TheHopster (920) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz Bottle) A nice find by Keg_Juggler. Pours a deep brown with long-lasting head and persistent lacing. Aroma of brewed coffee and vanilla extract. Flavors of well roasted malts, vanilla, coffee and alcohol. An essential winter selection. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with reddish-tan head that lingers throughout. Aroma of coffee and vanilla are prominent and the flavor is an amalgam of both - both equally there! This is crazy good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with brown head. Hops come through the coffee which is surprising. Solid beer but not amazing. Not getting any vanilla.
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brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So happy to see this on tap again, it's V@S season! Huge vanilla notes in the nose accompany the roasty malt base and dry porter yeast. Coffee shows up on my palate; fades to leave its bitterness on the roof of my mouth.
Earlier in my beer career I just lumped this in with imperial stouts, but now I can clearly differentiate this dry porter yeast. And man, this stands out brightly among the other imperial porters out there.
Tejas (928) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught > Common Table. Wow, this is delicious. Big but a super easy drinker. I was worried that it would be overly sweet b/c of the vanilla but that’s not the case. Great balance. I wish the palate was creamier but that’s being picky. Not really more I can add.
SPDickerman (1057) - 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 (1556) - 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 (539) - 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