Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottoale on 01-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
56
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a killer beer, a really fine edition of one of their best, but it is also a great example of a beer that simply does not need to be put in the barrel. its already so flavorful, so complex, yet so mellow while being huge, the barrel only brings out more of that, but honestly the base beer is so dialed in that the barrel flavors almost overwhelm this balance. heavy whiskey and vanilla along with old charred wood come out so much to the front of both nose and taste on this that its almost difficult to recognize some of the underlying elements, especially the coffee, which is lost to the now overpowering vanilla flavor. still so rich and smooth though, i just think it throws some of the flavor off balance. this would be a cool beer to do in new oak without the whiskey element, just pick up the wood while leaving everything else in tact. they should do that. i had this side by side with several of the variants and it was not my favorite, despite being obviously the most special of the lot. amazing beer, dont mean to knock it down at all, but as good as it is, the barrel aspect is not necessary. delicious and wintery and special though, get some if you can!

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4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely spectacular. I love regular Victory at Sea, and for my tastes this barrel-aging (the rep said it was Woodford barrels) adds positively to it. The look is its usual velvety, jet black with a thin chocolate milk head that leaves a little sticky lacing. The aroma is big and boozy with the familiar vanilla, chocolate, and roasted coffee, but additional, wonderful notes of whiskey, toffee, raisins and dark fruit. The flavor profile is near perfect. The strong vanilla and bitter espresso from the regular [email protected] are mellowed somewhat (though still very present), while the dark fruit, molasses, and chocolate are enhanced. And, again, added notes of caramel and toffee, a little oak, chocolate-covered raisins, and dark jam round things out. You're very aware that the bourbon is there, but it seems to weave its way around the other flavors, really acting as the glue that ties it all together.

It's honestly unfair to compare this offering against regular American Porters. This beer is absolutely decadent and I would drink it for very different reasons and in different situations than regular [email protected] But I certainly hope to drink it again soon.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass . Opaque brown color with a thick tan head. Rich aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and roasted coffee. The Bourbon was very prominent up front, overpowering the vanilla and coffee. I love VAS, and I felt like this took away from the great balance and flavor. A great beer, but I certainly prefer the base version.

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
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On tap at Lobrau

A: Pours dark brown, basically black, with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a light layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, and a hint of dark fruit.

T: Smooth bourbon, milk chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, light coffee, a little spice, and just a hint of dark fruit.

M: Full body, mild carbonation. % is very well hidden.

O: Dare I say, this blows the standard version out of the water. Coffee has faded, but everything there is wonderful.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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