Victory at Sea - Peppermint | Ballast Point Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
700 Ratings
Victory at Sea - PeppermintVictory at Sea - Peppermint
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Peppermint Victory at Sea is a festive take on our popular Imperial Porter. We took our trademark robust porter brewed with Caffe Calabria coffee and vanilla and added a dose of refreshing peppermint. The trio of flavors play perfectly on your palate – the brew’s sweet roastiness balances nicely with a cool, minty finish. You might even call it a breath of fresh beer.

Added by jethrodium on 02-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
700
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
167
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 700 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of Brianito
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It has all the basics of Victory At Sea but the peppermint ruins it for me as it's way too minty for any beer to be enjoyable. I wish it had more coffee and less mint and spices.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is of a very black with no light through it beer. A 1/2 finger of brown foamy head will leave a nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is strightforward with a rush of chocolate and roasted malts.

The taste is of some bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. A tinge of either the peppermint or the alcohol burns at the back of the throat,

Mouth is slick on the finish of a heavy thick beer.

Not getting a lot of pepermint and a bit dissapointed at that. Also CCTV saw several aircraft in the on e target zone

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Photo of leitmotif
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has mint chocolate, cacao and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts quite bitter, continues with dark chocolate with mint, finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a light toothpaste note. Body is quite light for the style, medium to soft carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bandi
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark brown in color (opaque when viewed from afar). It poured with a half finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin film covering the remainder of the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of peppermint are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate. It smells just like a York Peppermint Pattie.
T: The taste mirrors the smell, with additional hints of vanilla and coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer smells and tastes just like a York Peppermint Pattie.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mitch3114
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/12/17....pours jet black, dark, fluff, 1/4 inch off white foamy head. Minty nose, then chocolate, vanillas, coffees. Like a box of thin mints or a peppermint patty. Hearty roasted flavor with a heavy hit of oily mints. Espresso darkness. Heavy bitter. A victory, indeed.

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Photo of kell50
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ShortyTahoe
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grizzarky
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point Brewing Company - Victory at Sea - Peppermint. 10% ABV. 22oz bomber poured into a stout glass.

Look: Settles black as coal, sporting a tan, bubbly head.

Smell: Great traditional "Victory at Sea" aroma, with coffee, caramel malts, and roast, with an accent of peppermint. Not overpowering mint, as I expected.

Feel: Heavier side of medium bodied, nearly a stout. Fair amount of carbonation.

Taste: Roasty coffee, vanilla, and caramel lead the flavors, along with an accent of mint. Very faint, but noticeable, a great accompaniment to the brew.

Overall: Interesting combination; I wouldn't have imagined it before. It does work pretty well, as I expected to drink a candy cane, but instead a light peppermint infused, almost-stout.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a nice inch and a half tan foam head. Smells of Coffee, Cocoa and some mint. Upon tasting, I get coffee and some nice vanilla but very little mint. Even had the wife try it just to be sure I wasn't the only one who wasn't really getting the mint but she didn't taste it either. Nice carbonation and the chocolate comes thru on the back end.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Thin dark brown to black body with medium to heavy bubbles creating a very thick tan head rising just about two finger's length. Settles with zero lacing.

Smell: Light mint, very light but the heavy coffee is just the perfect touch. Nice offset which makes me just want to keep inhaling.

Taste: Complex sweet and heavy bitter, coffee with a shot of espresso and light mocha feel. You feel the mint but it's just a nudge, enough to give the beer a slight difference among other porters.

Mouth: It's a bit dry but super icky sticky. Carbonation is medium and the dark chocolate notes at the end are the best finishing touches to the brew.

Overall: Good brew, could use a bit tweaking but it's good enough to grab if you were to ever see it on a shelf. Grabbed it at Costco which was part of a variety pack and money well spent. Salud!

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Photo of LoveMyBeer1991
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick dark black with nice head.
Smells as other reviewers have said with chocolate chip ice cream and Andes mints.
Tastes big peppermint flavor with roasted coffee and some vanilla. Love this!
Seems heavily carbonated which is fine.
Overall, this is, to me, a damn good beer! Love this beer and is something I'd buy again. Want to try more from Ballast. They seem like a great brewery. Only tried a few from them and would love to try more. Pick this beer up if you can!

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Victory at Sea - Peppermint from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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