Victory at Sea - Peppermint
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Victory at Sea - PeppermintVictory at Sea - Peppermint
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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #296
ABV:
10%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,336
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
750
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California, United States
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Victory at Sea - PeppermintVictory at Sea - Peppermint
Notes: 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.
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Nugganooch from California

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes - Jan 13 2016

Looks the same part here really and the nose is still loaded with rich quality coffee and dark chocolate roast. Mint is light and refreshing. More coffee and rich dark roast with chocoalte, then the flavor has a real nice minty finish to it. Overall was hoping for more of peppermint mocha experience here buts the mint is a bit more restrained. Vanilla loses in the batlte witht the mint, as well its barely detetcable. Some underlying caramel malt sweetness
A bit of a step down from the OG [email protected] for me. Still a nice brew and fun to pick up.

Jan 13, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle of indeterminate age, it pours a dark brown with a large light tan head that soon diminishes to a modest light brown head. In the nose, peppermint dominates initially, with malt later. In the mouth, it is an explosion of peppermint. Wow, perhaps tomorrow's taste will not be so cloying.

Aug 03, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Less sweet and cloying than regular Victory At Sea...so that's good. Also not too much mint, so that's also good. But if I didn't know this was a mint beer I might not realize there was mint in it, which is not really great even though I'm not a huge mint fan. Overall it's a solid beer but different from what I expected.

Feb 06, 2019
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jul 11, 2018
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Lahey from Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Apr 16, 2018
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Mar 25, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Feb 07, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Feb 02, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Jan 29, 2018
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jcarlosv from Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Jan 06, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Dec 24, 2017
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8444dodgers01 from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Dec 15, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Dec 15, 2017
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Sep 24, 2017
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scottyshades from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose is cocoa, peppermint, and roasted malts. Some brewed coffee and vanilla too. The peppermint is herbal in the flavor. Very sweet at first, but a persistent bitterness from char comes in. Peppermint cocoa finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Velvety feel and carbonation is spot on here. Nice sipper and not what I expected

Aug 06, 2017
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TuMadre from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich and thick and downright boozy with a distinct candy nose. Mindful of the Southern Tier Thick Mint Stout - it's a 10% dessert beer and more than a couple will leave you acting silly and looking for a bag of chips to offset the sweetness of this brew. It's the perfect ending to a night of coffee or tobacco tasting stouts/porters. I'm a fan.

Jul 26, 2017
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Nosquatch from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a kick ass porter. For whatever reason, the peppermint flavor really goes well with the porter. You probably wouldn't drink more than one or two at a time, but that's the nature of the style and not an indictment of this beer. It has peppermint for shits sake! At the risk of sounding like an old crumudgeon, but this didn't exist when I was a kid. The best my dad could do was Lowenbrau. Lowenbrau! Try it some time if they still make it. There's a 90% chance it will be skunked. It's terrible. Once we got caught drinking it in the parking lot at Cedar Point and had to pour it out. Weren't even that upset.

Jun 25, 2017
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CHickman from New York

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

It has all the porter 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, it was over the top in a drain pour way for me. Peppermint is meant for candy canes and holiday treats, not beer. I rated it based on the efforts and intent of Ballast Point, but could not get past nor enjoy anything about this brew.

May 27, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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

May 05, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Apr 26, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Apr 16, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Apr 14, 2017
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Mar 24, 2017
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Mar 20, 2017
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Mar 20, 2017
Victory at Sea - Peppermint from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 750 ratings