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 (883) - 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 (1448) - 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 (5977) - 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.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with white head that faded quicklysmelled sweet smokey coffee and vanilla tasted about the same
BrewBoxer (1964) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22oz. bomber. Pours deep place with a thin tan head which quickly dissapears. Smells of vanilla, oak and coffee. Tastes nutty with carmel and some roastiness with a nice hoppy back bite. Very easy to drink. Really good on cold winer day.
Ratman197 (9652) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber about a year old poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head with great lacing. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roastiness, light coffee and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, mocha, light roastiness, light carmel and a hint of coffee with a smooth lingering milk chocolate finish.
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/11/10. Bomber courtesy daknole! Opaque black pour with a thick caramel brown head that fades to a film fast with plenty of lacing. Huge coffee aroma with dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, a bit of caramel, and a touch of booziness. Awesome flavor that leans more towards sweet vanilla that balances better with the coffee than the aroma did... really tasty!
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, purchased at Papago Brewing. Pours a deep, cola-brown color with a reddish tinge; slight, fine-bubbled, light-tan head with decent lacing and retention. Solid, chocolatey and dark roasted malts in the aroma; light notes of ash and bitter chocolate; some modest red fruit notes; basic, but solid and enjoyable imperial stout aroma. Medium-full body; modest carbonation; minimal alcohol showing through, well-integrated as a vinous component; lots of darker chocolate and roasted malts, cola and some modest touches of caramel and hints of a burnt malt character; overall, not a particularly effusive imperial stout (nothing compared to something like 50/50 Totality or even Rasputin), but still pretty enjoyable and neither acrid nor overly burnt. Maybe a touch too much roasted bitterness for the amount of flavor, and there is a bit of warming alcohol as this warms. Lasting finish of burnt and roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate; lingering roasted / bitter ending to this.