b33r (843) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color with thin light brown ring of a head an little lacing. Aroma and flavor have deep chocolatey, cocoa, coffee and vanilla notes. Very smooth but bold, and tasty!
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep dark almost jet black body. Espresso, chocolate and roasted malts in the aroma, with some essence of hops. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Ballast Point Victory at Sea) 650 ml bottle at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10%, bottled Dec. 5 2013
Totally black colour on the body with two fingers of thick, brown head on top, with very good retention.
The coffee aroma is still strong, so is the vanilla, faint roasted malts, but actually coffee at first and vanilla right afterwards dominate the aroma.
Taste has also lots and lots of vanilla, cold coffee, coffee grounds, roasted malts more noteble now, the alcohol pretty well hidden.
Medium body with good carbonation, nicely dry on the palate.
Very good and amazingly easy to drink.
ahem (8) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - APR 28, 2016 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2016 Love the vanilla coffee that doesn’t taste like vanilla or coffee, but much deeper. This is an instant favorite for me.
michcam8 (495) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the MacBoost rotter. Dark pour with tan head. Coffee and vanilla hit the nose, some roasted malts, and bread. Taste is a robust coffee/vanilla flavor, very slight bitterness and zero detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful. Great beer served to the masses. Would recommend to others.
konungen (431) - - APR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mörk malt, rostad malt, kaffe, choklad, salt?, lagom beska. Tyvärr lite mycket alkohol i doft och smak - ska testa lagra nån flaska och se om de blir bättre.
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cheap (5259) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2016
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bot. First I hesitated at 12 midnight to drink this then I blew the cork. Big black gentle pour. First taste evolves to be quite rude nasty bitter and volatile. Yes, it’s a masterpiece alright, a big in yer face masterpiece of a high alky ass kicking boozy beer. Its a blowhard black beer. Reminds me in many respects to a boozy high alky black ipa, yeah. Same with finish, perhaps this would age well. Yeash a little aging may round out this bullshit imperial black ipa bullshit...... oh, I almost forgot, since its such a dizzying beer, there’s coffee in thar 2! heheheh
basaywhat (171) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a full bubbly natural tan head. Aromas of coffee, minerals, and roasted malts. Flavors of chocolate, dark caramel , acidic coffee, and mild roasted malts. Nicely balanced. Smooth and very good!
tekstr1der (349) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Didn’t care much for the peppermint seasonal version this past winter - too much going on. And, getting burned out on coffee flavored stouts and porters. But... this is pretty good stuff. Pours very dark with minimal tan head. Aroma is that of an espresso bean wrapped in a vanilla pod. Flavor is similar with more sweet vanilla both complementing the roasty toastedness This is extremely smooth mouthfeel and slightly sweet finish.
Andrew196 (1405) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with mahogany edges, beautifully textured beige head that lingered thin on top. Big aroma, chocolate, vanilla, mint, roasted malts....rolled nicely over the tongue. Came together nicely, taste of a chocolate frango, pleasant finish, small notes of Kahlua. Turned breadier with warmth. Excellent.