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Peppermint Victory At Sea - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Peppermint Victory At SeaPeppermint Victory At Sea

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78 Reviews

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 355
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 28
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jethrodium on 02-24-2012

This Peppermint Victory at Sea is a festive take on our popular Imperial Porter. We took our trademark robust porter brewed with Caffe Calabria coffee and vanilla and added a dose of refreshing peppermint. The trio of flavors play perfectly on your palate – the brew’s sweet roastiness balances nicely with a cool, minty finish. You might even call it a breath of fresh beer.
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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 355
Photo of soco89ziegler
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory at Sea is a beer that i have enjoyed for years. I am a big fan of peppermint, I do not think the flavor is overpowering in any way for this beer. The mint has a very natural flavor to it, this isn't like a peppermint schnapps, extract type of flavoring. Peppermint, coffee, and chocolate is apparent in both smell and taste. I highly recommend at least getting one bomber to try it out.

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip. Looks inviting, nice frothy head that lingers a bit and a deep black color. Smells of roasted malts and coffee with a slight mint tone. Tastes up front of coffee and mint although the mint seems a bit off. Has good feel to it and is true to style of a imp Porter. Overall I don't despise the beer and would drink it again but wouldn't buy a bomber if a 12oz was available

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of peppermint that intensifies as the beer warms up. Moderate aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, and freshly roasted coffee beans. Coffee aroma becomes more hidden as the peppermint intensifies. Definitely worth the try if you like peppermint.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark roasted malts with a light amount of chocolate sweetness. Moderate flavors of cocoa and freshly brewed coffee and some light notes of charred malts. Finally there is a moderate to strong flavor of peppermint. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness is present in the finish but fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with a really pleasant peppermint flavor and aroma. The coffee is a little more subtle than in the base beer and the vanilla is completely hidden underneath the peppermint.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Nose is a bit of cool mint with layers of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The palate follows. Cool, refreshing mint upfront followed by coffee and then vanilla and chocolate. The base beer is still detectable and delicious under the peppermint. Great beer.

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Photo of tlema1
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: jet black, with a tight tan head
S: not much nose
T: roasty, and a hint of peppermint on the finish
F: full body, great finish
O: love it, highly recommended

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Photo of rypkr
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - very dark brown, very frothy mocha head. Thick viscous lacing.

S - peppermint and bittersweet chocolate. That's it folks... Sseriously... That's pretty much all that comes through. Still very excited to drink this..

T -A mint bomb was all I tasted for the first half, bitter mint that is. Followed quickly with chocolate, coffe, maltiness, vanilla, more mint and some half and half. Then maybe a little more mint.

M - very good. very rich, frothy, filling and complete.

O - ugh. I wanted this to be 95/100 but the overpowering peppermint destroyed it. Solid attempt but way overdone

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea.

To be completely honest, regular victory at Sea didn't wow me all that much especially give the critical acclaim on this site. I expect this one to be better since usually the minty variations of anything are. But y'know I do just love mint. Alright guys let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. This brew comes out swinging viciously looking like a demonic alien of sorts straight outta the promised land of Hell. Black as all get out with a two finger, frothy and dense mocha head to pure solidify its strength. Honestly not the type of head I was expecting for an ultra fresh beer, but it works. Carbonation is completely unreadable given the depth.

Smell - Has the usually victory at Sea bells and whistles though there is a brand new and highly refreshing aspect delivered straight from the peppermint. Admittedly, the actual smell of peppermint is only weakly moderate but the evergreen really does catch a feeling in your nose. Vanilla and coffee otherwise.

Taste - The flavors are once again mostly just regular Victory at Sea but with a refreshing evergreen gum like presence to go along with it. Lots of coffee and vanilla and some spearmint but not much of ACTUAL peppermint. To simulate, chew a stick of some spearmint gum, spit it out, then about a minute later open a regular VaS and you'll pretty much have this profile locked down. Not hugely innovative, but interesting.

Feel - The body is exceptional. Probably my favorite part of the entire beer. Heavy as oil though with a heavy carbonation presence to boot...or maybe that's the evergreen once again, I really cannot tell. Still no signs of the alcohol. Swallows coffee heavy with a crushing bitterness.

Overall -I would have liked it more in a twelve ounce format to be quite honest. It is better than regular victory at Sea in my opinion but they surely could have done a better job with the mint in this beer and made it a star player instead of just a background feeling. Would I drink it again? Well it is truly situational dependant. On a frigid winter night at my hunting Cabin 900 miles North in Canada? Hell yes. Otherwise, I wouldn't buy another bomber.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with tan head that disappears. You can smell some peppermint along with roasty malts. Peppermint is complimented by the strong base beer but the final product is somewhat questionable. Thinner and drier than expected. Light carbonation.

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Photo of BB1313
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy dark tan head that slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts with lots of chocolate and subtle mint notes. The aromas are odd and unique, in my opinion. I don't mean that in a bad way, it just takes a second to get used to. The flavors follow the nose, but are much more enjoyable to me. It literally tastes like a Thin Mint cookie. The mint is very present, but doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. The mint blends well with everything else. The coffee is definitely noticeable as well. More chocolate notes with some subtle hints of vanilla bean. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. This one is dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy and fluffy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is an interesting brew, in a good way. It's definitely growing on me. It started off as odd, but became more enjoyable the more I drank. The mint absolutely does its thing, but it's definitely not a "mint bomb". The peppermint and coffee blends very well together. The craftsmanship takes this one up a notch.

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Photo of SurferEric
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Instead of dropping $10 on this variant do yourself a favor and just grab a regular VaS, a legendary porter that is done injustick by the off putting mint flavor.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor matches the nose, coffee and chocolate dominate. I would have expected more of a mint flavor. You can tell it's in there but it's too far n the background for me to say this is a mint inspired beer. Overall flavor is good but leaves more to be desired from the title.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I admire the gumption to offer a new interpretation on something that could be considered to be a classic, but, as with certain other Ballast Point variants, I found the adjunct taste here to be off-puttlingly artificial.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Peppermint, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and earthy.

