One of my favorite beers. Pours pitch black. Smell is promised on the label. Lots of coffee, vanilla, and dark malts. Taste is black coffee (with it's bitterness), vanilla, and burnt malts that bring dark chocolate flavors to the mix. Ends with a little alcohol presence that is welcomed after the influx of flavors on your palate. Absolutely try this stuff.
This brew is not only a victory, but a triumph. The look of this brew is so dark that light cannot escape its surface. The aroma and flavor go hand in hand--black coffee balanced with vanilla, and the perfect amount too. I was completely caught off guard by how much I loved this brew...
Victory at Sea is an absolute go-to in my mind for strong porters. When served chilled much of the coffee and vanilla aromas are a bit hidden, but when left to warm just a bit the flavors blend extremely well. It is smooth, rich, and presents little or no burn despite being 10%. I do not pick up a lot of bitterness, except for the last time I drank a 12oz straight from the bottle, a bit lacking in procedure on my part, but I still enjoyed it.
This glass of black gold, straight out of San Diego, holds true to its promise. It's black with a nice vanilla flavor among the coffee character. Not one flavor dominates this vessel, rather a perfect blend that together, somehow, are greater than the sum of all it's parts. The malt base compliments the characters housed in this brew and remind me what a great Imperial Porter tastes like.
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