Sextant (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
On-tap at Barcade into a goblet. Reviewed from notes.
A: Black body, thin tan head that turns into a ring. Ok.
S: Bourbon and vanilla jump out, with some delicate chocolate underneath. Solid, but a little tame.
T: Everything's here: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit - but somehow it's just too weak to be impressive. The bourbon finish is delicious, but it's just underpowered.
M: Fairly light and frothy, but not offensively so.
O: I reviewed this without knowing its extremely modest ABV, and I think I was expecting the base beer to be an RIS rather than just a simple oatmeal stout. Now that I see what I was actually dealing with, I've bumped its Taste score up half a point. It was a really nice, complex, mellow beer that did a great job integrating barrel and base. Highly recommended.
01-23-2012 00:32:15 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev -1.5%
I had a glass of this at Pinnochio's in Media. Served in a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a finger of tan head that leaves a ring around the edge of the pour.
Smell: Sweet roast along with some smoke, dark chocolate notes, and some mild bourbon.
Taste: This is a very smooth BA stout. Roasty dark chocolate with some mild smoke and smooth bourbon. The finish is roasty and slightly bitter. Goes to show that you can tastefully age a lower abv beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with just a tingle of carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is a very tastefully done BA beer. The flavors all mixed very well. I would definitely have it again.
12-30-2011 23:21:33 | More by oline73
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
Served a little too cold and I forgot to ask for plenty of head, which may acount for why it had almost none. Benefit of the doubt. Tiny bit of lace. Inside ring is tan. Color is an opaque pitch brown black. Aroma is malt, butterscotch, malt, roast, toast, sour. Flavor’s very similar to nose; sweet is up front, but not over done, then the butterscotch, sour, carbonic tang, malt, roast, etc. Body is good and gets better as it warms, carbonation good too. Finish is like flavor ( not a fan of butterscotch), little alcohol warmth, and fairly long. Could be classified as dry stout for sour, but at same time it’s fairly sweet. soooo.... don’t sue me.
11-20-2011 00:31:04 | More by drpimento
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
On tap at Ballast Point's Barrel Aged Day
A: Black with a 1/2 finger mocha colored head.
S: Tons of freshly ground coffee and chocolate. I haven't smelled anything like this since KBS. Really great smell.
T: Buzzkill! I was expecting a lot after smelling this one, but the mouthfeel is way light and the flavors just don't cut it for me. Some dark chocolate and maybe a touch of the bourbon barrel, but it seemed like this one needed way more time in the barrel. Alright, but not one of the better barrel aged beers they make.
11-12-2011 00:41:36 | More by notchucknorris
Sextant (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.