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: 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
Ratings:
382
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
16.38%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
92
For Trade:
0
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Photo of HawkGX
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikemolina
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tstromer
4.62/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

wow! my first reaction. What a beautiful off white creamy head, with a nice lacing. A reddish hue, with a slightly sweet but no overwhelming taste. The beet flavour really gives it a unique but shockingly great taste. In my top oatmeal stout list.

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Photo of KEH
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

As directed, I poured it hard into a proper pint glass. The beer was almost hot pink in color. As expected, the nitro gave that classic cascading action with a dense 1" head of pink foam (the pink foam was kind of fun.) The Red Velvet Nitro really is a pretty beer. When it came to the nose and taste, it was a bit underwhelming. It smelled and tasted like chocolate. Granted, this isn't inherently bad, but I was expecting something a bit different. The flavor was fairly 1-dimensional.

Ultimately, it was a fun beer to try, but I can't see myself buying a 6-pack anytime soon. I would recommend others try it, too. It was a fun experience.

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Photo of Seebeej
1.76/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Don't get this again

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Photo of Ashurs2
1.8/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mitchster
1.7/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

$2.59 for a 12oz bottle at BevCo.
5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs

"Golden oatmeal stout with beets, chocolate and natural flavors added"

Ok, first off, there is no such thing as a golden stout. The very notion of stout is defined by roasted malts like chocolate malt, roasted barley and black patent, which adds color and flavor. So don't call it a stout, because it's not. Pours out to a hazy light pink with lots of fine particulate floating in the beer, forming a small off pink head with ok retention and sparse lacing. They don't quite have the nitro bottle thing down. A very aggressive pour led to a limp head with barely any bubbles or nitro separation. Gotta work on that Ballast Point. Carbonation is very low, perhaps ~1.0 carb or so. The nose is of vanilla and non-descript fruit flavored tea. The mouthfeel is very weird, nitro soft with a medium body but with a weird cinnamon and carrot earthiness/mossiness offset by a weird metallic bitterness. The taste is truly bizarre. Weird earthiness, carrot, vanilla, cinnamon, metallic bitterness with a distant haze of tootsie roll in the aftertaste. Tastes nothing like red velvet cake, just if you're curious.

I can safely say I haven't had a beer like this before, but it's nothing I'd like to drink again. Terrible. Another drain pour.

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Photo of CHickman
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super smooth and creamy feeling, it's like milk as it slides down. A really unique flavor that's a mix of chocolate, sweet malt, vegetables, vanilla icing, cake batter and some earthy notes. It does taste like red velvet cake, but has some fake tasting ingredients. Decent beer, just not for me on a regular basis. Glad i tried it, but doubt I'd revisit.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden red. Thick, short, wet, white head lasts shortly.

Smells chocolate, vanilla, light roast and cream soda.

Tastes cream soda, light chocolate, vanilla and a hint of roast malt. Finish is Semi sweet with a light earthy bitterness. Lighter medium body and creamy, velvety lower carbonation.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rangerred
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of c0mpanion_cube
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of daem3384
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MyLastNameIsStout
4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpiritsofHelen
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The aroma was pretty impressive in it's resemblance to a red velvet cake and esp the icing which was prominent. I migth tire of it over the long haul, but in a one off it was pleasing. Good looking too with a nearly solid red body and off-white cap. Drank more like the golden ale it is. Chocolate is light, at least in my sample. Soft feel and smooth carbonation from the nitro bottle. As noted, it does not drink or finish sweet. Minimal bitterness but enough to balance it out. I enjoyed this.
Thanks Jason K.

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Photo of pstam87
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Miami66
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Red Velvet (Nitro) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 382 ratings.
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