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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#435
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
363
pDev:
7.48%
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
105
Trade:
2
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 363
Reviews by peterpunk15:
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of colts9016
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass at 45 degrees. A foam and creamy dark brown head. The head has excellent retention. The inky black beer is opaque. The head left lacing on the glass the head dissipated.

Oh wow, a rich bourbon and vanilla nose leaps off the beer. Additional aromas are wood, oak, chocolate, coffee, roasted dark malts, bread, burnt sugar, molasses, yeast, caramel, citrus, earthy, and floral.

The bourbon and the vanilla flavors are the strongest. Dark roasted malts, caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, yeast, earthy citrus, earthy, alcohol, floral, coffee, chocolate, and oak are the additional flavors.

The mouthfeel of the beer is a touch hot, smooth, and dry. The body of the beer is medium-plus, a medium plus carbonation, and long finish.

The beer alcohol content is noticeable, wish it was weaved better in the beer. The balance is not a 100 percent but close enough. Good solid beer, a must try.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with brown undertones and 1 finger of an slightly brown, off-white colored head.

Aroma is beautiful. Bourbon foward with tons of coffees, vanilla, and cocoa. Truly delicious smelling beer.

Taste has moderate-high carbonation for the style, which creates the perception of a thinner mouthfeel. This beer is hot with bourbon. Very bourbon foward with a cold brew coffee flavor. There is also a cherry-like very mild tartness that underlines the sip; perhaps a fruitier coffee was used. Vanilla extract is noted in a minor way.

Overall, I do like this beer but in comparison to many of the other BA beers, its lack of mouthfeel with probably make me not buy it again. I see this pairing well with a cherry pie or fruited pie. It gets a 86.5/100.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Heaven Hills [sic], per the neck tag. Bottled 2/2016. Black body with an ample khaki head. Smell has a lot of bourbon. Lots of vanilla. Rich coffee. Some chocolate. Vanilla is the primary flavor. Huge vanilla flavor. Coffee behind it. Bourbon is in the back end, but still strong. Oaky in the finish. Medium heavy. Pretty boozy. This is really delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Pittsford Pub in Pittsford, NY. This is aged in heaven hills barrels.

This pours a very dark black, with a small, wispy head, and not much lacing.

Smells like pure, rich, and super strong vanilla, with roasty/ashy coffee, dark grainy malt, light oak, and sweet bourbon.

This is absolutely wonderful. I thought it would be good- how could it not be?- but I was even surprised at how good this ended up being. The barrels they used meld so well with the base. The barrel aging has amplified the vanilla aspects of the base, while playing down the coffee a bit. There's just so much creamy vanilla here, with a still present roasty grain bitterness, some light roasty and rich coffee, a little bit of oak, and well integrated bourbon. Though the vanilla is quite strong, one flavor doesn't pop out at you and dominate- all the flavors are well-layered throughout the beer.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and pretty rich, but not super thick. There's a normal level of carbonation.

This is an absolute top tier barrel-aged beer here. Really decadent, not much booziness, and just all around delicious.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. Bottle
2017
High West
ABV: 12%

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, which leaves a really nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, with a nice medium size oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, coffee, whiskey, vanilla, licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, with some chocolate/toffee, nice touch of coffee, really nice vanilla/sweetness, licorice, nice touch of whiskey. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well with this brew, a nice complex brew. Overall, very tasty. Definitely a sipper, but it goes down so easily. Recommended!

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Photo of glf60
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deuane
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After reading the previous two glowing reviews and my own tasting notes of this brew I noticed a bit of wetness in the corner of my eye. A tear it was. This due to the wonderful memory of drinking this fantastic brew. If only I could track it down again someday!

A-Deep, dark light absorbing black with a fluffy, creamy dark tan head that lasted forever and a day! No lacing left, it was more like caking. A truly gorgeous looking beverage.

S-OH MY! Like a chocolate covered coffee bar. This is awesome. If they could only solidify this and package it. I think it would be a HUGE hit! Hints of vanilla and oak and just a subtle notion of sour cherry?

