Victory At Sea - Barrel-Aged
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial Porter
Ranked #14
Ranked #497
4.41 | pDev: 7.48%
Nov 06, 2022
Jan 29, 2007
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I found one of these after not seeing them for a long time. Classic porter flavors amplified with a higher abv and a nice barrel age touch. Coffee, vanilla, and dark roast deliciousness.
Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark coffee color with a dark smudge of tan head. The nose is caramel from the whiskey, some wood from the barrel, molasses, coffee, fruitiness like apricots or peaches, and butterscotch. The taste is coffee with a dose of bitter, cinnamon, vanilla, and Vienna Fingers. The finish is sweet caramel and oaky dryness. This is a dynamite beer. So tasty and and a great chewy but light mouthfeel. The relationship between beer and barrel is wonderful. I could drink this daily. (Found my old notes on this one)
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by frbnsn from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Had to try this @ Ended up buying two bottles to bring home. This might taste better at room temp. Let it breath like deep red win. I like it. Try it.
Dec 23, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Nov 16, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.91 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Nov 12, 2019
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Reviewed by KilleenTx from Texas

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
I love this stuff! Nice rich deep dark porter that is sweet yet cocoa nib back taste. When you have it inna chalice, it beautifully laces the glass as you move...10% alcohol helps it do that. I thought the flavors improved as it warmed. Made me want fresh bread and butter , a fire in a fireplace and to just seriously chill. Good job Ballast Point.
Oct 23, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Sep 16, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 4.47 by SFNC from North Carolina

May 04, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by Devonking from Massachusetts

May 03, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by alexsergio from New York

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 5 by Damilton5 from North Carolina

Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From the bottom of the bottle in yellow print: "VAS19HW 08:09 PKG 26SEP18"
The label I have says: "ALC. 12% BY VOLUME"

Appearance: It pours black with a thick light khaki head with good retention.

Aroma: There is a clear oak aroma to the beer with hints of vanilla and chocolate. As the nose pulls back it takes on a classic bourbon aroma.

Taste: It has a fantastic flavor of chocolate and bourbon with light undertones of vanilla and wood.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit lighter or thinner than other Imperial Porters. Otherwise it has good carbonation and it is easy to drink for such a high alcohol volume.

Overall: It's an outstanding beer. The label does say that this is made with "COFFEE AND VANILLA FLAVORS AGED IN HIGH WEST BOURBON AND RYE BARRELS" but the coffee character doesn't really come through. This doesn't matter too much though because it has a very lovely wood character and the beer as a whole works nicely. It's the kind of beer that makes you want to drink another. I would recommend it and I would buy it again.
Dec 25, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Dec 10, 2018
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Reviewed by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
It's really good, but in a side-by-side with the regular, I preferred the regular. The barrel flavors are there, yet I have had other BA beers that have better Barrel flavors (Just a couple of weeks ago I had New Holland's Dragon's Milk, and I was more impressed with that than with this BA Victory at Sea).
Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Oct 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Sep 28, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Aug 15, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by einman from Minnesota

Aug 08, 2018
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
pours jet black. The smell is very complex -- roasted malts; chocolate, coffee, vanilla & bourbon. The taste is an amazing balancing act of all those smells. Love the vanilla. The feel is quite smooth.
Jul 13, 2018
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Rated by dnphsmith from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A porter I had only imagined - it is my new favorite "beer."
Jun 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York

May 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown covering all but a dime of the top. A massively complex aroma of sweet vanilla, bourbon, and coffee greet my nose. The taste is decadent vanilla, coffee and sweet bourbon along with milk chocolate. The mouth is viscous and silky smooth.
May 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Scotty859 from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Rich, dark color with a short head, the creamy chocolate hazlenut taste fades into a roasted caramel/chocolate taste. Excellent mouthfeel, scent does not match taste.
Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by grapeshops from California

Apr 04, 2018
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

a: Opaque black with a two inch thick tan head which receded slowly to densel lacing and thick even surface foam remaining.

s: Dark chocolate roasty malt.

t: Follows the nose more definitely along with some alcohol notes and moderate bitterness accompanying a sweet to bitter finish.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A surprisingly chocolaty-tasting porter with that flavor muting the barrel aging somewhat for awhile, but overall a delicious brew with a well-covered high octane ABV.
Apr 02, 2018
Rated: 4.61 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by DangerDawg from Ohio

Feb 24, 2018
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Very interesting and compex throughout. The wood and whiskey give the chocolate and coffee and molasses some real backbone. The aftertaste is a treat. Well hopped early, which provides a layering balance. Chunky and thick in the mouth, yet with a velvety richness. Really exquisite there. Big booze number but absolutely delicious.
Feb 23, 2018
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Reviewed by KingTen144 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark with more head than I'm used to seeing with the high ABV barrel-aged beers, which is a good thing. Head sticks around along the rim of the beer. Probably one of the best smelling beers I've had, with this fantastic bourbon-vanilla-coffee aroma blend. Taste is a touch heavier on the coffee, with bit of booziness, but still very satisfying. Very glad I got a 4-pack. Looking forward to cellaring this one for a little while to see how it evolves.
Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by dbattey from New Jersey

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jan 28, 2018
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