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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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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 116
Gots: 7 | 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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b0ng

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.1%

10-04-2013 17:57:37 | More by b0ng
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -10.1%

08-20-2012 03:05:09 | More by t0rin0
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -10.1%

01-24-2013 05:28:34 | More by LSUPT
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tomgossert

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.1%

03-04-2012 03:40:09 | More by tomgossert
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with a perfect 1/4 foam head like Guinness with great retention and lacing

Smell: Bitter chocolate coffee and vanilla

Taste: Bourbon right upfront which brings a bit of an alcohol burn and the beer finishes with a trace of vanilla but lots of chocolate

Mouthfeel: Full body with lots of alcohol burn and low carbonation

Overall: I love the regular version of this beer but I am not crazy about the BA version. Still a great beer highly recommended

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-14-2011 23:48:59 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ehammond1


4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

California

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on nitro-tap @ Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary party, another great offering!

review from notes 8/13/11.

A: Raven feather black with a thick vanilla coulis bubble head. Such a micro-- nay, nano-knit head that sits like milk fat. Super thick fatty creams sit atop the glass like snow that will never melt. I love your work nitro.

S: Barrel aged vanillas that dance with bourbon residues. Creamy murangs hang out for a bit deep in the nose. Light almond butter oils make it in the mix. Extremely whipped mousses are deeply embedded. It all comes to a close with an egg white whipped lightness.

T: The taste is surprisingly clear with iced coffees ruling. Vanilla adds to the theme of airy creams. Kashew milks give a nutty cream element to the flavor. It remains consistent in the nose with being a very whipped buttery milk chocolate treat. Though chilled coffee bean flavors really come forward for me. Along with a rather forward syrupy alcohol.

M: A very silty medium bodied mouth that coats with a thick unpasteurized nitro-cream sensation. The nitro silk blanket is a great match for the cream theme. Vanilla shows up as a flavoring of the creams in every form: froths, murangs, coulis, and mousses are experienced in the mouth sequentially.

O: This is really pretty good, but also very much a sipper. Every possible form of vanilla flavoring comes into play, but it actually doesn't become bludgeoning. Carmelized sugars do well to give an authentic yet light seasoning of sweetness. This comes off very balanced, with only some minor peaking from syrupy sweet alcohols. This is a lot like a good spiked cup of chilled coco. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-16-2011 19:44:53 | More by Cavery
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BMMillsy

Florida

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
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largadeer

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Ballast Point. This beer is black in the glass, with slight translucency around the edges. The nitro head is thick and creamy, lasting until the final sip.

The aroma is heavy with bourbon, coffee and cream, sort of like an Irish coffee. The barrel is pretty overwhelming in this one, completely overpowering the subtle vanilla character that I enjoyed in the regular version of this beer. There's some caramel and some heat as it warms. Despite smelling nothing like the non-bal-aged Victory at Sea, this is very nice.

Huge bourbon and coffee flavor, backed by quite a bit of heat and roastiness. Moderately sweet, the coffee and wood do a lot to dry this one out. The nitro pour gives the beer a creamy but low carbonation mouthfeel. I get little to no vanilla, the bourbon barrel is incredibly pervasive here. While it's enjoyable and I do like a bold barrel character, I feel like the a lot of the flavors I liked in the base beer are lost here. Taken for what it is, it's quite good but not quite world-class in the -bal aged dark beer category. The finish is sharp and hot, but that doesn't prevent it from going down easily. Tasty stuff, but I prefer the regular old Victory at Sea.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-11-2009 02:05:12 | More by largadeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

12-31-2011 17:28:38 | More by acurtis
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bkeller04

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

03-02-2014 01:03:04 | More by bkeller04
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

03-21-2013 00:35:36 | More by zonker17
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FrogOut69

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

05-04-2014 23:51:20 | More by FrogOut69
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Geraurd

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

06-18-2014 00:18:41 | More by Geraurd
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LoveStout

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

07-06-2013 20:51:00 | More by LoveStout
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

07-09-2012 16:32:05 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

02-17-2013 04:46:32 | More by 51mmz0rz
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gspeer711

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

02-11-2014 21:25:11 | More by gspeer711
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-19-2013 18:50:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 13:38:51 | More by Kegatron
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Capone's. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours near black with a really nice head that goes from light tan to nearly white at the top. Beautiful nitro head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose immediately carries a ton of vanilla with some nice chocolate notes in the background. As it warms, a nice bourbon character and mild oak presence take hold.

The flavor isn't quite as complex or integrated as the nose -- and doesn't contain nearly as much vanilla -- but it's still quite nice. The bourbon takes on the dominant role with some chocolate and light vanilla backing. Mouthfeel is uber-creamy and nicely carbonated. Really solid effort, and I'm glad I finally got to try this one, which has been on my radar for quite some time.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-12-2011 12:46:27 | More by Thorpe429
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Kaiser81

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint in the Old Grove tasting room on 2/18.

A - It pours pitch black, with about a finger width of mocha colored head. It settles fairly quickly to a nice ring, and great lacing is left on the glass. I might have wanted just a touch more head, but it is barrel aged.

S - Bourbon! There is some roast and oak present mixed with a bit of coffee. It's delightful, though the bourbon dominates and the vanilla gets drowned out compared to the original.

T - I did not expect this, but the vanilla jumps out initially, and then fades fast to coffee and then a bourbon aftertaste. Really all around awesome. As the beer opens up a bit, the bourbon begins to dominate.

M - Heavy body, with the right amount of carbonation. It's got a creamy mouthfeel to it too. Just about right.

D - Too easy to drink...at first. You can feel and taste the bourbon once it warms and opens a bit, and then it becomes just a tad bit of a struggle to drink. But, I wouldn't turn this down...ever.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 03:57:53 | More by Kaiser81
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door on 6/28/09.

A - Pitch black body with dark brown accents around the bottom and about half a finger of creamy tan head that retained well but left only a bit of spotty lace around the rim of the tulip.

S - Vanilla and coffee notes up front with only a hint of bourbon. Surprisingly, the aroma is quite subtle overall. The sweet vanilla bean character really dominates. However, the coffee becomes more apparent as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Wonderful balance of sweet vanilla and rich, roasty coffee notes with a bit of caramel sweetness and mild earthy notes. Again, the bourbon presence is rather subtle overall. Finishes with a huge roasty coffee character and plenty of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture, though it's just a tad thin overall. Alcohol? Really? At 12.2%, it's nowhere to be found. Finish is fairly bitter with a touch of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Very good bourbon barrel aged porter, though this wasn't as heavy on the bourbon as I had anticipated. The flavor of this brew is excellent, and it drinks like a champ for such a high ABV beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 00:40:28 | More by ffejherb
Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.