Victory at Sea - Peppermint
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial Porter
Ranked #181
Ranked #14,100
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Jan 30, 2021
Feb 24, 2012
Very Good
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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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Rated: 4.05 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by JamarcusMarinovich from California

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from crowler straight from brewery. One of my favorite beverages, pours a deep dark brown with a 2 finger dark tan head. The expected peppermint, coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt are evident on the nose and tongue, but oh man that taste is exceptional. Dessert-like for sure, but not a cloying, over-the-top peppermint OR chocolate taste. Super well balanced with a neat little bite at the end. It's definitely not a liquid Andes Mint but there's no mistaking the flavors. 10% AC goes down well but can come back to grab you if you're not careful. Well done.
Jun 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Nugganooch from California

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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
Rated: 4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Dec 11, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap. Less sweet and cloying than regular Victory At 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
Rated: 3.87 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jan 03, 2019
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Rated by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Definitely prefer the base porter, but NOT bad.
Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 10, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Mdez from Virginia

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 3.63 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Aug 08, 2018
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Reviewed by PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

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.
Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by BAsbill from California

May 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Lahey from Michigan

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.
Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 4 by ffshore545 from Illinois

Mar 31, 2018
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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.
Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Mar 25, 2018
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

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.
Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

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.
Feb 02, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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
Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jan 19, 2018
Rated: 3.66 by TheCrowsEye from California

Jan 16, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Steveskk83 from Illinois

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by sohearn from Alabama

Jan 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 06, 2018
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Reviewed by jcarlosv from Florida

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.
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.84 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

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.
Dec 24, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by dsshuck from Delaware

Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4 by rspauldi from Texas

Dec 21, 2017
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Reviewed by 8444dodgers01 from Idaho

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
Dec 15, 2017
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Reviewed by brenn79 from Idaho

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.
Dec 15, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by Theogre83 from Kansas

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by InfernoBoss from California

Nov 07, 2017
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Reviewed by DenverHopHead from Colorado

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.
Sep 24, 2017
Victory at Sea - Peppermint from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 752 ratings