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

Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel AgedVictory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
4.41/5
292 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 01-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#411
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
292
pDev:
8.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
87
Trade:
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Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On nitro tap for the first anniversary party at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon.Taste is much the same with a very woody aftertaste and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and somewhat thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes. I really don't think the nitro presentation is helping this beer out very much either.

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of kjkinsey
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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 zestar
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap.

Tan head. Dark brown black in color.

Nice coffee flavors, maybe a tan too much roast. Nice vanilla and a nice dose of bourbon. Some heat shows. Oak. Chocolate.

Medium to full bodied. Warming and roasty. Ends a little dry.

Overall, really solid BA beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Capone's. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours near black with a really nice head that goes from light tan to nearly white at the top. Beautiful nitro head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose immediately carries a ton of vanilla with some nice chocolate notes in the background. As it warms, a nice bourbon character and mild oak presence take hold.

The flavor isn't quite as complex or integrated as the nose -- and doesn't contain nearly as much vanilla -- but it's still quite nice. The bourbon takes on the dominant role with some chocolate and light vanilla backing. Mouthfeel is uber-creamy and nicely carbonated. Really solid effort, and I'm glad I finally got to try this one, which has been on my radar for quite some time.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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 wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Slatetank
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at Teresa's Next Door for the Ballast Point Brunch. Served chilled in a tulip.

A - Murky dark brown w/ an inch band of alabaster. A practically opaque shade w/ spotty lace collecting. The bead is fine.

S - A crisp sweet coffee aroma w/ a fruity nose, roasted bean notes and huge vanilla odor from the barrel. Tthe sweet bread and caramel w/ lots of bittersweet cocoa in the nose are very rich w/ a scent like espresso liqueur

M - creamy feel w/ sweet notes of wood relax into chewy malt and coffee acidity w/ luxurious soft cream vanilla and toasted elments w/ a texture that is strong but yet doesn't feel like a beer that is over 10%

T - Bourbon taste at first is delicious yet restrained, it doesn't punch you. The effect on the palate of booze and mild pine hops follow sweet notes of dark roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. The taste has a mild sweet cherry and cinnamon flavor w/ tinges of toffee and bourbon soaked coffee beans. The taste has a silky vanilla quality from the oak which also gives a nutty effect.

D - A beer that few rival in drinkabiliy it is rare to find anything over 11% that is so smooth. The coffee bourbon and porter all blend together and the experience is so satisfying. The ale was hard to let go of, but went great with the steak and eggs I ordered for brunch.

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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 womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is just about black as night with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam on top.

S: The vanilla aroma is even more pronounced and intense than the regular version (I didn't realize that was possible). Though the coffee is a bit subdued, the bourbon, oak, roast, and chocolate notes really give this a great nose.

T: Once again, the vanilla is incredibly intense and really defines this beer. The bourbon, oak, and subdued coffee are nice compliments to it and there is a sweet chocolately flavor as well. The bourbon really comes through as this one warms up.

M: A very full bodied beer with a soft, smooth, and creamy carbonation.

D: I suppose my only complaint about this beer is that the coffee has died out a bit too much for me. I only say this because it's one of the things that defines Victory at Sea. That said, I wouldn't turn down a taste of this.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BeerOps
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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