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
96.9%
Liked This Beer
4.41 w/ 291 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:
#413
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
291
Liked:
282
Avg:
4.41/5
pDev:
8.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
86
Trade:
0
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Photo of LoveStout
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Following one San Diego winner (Barrel Aged Speedway) to another (Barrel Aged victory At Sea), I was lucky to enjoy a pour on-tap at 38 Degrees. On to the beer:

A touch of lace surrounds the top of this ink black liquid. A few spots of lace even stick around as the beer is consumed. The aroma has many of the standard Victory At Sea notes with the infusion of wood. Coffee and vanilla come standard, bits of oak and booze are extra,

The barrel aged version of Victory At Sea leans heavier with the booze than it does with the beer. If you are a passionate lover of whiskey, you have a winner right here. I enjoy it as well, albeit in a smaller ratio to the beer. What I have here seems to be about two parts booze and one part coffee vanilla imperial porter. It's a full bodied beer, no question about that.

It's nice, but my sky-high expectations were not met. Honestly, I prefer the standard Victory At Sea, but I was still happy to try this exclusive version.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BARFLYB
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in a Tulip. I would of kicked myself if I passed this up.

A- BA Victory at Sea is black, even behind some light this one is still black. Some off white/tan foam was on top forming a cap and than fading. Some swirls brang it back while lacing was very light.

S- The smell is great with signs of a balanced barrel aged beer. It opened my eyes up. Big smells of sweet vanilla and coffee with top notch bourbon. Also behind that some roast and malt.

T- A wonderful porter with robust malts taking the spotlight with the Kentucky bourbon. Good bourbon too not that cheap crap at the company parties. Vanilla (which I love in my beer) is also up front giving a different swetness. Chocolate and coffee. This one has it all, even a nice hop addition in the back.

M- Above medium bodied, hell it might as well be full bodied with some heat from the 12.2%, wow that's high. The alcohol is well hidden though. Robust malts vanilla giving this one a somewhat creamy feel. Light in carbonation.

D- This one is a sipper but I wanted to gulp it. delicious and well balanced plus not to hot. Really cant complain with this one. Now I just need to track down the regular version.

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Photo of John_M
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Growler last night. This is a beer I've been wanting to try for some time.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and attractive lacing all around. On the nose, I get considerable dark chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and light bourbon. The beer smells very nice. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the vanilla flavor dominating. The beer is on the sweet side, no doubt, but is still pretty easy to drink. Mouthfeel is fairly soft in a medium bodied package, and the finish is long and very smooth. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can definitely tell it's up there (but even so, I ordered a second 8 ounce glass).

Very nice BA porter from Ballast Point.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2/18/2010

Consumed in celebration of my vanquishment of BEC. Another barrel aged version of a Ballast Point beer aged in a different barrel for a variable amount of time called the same thing. Oh well. This particular beer was on tap at the Old Grove location and was aged for 99 days in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels.

It appears impenetrable black in my snifter, crowned with a one finger light brown head. It looks like beer.

The aroma is of dark chocolate cake and brown sugar cookies with notes of molasses. Oak is evident, and vanilla, while less apparent here than in the regular version, is more noticeable than the last two barrel aged versions I tried at Beer Meets Wood at the Homebrew Mart during San Diego Beer Week 2009 and Ballast Point's Anniversary Fest in 2009. Bourbon is apparent and well integrated. Dark chocolate is very powerful and a little caramel is evident. Coffee has backed off a bit after the beer's sojourn in the barrels, and I prefer it at this lower level. Anyway, this smells great.

The flavor is a combination of dark chocolate cake, coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla, with an excellent and well integrated bourbon presence. Coffee influence increases midpalate and a light astringency can be perceived. I'm really digging the bourbon influence here. Notes of brown sugar are present, and a little alcohol is noticeable in the flavor. Bourbon presence is strongest in the warming dark chocolate roasted brown sugar vanilla finish. Yes, those attributes are all there. The mouthfeel is full and creamy and carbonation is at a low moderate level. This is excellent.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

HOB Gainesville on tap. Just says "barrel aged", so I will assume bourbon barrel. Poured in a Florida Beer snifter. Pours black with a super creamy mocha head. Smells of creamy vanilla and coffee. Flavor is bitter coffe up front, some burn from the bourbon, and a beautiful sweet creamy vanilla finish. Prickly carbonation goes well with the bitter coffee notes. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Overall I don’t know that the bourbon did much for this except give it more alcohol bite. Good beer though.

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4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottfrie
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap served at room temperature.

A: Pours a near-black dark brown with a typical dense, creamy, thick, and long lasting nitro head that left sheets of lacing down the glass.
S: Extremely huge notes of vanilla and well integrated bourbon along with some woody, oaky notes.
T: Sweet notes of caramel and vanilla with warm notes of bourbon coming through near the finish. Vanilla is potent all around. Coffee is subtle and creamy in the aftertaste like a latte. Bourbon adds some spicy warmth. I get a touch of caramel and raisin as well, along with a subtle sort of fruit or sherry flavor that I can't quite place.
M: Creamy nitro body that tapers a bit at the end. Low carbonation, smooth. Alcohol and bourbon add flavor but not really a lot of warmth. Nice.
O: Incredibly drinkable and smooth. This was the highlight of my day to drink.

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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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domvan
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Victory At Sea Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.9% out of 100 with 291 ratings
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