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

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel AgedVictory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottoale on 01-29-2007

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 266
Reviews by philbe311:
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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very slow to develop head... It rises post pour to a thin creamy medium brown head with some decent retention... This is arguably the thickest beer I have ever seen... The carbonation bubbles are the slowest I have ever encountered as they struggle to rise to the top... Motor oil black...

S - Surprisingly subdued... Not as potent as I would have expected... A bit of booze... A bit of vanilla... A bit of coffee... Some faint caramel notes...

T - Wholly booze... The bourbon is front and center in this one as it dominates from the get go... Down beneath the surface are the vanilla and coffee notes traditionally associated with Victory at Sea...

M - Beyond full bodied... Viscous... Thick... Chewy... Sludgie... Sleek... Velvety... Very subtle carbonation...

D - In my opinion, a great barrel aged beer is complemented by the additional flavors, not dominated by them... In this case the barrel again is omni-present and dominates... Even with that said, there is no denying this is an exceptionally well crafted brew...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +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 SuqMadique
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of surfwahine
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jciscool
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of gibgink
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of James47
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap (Nitro)

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

Jet black, shiny, with a thin light brown cap. Sheets of lacing down the glass. Thick and menacing.

Bourbon, wood, and vanilla play the dominant roles within the aroma; the roast, coffee, and chocolate elements are somewhat hidden.

More bourbon and alcohol in the flavor, but balanced nicely with the typical chocolate and coffee flavors. This version seems a bit sharper, raw, and more astringent than the standard Victory at Sea.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Incredible, especially on nitro.

A good version of a great beer, though the alcohol is a touch hot and sharp. I wish it was just a bit smoother and mellow.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMA-DAD
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful tan lacing on the glass.

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of dhmxray
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DJButters
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of fthegiants
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tyrus
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jmccraney
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft @ Ballast Point Linda Vista on 11/9/09 during their "Beer Meets Wood" event. Part of San Diego Beer Week. Single barrel Old Fitzgerald was used in the aging of this version.

Pours a VERY deep brown, just about near black, with a covering of creamy mocha colored head. Nice richness to the retention, that leaves a ton of frothy spotty lacing behind. The aroma is pretty much dominated here by whiskey and warmth, with the chocolate and coffee fighting nobly against it. Good bit of tannic wood notes in the back of this. Unfortunately, most of the delicious vanilla notes that I love in this beer are mostly covered up here.

Chocolate and coffee up front (I'm getting just a smidge of the vanilla here), but this is quickly muted as the barrel notes slam into it. The whiskey flavor is just very dominate here, giving off notes of woody char and intense dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a mellower creamy feel to the carbonation, and a sharp pang of alcohol to it (which is only intensified by the barrel). My palate does quickly adapt here, but man, is this strong.

I very much enjoyed this but the overall experience was still a bit too raw and young at this point. I bit of age and this will be beautiful.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love a barrel aged dark beer like this that still managed to maintain great foam/lacing. Delightful to look at. Nose is raisins, straight up raisins. Some barrel notes too, not so much coconut or caramel like some as those raisins and other dark fruit, laced with some bourbon/alcoholic zing. As someone who doesn't tend to like dark fruit-forward porters/stouts (I prefer them more chocolatey/roasty), this wasn't super up my alley, but it wasn't unpleasant. On the palate, that dark fruit remains forward, along with some bourbony heat. The coffee really just contributes a backing bitterness that actually works decently to offset some of the fruity sweetness. This is a solid beer, but I don't know that they really used the barrels to full effect or coaxed out of them all the flavors that the best barrel-aged brews do. As for me, gimme good 'ol regular [email protected]

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Photo of terpinsd
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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