Release Ballast Point Red Velvet nitro bottles

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Brent212, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (184) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    I am hoping my local spot will sell me 2 singles to try so I dont have to waste $15 on a whole six pack.
  2. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,334) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    As I said you'll know

    Not for sale yet FYI, it usually takes a few days to go on sale, hopefully not a week like some do. I can not and will not save or hold onto them so I don't catch shit from the boss but southern ocean County has it.
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  3. Whey2Hoppy

    Whey2Hoppy Aspirant (278) Mar 22, 2016 New Jersey

    Thanks a ton for remembering. I would never expect you to hold it or anything, you've done more than enough!
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  4. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,636) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    I tried one, the flavor was ok, the color was cool, but I don't care for the nitro, I get a watered down feel
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  5. darklord2011

    darklord2011 Aspirant (233) Nov 18, 2011 Indiana
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    Very disappointing. Was expecting a full mouth feel with a silky smooth chocolate and oat finish but instead got a thin mouth feel almost flat with a descent oat finish, that's about it. No beet flavor, just deep red color.
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  6. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (248) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    My initial reaction to this beer was that it probably isn't very good, seemed gimmicky, and I wasn't interested in buying any. I got to try a sample from a friend last night, and now my assessment is that it's surprisingly good, it's gimmicky, and I'm still not interested in buying any. They pulled off the beer-that-tastes-like-cake thing better than I would have thought possible, but beer that tastes like cake is still a try it once, go "oh wow, that's interesting", never think about it again thing for me.
  7. Beer_Line

    Beer_Line Aspirant (271) May 29, 2015 California
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    Why buy this? all their beers are sucking more and more. I do not support ballast point after the buy out. Quality has taken a nose dive
  8. Beer_Line

    Beer_Line Aspirant (271) May 29, 2015 California
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    it wont
  9. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (404) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    Yeah out of the new beers I've tried from them over the last year or so they're 1 out of 7. Their new DIPA Manta Ray is good and that's it. So sad.
  10. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (184) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    Looking forward to trying this tonight while watching Dr. Strange. Dont have high hopes but 2 singles only ran me $5.50 so no big deal if its a drain pour. I am a sucker for Nitro stouts and porters. I still think Grapefruit Sculpin is a classic. Love that beer.
  11. PComninaki

    PComninaki Initiate (135) Jul 31, 2010 Virginia
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    One of the grossest beers i've ever tasted
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  12. BJB13

    BJB13 Zealot (529) Feb 18, 2017 Maryland
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    The label on that one almost sucked me in. I picked it up, read what it was all about and put it right back on the shelf.
    Nice art though.
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  13. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (339) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Other than sculpin (&variants) on draft, I've never had a Ballast Point beer impress at all, and in this day and age Sculpin is no better than dozens of other beers in that style, that are often cheaper. Although I'm under 30, I do understand there is a sentimental attachment to this brand, especially people in CA or who lived in CA at one time.

    As for RVN, I do want to tick it but I have pretty low expectations. BP price point makes it much harder to find in "Make Your own 6 Pack" places that don't individually price the singles.
  14. Thecalmdrinker

    Thecalmdrinker Aspirant (269) Jun 27, 2015 Nevada

    I still find 'Victory At Sea' to be delicious. It's pretty much the only beer of theirs that I buy, though.
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  15. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Meyvn (1,444) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Oh wow this beer is awful. Why did I buy a 6 pack? I don't even think a drunken hobo would take my other 5 bottles as a donation. I'm afraid if I pour them down the sink my entire house will explode.
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  16. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (184) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    Truly awful beer. I am sucker for nitro stouts and porters too.
  17. neocharles

    neocharles Aspirant (215) Nov 28, 2016 North Carolina

    I was a few drinks in by the time I opened my bottle - but I don't recall it being too bad. I did feel like it was definitely not the same mouth feel as a nitro on tap (but, I assume that's expected since it's bottled). I have a few bottles left still, so I need to give it another shot - wondering if the temperature of the bottle will impact the overall experience as well.... since technically it is a stout
  18. Hayden34

    Hayden34 Defender (649) Aug 10, 2014 Georgia
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    I tried this and Peppermint Victory at Sea in the last week. The Nitro Red Velvet "stout" was absolutely horrible. I struggled to make it through the bottle. The Peppermint VaS on the other hand was fantastic!
  19. CSpoons

    CSpoons Aspirant (214) Nov 13, 2012 Maryland
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    Was not impressed by this beer. Glad I only bought 1, but props to them for experimenting.
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  20. Jsimansk

    Jsimansk Initiate (177) Jul 10, 2012 Illinois
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    Traditionally, red velvet cake does get it's coloring from beets. Taste-wise, it's supposed to be more at the cocoa end of the chocolate spectrum.

