RATINGS: 1464   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12334) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Tap at Najas. Pours opaque with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is vanilla, coffee and oak with dates and plums, licorice, chocolate and roast malt. Flavor is malt dominant, oak, vanilla and prunes, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (7895) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Black with a thin creamy light tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate and roasted coffee, with just a bit of creaminess. Smells just awesome. Taste is superb as well. Lots of coffee, lots of sweet milk chocolate, and a creamy vanilla tone that adds sweetness and complexity. Finish and aftertaste is sweet delicious vanilla-chocolate ice cream. Big glass of win.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (10639) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours black with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Taste is rather sweet with malts, coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit. medium body, soft carbonation. 090312

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10538) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 Bottle with Steve and the BA crew. Dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. Delicious vanilla bean, rich dark cocoa, light espresso aroma. Creamy mouth feel. Somewhat bitter coffee, dark cocoa, rich and sweet vanilla bean, delicious dessert flavor. Fuck yeah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is lots of coffee, dirty, a little chocolate, and roast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (3070) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2012
One of the best beers Ive had in a while. A wonderful aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasty malt and vanilla. The flavor has all of the aroma and is balanced by just a bit of hops. It has a velvetty smooth feel and a lingering after taste. Looks great too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2010) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2012
On tap at Pinocchios. Dark pour, dark tan pour, leaves perfect rings on the glass with each sip. Lots of vanilla and milk chocolate, but also a roasty bite at the finish. Rich and delicious. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JaBier (7146) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Had a ton of samples of this at GABF 2011 and thought it was the best beer there, but chose not to rate it at that time. This rating is for a 2010 bottle. Pitch black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee and malt. Flavor is malty with chocolate, vanilla before a bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish. All the flavors were balanced perfectly and the vanilla really made me rethink what a coffee beer is supposed to be. Truly amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3344) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Wow.. Im a sucker for super flavorful porters with tons of adjuncts. The coffee and vanilla are very present and nice. The base porter is tasty and roasty with hints of dark fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1726) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2012
A lot of beer nerds, myself included, hate how imperial beers tend to be the highest rated brews across the board. Well, the fact is beers can do so much more with more energy and Ballast Point Victory at Sea is proof positive of that. A regular porter tends to be a very direct, mild beer - but what happens when you crank up the voltage? You get a very flavor, complex, robust beer thats really a fun and interesting drinking experience.

I received a 22oz bottle from a friend in San Diego (thanks, Ryan!). I split it with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses.

Appearance: Pitch black body with no other colors showing at all. Forms a fairly large, dark khaki creamy/foamy head which retains and laces very well for such a big beer.

Smell: Huge vanilla, chocolate, and coffee notes. Very sweet aroma to be sure, buy with traditional porter notes at the base.

Taste: I love it when beers not only taste great but keep changing up their palate throughout the drinking process. Ballast Point Victory at Sea starts out with a prominent, slightly dry bitterness. Then it turns on a dime into a melange of sweet, syrupy flavors. Iced coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon and dark chocolate all show up in various stages of the second half. The beer finishes with a strong coffee and slightly roasted malt finale. Its a perfect balance of confectionary sweetness and coffee and hop bitterness.

As I drink on the palate continues to evolve. Coffee actually takes a back seat to the vanilla and woody flavors. Its not too far removed from rum. These flavors eventually are then superseded by a strong dark chocolate sweetness with slight coffee bitterness. Its all very delectable, especially as a liquid dessert (which is how we drank it).

Drinkability: Since Ballast Point Victory at Sea is a porter its not surprising it has a smooth, velvety texture and a body thats not quite as sticky and syrupy as its 10% ABV composure might have you believe. There is no alcohol presence in this brew at all, not even a gentle warmth (although it might explain the rum and woody bourbon cask-like flavors). The only problem? It actually finishes a little too clean! No residual drying effect despite the prominent coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Thats a flaw I can easily tolerate, though.

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