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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Nitro, RBSG Fri evening. Medium tan head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, roast, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Bourbon/vanilla. Creamy medium body.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (10935) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Tap at our second BP stop of the day! Dark pour, tan head. All the aromas of the regular VaS are noticeable, but they take a bit of a back seat to the barrel notes. Nice fudgy, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee...rich and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
On tap at Capone’s...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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Draft in a snifter at Capone’s during PBW 2011. Pours hazy jet black with tan head. Nose was heavy black patent and chocolate malts, cacao, molasses, walnut, oaky, spirity bourbon, vanilla. Tasted rich, a bit hot, with a large malt bill, cacao, a pronounced oaky bourbon element, some spirits, vanilla, and a level of hops in the backend. Good complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This creamy cake of a Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter offers generous portions of coffee, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate in a fluffy mouthfeel redolent of airy icing.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick cappuccino-like foam bobs atop the utter darkness.
-Although perhaps not as complex, this is as decadent a dessert as Bourbon Barrel-Aged Péché Mortel.
-The finish is tad too boozy for my liking, but at the same time the alcohol helps to cut through the sweetness.
-The nose screams dessert and the tastebuds thus immediately demand a diabetic orgasm.
-This is one of those rare beers which works wonderfully when served on nitro.

On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Black color with tan foam. Nice bourbon, vanilla bean, coffee, dark roast aromas. smooth medium body. Vanilla, medium roast coffee, whiskey, roasty flavors--very tasty barrel brew

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
On nitro at Toronado. Black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon chocolate bourbon vanilla bourbon and coffee aroma and taste. Excellent.


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