Victory at Sea - Peppermint | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial 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
Ranking:
#12,860
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
738
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
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42
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Ratings: 738 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-hunter
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber bottle into snifter glass. 10% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep dark brown, close to black. Medium light brown chocolate head quick to dissipate. No light is passing through this glass.

Smell- Chopped up cocoa, peppermint, hints of coffee.

Taste- Mild grains quickly transition into a chocolate blast. Like a bite out of a chocolate cake. Then, much similar to a breath mint, the minty freshness melds with the chocolate flavor. Coffee flavors come in of the back end, giving this beer a bitter finish. The peppermint persists but not overwhelming. Finishes more vanilla than chocolate, so this beer really does take a big transition in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body, medium carbonation.

Overall- Interesting how the beer starts off so chocolate forward but finishes with a vanilla flavor. Peppermint in the middle. Reminded me a lot of a peppermint patty....well, the beer version of that.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lahey
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks and smells lovely, mint and chocolate. The taste is too much mint for me, which is even more offensive in a thinner beer. The mint covers all the great flavor of the base beer with breath mint flavor. Wish this was more like a girl scout cookie taste and less like tooth paste. I like the base beer much more.

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Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown With a thin, off-white, creamy head that leaves clear ring every drink.
Smells of malt, carmel and peperment,
Big spice of black pepper and mint predominant. Dark Chocolate.
Quite thin for a porter.
Not a fan.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitch
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with a Julian bottled on date of 16292, meaning it was bottled on 18th October 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A dark brown colour with a big two finger tanned head that had pretty good retention while leaving some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Peppermint, coffee, chocolate with hints of vanilla.

Taste: Peppermint coolness, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness with some light bitterness from the coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: The aroma of peppermint and chocolate matched well together, however in the taste, the peppermint and coffee flavours seemed to be clashing with each other a bit and didn’t mesh together as well as I would have liked.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours what appears to be black, but when held to the light faint ruby highlights are visible. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

It has a peppermint and coffee aroma.

The coffee and peppermint flavors clash on my palate. The coffee taste is bitter. The mint takes me 180 degrees in the flavor spectrum. I actually grimaced when I first tried it. As it warms the flavors to not settle or coexist nicely.

Full mouthfeel

The smell is great. The taste is not. I very much prefer the unadulterated version of this beer.

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

Solid black color,less than average carbonation with a medium feel. Aroma is peppermint forward followed by vanilla,coffee,and malt. Taste follows aroma, peppermint dominates but still allows all the other flavors to come through. Maybe not perfect but definitely worth a try

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Steveskk83
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sohearn
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

IBU 60. Very good imperial porter, you can actually smell and taste the peppermint. Good balance beer, the coffee, vanilla and peppermint flavors actually show up.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This looks and smells beautiful. With coffee and peppermint coming through. But in the flavor it seems to me that the peppermint and coffee are fighting each other. Still good just fighting a bit not really letting either one shine.

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

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

Photo of 8444dodgers01
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is black with three-fingered head that collapses into a nice frothy collar. Aroma is peppermint, spicyness and toothpaste. Not sweet at all. The finish is bitter and last forever. The peppermint is definitely the balancer in this beer. This beer totally surprised me but in a good way thanks brenn79

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Photo of brenn79
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle- Pours black with a nice light tan head with great retention. Aroma is peppermint, cocoa, Christmas. The taste is peppermint mocha, not sweet at all, borderline bitter, some cedar. Very tasty.

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Photo of Theogre83
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Appearance - very dark with only a hint of mahogany hue when placed against the light; medium thick, frothy mocha head that relinquishes to a thin layer rather quickly. Lacing struggles to take.
Smell - mild peppermint patty.
Taste - much stronger peppermint and chocolate presence compared to the nose; chocolate and peppermint compliment the robust coffee notes beautifully!
Feel - the mint keeps the 10% from feeling strong, though it tends to overshadow as you continue to sip.
Overall - if you're a fan of a York Peppermint Patty, then I suspect you'll love this beer. I enjoy this as well, however, I feel if the peppermint were scaled back just a bit allowing the coffee flavor profile to have a larger impact, this would be outstanding.

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Victory at Sea - Peppermint from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 738 ratings