Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Bourbon Barrel (Unspecified)
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Editorís Note: Rate under this entry if the bourbon barrel was not specified or if it was a blend. In 2009, the blend was Old Fitzgerald and Heaven Hill. From 2010 to early 2014, the blend has been an unspecified selection from the barrel room. If you had a single barrel brand that was clearly specified on tap, please rate under that entry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
On tap at Caponeís...on nitro. Poured a deep brown (almost black) color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of lots of bourbon. Yep this one was about the bourbon. Vanilla and chocolate too, but lots of bourbon. Good thing I really like bourbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goodgrief (1978) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 4, 2011
On tap at Caponeís. Served in a teeny weeny glass...because it would be impossible to consume larger quantities. When cold, I could smell some coffee in the nose and actually taste some too. But when warmed, forget it. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon baked beans and bourbon (without the baked beans).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Cask. Rating #21. Dark black pour. Great aroma, vanilla, bourbon and some dark fruitiness. Very smooth, more bourbon and just really outstanding. (1744)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway on the Tap Takeover night. They had 25different brews from Ballast Point that day. Just absolutely lovely. A perfect mix of chocolate, coffee, malt creaminess, and smooth alcohol. Iíd really like a keg of this to go, please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
First this beer was fantastic! But Iím not sure it is better than the regular release version. It pours black with a brown head. Smells mostly of oak, bourbon, and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and roasted coffee. Taste is massively bourbon and oak. The chocolate and vanilla are present but the coffee was almost completely subdued. If I didnít know it was in there Iíd say I couldnít taste it. Still quite complex and a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
small draught sample at Bruery Provisions. Dark and black with thin tan head. Aroma was bourbon alcohol, oak, vanilla. Taste was very similar with much alcohol present and tons of vanilla, more so than the regular version. This stuff was very good but I still prefer regular VAS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
On tap at the Bruery Provisions. Pours with a near black body and a small tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, wood, tobacco, rich chocolate, molasses and maple. Flavors of rich cocoa, madagascar vanilla bean, cream soda, oak, light tobacco and cola. Medium bubbles with a sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Served on tap at the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2010.The appearance is a rich velvety black with a fading foam brown head. The aromas are loads of bourbon, nice coffee and vanilla too. The flavors are very forward with the Bourbon but not as overpowering as some of Ballast Pointís BA beers. The coffee additions are nice with light amount of vanilla and toasted barrel. The mouth is pretty warm still. Really nice flavor combination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Nitro at Ballast Point Linda Vista

Appearance: Pours a jet black with a modest sized creamy cap of tan.

Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker and wood.

Taste: Woody bourbon, vanilla, caramel, tannins. Finishes boozy and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick.

Overall: An amazing treat. The beer without the barrel aging is pretty phenomenal, the bourbon barrel takes it to new heights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. first had on cask and it was terrible, then had it again on nitro at ballast and it was 100x better. Silky, nice bourbon character, fruity, thin in body, but helped the very layered beer wash through completely.

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