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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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jciscool


3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -21%

06-28-2014 20:27:43 | More by littlebeer
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elamb106

New York

3.5/5  rDev -21%

07-27-2014 00:59:04 | More by elamb106
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beertardis

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -21%

06-23-2014 02:51:12 | More by beertardis
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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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Northtexan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

05-09-2014 02:24:43 | More by Northtexan
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tubeyes

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

07-03-2013 01:31:48 | More by tubeyes
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alexhahn82

California

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

On cask/nitro at the 15th Annual Booneville Beer festival.

A. Wow, crazy slow chased of nitrogen after the pour. Dark rich color, creamy head.

Smell. Smell is slightly tame, but hints at the rich creamy bourbon that is in store for you.

T/M Taste is creamy with medium viscosity, frothy for being an American Porter, moderately light tones of bourbon the end.

Overall. Very nice, I am not a huge porter fan, but am a huge bourbon barrel fan. This is a very unique blend of the both. I would definitely give it a shot. Does not disappoint!

05-16-2011 19:47:44 | More by alexhahn82
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mulder1010

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -14.7%

on tap at Ballast Point

A-- Black as heck with no head at all. Just a bit of film

S-- Bourbon, coffee,Vanilla and a lot of vanilla

T-- Sweet Vanilla. Really overpowering vanilla.

M-- Excellent carbonation and good mouth feel. More coffee and bourbon in the mouth as opposed to the taste.

D-- Good but not outstanding. Too much vanilla for me. Needed more to round it out. What I had was 10% ABV Was very alcoholic.

11-14-2010 00:47:14 | More by mulder1010
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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%

On tap, 12.2%ABV

Black with brown highlights, there's a creamy brown head with great retention and lacing. The reverse-cascading head thanks to the nitro pour is especially nice. Nose is thin and tannic with bourbon when cold, mildly tart and fruity even. The vanilla does grow as it warms up, completely dominating the nose. Not much malt is present.Chocolate is milky and sweet, and seems a little tame when compared to the Plead the Fifth. The coffee's faded as well.

The palate opens with boozy hot chocolate with a harsh barrel character, overly tannic and mildly astringent. Strangely, it does tame down a lot as i let it warm up and breathe. Vanilla and chocolate dominate, and the simpler flavors don't stand up to the barrel as well. Medium light in body with silky feel, this does improve with temperature but it is a little disjointed. While good stuff, I passed on finishing my 5.5oz pour simply so I could drink the rest of my BA Plead the Fifth and Pliny.

06-12-2011 13:08:00 | More by DefenCorps
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BoatsSinkBro


3.85/5  rDev -13.1%

On tap during SF Beerweek 2012, at Public House.

It's everything like the normal Victory at Sea, except 2 things that I noticed personally;

-Bourbon/oak barrel flavor is strong and a noticeable aroma of it.
-Delicate Vanilla aroma and taste got smothered by the Bourbon/oak.

It's really up to personal state at this point, some people can taste vanilla out of barrel aged stuff, but when I had this, it seems the vanilla was pretty much "smothered" with that strong barrel flavor. Still was a good porter, but I wasn't tasting much of the more delicate vanilla flavors throughout the whole tulip and the barrel flavor (a rich off-dry smoky flavor) sort of overpowered the other flavors, which I felt took a bit away from the complexity.

03-23-2012 11:41:16 | More by BoatsSinkBro
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -12%

On tap at O'Brien's. 10oz thin pint-like glass

A: Pours black with a cap of sand colored head, nice retention and lots of lacing. Impressive for the style.

S: Loads of sweet bourbon and vanilla, oak, and some dark chocolate. Medium roast coffee as it warms.

T: Again, tons of bourbon, almost overpowering the other flavors. Pretty hot with the alcohol. Some cocoa, and some medium roast coffee comes out as it warms.

M: Rich with medium-full body and mild carbonation.

O: Overall, while I loved the regular Victory at Sea, this has too much bourbon presence and is too hot.

09-24-2011 04:09:43 | More by pmarlowe
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beagle75

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

12-30-2010 21:27:47 | More by beagle75
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -10.2%

On nitro tap for the first anniversary party at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon.Taste is much the same with a very woody aftertaste and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and somewhat thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes. I really don't think the nitro presentation is helping this beer out very much either.

07-08-2012 04:24:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.7%

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

Alabama

4/5  rDev -9.7%

04-05-2013 02:13:41 | More by xxcarpxx
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%

11-14-2011 21:12:33 | More by jlb502
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KevSal

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-14-2013 02:43:15 | More by KevSal
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%

11-17-2011 01:31:53 | More by rbrefbeerman
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-29-2012 03:42:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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bimada

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%

07-31-2014 14:39:45 | More by bimada
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%

03-01-2014 18:29:10 | More by Knoxrb12
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.7%

06-08-2012 20:18:13 | More by brez8791
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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.