Red Velvet (Nitro) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Red Velvet (Nitro)Red Velvet (Nitro)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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:
#37,762
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
469
pDev:
16.38%
 
 
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14
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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amateur
2.82/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nass
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Red velvet cakes are delightful, so I was compelled to partake in this beer. I observed that there is a bottled on date on the side of the label. There is interesting artwork on the label by the way. For a nitro charged beer it does not pour out like one, but oh well looks aren't everything right. Wow! this actually does taste similar to some red velvet cake. There is bitter sourness to the taste that is contrasting with the sweet red velvet cake aspect. I don't think beets & chocolate are a mix up folks. I do a agree with this beer being flat & watery. This beer does have a few flaws so I guess Ballast Point just got half way there with this beer, that's okay for a first try out. I would love to try a 2nd batch of this beer that has worked out these tweaks to make this beer come out better & more balanced because I can see that there is great potential in the Red Velvet (Nitro). Cheers! C

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Photo of Gobstopper15
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of andyjeigh
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

See, I want to love this brewery. All these themed beers are really great ideas, and the execution is really quite impressive, but the thing about Ballast Point is that all of their beers feel so restrained and taste so bland to me.

L: The bottle art is vivid and quite pleasing to look at, and I see why they suggest such an aggressive pour. It does produce a lovely array of fall colors in the body as the minimal head rises, leaving a completely transparent red/amber body with a little sediment floating around. Carbonation in this is only a little better than a BA Stout, but the head retention is pretty decent. Not bad lacing either.

S: It actually smells incredibly similar to a red velvet cake. Upon sticking my nose in the pint glass, I am greeted with a heavy, but not overpowering vanilla presence balanced against an equally potent milk chocolate. Within two seconds, the sweetness mostly dissipates, revealing a dry oats aroma just before faint sweet/tart steamed beets join the mix. The chocolate has the most stamina.

T: It does not taste at all like cake. Disappointingly, it really does taste like a thin and watery oatmeal stout with beets and milk chocolate. Almost no roast to speak of at all. The malt is fresh and clean, but plain and boring. Zero hop presence.

F: Just awful. Flat, thin, and watery right out of the bottle. Don't do the hard pour thing. You'll just lose most of the already sparse carbonation. Or just do it with one bottle, if you want to watch the foam show.

O: I usually love oatmeal stouts, so I thought this had a chance, but honestly, this is one of BP's wider misses. Even the Moscow Mule Ale was better than this. D-

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L - Hazy pinkish, reddish, orange with some clarity around the edges with a medium off-white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind. The fact that this is a stout and is this color is pretty amusing though.
S - Slight notes of chocolate, oats, barely, and some earth - the smell is pretty faint however.
T - Pretty much follows the nose with notes of chocolate, oats, and barely followed by notes of earth - probably from the beets. Somewhat of a mineraly, watery, finish. Sweet, but definitely, not getting the red velvet vibes I was hoping for.
F - Not really creamy for a nitro stout with only a very slight hint of creaminess - light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and somewhat thin for a stout - not very stout like at all. I'll admit, I probably did not pour this one quite as vigorously as I should have to get the most out of the nitro...
O - As far as stouts go, this is just ok. It's good, but not great, and definitely not amazing. Honestly, if it weren't for the gimmicky marketing, experimental style, and awesome artwork, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed this beer half as much as I did. Overall, a nice try from Ballast Point, and worth a try to anyone looking to try something new and different.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kdouble
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Salinesnake
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DodgerLove
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigBadBrewMad
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turns out I liked the idea of this beer more than I actually liked the taste of it. It was definitely sweeter than I was hoping for, but creative and fun to try something new.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jbehlar
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of norinco
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chilmer
1.02/5  rDev -71.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Adon
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great artwork catches the eye immediately. Smells strongly of the titular red velvet and beets. Goes down very smooth, creamy, somewhat thin. Otherwise a solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Motive707
4.58/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LauraSchaff
1.61/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Photo of GreyGooseStout
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Red Velvet (Nitro) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 469 ratings