Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea - Peanut ButterVictory At Sea - Peanut Butter
BEER INFO

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

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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Ranking:
#10,152
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
335
pDev:
8.08%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i didnt expect to like this all that much. as it stands now, the belching beaver one is really the only peanut butter stout i like a whole lot, its flawless. here, like the peppermint edition, the peanut butter isnt overly aggressive, it blends in well with the other ingredients, especially the chocolate and the specialty dark malts. it creates a reeses sort of flavor without the sweetness. it might be a little sweeter than the base beer, but its inconsequential for me. its not overly peanuty either, as in the real nut, more smooth and desserty, like the butter, the two are not that similar ive always thought, and this is true to the latter. the feel might be a little greasy, but its well enough integrated that the oils and slickness almost enhance the mouthfeel. seems like a bigger body too, less acidity from the coffee comes through. they could do a double peanut butter version and please the lovers of it who wished for more in this beer, but i like its reserved impact on the beer. after all, the base beer here is one of the best in the game. they were smart not to totally cover it up with additional flavor. draft only on this one from what i have seen around...

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

Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/23/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brown sugar, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, peanut butter, coffee, vanilla, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brown sugar, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/peppery hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, peanut butter, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, light molasses/smoke/char, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, peanut butter, coffee, vanilla, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and minimal acrid/astringent flavors after finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 10% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome flavored imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, peanut butter, coffee, vanilla, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Definitely less bitter/drying than the coconut/peppermint were; but I felt similarly about it. Not as impressive as the base/BA version as expected. Awesome balance of rich malts, PB, coffee, and vanilla; with solid earthy hop balance against sweetness. A really enjoyable offering, not overwhelming on any aspect. Glad I aged it first.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet-black color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of peanut butter, caramel and molasses.Nice peanut butter taste. Not overpowering with a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 paulish
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Flynn's

Thick creamy rich head, nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose mostly typical victory, dark chocolate malts, little vanilla, light nutty but decent Peanutbutter right out, mild biscuity, vanilla.

Taste again mostly base victory, bitter spicy hops with bitter roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla and toasted coffee, with mild Peanutbutter underneath, and little nutty, nice vanilla.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy, nice carb.

Overall ok but not a ton of Peanutbutter.

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Photo of smithj4
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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.
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Photo of REVZEB
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/17/2016 at Natty Greeneā€™s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a very dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong black coffee, some chocolate, some vanilla and some peanut butter.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong black coffee flavor that is quickly followed by flavors of peanut butter, vanilla and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid variation on an already good beer.

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Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 335 ratings