Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Bourbon Barrel (Unspecified)

RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Editors 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (6606) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was huge fresh coffee, vanilla, and barrel. Flavor similar, tip few ba coffee bears, damn I love this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1794) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2016
Merci Yan pour le partage de cette raret! Le liquide est trs noir, visqueux et dallure riche. Aucune mousse, videmment. Armes tonnamment sches o le cacao, le bourbon, la torrfaction forment un ensemble intense et chaud. a fesse comme on dit! Beaucoup de grains de caf torrfis ainsi que de lextrait de vanille profusion. Quelques notes fumes qui me rappellent lEurope du Nord et un bourbon caramlis bien agressif. Un certain manque dquilibre mon avis, bien que plaisante boire. Un petit verre me suffit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (6319) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2016. Comes black with a nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (16920) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
On tap at Tin Bucket, pours black with a small brown head. Aroma brings out shitloads of vanilla and bourbon - extremely aggressive notes of each. Flavour is rich with loads of vanilla upfront, followed by a little bourbon. Intensely sweet and cloying. Im not sure how this gets such amazing ratings. Its a fun supper, but its so intensely sweet and difficult to drink due to it. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1840) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2016 750 mL bottle. Aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Barrels, per the neck tag. Bottled 5/15/2016. 11.3% ABV. Black body with an ample khaki head. Smell has a lot of bourbon. Lots of vanilla. Rich coffee. Some chocolate. Vanilla is the primary flavor. Huge vanilla flavor. Coffee behind it. Bourbon is in the back end, but still strong. Oaky in the finish. Medium heavy. Pretty boozy. My description of this is identical to the Heaven Hill variant, because it tastes nearly identical.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (698) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2016
On tap at World of Beer Tempe. Straight-up sweet, hot bourbon masks all other scents on the nose. Pours obsidian with khaki head. The sip reveals a very sweet bourbon flavor with mild cocoa and vanilla underneath. Faint roasty malt and coffee struggles to be heard. Slightly watery body. Solid, but the Elijah Craig barrel-aged version is MUCH more complex and delicious. Here, the bourbon seems to dampen most of the characteristics that make Victory at Sea so tasty in the first place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (6358) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 1, 2016
On tap at Temecula. Aged 11 months in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels. It pours dark brown with a light tan head. The aroma is big sweet nutty vanilla bourbon barrel goodness. Vanilla and sweet coffee drink stands out. The flavor is smooth and bourbon forward with lots of wood, vanilla, cocoa and dark chocolate. So smooth. The coffee has taken a back seat to the woody, vanilla bourbon. The finish has a nice roasted kick that serves to balance the sweetness. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2016
on draft at the brewery. Tons of brownie batter. Thick and creamy. Lots of roast and ash.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Keg @ Happy Gnome. Deep brown pour with a creamy light tan head. Nose is strongly influenced by the barrel it was aged in. Hot caramel and vanilla. Peppery ash. Theres also some weird dirty green bean character. Flavor is great if you really like bourbon, but Im feeling like the beers overwhelmed by the barrel in this case. Some chocolate and ash with an abrupt strong boozy vanilla shock on the finish. Slightly thin, mildly watery. Soft carb. The beers fine, but it fell short of my high expectations .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2533) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2015
December 5, 2015 - on tap at Happy Gnome. Dark pour with limited head. Aroma was nice bourbon, sweetness and some veggies. Taste had the bourbon, veggies and coffee. Would have been really good if not for the veggie aroma/taste.

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