Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lot of beer nerds, myself included, hate how imperial beers tend to be the highest rated brews across the board. Well, the fact is beers can do so much more with more energy and Ballast Point Victory at Sea is proof positive of that. A regular porter tends to be a very direct, mild beer - but what happens when you crank up the voltage? You get a very flavor, complex, robust beer thatís really a fun and interesting drinking experience.
I received a 22oz bottle from a friend in San Diego (thanks, Ryan!). I split it with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses.
Appearance: Pitch black body with no other colors showing at all. Forms a fairly large, dark khaki creamy/foamy head which retains and laces very well for such a big beer.
Smell: Huge vanilla, chocolate, and coffee notes. Very sweet aroma to be sure, buy with traditional porter notes at the base.
Taste: I love it when beers not only taste great but keep changing up their palate throughout the drinking process. Ballast Point Victory at Sea starts out with a prominent, slightly dry bitterness. Then it turns on a dime into a melange of sweet, syrupy flavors. Iced coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon and dark chocolate all show up in various stages of the second half. The beer finishes with a strong coffee and slightly roasted malt finale. Itís a perfect balance of confectionary sweetness and coffee and hop bitterness.
As I drink on the palate continues to evolve. Coffee actually takes a back seat to the vanilla and woody flavors. Itís not too far removed from rum. These flavors eventually are then superseded by a strong dark chocolate sweetness with slight coffee bitterness. Itís all very delectable, especially as a liquid dessert (which is how we drank it).
Drinkability: Since Ballast Point Victory at Sea is a porter itís not surprising it has a smooth, velvety texture and a body thatís not quite as sticky and syrupy as its 10% ABV composure might have you believe. There is no alcohol presence in this brew at all, not even a gentle warmth (although it might explain the rum and woody bourbon cask-like flavors). The only problem? It actually finishes a little too clean! No residual drying effect despite the prominent coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Thatís a flaw I can easily tolerate, though.
Cubatobaco (3) - Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why they call this a porter is beyond me. The is a stout compared to many stouts Iíve had over time. Wonderful Spicey mouthfeel with coffee and chocolate as the main flavor. This is a wonderfully balanced "porter" that stands out among other beers. Top notch and weíll worth seeking out.
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Flavor of more chocolate, hint of vanilla and espresso. Bittersweet thick finish with great mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
hawthorne00 (2098) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head that settles to a cm and lasts well. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, white pepper, fudge, coconut oil. Quite silky, lowish carbonation. Some unintegrated alcohol. Sweet with loads of coffee, some dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge. The coffee seems surprisingly fresh with berry and spicy overtones as if freshly ground. Maybe thatís partly good vanilla, but it works well anyway. Discreet bitterness and a little astringency sweep the sweetness away pretty effectively at the end. As usual for me l with this sort of thing, thereís a lurking sense of "surely this is too much coffee it should be mainly beer because reasons" but it is really nicely put together and the coffeeís vibrant.
Jasond612 (168) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12/7/13. Multiple samples at valley forget beer festival. Best beer I sampled and it was actually the last beer of the night.
Poured black with a dark brown head.
Sweet vanilla with a dark roasted coffee. Great sweet roasted coffee. Amazing beer!!!
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dfearnley (565) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to plastic glass
Smells like a coffee crisp, coffee, chocolate, vanilla wafer.
Deep black with a creamy tan head.
Coffee, coffee, coffee, some sweet caramel, but coffee! Too much coffee for my tastes.
Ferris (1266) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Dark roast coffee and roast malts. Jet black with a rich big beige head. Coffee and vanilla are up front but not in a cohesive manor. It seems like I am doing a Imperial Stout with a coffee boiler maker. Mouthfeel is spot on.
mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at ABR - awesome porter with great coffee aromas and some vanilla underneath. Glad to have this brewery in MN
Westchesterco (669) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with an ecrue head that has the aroma of booze and tastes like strip.g roasted coffee with a bitter after tadte
Iphonephan (2220) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and licorice. Flavors follow with a bit of vanilla and dark roasted espresso notes. Medium heavy body with light carbonation. Bitter roasted finish.
Hermod (2580) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65cl bottle from SB. Black colored, dense brown head. Massive roasted malty and coffee aroma, vanilla and licorice notes as well. Flavor has layers of coffee, combined with roasted malt, vanilla and cocoa. Very smooth. Bitter finish, long with vanilla and espresso notes. Huge beer, fantastic.