Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was huge fresh coffee, vanilla, and barrel. Flavor similar, tip few ba coffee bears, damn I love this. yourilevesque (1865) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2016
Merci à Yan pour le partage de cette rareté! Le liquide est très noir, visqueux et d’allure riche. Aucune mousse, évidemment. Arômes étonnamment sèches où le cacao, le bourbon, la torréfaction forment un ensemble intense et chaud. Ça fesse comme on dit! Beaucoup de grains de café torréfiés ainsi que de l’extrait de vanille à profusion. Quelques notes fumées qui me rappellent l’Europe du Nord et un bourbon caramélisé bien agressif. Un certain manque d’équilibre à mon avis, bien que plaisante à boire. Un petit verre me suffit. RobertDale (6856) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2016. Comes black with a nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Very good. mcberko (18998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
On tap at Tin Bucket, pours black with a small brown head. Aroma brings out shitloads of vanilla and bourbon - extremely aggressive notes of each. Flavour is rich with loads of vanilla upfront, followed by a little bourbon. Intensely sweet and cloying. I’m not sure how this gets such amazing ratings. It’s a fun supper, but it’s so intensely sweet and difficult to drink due to it. Not bad. ctipping (2236) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2016 750 mL bottle. Aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Barrels, per the neck tag. Bottled 5/15/2016. 11.3% ABV. Black body with an ample khaki head. Smell has a lot of bourbon. Lots of vanilla. Rich coffee. Some chocolate. Vanilla is the primary flavor. Huge vanilla flavor. Coffee behind it. Bourbon is in the back end, but still strong. Oaky in the finish. Medium heavy. Pretty boozy. My description of this is identical to the Heaven Hill variant, because it tastes nearly identical.
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2016
On tap at World of Beer – Tempe. Straight-up sweet, hot bourbon masks all other scents on the nose. Pours obsidian with khaki head. The sip reveals a very sweet bourbon flavor with mild cocoa and vanilla underneath. Faint roasty malt and coffee struggles to be heard. Slightly watery body. Solid, but the Elijah Craig barrel-aged version is MUCH more complex and delicious. Here, the bourbon seems to dampen most of the characteristics that make Victory at Sea so tasty in the first place. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 1, 2016
On tap at Temecula. Aged 11 months in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels. It pours dark brown with a light tan head. The aroma is big sweet nutty vanilla bourbon barrel goodness. Vanilla and sweet coffee drink stands out. The flavor is smooth and bourbon forward with lots of wood, vanilla, cocoa and dark chocolate. So smooth. The coffee has taken a back seat to the woody, vanilla bourbon. The finish has a nice roasted kick that serves to balance the sweetness. Good. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2016
on draft at the brewery. Tons of brownie batter. Thick and creamy. Lots of roast and ash. jackl (8425) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Keg @ Happy Gnome. Deep brown pour with a creamy light tan head. Nose is strongly influenced by the barrel it was aged in. Hot caramel and vanilla. Peppery ash. There’s also some weird dirty green bean character. Flavor is great if you really like bourbon, but I’m feeling like the beer’s overwhelmed by the barrel in this case. Some chocolate and ash with an abrupt strong boozy vanilla shock on the finish. Slightly thin, mildly watery. Soft carb. The beer’s fine, but it fell short of my high expectations . ryanfolty (2604) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2015
December 5, 2015 - on tap at Happy Gnome. Dark pour with limited head. Aroma was nice bourbon, sweetness and some veggies. Taste had the bourbon, veggies and coffee. Would have been really good if not for the veggie aroma/taste.