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

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 116
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Zbeetleman

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-15-2013 06:06:06 | More by Zbeetleman
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 6/6/11.

A-Pours a deep dark black with a thin creamy tan head. Great retention, no lacing (not expected with nitro pour).

S-A bit light but some nice sweet caramel and chocolate.

T-Sweet caramel and mocha, lots of boozy warmth in the finish, good vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes.

M-Creamy, heavy, rich and warm, velvety.

O-Delicious beer. Creamy, rich flavors with an appropriate amount of warmth and heat. Excellent.

HV

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-29-2011 19:43:35 | More by sholland119
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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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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

11-12-2012 01:56:56 | More by waiting4lunch
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djaeon

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-22-2012 21:31:16 | More by djaeon
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%

12-19-2011 08:11:09 | More by CelticAleMan
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-06-2012 02:41:08 | More by tbeq00
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AltBock

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was excited to see (you would be too) that on 6/28/2009, Teresa's Next Door was going to tap the Bourbon Barrel Aged Victory at Sea. I just recently had the regular Victory at Sea and I thought that was a great beer. On that day, I couldn't wait to see if the barrel aged version was going to be worse or better than the regular version. Let's find out if this beer was better or worse than the regular bottled version.

When poured into a large stemmed Tulip, I found out that this version was the same color as the regular version. That means that this beer was a thick pitch black colored beer with absolutely no sign of any kind of highlight. To create a highlight, that means light would have shine through the beer and that's physically impossible for any kind of light source to do. On top of this thick oil colored beer was a ¾ of an inch dark mocha head of foam. This creamy mocha head of foam had great retention that left behind a large foamy string of rings and a few blots of lace. Great dark appearance! If you want to stare into pure darkness, you can either put your head in a box or pour this beer into the glass. I suggest the second option.

The bottled version of this beer was just bursting out of the glass with dark roasted coffee beans. The Barrel Aged version was mellower and there were more aromas than just roasted coffee beans. The aroma was mellow with a touch of bourbon, a hint of oak, a pinch of dark chocolate, a few dark fruits, and then these aromas will then give way to a strong whiff of roasted coffee beans. This scent of roasted coffee beans was strong, but it was nowhere as strong as the same scent that can be found in the regular bottle version. I'm happy to say that the aroma wasn't done just yet. After the strong scent of roasted coffee beans, the aroma then finishes up with a subtle whiff of French vanilla. This is the aroma I look for when it comes to a Barrel Aged Coffee Porter. You get plenty of coffee as well as bourbon, oak, and even French vanilla. A pleasure to smell!

I originally thought that maybe the bourbon and oak would calm down the powerful taste of roasted coffee beans, but that wasn't the case. The taste was thick and dark with a super strong taste of bitter roasted coffee beans. This was the same taste that can be found in the regular bottled version, but there was more to this beer than just roasted coffee beans. The taste was also strong with the taste of bourbon, a hint of charred oak, a hint of dark chocolate, and a gentle touch of French vanilla at the finish line. Like I stated before, I honestly thought that the bourbon and oak would settle down the strong taste of roasted coffee beans, but the bourbon and oak let this beer keep its strong taste of coffee beans and just added their own little touch. If you've never had coffee beans with some bourbon and oak mixed into it, then you missing a treat.

Take your time with this beer because this is clearly a full bodied beer that just after a few sips, you'll feel this beer go to work on your body. The strong initial taste gave way to an everlasting thick strong aftertaste of roasted coffee beans, a touch of bourbon and charred oak, a splash of dark chocolate, and a gentle touch of French vanilla. Make sure you have a glass of water nearby because that might counter the effects of this beer and it will help clean off the strong taste of roasted coffee beans off of your taste buds.

Man, what a great Barrel Aged Coffee Porter! I mean, not only did I get a strong taste of roasted coffee beans, but also a taste of bourbon, oak, and even a subtle taste of vanilla. If this beer is on tap at your local bar, count your lucky stars and go get a glass or two.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2009 03:39:25 | More by AltBock
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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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beagle75

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
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
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 04:09:43 | More by pmarlowe
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funkel81

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

04-12-2013 15:25:36 | More by funkel81
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mctizzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-30-2013 03:29:16 | More by calcnerd
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

04-14-2014 17:33:42 | More by DeanMoriarty
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Pecan

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

12-29-2012 17:14:33 | More by Pecan
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MisterClean

California

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nitroed at Boonville.

A - Poured dark brown with a 2 fingered brown head. Doesn't really dissipate and leaves beautiful lacing.

S/T - Vanilla, notes of chocolate and hints of grass. The bourbon barrel is mellow and not overpowering.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced. Shocked at how little alcohol flavor there is. The bourbon barrel really masks the alcohol sensation.

D - Wow! How can they improve on this? It's a complex, and yet outstanding beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-10-2009 16:44:42 | More by MisterClean
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scottoale

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ballast Point's: "Victory at Sea (Barrel Aged) Imperial Porter", name corrected.

WOW! Amazing Porter here. Special Barrel Aged version of the normally 11.0% ABV imperial porter. This stuff is bed and breakfast...seriously.

Sampled at the source today, this brew is limited to one taster per person, per day! Growler fill...YES please. Poured into a 13.5oz. tulip was damn-near black ass brown with a finger of froth-creamy cocoa fluffy topper. The head dies eventually to a ring around the glass and some fancy cling-lace...awesome black beer.

The smell is best described as one of the finest Kentucky Breakfast Stouts I have ever laid nostrils upon...big and bold to say the least. Sweet, strong and earthy with a mega dark roast, dark-ass premium coffee aroma dominating, with undertones of rich, dark bakers cocoa (chocolate),vanilla, oak, oak and a bit more of the same, followed by a wavering and warming alcohol of fair magnitude. Damn beautiful fragrance for a beer?

As for flavor...let me just say...this is the tastiest porter I have ever tasted, and I've tasted many. Tops the scale of porters and this is also one of my favorite styles. As it smells, it tastes __ (fill in the blank) times better than whatever (anything)...it unfolds more as it warms, rich and full with satisfaction in each sip and swallow.

Smooth and creamy with some zip...this brew is dangerously drinkable. I truly don't think they can improve this recipe and can only imagine how this stuff would age if it were bottled...I am fully impressed with Ballast Point's efforts here, long may they brew and succeed...Well Done!!!

Serving type: growler

01-29-2007 23:47:49 | More by scottoale
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gueuzegossage

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%

11-17-2011 01:31:53 | More by rbrefbeerman
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mulder1010

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 00:47:14 | More by mulder1010
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at ballast point during sdbw! What a treat!

A- dark body with a nice tan lacing head!

S-sweet bourbon notes but enough malt to hold it up

T-follows the nose. Very sweet and smooth bourbon with a little bit of vanilla.

M-excellent. Smooth and silky mouth feel.

O-phenominal brew. Absolutely.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 18:47:37 | More by brew3crew
Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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