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Victory at Sea

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by darkandhoppy, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. I had a couple of pours of this last night at the Abbey in Worcester. Absolutely blew me away. My most recent O Face beer. My favorite coffee laced beer to date.....by far....though that might only be due to Hill Farmstead's Twilight of the Idols getting kicked 5 min before I got there. Either way, V@S is simply delicious, sublime, I loved it
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  2. ripps1

    ripps1 Advocate (545) New Jersey Aug 28, 2012

    I had Victory at Sea for the first time a few weeks ago. It was one of the best beers I had all year. I'm putting another one in my cellar to see what a year does to it.
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  3. Not a fan..it's just a bit too much. I like a lot of Ballast Point stuff but this one doesn't do it for me. Maybe one to split of a bomber of with a friend to re-visit..it has been a couple years..
  4. An amazing beer indeed. Better fresh IMHO. The coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate flavors seem much more vibrant.
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  5. huysmans

    huysmans Savant (415) New Jersey Dec 5, 2007

    Just had my first a week or so ago. A lot of beers claim to have certain flavors, Victory at Sea delivers those flavors and then some, with a perfect mouthfeel to boot. Nice to see a great beer than I do not have to camp out for.
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  6. dtx00

    dtx00 Advocate (530) Pennsylvania Oct 21, 2006 Beer Trader

    Big fan of this beer. Have been for a long time. I like it both fresh and with some age. Actually drank a two year old one a while back. Held up fairly well. Always grab some when I see it. Try to keep a bottle at all times in the cellar, but unfortunatly none in there now.
  7. Had it on draft several times and absolutely loved it. Just recently bought a few bombers and I actually think its better from the bottle. Amazing vanilla and roasted coffee notes. Truly one of my favorite beers of 2012. I definitely plan on sitting on a bottle to see what a year will do. Can't imagine too much because it's already close to perfect!

    Well done Ballast Point.
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  8. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Advocate (635) California Nov 10, 2006 Beer Trader

    I did a side by side recently with '12 & '10. Aging softened the coffee bitterness which allowed the vanilla to shine thru a little more. Aging was favorable IMO. I have one more '10 that I will let go another year or two. And a bunch of 12 to drink now and cellar. Cheers
  9. skinsfan

    skinsfan Champion (950) Maryland May 24, 2005 Beer Trader

    Had my first bottle last night and I agree 100%. It was fantastic and if I see anymore this year I will definitely pick some more up.
  10. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) New York Dec 15, 2006

    I have a bottle of this beer in the fridge and the Whole Foods near me has a bunch more...

    I guess I should try it soon and buy some more (if I like it) now that the hype train has been started!
  11. Lerxst

    Lerxst Savant (445) Florida Jun 17, 2005

    I've had the fortune to have this many times and after having had a few dozen of these I still love it and seek it out. A fantastic beer.
  12. Momar42

    Momar42 Savant (360) Maryland Sep 19, 2010

    Couldnt agree more. Ballast Point just made it to Maryland and this is one I've been waiting for for sometime. Boy did it not disappoint. Drank the first one by myself and have since shared 4 more with friends who were all in agreement to its quality. Time to head back to the store and grab a few more.
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  13. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    It is indeed a great beer. I end up picking up at least two bottles when it comes out.
  14. Definitely a great beer. Had to brush my teeth after I drank it
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  15. wasnt trying to start a fanboy hype train.....just advocating, heartily. It's a really fine beer. I enjoyed it a lot. You don't have to like it if you dont want to :)
  16. ripps1

    ripps1 Advocate (545) New Jersey Aug 28, 2012

    Drink it and see. I thought the beer was fantastic. I may grab another bottle tomorrow.
  17. Just picked up and drank a 2011 vintage of the stuff. It was their last one so they sold it to me for 6 bucks. Major score and drank amazing. Love the coffee aspect of it.
  18. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (595) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    Had this beer this year and it was one of my beers of the year
  19. Great thread. Drinking one now as I type. One of the best mouthfeels in any beer. Drinks more like a stout than a porter. The vanilla in this year's version is a bit stronger than I ever recall having experienced in prior vintages, but it's not offputting at all. Damn fine brew.
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  20. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Just got some in at my store. I'm gonna buy some for me and my lady this week.
  21. mikehblack

    mikehblack Savant (295) California Feb 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Opening a fresh bottle tonight. I love this beer and like others said it is still great with some age but I think I prefer it fresh.
  22. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Savant (425) Michigan Jan 27, 2012

    No, you're supposed to say the vanilla in this year's version seems artificial tasting.
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  23. fox227

    fox227 Advocate (610) California Nov 19, 2010

    I was lucky enough to have it on cask and nitro the same night at a local (great) pub. I also have a bottle that I'm going to be opening soon. Yeah, it's nice to have a stout/porter imperial that actually has a flavor profile that really stands out from the crowd and wows.
  24. pittsburghkid66

    pittsburghkid66 Savant (345) Indiana Dec 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    I am going to crack an 09 for new years eve. will let you know how it goes. cheers.
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  25. Actually...that's the truth.
  26. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (395) California Aug 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    One of my favorite beers! It has everything I love in a beer. Have had a 10' 11' and 12' and all were amazing, but nothing like having it fresh where all the coffee and vanilla flavors are present!
  27. Great beer.
  28. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (490) Arizona Dec 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    I am always a little heartbroken when this beer isn't on the shelf. I add an extra bottle of V@S to pretty much every beer purchase I make if given the opportunity. Heads up, if you're close to San Diego, BP still has variants on tap as of last night and still has a few of the V@S snifters!
  29. jglowe77

    jglowe77 Initiate (0) Massachusetts Jan 24, 2011

    I had the same beer at the same restaurant last night (the 29th). It was excellent. I was wicked disappointed that Twilight was gone though :/
  30. Ford

    Ford Advocate (570) Texas Sep 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    This is supposed to be coming to Texas soon... can't wait to try it!
  31. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    Really good stuff. One of my many favorite beers;)
  32. 1424IpA

    1424IpA Savant (465) California Nov 2, 2012 Beer Trader

    I brushed my teeth with it it was so good.
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  33. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Advocate (635) California Nov 10, 2006 Beer Trader

    seems like there's an awful lot of it out there this year. I grabbed a couple of cases of it the day it was released thinking it would dry up quickly like previous years. doh...
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  34. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (490) Arizona Dec 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    At least you ended up with a few good cases of beer! Aging improved it a little imo too, so there's always that.
  35. AndresR

    AndresR Savant (350) California Jul 19, 2009 Beer Trader

  36. DarthKostrizer

    DarthKostrizer Advocate (715) California May 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I like this beer so much that I bought a Keg of it. Currently flowing in the bar. Cheers
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  37. :D
  38. Ford

    Ford Advocate (570) Texas Sep 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    Yeah some amazing and OMG type stuff there. Ghost pepper... umm...
  39. A top notch beer worth the hype and more...It disgusts me that I can't get it easily here in PA...