic fresh coffee with roast malt, bitter chocolate and faint vanilla/cream. Lingering bitter roast and lightly acidic coffee. Thinner.

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