PhatB420 (689) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz into a sample glass, shared with dean. Pours a deep black midnight. Head is soft brown medium head, lacing is spotty and adequate. Aroma of vanilla, sweet chocolate, malts of glory, and coffee. Taste of immaculate malty goodness, vanilla, booze, chocolate, vanilla wafers, smoked malts, and toffee. Awesome.
JBPortland (1001) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours dark brown black with a finger of light tan foam. Nose has lots of earthy coffee, marshmallow and vanilla, and dusty milk chocolate. Taste has a nice creamy smooth mouthfeel, white chocolate vanilla with some hints of raisinet, coffee bean, and chocolate milk. Finishes semi sweet, chocolate shake, touch of roast balances the vanilla cream. Really nice.
pcshotsauce33 (52) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First it starts with the gorgeous roasted coffee aroma while being poored into my snifter like a starbucks is near. Very light head and dark bodied imperial porter which hits the mark as the creamy light vanilla frothiness followed by the French roast carbonation pound my tongue in sensation. Bottom line this one dope coffee porter and one to be reckoned with in its competition.
Voodoo (394) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as coal with no head at all......aroma of wet coffee grounds, mustiness, flowery stuff in the background......taste is vanilla, coffee, sweet candy toffee, finishing with a bitter coffee finish. Tasted far better than the smell.
PattyBat (76) - - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle poured into snifter. Oily black body with a one finger light brown head. Over the top aroma of coffee. With that came a hint of dark chocolate. Bitey and sharp acidity on the tongue, with the vanilla coming through to save you from puckering. Overall a nice beer, if you really enjoy coffee, but it might benefit from a more balanced finish.
skoisirius (1812) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Have had in the Bomber and 12oz bottle formats. Damn there’s a lot of rating on this! Not much to be said beyond all a y’all, but this shit is the tits! Beautiful blend of roast, coffee, and vanilla. Looking for the BA version now am I...
Frank (3130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the kind of beer name I typically don’t like (just call your vanilla porter a vanilla porter, for fuck’s sake!) but Victory at Sea sounds pretty cool to me so congrats to Ballast Point for coming up w/ a cutesy name that doesn’t entirely suck badger tadger. This is a deep brown beer w/ a long-lasting foamy brown head. The vanilla is used really well in this beer. It is very apparent but not overwhelming and its presence serves to highlight a bunch of minor players typically present in roasty ales that are normally only supporting rolls. It brings out the chocolate from the coffee and roasted grains and also a nice cherry and cinnamon note presumably from the yeast or maybe hops--not that I have any way of knowing. This is a rich and creamy brew w/ a flavor profile which implies sweetness w/o the beer itself being all heavy and sticky. The coffee is really well done too w/ good, solid flavor but no harsh, ashy old day old coffee notes. Definitely, if you are one to like big stouts and porters w/ lots of coffee and vanilla in them, you are going to like this as much as you like anything.
MWMBeerguy (158) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful aroma. All coffee. Like cold pressed coffee with a taste of vanilla. Beautiful pallate don't taste a hint of booze for such a big beer. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
katrinaez (190) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had in bottle. First taste is very vanilla but towards the end the coffee comes out much more. Deep rich flavor. Dark coloring.
BeerBunker (745) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a very small tan head. Aroma is of vanilla, toasted malt, and coffee. Definitely smells inviting. Taste is of vanilla, chocolate, and toasted malt. There is also a slight note of coffee. Lingering taste of chocolate and vanilla. Almost has the taste of a Milky Way. Mouthfeel is creamy, without being too heavy. It actually goes down way too easy. The alcohol is well masked. As it warms, a bitter coffee. Flavor comes through. Just all around fantastic.