Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea - Peanut ButterVictory At Sea - Peanut Butter

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Buck_Jones
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dms1767
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Nothing special to look at, normal enough. Aroma brings the peanut butter and some of the coffee. Taste is a bit stronger, PB, coffee, roast grains, some sweetness. Ends with a stinging bite. Much better than I was prepared for.

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Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of peanut butter, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of peanut butter, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of piney hops, hint of roasted malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, great feel, and good body and complexity.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoosier222002
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Jesterscf
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 timmy2b
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft pour at a bar. Very dark brown color with a small golden/tan finger depth head. Smell is all peanut butter. Taste is of some chocolate, but is very light on the peanut butter. Even as it warms. Not as smooth as the regular victory at sea, but still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of roasted malt, peanut butter, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a tinge of vanilla, some roasted malt, hops (mostly in the finish), an average amount of peanut butter, light chocolate notes, some light coffee notes, and caramel. A good flavor that seems to get better as you go along. The peanut butter isn't as prevalent as I would have thought, but the taste is still very solid.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: For the most part, this is a solidly made porter. Not perfect, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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 MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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 brenn79
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle- Pours black with a medium tan head that slowly reduces. Aroma is chocolate malt balls, peanut butter, vanilla. The taste is peanuts, dark roasted malts, peanut butter, coffee, vanilla, it has just enough sweetness, but moderately dry actually, very tasty stuff.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrojanRB
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an dark black with mocha head

I get coffee and chocolate on the nose

Taste follows the nose, and I pick up some vanilla.

Peanut butter is nowhere to be found.

Victory at sea is always solid, and I’ve enjoyed the variants. However this is a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap

A- pours pitch black color with a one finger creamy khaki head that has good retention

S- herbal coffee, espresso, charred malt, vanilla

T- rich earthy coffee and dark chocolate up front, as well as some espresso notes. Mid-palate brings out some charred malt and more coffee. The finish brings out light undertones of valnilla and peanuts. Lingers of coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- as always, the base beer is solid, but it's hard to pick out the peanut addition, as it is very subtle

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Photo of DM1293
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opens up big, straight up peanut butter with a dark chocolate coffee bitter kick. Mouthfeel is very creamy. For the intense opening, the finish is rather pleasant. Im a big fan of Victory at Sea and this one is an interesting take, though I wish it were less bitter.

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Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chris826
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Victory At Sea - Peanut Butter from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 290 ratings