Red Velvet (Nitro) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.55/5
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415 Ratings
Red Velvet (Nitro)Red Velvet (Nitro)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This stout takes the cake.

Our Red Velvet oatmeal stout is a mind-bending beer. Like the cake that inspired it, the deep red color comes from beets, which add a rich, earthy character that complements the chocolate flavor and aroma. The foamy head of the nitro pour is our “icing”, adding a creamy smoothness to the mouthfeel. But this liquid dessert still finishes like a beer – not sweet, but just as satisfying.

35 IBU

Added by socon67 on 11-16-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,047
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
415
pDev:
16.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
107
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tcovin
2.49/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was quite an enjoyable offering minus the "Nitro". It's just TOO flat, even for a Nitro. Pours a light pinkish/red It could be in my head, but I really think this has aromas close to Red Velvet Cake - vanilla. Taste is also very vanilla-isa. Feel is just very very flat with minimal carbonation. Overall, the flatness of this is a huge turnoff, but I can't let it influence all of the good things happening elsewhere with this beer.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LoganMc
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpmsu2003
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dsimenson
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This bottle from an a cellared example purchased in 2016 (could find but not read/interpret the "bottled on" date).

Pours a murky reddish amber heavy with particulates producing almost 2 fingers of beige, somewhat lasting, frothy head that leaves a nice surface cap & collar but little lacing on the glass. Aroma is bready, spicy, earthy, heavy to beets with hints of cocoa, vanilla & faint molasses. Taste spicy & clove (?) like, earthy beets, cake like chocolate, vanillia & cream. The finish exhibits a burnt, unsweetened cocoa & beet like earthiness. Aftertaste is dry, chalky, bitter, cocoa & beets. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, oat creamy & astringent with a peppery bite. Wildly different and unusual but not something I would consider exceptional. Hopefully this was not a product of the cellaring.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
2.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep red color with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a good while

S: Chocolate, vanilla, some fruitiness (or maybe the beets), and malt sweetness up front. Surprisingly pretty close to cake...

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some baker's chocolate and vanilla cake-like notes and then picks up the beets and bready malt sweetness. Some bitterness present. Finishes with lingering beet notes and the bitterness

M: Nitro body is very light with almost zero carbonation. Quite flat

O: A decent novelty beer that does well in the nose but falls a bit flat elsewhere. Consume at your digression

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamping on bottom of bottle, 'RV 7-N 17009 11:26'.
Red mahogany colored body, slight haze and particles. Persistant white cap, no lacing.
Aroma of sweet milk chocolate/vanilla frosting.
Taste of beet and chocolate cake. No bitterness, very little after taste.
Smooth body.
An experiment in ingredient melding for sure. Description is better than the beer.

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Photo of Scotty_Karate
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Latinahans
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.75

Creamy, water down and a bitter.

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Photo of ChristineHeubusch
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willcumbie
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chillin
2.51/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tracker83
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LucifurGato
1.95/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured the last 2 of 6 down the sink.
I don't know what I was expecting, but the taste was weird

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sadly, disappointing. I have hoping for chocolatey, rich red velvet cake. But instead, I got weird, watery, beet juice beer. The beet flavor was overwhelming. I understand the desire for using a "natural" food colorant but the beet flavor kind of wrecked the beer.

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Red Velvet (Nitro) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 415 ratings
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