Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
imperial vanilla coffee porter w/ peanut butter

Added by Jason on 12-13-2015

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Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - there seems to be more and more brews being made with peanut butter these days.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with subtle amber basal edges, and four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent hanging frilly lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of acrid roasted coffee beans, chunky peanut butter, toasted caramel malt, ethereal vanilla, and very subtle earthy, leafy, and musty hop bitters. The taste is gritty peanut butter, still kind of edgy cafe-au-lait, grainy and bready caramel malt, vanilla extract, some free-range ashiness, medium-dark cocoa powder, a hint of warming alcohol, and more understated earthy, floral, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of char to pick out of my teeth here. It finishes trending dry, surprisingly, as the (hop, I'm presuming) bitterness ascends in its lingering posture.

Overall - this is a tasty and enjoyable enough offering, the peanut butter adjunct acting as another deftly applied layer of agreeable flavour in this already heady brew. Also, the 20-proof wowee sauce quotient essentially keeps to the shadows. Worth checking out, IMHO.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
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 way better than this.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.01/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at The Beermongers

Jet black with a dense, light brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is, eh, strange, and this coming from someone who eats PB&J sandwiches everyday. Coffee, Reese's Peanut Butter cups, vanilla, artificial, fake and rather gross. The palate is completely disjointed, a gross blend of bitter coffee, dark chocolate and peanut butter. Drying, bitter on the finish, oily, unctuous and rather unpleasant. Not recommended.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Again, the harsh over roasted coffee flavor dominates this one. The peanut butter does cut into it a little though, but that harshness is still there, long after your sip is over. As I mentioned in my VaS Coconut review, the past couple of years I haven't been able to get into VaS. The bitter coffee on the back end is enough to turn me off of it. Others may enjoy it, but I like my coffee beers to be roasty, but smooth, with no bitter aftertaste. The peanut butter was very faint in this one.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with a single-finger tan head.
Aroma is peanut butter, chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
Chocolate leads the taste with peanut butter and vanilla. Bitter roast coffee finish and a touch of dark fruit.
Smooth and creamy on the tongue.

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Photo of heddar33
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pav42
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with ¾ inch head. Taste is char, dark chocolate, and a touch of peanut butter. Heavy bodied, roasty, and medium-low carbonation. Would have preferred more peanut butter taste. Still makes for a solid stout.

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Photo of Unclevince
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OompaMentor
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017 bottle - Easy on palate' gets better at is warms! Where is the PB? Lincoln Fill 4/13/18

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and peanut butter. Big scent of coffee beans and peanut butter. Dark roasted malt with a scent of chocolate, toast, biscuit, toffee, caramel, and nuts along with yeast. Sweet scent of vanilla and molasses. A really nice rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, and vanilla. Big taste of peanut butter and coffee beans. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, and nuts with some yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla and molasses. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slick and silky with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A great variant on Victory At Sea. Big peanut butter taste that blends well with the coffee, vanilla, and dark roast flavors.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a tan, finger's width head that displays good retention before peeling back to thin, broken layer of suds. Lacing is broken webbing with some spots.

Smell - The aroma is a mix of roasted malt, coffee, peanut butter and chocolate.

Taste - Dark and roasty flavors upfront and thoughout, while the peanut butter flavor plays a supporting role. Mild chocolate and vanilla notes mid-taste. The roast intensifies in the finish, leaving a harsh aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Near full in body with low-to-moderate carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy texture quickly turns dry. Drinks well enough.

Overall - Much like the other variants I've tried, I find a lot of harsh bitterness on the finish, and not in a pleasant way. There's some positives here, but I don't think I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a highball glass.

A: Small creamy looking khaki almost chocolate colored head. Body has a nice deep brown black cast with some light escaping.

S: Slight peanut butter a good bit of sweetness some coffee comes in lightly at the end.

T: Fairly sweet some muddled peanut butter flavors like its water down.

M: Medgium bodied decent carbonation pushing toward being thinner.

O: I love Peanut butter beers and this us average at best. It's too thin as far as flavor.

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Photo of whatname
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Company "Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG03OCT18" and sampled on 02NOV18

Notes via stream of consciousness: Typical appearance with an opaque black body beneath a finger thick head of dark tan. I'm waiting to see if the head will drop and it appears to be holding quite well. Let me give it a minute or two... OK, so it held for another minute before dropping to a very wide collar surrounded by lace rising up along the glass. It could have been better, but not bad. How strong is this? 10% by volume; that'll hurt a head, so not bad. In the aroma I find a quick note of peanut butter that's then mostly overshadowed by coffee only to have it come back into a blend. That's pretty nice, I can't argue with that. It smells like some weird breakfast cereal where you eat it with cold coffee instead of milk. Or maybe both. On to the flavor... well, it's pretty rich, and a bit too intense to get right off the bat so let me take another sip. Not unlike the aroma I'm getting a good mix of the coffee and the peanut butter. They go back and forth as well, sometimes with more PB and sometimes more java. It's got some bitterness to it but it's not too much, it's enough to balance the rich maltiness and then leave just a pinch of bitterness lingering. I'm sure it will dry out more, and linger with more bitterness as I progress through it, but for now it's quite nice. I don't find the alcohol, although that will probably start to show a bit as well later on. It's got a lot of dark chocolate at it's core, and even some graininess, but I'm not finding any yeasty fruitiness - not that that's a bad thing, just noting it. So I've drank about a third of this now and I really like it. I love the rich, roasty, dark and oily coffee bean flavor that has almost a smoky edge to it. I'm not sure how I'll like it at the end, but for now I'm enjoying it. I think I could drink at least another one of these in a row, but I'm not sure I could do another after that, either I'd get bored with it or the alcohol would take me out. So what did I miss? Mouthfeel. Medium-full, or is it full-medium? It's pretty well carbonated but with the dextrinous body it comes out almost creamy. Foamy I guess you'd call it. I think it works well. So that about covers it, I think everything about it works well. The peanut butter is a nice addition to the already good coffee Imperial porter. Worth trying.
Review# 6,320

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Photo of Roguer
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwg782
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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