T-Chocolate and coffee with the oh so sweet, touched by an angel, bourbon flavours of indulgent vanilla and astringent oak. Tart, sour twangs of cherry in the finish. This is seriously complex stuff.

M-Medium to medium-heavy body with a nice, round smoothness courtesy of the bourbon barrel aging. Luscious and velvety.

D-Well, I simply cannot give this anything but a 5. At 12+% ABV I would fall into a stupor trying to drink as much as I could! This stuff was like liquid crack! Not only was this one of the best BBA beers I have ever had it was one of the best BEERS I have ver had, period. I only wish I could have enjoyed more, and more and more! As the end line in my notes read...What a beer!

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Photo of The_Jerk
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 6/6/11.

A-Pours a deep dark black with a thin creamy tan head. Great retention, no lacing (not expected with nitro pour).

S-A bit light but some nice sweet caramel and chocolate.

T-Sweet caramel and mocha, lots of boozy warmth in the finish, good vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes.

M-Creamy, heavy, rich and warm, velvety.

O-Delicious beer. Creamy, rich flavors with an appropriate amount of warmth and heat. Excellent.

HV

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Photo of M_chav
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mdlb44
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottoale
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ballast Point's: "Victory at Sea (Barrel Aged) Imperial Porter", name corrected.

WOW! Amazing Porter here. Special Barrel Aged version of the normally 11.0% ABV imperial porter. This stuff is bed and breakfast...seriously.

Sampled at the source today, this brew is limited to one taster per person, per day! Growler fill...YES please. Poured into a 13.5oz. tulip was damn-near black ass brown with a finger of froth-creamy cocoa fluffy topper. The head dies eventually to a ring around the glass and some fancy cling-lace...awesome black beer.

The smell is best described as one of the finest Kentucky Breakfast Stouts I have ever laid nostrils upon...big and bold to say the least. Sweet, strong and earthy with a mega dark roast, dark-ass premium coffee aroma dominating, with undertones of rich, dark bakers cocoa (chocolate),vanilla, oak, oak and a bit more of the same, followed by a wavering and warming alcohol of fair magnitude. Damn beautiful fragrance for a beer?

As for flavor...let me just say...this is the tastiest porter I have ever tasted, and I've tasted many. Tops the scale of porters and this is also one of my favorite styles. As it smells, it tastes __ (fill in the blank) times better than whatever (anything)...it unfolds more as it warms, rich and full with satisfaction in each sip and swallow.

Smooth and creamy with some zip...this brew is dangerously drinkable. I truly don't think they can improve this recipe and can only imagine how this stuff would age if it were bottled...I am fully impressed with Ballast Point's efforts here, long may they brew and succeed...Well Done!!!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JMA-DAD
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful tan lacing on the glass.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Ballast Point. This beer is black in the glass, with slight translucency around the edges. The nitro head is thick and creamy, lasting until the final sip.

The aroma is heavy with bourbon, coffee and cream, sort of like an Irish coffee. The barrel is pretty overwhelming in this one, completely overpowering the subtle vanilla character that I enjoyed in the regular version of this beer. There's some caramel and some heat as it warms. Despite smelling nothing like the non-bal-aged Victory at Sea, this is very nice.

Huge bourbon and coffee flavor, backed by quite a bit of heat and roastiness. Moderately sweet, the coffee and wood do a lot to dry this one out. The nitro pour gives the beer a creamy but low carbonation mouthfeel. I get little to no vanilla, the bourbon barrel is incredibly pervasive here. While it's enjoyable and I do like a bold barrel character, I feel like the a lot of the flavors I liked in the base beer are lost here. Taken for what it is, it's quite good but not quite world-class in the -bal aged dark beer category. The finish is sharp and hot, but that doesn't prevent it from going down easily. Tasty stuff, but I prefer the regular old Victory at Sea.

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Photo of jlira
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpawnofCordt
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Dag95
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Victory At Sea - Barrel-Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 363 ratings