Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.95/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,733
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
299
pDev:
8.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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10
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Photo of Gambyt20
2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
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 -23.8%
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 Ilafan
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sgbrown78
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Burt
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moose90
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served On-Draft

A — Pours a deep dark brown, almost black but not quite. A creamy light brown head forms on top and manages to leave behind some consistent enough lacing.

S — Smell is fairly muted initially, once it warms you get the classic [email protected] notes of sweetened instant coffee and Hershey's syrup, there is a bit of nuttiness here too, like dry roasted and salted peanuts.

T — Starts sweet with notes of coffee with sugar and cream, a bit of a chocolaty presence as well. Once it warms up the peanut aspect makes itself apparent, notes of toasted peanuts and crunchy peanut butter. Not quite like drinking a Reeses but not unsimilar to eating peanuts and drinking chocolate and coffee.

M — Medium-Full bodied, a little bit heavy and sticky on the finish.

O — OK overall, a bit of an amplification upon the usual [email protected], but still a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of devilfluff
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ericat78
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JNForsyth
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep dark in color with minimal head and lacing. Aromas of malts and roasty peanuts. Taste has porter characteristics with a nice heaping of toasted peanut butter. Unfortunately, once the beer is swallowed, it finishes with an unpleasant bitterness that lingers and lingers. Overall decent, but the bitter finish is just a bit too much !

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Photo of probert
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a_beckman25
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Expected more peanut/peanut butter taste. Extremely bitter/unpleasant to me. Just didn’t mesh and I love peanut butter stouts/porters.

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Photo of largadeer
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Angerhaus
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JISurfer
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
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 hotsudge
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the bottom of the bomber, in yellow dots: "VS159PB 17307 09:22"
Using a Julian Date Calendar it appears this was bottled on 03 NOV 2017.

Appearance: The body is black and it has a very thick, slightly creamy and slightly rocky, khaki head. It has amazing head retention and lacing. It looks fantastic and it has an amazing head for a beer with "ALC. 10.0% BY VOLUME" (as indicated by the label).

Aroma: I got a clear peanut aroma when smelling through the neck of the bottle. While smelling the beer in a glass the peanut scent is absent and replaced by a stronger espresso aroma. There is bit of green pepper and wet earth or autumn leaf scent to the beer.

Taste: Up front there are notes of coffee and chocolate. There is a strong carbon flavor that follows. The finish is more bitter dark chocolate which is nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth full body. It finishes fairly dry.

Overall: Aside from the neck of the bottle there really wasn't any peanut butter aroma. I didn't get any peanut butter flavor from this beer. The Imperial Porter is excellent but if you are a fan of peanut butter this beer will leave you wanting something that tastes more like peanut butter. I would recommend buying a regular version of Victory at Sea and skipping this one because there isn't much of a difference.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 299 ratings