Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.93/5 rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at the Old Grove tasting room.
A: Opaque black color, dark brown light showing at the edges, with a ring of beige foam. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Burnt sugar, dark dried fruit (plums, figs, and cherries), pipe tobacco, and restrained bourbon. Aside from the obvious smell of the bourbon, no other alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with big dark-roasted grain flavors and faint dark chocolate. Flavors expand in the middle, with dark fruit, licorice, and bourbon that never becomes overpowering or off-putting. The finish is moderately bitter, with some herbal and citrus hop aromatics emerging late. The flavor of alcohol is frequently present but carefully disguised or managed, never becoming obnoxious.
M: Light to medium viscosity, briefly coating the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D: This variant of Victory at Sea does not hit the highs of the original, nor does it stoop to the same lows in certain areas. The smell of this beer is more balanced, despite the bourbon presence, featuring much less chocolate. Too bad! The intensity of the original's chocolate smell was so enveloping and comforting. On the other hand, acidity does not stand out here, making the front end of the taste as well as the sensation on the palate much more pleasant than in the original. Compared to Caldera's Mogli barrel-aged imperial porter, this is overall a much bigger beer--with more intense sensory qualities--but not necessarily better, lagging behind the Mogli in overall appeal.
Serving type: on-tap
12-30-2010 21:27:47 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
HOB Gainesville on tap. Just says "barrel aged", so I will assume bourbon barrel. Poured in a Florida Beer snifter. Pours black with a super creamy mocha head. Smells of creamy vanilla and coffee. Flavor is bitter coffe up front, some burn from the bourbon, and a beautiful sweet creamy vanilla finish. Prickly carbonation goes well with the bitter coffee notes. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Overall I don’t know that the bourbon did much for this except give it more alcohol bite. Good beer though.
Serving type: on-tap
08-24-2013 19:57:34 | More by BMMillsy
Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.