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. There’s also a raisin-like dark fruit flavor that enters to accompany the lingering, mild bitterness of the finish. It’s 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 it’s 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 (695) - 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 Albertson’s 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, there’s 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 doesn’t 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 (605) - 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 (2541) - 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. It’s 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!
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. A very dark pour, with a small tan head. Coffee! Thick and full mouthfeel. Some chocolate malts in their as well, and a smoothness that was unexpected for this style. Well-balanced with some hop bitterness, but the specialty coffee malts are front and center. I think this would make one hell of an irish car bomb.
patrickfannon (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flight at Capone’s. Pours obsidian, onyx black with a wispy, airy, wildly laced head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee, noble aromatic hops, and some serious roast. Full bodied with a smooth, sweet, well-balanced mouthfeel. Finishes with a bitersweet bite and slight booziness. Outstanding Imperial porter.
Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Jet black pour with a dense tan head. Powerful chocolate aroma with lots of coffee to back it up. Flavor is heavy on the coffee. Chocolate is evident early, but it fades into a somewhat bitter finish. Surprisingly light palate considering the ABV. No traces of alcohol at all. I’m glad the ABV was printed on the menu so I knew what I was getting myself into. Pretty good overall, but the flavor just wasnt what I was hoping for.
matt7215 (2161) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber from lagunitasfan. pours black with a tan head that reduces to a ring. aroma of coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. the flavour is very much dessert coffee. bitterness from the malt, and coffee and hops. very well hopped with noticeable citrus hop flavour showing. like ddc aphro, ddc peche, and st creme brulee all mixed together.