    I tried this, because I do love red velvet cake, but for me it would have been better with a thicker mouthfeel. While the subtle chocolate flavor is probably true to the spirit of red velvet, upping it may have helped balance out the earthy/beet-y taste more. Adding some coffee notes would have put it over the top, for me.
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  21. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (279) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    I wasnt expecting this to have a watery mouthfeel and be so thin. Was kind of a letdown IMO. Not worth the 15.99.
  22. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,334) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    The beets were used for coloring only, to those who say they can't taste them.

    And I found the nitro to be as thin as guinness which is not a problem for me. But definitely not the same feel as left hand nitro milk stout.
  23. Becvar

    Becvar Initiate (124) Jan 19, 2017 Indiana
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    I bought one 12oz of this to try, and Im on board with most of you, this beer was terrible. Super bland, couldnt really tell what the heck was going on in it.
  24. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (1,934) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I finally found a place selling an individual bottle of this. I picked it up last night. Looking forward to trying it without sinking $15 into a six pack.
  25. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,502) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina
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    Just reviewed it (2.96). Glad I bought a single. It poured with ZERO head and the body reflected same.
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  26. xxbassplayerxx

    xxbassplayerxx Initiate (173) Mar 16, 2016 Kentucky
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    Did you turn it totally upside down? It's a nitro beer so very little head without a "vigorous" head is to be expected. Also wouldn't expect any carbonation since it isn't carbonated.
  27. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,334) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    I've had multiple and I enjoyed it. To those saying it's bland, have you not ever had nitro before? The nitrogen mellows flavors drastically. It's nothing new. Nitro being thin is a possibility. Guinness and Kilkenny are thin. So is Left Hand Hard Wired. I for one enjoyed it.
  28. dirtyfonzie

    dirtyfonzie Initiate (43) Nov 19, 2015 Illinois
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    drain pour.
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  29. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (279) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    I think by now I have realized that I dont like nitro. This beer confirmed it for me.
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  30. Mineo

    Mineo Disciple (334) Jul 7, 2010 New York

    This beer literally tastes like a flat adjunct lager.
  31. basaywhat

    basaywhat Meyvn (1,300) May 20, 2013 Illinois
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    This beer ranks right up there with Watermelon Dorado as the nastiest beer I've ever tasted. Absolutely horrible!
  32. irthesteve

    irthesteve Initiate (169) Mar 7, 2014 California

    Taste aside, I have a question.... if anyone has insight.

    This bottle doesn't seem to have any sort of dongle or trigger inside the bottle that triggers the nitrogen. Thinking of Left Hand Milk Stout, or more commonly Guiness, there is a dongle of sorts on the inside.

    I very quickly notice when pouring this one that it doesn't have the same kind of nitro pour that those two do, the bubbles flatten out very fast and overall it seems... "less" nitro-y.

    Anyway, does anyone know the science between the nitrogen dongle things and how they do what they do? I feel like BP went with an alternate method to save money, if I were to guess.
  33. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,231) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    The small unit is called a "widget" by Guinness, the inventor, and a Google search for "Guinness widget" will turn up numerous websites that explain the process.

    Left Hand claims they don't use a widget (thus the "POUR HARD" instructions) -
    ... and Diageo/Guinness dropped the use of the "rocket widget" in their bottled Guinness Draught back around 2010-2011 and they continue to use the "ENJOY STRAIGHT FROM THE BOTTLE" instruction on label and crown. Cans still use the widget.
  34. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (1,842) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I had this on tap, and while it is one of the worst tasting stouts I've ever had, it is also one of the best smelling. Wow, just like red velvet cake. If it tasted liked it smelled - it would be too damn sweet to be a beer.
  35. HermitDan

    HermitDan Disciple (379) Apr 30, 2016 New Jersey

    They could have done so much better with this beer. Get rid of the nitro and red coloring and add more chocolate and whipped cream flavor and have a more hearty stout mouth feel to the beer
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  36. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (1,842) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    There is no saving this beer, hopeless cause.
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