Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - 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 Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottoale on 01-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
287
Reviews:
56
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
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193
Gots:
86
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arlo19
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tim for sharing this beer. We submitted a photo. Aged 11 months in Heaven Hills Bourbon Whiskey Barrels. 12.2 ABV, bottled Feb 2016.

Great amount of head on this. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and sweet caramel. Very unique aroma and taste compared to other BA beers since I'm used to traditional stouts. Taste is sticky sweet bourbon and chocolate. Coffee taste is left out of this one after aging. Reminiscent of the Victory at Cereal we had in Little Italy in 2015. Very delicious brew!

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Photo of TimGarcia
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2016 release. Aged 11 months in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels. Nose has sweet vanilla bourbon. Taste has sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and paradise.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle about a week after release

Perfect example of why hype is so dumb in the beer world. This should be trading at an extremely high level at 1 per person, secret release, and brewery only. All the things that make up a whale essentially. So you can really taste the hype brah...

Look - Dark Brown with small but decent retention

Smell - Heaven Hill barrels and marshmallows

Taste - So much vanilla. Like why isn't this a whale vanilla. It's got vanilla in it brah... followed by a nice blend of heaven hill. IMO better than Rare '15 heaven hill taste

Feel - Main thing i felt that lacked but then I realized this isn't a stout. It's a porter and its right where it should be. Still can't help but want just a little bit of a thicker mouth feel though.

Overall - Seriously why are things like this overlooked.... It isn't always about the hype. Just try different beers and you will see that much of the "highly" rated beers are just normal like most beers. Unfortunately beer hype makes us miss these little gems.

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Photo of Mambajahamba
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dataylor21
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M_chav
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gspeer711
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adrez86
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lmj729
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sposter4
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 tharper178
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Supergenious
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sgbrown78
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 Beerma
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
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 wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domvan
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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