kmweaver (3207) - 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.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours chocolate with ruby edges. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, coffee, some dark fruits. Very sweet, lots of coffee on the palate. Bitter coffee finish as well. Very nice stuff.
From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in a trade with bmanning and consumed in the summer of 2009.
A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, with a short tan head.
S: Lots of roasted malt paired with coffee, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate.
T: The vanilla comes through quite a bit and in comes the chocolate with a bit of sweetness, followed by a dry coffee/espresso and plenty of roasted malt.
M: Fairly full-bodied with moderate carbonation.
D: Very, very drinkable. Quite complex and added yet another tally to the number of amazing vanilla-infused beers that Iíve had.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-01-2010
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an awesome beer. Just enough coffee to add to the flavor but not take over. The Vanilla stands out and creates a smooth finish to this awesome beer. Truly worth the effort to track one of these down and the only bad thing about this beer was the fact it was my only bottle. Awesome!
lcdumchus (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with short lived tan head. Great coffee aroma. Tastes of roasted coffee with vanilla accents, but not overpowering. Wonderful, but would likely taste even better aged.
lucylager (6) - USA - NOV 12, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally had a churchills on tap and recently able to buy a few bottles. looks like cola with a little fizz when poured but flattens out quickly. vanilla aroma is pronounced. taste bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. this is a great beer for $8 per bottle.
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Spirits of St. Germain in La Jolla, California, and tasted it from a snifter. It pours a very dark and murky brown. Head is tan, and fairly thin and short-lived for me. Smells and tastes like a coffee shop, and I mean that in a good way. The sweet, roasted coffee aroma is huge...coffee dominates the taste at first as well, but is soon complemented by the vanilla and chocolate flavors, and a nice maltiness. Thereís also a raisin-like dark fruit flavor that enters to accompany the lingering, mild bitterness of the finish. Itís medium-bodied, and fairly lightly carbonated--this gives it a somewhat velvety feel, but I wonder if my particular bottle might be slightly less carbonated that itís supposed to be (this might explain the thinness of the head as well). Regardless, Victory at Sea is very good overall; especially good after a light meal or when the weather starts to turn colder.
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found at Albertsonís in San Diego. Roasted coffee and chocolate waft off this black beer with a dense, tan, persistent head. Rich milk and dark chocolate creaminess hit you on the first sip followed by light vanilla flavor and sweetness, and then a deep roasted/charred malt flavor. Beautiful, well balanced bitterness follows up, probably both from hops and from the dark roasted malt. Even through this heaviness, thereís a fresh grain husk flavor that comes through and makes what could be an over the top dark beer surprisingly refreshing. It says 10% ABV, but it sure doesnít show it and goes down smooth as silk. Comparable to Old Rasputin with a coffee/vanilla flavor thrown in. This is one great beer.
hamilton23 (606) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 22oz bomber. Pours a very dark, nearly black with a dark tan head. Smells of coffee, burnt malts. Loads of coffee in this beer overpower the vanilla flavor. Smooth, drinkable.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black pour w/ a huge frothy dense light brown head w/ dense sticky lacing and a good amount of visible carbonation. Full creamy palate w/ a light silkiness. Aroma has a light touch of bitter dark coffee some light toffee sweetness and a hint of vanilla. When it warms up a more milky chocolate aroma comes out. Itís quite nice. Flavor is slightly sweet, lactose milk chocolate w/ a lightly bitter finish from the coffee and a light vanilla in the aftertaste. This stuff is just delicious!