Victory At Sea - Mole
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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American Imperial Porter
4.22 | pDev: 9%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ronricorossi
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is more spicy than sweet, like a savory mole sauce. While you can roughly group it in the "mexican stouts" sub-style (Huna, Abraxas, Mex Cake), it does belong under its own heading. No pronounced cinnamon (if its in there at all), and a stinging heat. Will the Bruery's Freckle follow this slightly less-traveled path as well?

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: Dark brown, good head and lacing

Smell: Chiles, cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla

Taste: Chiles, though not too much heat, vanilla, cocoa, dark fruits, malts, some coffee there

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, full body

Overall: An excellent beer, better than Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole, not super sweet, or an excessive amount of heat. Ballast Point knows what they're doing with this beer. This is exactly the treatment Victory at Sea needed, much better balanced.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms' 5th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

Spicy like ay yi yi! Whoa doggy, what is going on here? Raul has coined this beer "Mexican Eggnog." Forget that regular honkey stuff; this is the real deal! Decadent like Nat King Cole singing "Silent Night" and spicy like the chupacabra taking a bite!

Yeah buddy. Raul does this. Raul does this well and good!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and chile aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and chile flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great chile presence in the flavor that packs a noticeable but not overwhelming amount of heat.

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Victory At Sea - Mole from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 42 ratings