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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged
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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 119
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 01-29-2007)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

4.14/5  rDev -6.5%

Following one San Diego winner (Barrel Aged Speedway) to another (Barrel Aged victory At Sea), I was lucky to enjoy a pour on-tap at 38 Degrees. On to the beer:

A touch of lace surrounds the top of this ink black liquid. A few spots of lace even stick around as the beer is consumed. The aroma has many of the standard Victory At Sea notes with the infusion of wood. Coffee and vanilla come standard, bits of oak and booze are extra,

The barrel aged version of Victory At Sea leans heavier with the booze than it does with the beer. If you are a passionate lover of whiskey, you have a winner right here. I enjoy it as well, albeit in a smaller ratio to the beer. What I have here seems to be about two parts booze and one part coffee vanilla imperial porter. It's a full bodied beer, no question about that.

It's nice, but my sky-high expectations were not met. Honestly, I prefer the standard Victory At Sea, but I was still happy to try this exclusive version.

06-30-2014 05:23:45 | More by DoubleJ
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SuqMadique

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-22-2012 03:39:39 | More by SuqMadique
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surfwahine

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-07-2014 03:03:01 | More by surfwahine
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

07-11-2014 06:39:18 | More by VictoriousAtSea
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3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

07-13-2014 06:08:34 | More by jciscool
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mctizzz

California

4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

05-05-2014 03:36:28 | More by mctizzz
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ehammond1


4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

On Tap (Nitro)

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

Jet black, shiny, with a thin light brown cap. Sheets of lacing down the glass. Thick and menacing.

Bourbon, wood, and vanilla play the dominant roles within the aroma; the roast, coffee, and chocolate elements are somewhat hidden.

More bourbon and alcohol in the flavor, but balanced nicely with the typical chocolate and coffee flavors. This version seems a bit sharper, raw, and more astringent than the standard Victory at Sea.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Incredible, especially on nitro.

A good version of a great beer, though the alcohol is a touch hot and sharp. I wish it was just a bit smoother and mellow.

08-16-2011 23:03:46 | More by ehammond1
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-19-2013 23:18:03 | More by Mantooth
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

12-31-2011 17:28:38 | More by acurtis
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ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

09-01-2012 14:57:02 | More by ste5venla
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dhmxray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

07-30-2013 20:02:19 | More by dhmxray
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Dirksen

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-24-2013 18:24:42 | More by Dirksen
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-19-2012 05:04:25 | More by Beezee
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DJButters

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-21-2011 17:09:49 | More by DJButters
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Tyrus

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-18-2014 02:40:36 | More by Tyrus
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%

On draft @ Ballast Point Linda Vista on 11/9/09 during their "Beer Meets Wood" event. Part of San Diego Beer Week. Single barrel Old Fitzgerald was used in the aging of this version.

Pours a VERY deep brown, just about near black, with a covering of creamy mocha colored head. Nice richness to the retention, that leaves a ton of frothy spotty lacing behind. The aroma is pretty much dominated here by whiskey and warmth, with the chocolate and coffee fighting nobly against it. Good bit of tannic wood notes in the back of this. Unfortunately, most of the delicious vanilla notes that I love in this beer are mostly covered up here.

Chocolate and coffee up front (I'm getting just a smidge of the vanilla here), but this is quickly muted as the barrel notes slam into it. The whiskey flavor is just very dominate here, giving off notes of woody char and intense dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a mellower creamy feel to the carbonation, and a sharp pang of alcohol to it (which is only intensified by the barrel). My palate does quickly adapt here, but man, is this strong.

I very much enjoyed this but the overall experience was still a bit too raw and young at this point. I bit of age and this will be beautiful.

11-30-2009 13:38:51 | More by Kegatron
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terpinsd

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

04-27-2014 06:47:35 | More by terpinsd
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bkeller04

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-02-2014 01:03:04 | More by bkeller04
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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.7%

09-25-2012 00:33:38 | More by nickhiller
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-21-2013 00:35:36 | More by zonker17
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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%

Had on tap at Capone's during PBW.

Incredible pour, lacing like a glass of milk. This'll be a recurring theme. Victory at Sea has so much depth between coffee, vanilla, and chocolate that this -bal version is a disappointment by default. The smell and taste are hugely lactic, like drinking chocolate milk - which while not usually an issue when drinking chocolate milk, is a bit disconcerting when expecting a complex vanilla and coffee porter. Bourbon flavor is way in the back. Very smooth and creamy on the mouth. Something you don't need a review for - you'll drink it if it's on tap anyway - but it was weirdly disappointing for me.

06-17-2011 02:54:22 | More by mfunk9786
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4/5  rDev -9.7%

04-05-2013 02:13:41 | More by xxcarpxx
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jamex

California

3.63/5  rDev -18.1%

On tap at Toronado.

Very dark pour that produced a quickly fading head.

Nice smells of vanilla, mocha, malt and bourbon. Not as amazing as the standard VaS but good.

Taste was good. The bourbon with this porter didn't add anything special for me. I prefer the original VaS over this one.

A little light bodied, but drinkable. VERY strong at 12%. Watch out.

11-09-2010 16:48:25 | More by jamex
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%

A - A very slow to develop head... It rises post pour to a thin creamy medium brown head with some decent retention... This is arguably the thickest beer I have ever seen... The carbonation bubbles are the slowest I have ever encountered as they struggle to rise to the top... Motor oil black...

S - Surprisingly subdued... Not as potent as I would have expected... A bit of booze... A bit of vanilla... A bit of coffee... Some faint caramel notes...

T - Wholly booze... The bourbon is front and center in this one as it dominates from the get go... Down beneath the surface are the vanilla and coffee notes traditionally associated with Victory at Sea...

M - Beyond full bodied... Viscous... Thick... Chewy... Sludgie... Sleek... Velvety... Very subtle carbonation...

D - In my opinion, a great barrel aged beer is complemented by the additional flavors, not dominated by them... In this case the barrel again is omni-present and dominates... Even with that said, there is no denying this is an exceptionally well crafted brew...

06-12-2011 04:14:31 | More by philbe311
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Javi_bobby

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

08-10-2013 03:35:12 | More by Javi_bobby
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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.