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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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Pours thick and dark with a small tan head. Nose is intense coffee, wood, light vanilla and grass. Taste is sweet at first but bitter mixes in for a perfect balance taste through to the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Heavy decadent body with a long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2532) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2015
12oz bottle from CBB. It pours into my snifter a viscous inky black with a dense tan head and a powerful nose of roasted coffee beans. Close your eyes and inhale that coffee roasters aroma. Medium bodied with a slick velour mouthfeel. The taste is bitter dark malty coffee, a bit acrid, roasty with some vanilla beans and possibly a touch of cacao. This is a beast of a coffee beer, for those who like it dark grab a bottle and I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (372) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2015
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter..dark brown with thin tan head..aroma of coffee,roasted nuts..tastes of coffee,roasted nuts..can’t really taste the vanilla but still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1053) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Black pour, nice brown head. Very roasty aroma, big coffee, chocolate, flavor of coffee, chocolate, booze, bit of vanilla. Thick mouthfeel, light carbonation, boozy finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (175) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Pours black with a light brown head which leads a medium density brown foamy layer on the top. Aroma is dominated by roast coffee with some raisins and prunes in the background. Taste is bitter coffee initially, then mildly sweet accents follow before the long bready finish. Medium-to-full bodied with a texture in between creamy and oily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (375) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Poured from bottle....pour is black with a huge creamy head...nice sticky lacing....nose is vanilla and coffee...mouth is the same with a smooth alcohol finish...very nice nutty aftermath...really nice imperial porter...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (774) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2015
From a bottle. Pours thick and black, delicious vanilla aroma, rich dark chocolate flavours with a warming finish. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
pressboxjoe (242) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Wow, I don’t know where I go wrong on this beer. Instead of coffee and vanilla I taste coffee grounds and peanut butter. And I know peanut butter porters are a thing, but that’s not what I thought I had poured here. I had a clean palate before drinking. To be fair, I like subtle coffee beers and this was anything but. On the plus side, the texture is fantastically creamy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emartell (266) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - JAN 26, 2015
Aroma exquisito. Bien concentrado y con notas potentes. Destacan los aromas a chocolate, café, maltas tostadas y Vainilla, todos bien integrados. En apariencia, color prácticamente negro. Cuerpo redondo, carbonatacion baja. Corona de espuma media de buena retención y muy consistente. En boca es suave, equilibrada, y con finales muy bien logrados. Al paladar es algo compleja pero a la vez fácil de beber. Muy equilibrada en cada momento, y es que a pesar de sus 60 IBU’s, en ningún momento se percibe un intenso amargor, ya que el dulzor de la malta se hace presente sin sobresalir. El final es exquisito, notas a café, chocolate y Vainilla se perciben incluso tiempo después del trago. En resumen es una excelente cerveza. Aromas y sabores bien conjuntados. Un excelente equilibrio entre dulzor de la malta y amargor del lúpulo. Las notas a chocolate, café y Vainilla no empalagan, sino al contrario, se complementan, y cada trago te deja con ganas de continuar. Simplemente excelsa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1389) - Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Appearance: deep near black, with a short, creamy light tan head. Aroma: big coffee nose, with dark chocolate and vanilla underneath. Taste: espresso, bitter dark chocolate, sweet cream and vanilla, wet wood, light booze, some caramel, and a little earthy, piney hops. Finish: lingering smooth bittersweet chocolate and vanilla, with a hint of lasting coffee roast. Notes: Full and silky, big, sweet, roasty, and a little boozy. A bottle for sharing. Gift from Josh in exchange for a bottle of Roger Meade Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turboninja (115) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Medium/strong aroma with roasted malts, vanilla and licorice. Black reddish color and medium/strong white brown head. Strong taste with dominating coffee flavors. Dark chocolate, roasted malts and some alcohol. Very balanced. Medium/long aftertaste with roasted malts and some hops. Medium/full body and soft carbonation. Overall high quality, though the amount of coffee doesn’t fit for my taste. Body could also be more full.

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