Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Bourbon Barrel (Unspecified)
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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Editor’s 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. Currently, the only single barrel entry is for Four Roses, but others may be added if they fit the above criteria.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coonsie (2) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2014 does not count
I have now had this beer on tap twice, and now I know why I looked so long to find it a second time! It poors almost black with a substantial head. As you raise the glass you can’t help but inhale the wonderful aroma. The taste of coffee and vanilla are readily apparent, with the coffee flavor having a slight edge. I am just hoping the bottled version measures up when I find it.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10801) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1508) - Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2011
This is nitro on tap at Aces and Ales. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Smell of vanilla, oak, and cherry. Delicious flavor of malt, vanilla, and fruit. Alcohol is very warming. Finishes thick and creamy too. Deliciously toasted. A top brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Opaque black with a creamy, nitro, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roast, smoke, and cocoa. Taste of roast, smoked malts, and cocoa, with vanilla, wood, and bourbon in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (5227) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap at Capones and Devils Den during beer week. Pours a frosted glass greyish black, with medium sized milky head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of sour whiskey, wood, cocoa, peat. Taste is a velvety smooth chocolate bourbon flavor with the addition of vanilla beans, and a whiskey barrel richness. Awesome beer that had a little kick but overall was very balanced. Wish the aroma was a bit more layered but I really cannot complain about trying one of my favorite porters barrel aged.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9364) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4743) - Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pours a deep, warm sable with a nice tan head. Aroma has firm notes of roast malt, coffee, cocoa and wood with a hint of rum. Yo ho ho! Flavor has rich charred wood, coffee, roast malt and rum notes with a hint of cocoa. Texture is smooth, firm, rather fizzy. A true Victory at Brewing!

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