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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Pours deep and dark but not opaquely brown with a lasting, medium sized tan head. Initial aromas of coffee and earthy hops. Vanilla is distinct, but in the background; also some light tinges of alcohol. It also has some caramelly and brown sugar aromas with a touch of espresso and burnt character. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and flavor up front, which leads to a dry and roasted, almost burnt flavor at the finish and aftertaste, but it is restrained from being overly acrid. Toasted and roasted flavor with caramel and vanilla mid palate. Very clean fermentatoin for the most part. A touch of dark fruit character from a bit of age, not from the fermentation process. The finish is dry from the combination of perceived bitterness and dark malt character. The mouthfeel starts out smooth and creamy, but finishes on the dry side from malts and alcohol, which is very well hidden. Fuller medium body; lower medium level of carbonation. Overall a very, very well made beer! The vanilla and coffee compliment the base beer, rather than overwhelm it. I wish I had more than one bottle, and I should have saved this one to share with others...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mears (21) - - DEC 21, 2014
Grand Slam. Ball last point rocks. Love the vanilla kick in the beer. Perfect amount of coffee!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kespecial (34) - - DEC 20, 2014
A near-perfect coffee imperial stout. Huge chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and caramel flavors, all held together with robust roasted malt and some hops so it’s not TOO sweet. Pretty strong vanilla presence, which I don’t always like but is well balanced by the coffee here. A perfect beer with most desserts or even alone as a nightcap sipper in the wintertime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoberDave (151) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Great choice. Delicious coffee bean aroma, made me want to just smell it rather than drink it. Vanilla and coffee flavours very rich and strong.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (391) - Bend, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Aroma is chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is same plus some burn sugar, green pepper, and a lingering roastyness. Sweet mid-palate but dry on the finish. SUPER!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mambossa (9) - Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
Not a huge fan of coffee porters, but it won me over. Super mocha/carmely, creamy aroma, absolutely delightful. Color is an impenetrable black with a light amber head. Tastes almost just how it smells, a little more coffee comes through; no boozy flavor whatsoever. Perfect for a wintery beverage to sip on through the morning or night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (559) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
22oz bottle poured into a cervoise. The aroma is initially fresh coffee beans which turn towards a roasted coffee / mocha character. This is followed by briefly by fresh baked chocolate chip cookies with a notable vanilla and caramel characters. The coffee beans come back later as a secondary note to the vanilla and caramel. It pours a dark, opaque blackish color with hints of oily, burnt caramel around the edges, and is topped by a brown-orange frothy head that retains a thick ring and big, poofy island, as well as an abundant, dense lacing. The taste is a medium high sweet and medium high bitterness, nearly balanced, but it’s definitely a stronger bitter. The slick and thick texture has a creamy carbonation with a touch of prickliness. The full body starts out with smooth syrupy caramel flavored with vanilla. Then some cookie-like sugariness comes through and it finishes with espresso bitterness and a woody, gritty quality. The coffee character lingers, turning more towards coffee grounds, with hints of vanilla coming in and out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (684) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Enjoyable coffee imperial porter. Tasty and smelly. Of greatness. This beer stands out above the rest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Bottled. Thanks Noize for the share. The aroma has big vanilla and moccha. Black coloured beer with a thin,beige head. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter, has moccha, vanilla, toffee, some roast. Very full and tasty. Great desert beer. I just don’t like it when they talk about ’Imperial porter’. It is nonsense, just the same as imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tonypreto (127) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Aroma of roasted coffee with hints of vanilla. Pours a pitch black with minimal tan head that dissipates rapidly. Flavor is very smooth. Very creamy and coffee like. Alcohol is masked extremely well. Great beer, would suggest....it’s up there with Bell’s java stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
[5915-20131010] 650mL bottle. Chocolate roast and light vanilla wood aroma. Black body with a quick foamy mocha head. Chocolate roast and bitter coffee malt flavour. Full body. Delicious. (10/4/8/4/16) 4.2
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, jercraigs, mds)

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