Palidor19 (2875) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
there is a soapy and a overly burnt flavor that lacks for this to be something that is outstanding. the flavor does have interesting flavor of coca malts and some wood and other flavors. not too bad
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is very toasted with coffee, vanilla, and alcohol. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with an over burnt acidic coffee taste. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s a decent beer but I don’t like the burnt coffee thing.
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - pours a very dark near black color with a smallish tan head. Usual porter aromas of coffee and vanilla. Flavors of coffee, vanilla, licorice. More carbonation than expected, but not much on a relative scale. Alcohol is very apparent, and it finishes with a tad bitter-slightly hoppy finish. Good porter, but mildly disappointed after reading all the reviews. I enjoy less alcoholly, not as bitter finishing porters... Maybe a touch too "imperial" for my taste.
BelgianBeerGal (2971) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle stolen off eBay since someone closed out an auction early New Year’s morning. Pours a rich, dark chocolate brown with a small, foamy brown head. Nice lacing and alcohol on the glass’ sides. Pretty nice aroma of vanilla, chocolate, cold espresso and green hops. Pretty creamy mouthfeel. The coffee really picks it up in the flavor with just a hint of the vanilla. Nice though because neither flavor seems "forced" or like an additive. Tasty and absolutely no hint of the 10ABV.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared with a friend. What an amazing beer this is! Huge roasted coffee oak and rye aroma; dark dark brown. The taste is enormous with sweet grains that make us want to pull the grains out and make a rye or pumpernickel bread. The palate is just creamy silk and velvet, incredible.
An overall GREAT beer. I LOVE this!!!!
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle into a goblet, nice aroma of coffee and chocolate. The appearance is somewhat of a hazy-black color, with a minimal head. The taste is sweet and bitter, with a smooth coffee-like aftertaste. The beer is pleasing to the palate and has a lot of different flavors... i.e. vanilla, roasted nuts, coffee, chocolate.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a decent beige head. Good lace, ok retention. Beautiful aromas of fresh coffee, creamy milk chocolate, sweet vanilla and some roasted dark malts. Big coffee presence throughout, light vanilla, almost like chewing coffee grounds bitter finish. The finish was smoothed a bit by the sweetness from the vanilla. Hints of booze in there too. Smooth creamy mouth, light carbonation. Fantastic stuff, a top in the style for sure.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JAN 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 bottle at Hashigo Zake --
Oh yea, coffeee and vanilla, this is a dessert drink; --
dark brown and opaque, very dark brown frothy head and heavy lacing; --
this is slightly sweet but heavy giving the sweetness a pronounced character, it has a mild bitterness and hints of sourness and salt giving it a very rounded flavour; --
full body, big body, thick and creamy texture, carbonated without being overdone - a nice zing, big finish long and bitter and coffee and vanilla; --
Does not disappoint, this is a really exceptional beer. But you would not want to drink three or four in a row -- it is rich. If there is a beer liqueur, this has to be one of them.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma is jam packed with goodness showing notes of chocolate, vanilla, smoke, roasted malt, coffee, and campfire marshmallows. Flavor shows the same. Overall body is moderate to full, viscous, and finishes with a nice dark chocolate/roasted malt bitterness.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: An over-the-top vanilla and cacao lovefest. Good but a bit too much
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when about 1 year of old. Sent to me by nbutler11. Thanks a lot Nick.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Intense nose of cacao, vanilla and burnt malts. That nose is really intense. Taste is even more intense, too much so. A ton of vanilla, a lot of cacao, caramel, roastiness, marshmallows, a cup black coffee, dark liquorice, booze. Alcohol is rather apparent. For the first half of my bottle I thought this beer was very good. But during the second half of the bottle the vanilla and marshmallows were getting a bit too much for me. Cloyingly sweet too. I am no wimp and I can (and do) drink bombers of big imperial stouts on a regular basis. Dark Lord at 15%? Bring it on baby. But the Victory At Sea is a beer that can only be enjoyed in small quantities. And because of that my score is not very high. I’m not sure what they name the beer after but we can probably rule out the Iraq Occupation.