SPDickerman (1047) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells strongly of roasted coffee. Taste dominated by coffee and vanilla with a roasted undertone. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ballast Point Victory at Sea finishes with a coffee bitterness and some vanilla tones.
bluejacket74 (1531) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle, stamp says enjoy by 11/26/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that sticked around for a while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like coffee, roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of caramel. It starts off bitter, and then the sweet flavors catch up to balance things out. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. The 10% ABV is well hidden. I have to say this is a pretty good overall brew. As soon as I heard Ballast Point was coming to Ohio, this was the beer from them that I was wanting to try the most, and it hasn’t disappointed! $8.99 a bomber, I know I’ll be buying this again.
wheresyourball (531) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brody’s in Jamul. Pours dark black with a medium to large head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is vanilla forward with coffee, roast, nuts, chocolate. Really nice mouthfeel, medium body. Very good.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours nearly black with a slight tan head that fades fast leaving moderate lacing. Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Taste is BIG on the vanilla, too much so. There is a nice dry bitterness to balance some of the sweetness. But overall this tastes like a vanilla/hazelnut latte. The alcohol burn doesn’t really hit until the very end.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber poured into a snifter, poured black with a coffee brown color head which didnt last past the first sip. smell is coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is rich, coffee, roasted nuts, sweetness of vanilla, carmelized sugar and booze. The abv is pretty well masked, but you get a nice warm sensation on the back of your throat
thedm (5066) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from rbsg #21 poured a very small sized head of frothy large sized light brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was coffee dark malt and woody. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a mild coffee bite and a strong roasted dark malt aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt coffee and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
mcberko (9205) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from coryking (thanks Cory), pours a red-tinged black with a small tan head. Nose brings out loads of vanilla beans and roasted coffee beans, atop a bit of roast, chocolate and caramel underneath. Flavour brings out more of the roast than the nose suggests, with somewhat harsh roasted malt qualities upfront, transitioning to dark roasted coffee and subtle vanilla flavours. Finishes on the harsh roast, with subtle vanilla and caramel undertones. Quite oily and silky on the palate, with the aforementioned harshness from the roast / coffee. Great stuff, but overrated I feel.
DedicatedToFun (3913) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 Tap, brown pour, white head, nose and taste are super chocolate, coffee, some vanilla for days
DrSilverworm (8336) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Enjoy by date is 11/26/13. Dark, but still somewhat translucent color. Little thin light brown head. Wow, big bitter turkish coffee flavor. Bits of lace. Bigger body, smooth crisp carbonation. Creamier texture. HUGE coffee. Drowns out most of the vanilla, but what’s there is still a welcome addition. I like these things more bitter than sweet anyway. Awesome coffee beer.
Nephilium (1487) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big coffee and nut aroma, pours an opaque black with a large tan head. The flavor has notes of peanut, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roast, with a long lingering finish and a slightly slick mouthfeel. This is one fine imperial porter, with the alcohol amazingly well hidden.