Ballast Point Victory at Sea

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by johnnybgood1999, Feb 21, 2015.

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What is your opinion of Victory at Sea

  1. Never had it

    41 vote(s)
    9.8%
  2. Not good

    6 vote(s)
    1.4%
  3. Average

    45 vote(s)
    10.8%
  4. Phenomenal, under the radar beer

    188 vote(s)
    45.1%
  5. Everybody knows about this beer and OP is an idiot

    137 vote(s)
    32.9%
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  1. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I have had beers that shock me with how good they are, especially beers that are well known or hyped. Prairie did this to me recently with Pirate Bomb and Bible Belt, as did BCBCS. However, it is not often I come across a beer distributed from a state across the country that blows my mind.

    Victory at sea just blew my mind. Problem is, I've never heard of it, nor seen it mentioned on here. Is this beer under the radar or do I possess a different palate? It is highly rated, but again, I am surprised I haven't heard of it.
     
  2. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Disciple (356) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    It's an outstanding beer that may have lost some of its luster when availability was expanded. I never get tired of it.
     
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  3. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I was wondering if it had seen increased distribution just recently. If this beer has lost some luster since, then I would love to taste one before that happened.
     
  4. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,381) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Sorry OP, had to choose the last option based on what options were available. VaS is incredibly good but I don't think it's under the radar at all. Under appreciated? Possibly. That this is available in sixers makes it a no brainer imo. I would choose VaS over Founders Breakfast Stout every day of the week and over many other porters & stouts. I can actually taste the coffee in VaS whereas in FBS it seems much more in the background (i.e., where the F is it?). I'm running for Prez in '16 and promise a sixer of VaS in every fridge. Vote early & often.
     
  5. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Actually this poll illustrates a BA trying to have fun and get opinions on a beer, while he is drinking that beer. I didn't think submit any "other" opinions in the comments was necessary, as that goes without saying.
     
  6. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,381) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
    Trader

    Whoah, reading a little too much into the poll. Drink a Victory at Sea & vote again.
     
  7. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Poo-Bah (1,776) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    It has always been great but prior to this year you had to find it on draft or ponied up an bunch of cash for a bomber. Now there are 6 packs of this beast to be found in the wild for a reasonable price. Ballast point pulled the harpoon out of the wale and let it live free to be in its pod.
     
  8. akrz47

    akrz47 Initiate (0) May 31, 2014 Massachusetts

    ^ Hey, my bad on the bigotry. I deleted those posts. But just FYI my man, I've tasted Victory at Sea many times and it used to be my favorite beer. Not for a while, now...not even close.
     
  9. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,381) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
    Trader

    No worries. Get that Not Good vote up there then. Cheers!
     
  10. oldsailor

    oldsailor Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2008 Connecticut

    It's a great beer and even better on tap! Definitely under appreciated in my opinion.
     
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  11. akrz47

    akrz47 Initiate (0) May 31, 2014 Massachusetts

    Cheers, thank you!
     
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  12. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Under appreciated is what crossed my mind drinking it. It is well reviewed and that got me excited before I popped the top on it, but I have heard NO hype about this beer, which I think is hypeable. Is hypeable a word?
     
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  13. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I would choose it over others as well. I would drink this over wake n Bake and Breakfast Stout. Personally, I like this as well as Big Bad Baptist and that surprised me for a bit over $3 a bottle. I was not lucky enough to find six packs, just singles on sale. Maybe I don't monitor BA enough, but I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of this beer, as both Breakfast Stout and Wake n Bake are very well known. I guess that shows how big the craft beer world is.
     
  14. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,915) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    First time I had Victory at Sea, I was all, where have you been all my life. Then, the next time I had it, something had changed. Maybe it was the recipe, maybe it was me. The vanilla flavor seemed artificial, and I haven't been back since. Would love to find out how to recapture that first time again, but as with so many things, such an experience is elusive.
     
  15. oldsailor

    oldsailor Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2008 Connecticut

    It is now! I'm with ya! Love this stuff!
     
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  16. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I have that happen a lot and I hope this beer will not fall in category. Bourbon County is still great. I can't manage to catch all the layers and complexity that I did drinking an 07 vintage in 09. Breakfast Stout is monstrous smack of coffee in the face, but only about 25% of the time.
     
