RATINGS: 55   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.

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mcberko (18583) - 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. I’m not sure how this gets such amazing ratings. It’s a fun supper, but it’s so intensely sweet and difficult to drink due to it. Not bad.

brokensail (16633) - Dublin, 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.

Lubiere (14133) - 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.

argo0 (14127) - 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.

hopdog (12953) - 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.

daknole (11050) - 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.

DocLock (10970) - 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.

MartinT (10037) - 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.

jackl (8300) - 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. There’s also some weird dirty green bean character. Flavor is great if you really like bourbon, but I’m feeling like the beer’s 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 beer’s fine, but it fell short of my high expectations .

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Draft at SB. Pours an opaque near-black, closer to ebony, with dense and creamy dark tan mousse on top. Big sweet dark chocolate nose, lots of cocoa, pleasant apricot and vanilla accents from the barrel. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Mid-palate is like some crazy chocolate bourbon milkshake--heavy, creamy, sweet, succulent, slightly fruity, not boozy, no bite. Beautifully done. Long sweet finish.

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