Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter Cup
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #100
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,792
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
63
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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VABA from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice brown color with a slight head and lacing, a very pleasant peanut butter aroma and taste. A medium bodied beer with decent carbonation and a nice character.

May 10, 2018
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Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown almost black with a medium tan headed. Head dissipated pretty quick and minimal lacing. Ignore that though because it’s all about the taste. And oh what a tasty treat it is!!!!! Smells of strong chocolate notes with big time peanut butter, and the taste followed. Appropriate mouthfeel for this style of beer. Flavour is tremendous! Highly recommend brew!!!!

Apr 14, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Main Street Pub in Bally. Poured into a goblet.

L: Nearly black pour... 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Great rim of lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... chocolate and peanut butter as promised.

T/F: Rich and roasty... big time porter that drinks almost like a stout. Espresso and cocoa... light peanut butter but definitely present. Mild sweetness to go with the bitter roast but it doesn't drink like a dessert. Medium bodied... rich and sticky. Finish is more bitter coffee laced with peanut butter and cocoa.

O: A big flavorful porter... interesting mix of flavors that mostly worked... and that only because the peanut butter isn't overpowering. A sipper... one I'd enjoy occasionally but not regularly. Glad I got to try it!

Apr 01, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a beautifully marble brown cascading carbonation that slowly turns to black with a tan head. It seems promising at first, something that looks that soft and pillowy should follow through, but this doesn't.

This beer is shockingly bitter. I don't know how you make a peanut butter porter that is this bitter, and simply not smooth, but they did it. The peanut butter comes through but only in a light manner, then a bitter astringent porter flavor, which I'm not sure I've ever had in the style before.

Ballast Point is really going overboard with the variants on all their beers. They really didn't need to considering their success and the quality and popularity of their standby brews. Furthermore, there are dozens of big breweries making peanut butter+chocolate+even coffee stouts and porters that are eons better than this.

Feb 13, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger light brown head. Very little retention and just a few spots of lacing. Smell is coffee and peanut butter with some roasted malts, a touch of chocolate too. Taste is the same. Feel is medium, oily and slick. Overall a good beer, but I prefer the original VaS. I'm not sure the coffee and peanut butter go so well together personally.

Feb 01, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Tan head. Dark brown color.

Peanut butter all around. I like it. Kind of dessert like. Coffee roast as well. Lots of chocolate and caramel.

Medium bodied. Ends a tad dry and roasted. The peanuts cover up the vanilla in this one.

Jan 09, 2016
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breadwinner from California

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty iffy about this before trying it, as my previous experience with peanut butter brews suggested it'd be an overwhelming affair, but they pulled it off nicely here, the PB infusion coming off less like sugar peanut buttery candy bar than actual ground peanuts, which interplayed nicely with the coffee and vanilla. Almost wonder if it added a touch of oily texture too, which again helps to blunt the impact of the acidic coffee. A very dark chocolate note runs through this too. What can I say? This one works, much to my surprise.

Dec 28, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Half Pint Pub in Rochester, NY.

This one pours basically the same as regular Victory at Sea, a dark deep black, with a very small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like dank peanut butter, heavily roasted malt, super bitter coffee, and some vanilla.

This isn't necessarily better than regular Victory at Sea, but the peanut butter is certainly a worthy addition. This feels a lot like an imperial strength Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup (I haven't had Nutsmasher), with peanut butter and heavily roasted coffee being the dominant flavors, with some vanilla, dark chocolate, and dark, dark, dark roasted malt. It's a flavor overload and really strong, but it all works.

This one is super creamy, and pretty thick, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is a really cool variant on VaS, and a rare deft use of peanut butter in beer.

Dec 24, 2015
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has an aroma of coffee with a nutty peanut butter note. Flavor is coffee up front with a soft nutty backround flavor. The coffee gives a little bitterness up front but the peanut butter balances well but could be more pronounced. Overall a delicious beer.

Dec 20, 2015
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Nugganooch from California

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ballast Point – Miramar, SD
06/25/2015 - Served in a tulip glass

A: Dark brown body with a ruddiness running through it. Not much unlike the color of roasted coffee bean really. A thin layer of khaki tan

S: This is peanut butter cookie dough meets vanilla crème, roast malt/grains, and dat sweet specialty coffee from Calabria. Some nuanced milk chocolate notes but the peanut butter is nicely present and abounding here. Smells sweet and decadent but also manages to come together in a unified dessert like aroma.

T: Tastes much the same with a peanut butter chocolate cake likeness. This is quite incredible actually. Toasted peanut and sweet cookie dough with vanilla beans, roasted grains, and espresso gourmet. Light syrupy sweet overall but with an earthy hop bitterness lending to a crisper finish and the high alcohol content fairly well managed here. I am pretty amazed at how well the peanut butter works with the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors. Super rich without becoming too filling.

M: Semi thick and full bodied but with a lighter to moderate feel overall. The beer has a moderate amount of perceived bitterness and some light warmth from the well-hidden alcohol. Finishes dryer and mostly clean with a light sleekness coating the palate.

D: This is an incredibly nice treat. Especially for any one into dessert beers. I mean its [email protected] and Peanut Butter. Super rich and decadent without being too sweet or unfavorable. As a Victory at Sea variant this is one of the best I have tried yet and as a peanut butter beer one in the same. Definitely worth checking out if you can.

Dec 08, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and chocolate peanut butter cup candy aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, roasted peanut, and chocolate peanut butter cup candy flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that smells and tastes almost exactly like a chocolate peanut butter cup candy.

Serving type: on tap.

Jun 24, 2015
Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter Cup from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 63 ratings