Taste: Definitely peppermint forward. The rest of the aromas follow suit. Light bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, minty, and light bitterness.

Overall: Peppermint compliments this beer really well. Couldn't finish a whole bottle, but better to share it with other people.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of peppermint, chocolate, and coffee.

Tastes of the roasted notes layered with peppermint. Roasted notes lead off with chocolate and coffee. This gives way to some charred bitterness in the middle. Peppermint adds in noticeably. Finishes with a little peppermint.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice addition to an already great beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. It pours a dark mahogany, virtually black, with a thick, foamy mocha-colored head and extensive lacing. I expected more of a peppermint smell but it is very subtle. More prevalent is the smell of dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and vanilla. The peppermint comes through more in the taste, particularly as the glass warms, along with lots of dark chocolate and burnt coffee grounds. There is also a good deal of hoppy bitterness at the finish. This porter has a nice, chewy mouthfeel and the 10% ABV is nicely masked. Overall, Peppermint VAS is very good but to me not as good as the original.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the pint and six ounces bottle. A vigorous pour gave a small cardboard head that quickly receded and turned porridge coloured.
The smell is strong, a blast of coffee and mints - which in my mind recalls convenience stores and gas station.
The drink is oily and goes down thick, but I'm too distracted by the flavour, which can't seem to agree with itself.
The peppermint and coffee are gripped in a fight, the porter is barely detectable. I don't feel like I'm drinking beer. Got to just below the 'waist' of my nonic glass and poured out.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black pour with ample light brown head. Great head retention and lacing. The nose is powerful, with strong bitter coffee and mint leading the charge. On taste, coffee and chocolate hit first, with plenty of peppermint to follow. The peppermint is prominent, but certainly not overpowering. The body is medium-full with low-moderate carbonation. This is excellent!

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark roasted walnut color with a half finger mocha colored head atop.I love the big shot of peppermint and fudge in the nose,a bit of nuttiness and alcohol is there as well,love it!The interplay between fudge-like chocolate and peppermint is the major component on the palate and it kicks ass,it never gets to sweet because there is some earth and roast underneath,the alcohol does creep.I like this beer better than most,the chocolate flavors just go so well with the mint,can you say Andes?

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was expecting a mess and it certainly wasnt that, in small quantities it was good and definitely interesting but the more i drank the more off putting the peppermint became, almost like id brushed my teeth before drinking a porter.worth a try but i still find the mint a bit off putting after a while.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a small beige cap. Grandiose peppermint aroma. Chocolate candies with chocolate and roast. Not as one dimensional as some others of this ilk. Medium bodied. Sweet, but not cloying. Still, best in small quantities. Tasty.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at THG. Consumed side-by-side with coconut and peanut butter.

A: Pours a very dark brown cola color, near black, with a foamy, frothy, light brown head that faded into a lasting fuzzy collar.
S: I get more of an evergreen scent than peppermint. Slightly rough smelling and volatile, kind of like mouthwash.
T: Mint is thankfully more peppermint on the palate than the evergreen nose. Bitter chocolate and hints of dark roasted coffee poke through as well, and I get hints of vanilla, piney evergreen, and raisin in the aftertaste.
M: Medium full body, bitter, light greasy, and slick mouthfeel. Slightly astringent and rough around the edges though. The mint doesn’t compliment the bitterness well in my opinion.
O: My least favorite of the three variants, I thought this had too much of a mouthwash quality. Not undrinkable by any means, but definitely a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L- As black as any stout. No light transference evident. A rough pour leads to a 3 finger creamy mocha head. Lacing is copious and lasting.
S- Starts out with a blast of peppermint and finishing with notes of chocolate.
T-Peppermint is the first thing to hit the palate. It starts out quite strong and mellows the more you drink. I have to admit I find it almost medicinal. Eventually the palate compensates and the chocolate of the base beer can be detected.
F- The feel is smooth and silky. Hefty without being overwhelming.
O- Although I find the peppermint overwhelming at first, it improves the more you drink it and the more it warms. All in all, I prefer the original.

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Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, sample purchased at local packy.

Heady beginnings, massive trail of tan lacing down the glass. Fresh peppermint, dark chocolate, roasted grain, subtle dark fruit, and floral alcohol in the nose. Peppermint flavor is very even, let the beer be a beer and compliments every aspect along the way. Upfront I'm thinking peppermint chocolates, in the back is still the intense robust Imperial Porter. Does not drink like a 10% abv beer. Without a doubt, worth checking out.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging. The head is rocky and dark tan in color, peaks at two fingers, and displays fair retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing consists of broken lines and spots.

Smell - Mint and coffee are the predominant aromas. Lesser hints of dark chocolate. Not really picking up vanilla.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mint hits first, and is a steady flavor throughout. Coffee quickly creeps in and becomes the predominant flavor, culminating in a bitterness that displays both roast and earthy grounds character. Hints of chocolate and vanilla are in there, but are quite distant and overrun by the powerful coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture that quickly turns dry and boozy.

Overall - This is a good variant, but it doesn't display the type of cohesiveness found in the original Victory at Sea. I'm glad to have tried it, but for the price I'm likely one and done.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black with a one inch tan head that disappears completely and leave spots of lace. Smell is of black coffee, faint chocolate and refreshing mint. Taste is bitter black coffee, subtle dark chocolate and peppermint that is reminiscent of Vicks Vapor rub. I don't think the coffee and peppermint blend well with this one. Not terrible, just slightly off.

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Peppermint Victory At Sea from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.