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Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Bourbon Barrel
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
Tap @ Stone Oakquinox. Pours black with a creamy beige head that left some nice lacing. Big nose bursting with coffee, vanilla, bourbon and a touch of booze. I think this might be even better than the regular version.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
On draft at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens for Oakquinox (Escondido, CA): Pours blackest black and topped with mocha foam. Enticing aroma of creamed coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, and bitter dark chocolate. Flavor was wayy better, and usually it’s the other way around, so I was delighted by the surprise. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, espresso, bourbon, oak, caramel, and bitters. Sweet, full-bodied, smooth. Drinkability: Memorable, enjoyable, and dangerously drinkable. A recommended dark ale I can rely on. Pairing: Smoked sausage platter. Rebuy: Yes. #408 on 19042010, DG.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
On tap at oakquinox. Pours black with no head. Aroma is an amazing excess of vanilla and coffee wih some Bourbon and dark chocolate. Flavor is all of the same goodness. Bitterness might be a bit much, and coffee is more muted, but...wow. full bodied with light carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4358) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
The beer I had was actually a cask of V@S aged in bourbon oak chips at Churchills, so not sure if this needs a new entry. Dark black pour, creamy tan head. Dark roasted malt, sweet chocolate, vanilla, espresso, bourbon, oak, and dried fruit notes. Creamy smooth mouthfeel as it was cask conditioned. Very tasty and complex, but also very sweet, so if you don’t like sweet beers, you probably won’t like this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (10917) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2010 A: The pour is just about black as night with a finger’s worth of mocha colored foam on top. S: The vanilla aroma is even more pronounced and intense than the regular version (I didn’t realize that was possible). Though the coffee is a bit subdued, the bourbon, oak, roast, and chocolate notes really give this a great nose. T: Once again, the vanilla is incredibly intense and really defines this beer. The bourbon, oak, and subdued coffee are nice compliments to it and there is a sweet chocolately flavor as well. The bourbon really comes through as this one warms up. M: A very full bodied beer with a soft, smooth, and creamy carbonation. D: I suppose my only complaint about this beer is that the coffee has died out a bit too much for me. I only say this because it’s one of the things that defines Victory at Sea. That said, I wouldn’t turn down a taste of this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2010
Much smoother and less sweet than the regular version. Bourbon is only moderately present. Not cloying like the original, but doesn’t loose any of the depth or complexity. Hands down prefer this to the original and rating should reflect this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Draught at TJ’s: Sweet aroma of bourbon, chocolate, malts, vanilla, oak, light caramel, and slight alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, tan head around the edges only. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, Bourbon, oak, light caramel, vanilla, and light malts. Full body. Lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Bourbon, chocolate, and malt finish is sweet and slightly dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On nitro at Linda Vista’s Beer Meets Wood event. Labeled as 2008 single barrel Old Fitzgerald. Pours black with a thin, creamy, tan head that leaves sheet lace. Smells of light roasted malts and just a hint of wood, slightly sour and boozy. Tastes of coffee grounds and musty, sour malt. There’s only a faint hint of wood, or sweetness, or any barrel character really. Fullish body, velvety carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
A deep dark stout with a thick creamy moka head. A pleasant woody chocolate aroma, with light vanilla beans notes. In mouth, a nice and rich chocolate with light hops, good sustained roasted coffee, tingling mouthfeel, warming alcohol, amaretto coffee. rich and smooth. On tap at Ballast Point 13 Anniv. Beer Festival , Oct. 24 2009.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gaffandbleed (12) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
On Nitro so it pours nice and creamy and velvety. Could taste the vanilla and barrel aging smoothing it out compared to the non barrel aged version. Very Whiskey like wood flavor. Worth the price of admission.


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