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

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4.4/5
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333 Ratings
Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel AgedVictory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#396
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
333
pDev:
8.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
107
Trade:
3
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1.8/5  rDev -59.1%

Photo of jciscool
3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Gambyt20
3.45/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of littlebeer
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of elamb106
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of beertardis
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of James47
3.64/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of jamex
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado.

Very dark pour that produced a quickly fading head.

Nice smells of vanilla, mocha, malt and bourbon. Not as amazing as the standard VaS but good.

Taste was good. The bourbon with this porter didn't add anything special for me. I prefer the original VaS over this one.

A little light bodied, but drinkable. VERY strong at 12%. Watch out.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask/nitro at the 15th Annual Booneville Beer festival.

A. Wow, crazy slow chased of nitrogen after the pour. Dark rich color, creamy head.

Smell. Smell is slightly tame, but hints at the rich creamy bourbon that is in store for you.

T/M Taste is creamy with medium viscosity, frothy for being an American Porter, moderately light tones of bourbon the end.

Overall. Very nice, I am not a huge porter fan, but am a huge bourbon barrel fan. This is a very unique blend of the both. I would definitely give it a shot. Does not disappoint!

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Northtexan
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of mulder1010
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Ballast Point

A-- Black as heck with no head at all. Just a bit of film

S-- Bourbon, coffee,Vanilla and a lot of vanilla

T-- Sweet Vanilla. Really overpowering vanilla.

M-- Excellent carbonation and good mouth feel. More coffee and bourbon in the mouth as opposed to the taste.

D-- Good but not outstanding. Too much vanilla for me. Needed more to round it out. What I had was 10% ABV Was very alcoholic.

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Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBack465
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, 12.2%ABV

Black with brown highlights, there's a creamy brown head with great retention and lacing. The reverse-cascading head thanks to the nitro pour is especially nice. Nose is thin and tannic with bourbon when cold, mildly tart and fruity even. The vanilla does grow as it warms up, completely dominating the nose. Not much malt is present.Chocolate is milky and sweet, and seems a little tame when compared to the Plead the Fifth. The coffee's faded as well.

The palate opens with boozy hot chocolate with a harsh barrel character, overly tannic and mildly astringent. Strangely, it does tame down a lot as i let it warm up and breathe. Vanilla and chocolate dominate, and the simpler flavors don't stand up to the barrel as well. Medium light in body with silky feel, this does improve with temperature but it is a little disjointed. While good stuff, I passed on finishing my 5.5oz pour simply so I could drink the rest of my BA Plead the Fifth and Pliny.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mfunk9786
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Capone's during PBW.

Incredible pour, lacing like a glass of milk. This'll be a recurring theme. Victory at Sea has so much depth between coffee, vanilla, and chocolate that this -bal version is a disappointment by default. The smell and taste are hugely lactic, like drinking chocolate milk - which while not usually an issue when drinking chocolate milk, is a bit disconcerting when expecting a complex vanilla and coffee porter. Bourbon flavor is way in the back. Very smooth and creamy on the mouth. Something you don't need a review for - you'll drink it if it's on tap anyway - but it was weirdly disappointing for me.

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3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

good beer really cool looking bottle! too strong for I would have to drink it like a shot lol !

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Photo of dertyd
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out the darkest of brown/black color, with 2 fingers of mocha colored head------------- the aromas are of whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and fudge------------ the flavors are of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and bourbon, the beer has a thin to medium mouthfeel finishing with some spice and alcohol burn--------- overall this beer was nice, to be honest I'm not the biggest fan of the base beer it's to thin and flavors are kinda subdued imo, and this one is similar, I would rather have a big imperial stout than this, still decent thouh

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3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap during SF Beerweek 2012, at Public House.

It's everything like the normal Victory at Sea, except 2 things that I noticed personally;

-Bourbon/oak barrel flavor is strong and a noticeable aroma of it.
-Delicate Vanilla aroma and taste got smothered by the Bourbon/oak.

It's really up to personal state at this point, some people can taste vanilla out of barrel aged stuff, but when I had this, it seems the vanilla was pretty much "smothered" with that strong barrel flavor. Still was a good porter, but I wasn't tasting much of the more delicate vanilla flavors throughout the whole tulip and the barrel flavor (a rich off-dry smoky flavor) sort of overpowered the other flavors, which I felt took a bit away from the complexity.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 333 ratings
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