Thursday, November 10, 2011

MAXED OUT: Victory!

Max gets back into his top 10...

Oh hey! Didn’t see you there! Welcome back to the Thunderdome, my colossus clowns of the cone (hop,) and for this week’s topic I’ll be getting back into my TOP 10!!!! (applause.) So a quick recap:

Hitachino XH, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, Pizza Port OB Cho Saiko, Ballast Point Sculpin, St. Louis Geuze Grand Fond Tradition, Moonlight Reality Czeck, and Delirium Tremmens have all made the cut, which
means that we’re down to the final three! YAY! Oh, and don’t forget, these are in NO particular order… that is until the final post of this year in which I will unveil my FAVORITE BEER OF ALL TIME!!!!

Is everyone as excited as I am for good ol' numero ocho? Saweeet!
Drum roll please. The eighth beer on my top ten favorite beers of all
time is Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Imperial Porter. At 11% this beer is a dark and delicious bomb of chocolaty, vanilla, coffee goodness that makes me do the happy dance every time I try it.

Think dark, thick and delicious. Sos this
past week, as some of you know, was beer week, and Toronado had
Ballast Point night on Monday. Around ten of my friends (including
Dean) attended, and tried several different vintages (years) and
barrel agings of this fantastic beverage. Victory at Sea 2010, 2011,
2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged on Nitro, 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged with
Vanilla Bean, etc. etc. Which one was the best? ALL OF THEM!!!!
They were all so fantastically unique and delightful that I really
didn’t have a “favorite.” I enjoyed them all so much that I implore
you to go check them all out. NOW! GO! SERIOUSLY!!!

Victory comes out once per year, their coffee beans coming from Café
Calabria (on University and 30th) and this year’s vintage was just
released a couple of weeks ago. So run, don’t walk to your local
liquor store and check to see if they have it. If you are lucky
enough to find it, do yourself a favor and grab a few bottles. It is
one of those beers that you can definitely age for at least a couple
of years and it will only get better. Delicious and nutritious!

Until next time my beer loving brethren, have a beer for me.

ed. note: Though we are not huge porter or stout fans, the Victory at Sea is mighty tasty though we think we would burn out on all that chocolately and coffee goodness after a single pint. Also, our recommendation of a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream into a half pint of Victory was met with the derision we reserve for those wishing to put A1 steak sauce on a perfectly good ribeye. There are certain things you just don't do and with Victory fans, making a Victory float is one of them.... Hey, just a reminder: next Saturday, the 19th, at Pizza Port OB between the hours of 2 and 5 will be Beers with Demo's first annual meet-up with Dean and Max. PP is kid-friendly so get those soccer games and chores out of the way and chill with us before the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season is upon us.


SarahB said...

Chocolate beer. Hmm. Maybe.

See you guys next weekend!

Dean said...

Keeping hope alive!