  17. 1eyed_jack

    1eyed_jack Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Illinois

    Hype only exists when something is super limited. Once this went into regular production all the people who feel cool for getting hard to find beers moved on to something.

    Victory at Sea, in my opinion is as good as any stout/porter I've had.
     
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  18. SDDLSK

    SDDLSK Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2015 Minnesota

    Had to take the phenomenal, under the radar choice. In my area Ballast Point as a whole seems to fly under the radar. I am all good with that as Victory at Sea is easily one of the top 5 "new to me" beers I have had in the last year.
     
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  19. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    Agreed! It's a phenomenal beer, and I think that the fact that it's not a whale (at least anymore) is a good thing in that, as some of the posts depict with some new people having finally tried it, and get to experience how phenomenal it is!
     
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  20. Dweedlebug

    Dweedlebug Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I've yet to see it in 6-packs, just 750ml bottles and very rarely on tap. Of course, being in PA, that means you get to buy a whole case for $100. And it's worth it. :wink:
     
  21. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (346) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Was it a whale at some point?
     
  22. Stezz420

    Stezz420 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2014 Illinois

    Who or what is OP? Maybe I've been up too long today and this blazing world I'm drinking is taking its toll, but I don't know what that means. This beer is amazing none the less though especially because its offered year round in a six pack at 10% abv and cost less than $20. Amazing vanilla coffee stout that stands up to most big hitters.
     
  23. diamondlie

    diamondlie Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2014 Connecticut

    OP = Original Poster
     
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  24. Barnoloid

    Barnoloid Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2015 Illinois

    Being quite readily available in my local market I think this does go under the radar somewhat. My nearest beer store (as in 2 blocks away) has a decent all round selection, but always has the large format bottles of Victory at Sea. So more often than not i'm heading straight for it. The first time I tried this it definitely blew me away too, and it consistently holds up.
     
  25. HopsnMalts_NJ

    HopsnMalts_NJ Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 New Jersey

    Delicious on draft, haven't had it bottled yet. It was a nice surprise, really enjoyed it.
     
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  26. SFNC

    SFNC Zealot (514) Apr 7, 2013 North Carolina

    So this became less tasty when others could get it?
     
  27. paulys55

    paulys55 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I didn't vote because there wasn't really an option for "It's a really nice beer that has become easier to obtain". It does however surprise me that you have been here since 2008 and haven't heard about or had this beer. And don't take that the wrong way...that's why i didn't vote for the last option:wink:
     
  28. LordofWord

    LordofWord Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2014 Oregon

    Ugh. Me too. But I actually crave more vanilla. I got so excited after my first bottle that I bought a ton, and now I am aging it to try to recapture some of the original thrill. It did not seem so coffee forward the first time.
     
  29. Hophead21

    Hophead21 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Have wanted to try this beer for quite a while, never gets shipped to PA though.
     
  30. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Poo-Bah (1,776) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Society

    what are you in we western part of the state?

    We have lots of VaS available in SEPA in 12 oz bottles.
     
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  31. GlenMillsBeer

    GlenMillsBeer Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2014 Pennsylvania

    It's sitting at my store in delaware county. So it atleast hits the Philly markets.
     
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  32. paulys55

    paulys55 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    All over the Lehigh Valley area
     
  33. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Disciple (356) Nov 10, 2006 California
    Trader

    So that's what you got from my statement? C'mon..
     
  34. Hophead21

    Hophead21 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I live in Pittsburgh
     
  35. Hophead21

    Hophead21 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Should have been more specific, yes i live in pittsburgh
     
  36. paulys55

    paulys55 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    It is distributed through Bella Vista out of Philly around here. Guess it doesn't make it out your way. Sorry.
     
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  37. gibgink

    gibgink Champion (871) Oct 27, 2014 Missouri
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    I would vote for above average, but I wouldn't term it as phenomenal.
     
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  38. Hophead21

    Hophead21 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Its ok, at least i can wipe away my tears sipping on my hopslam ha
     
  39. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    Well, maybe Whale is the wrong word, but before it was so easy to find as it is now, it used to really rare here on the east coast, and so when you could get it, a rare find it was.
     
  40. mikepcarney

    mikepcarney Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2009 Ohio

    I've had it several times now. Was never blown away but it is a great beer.
     
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