Victory at Sea - Peppermint | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory at Sea - PeppermintVictory at Sea - Peppermint

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bubble show produces a finger or so of beige foam laying on top of the fudge brown liquid; gobs of streaky lacing line the chalice

Smell: Mint chocolate chip ice cream with undertones of coffee

Taste: The mint and chocolate blast forward and dominate from start to finish; in fact, there is little that builds underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Love the look and smell but the taste lacks complexity and the mouthfeel was surprisingly thinner than expected

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Photo of zac16125
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea
22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a jet black, super large tan colored head, dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is roasty, Cocoa, coffee, and tons of peppermint. Subtle vanilla. Very nice balance of roasty and sweet, with a minty kick to round it out. 4.25

T: Taste is hugely peppermint forward, too much peppermint really. Lots of roasty notes as well. Bitter coffee. Almost no sweetness to balance. 3.75

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation on the heavy end perhaps a bit too much, not sure the ABV but if high it's well masked, drinkability is quite good, it's an easy drinker. 4

O: Solid beer, but honestly fairly disappointing. I love regular victory at sea and thought the peppermint could accentuate the base beer flavors but instead it somewhat overwhelmed and dominates. Not bad by any means but I prefer the OG. 4

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Photo of ovaltine
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I approached this with some trepidation after trying the Coconut variety of this and not liking it as much as I thought I would.

My concerns were misguided. The mint was a more subtle addition than the coconut, playing very nicely with the coffee and vanilla. I wish I'd purchased more of this.

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Photo of Suds
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a black liquid, served from a 750 ml bottle, with a tan head. Lots of lace. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and is like a chocolate mint candy. It smells reminiscent of Andes Mints. The taste is balanced, with lots of roasted notes and serious hop bitterness. There is some resonating mint, but not as forward as the smell. The finish is bitter and the body is thick and hefty. Nice.

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Photo of CraigP83
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Coffee, roast stout and a sickly peppermint schnapps like scent. Taste follows that scent but is also chalky. Dark cocoa bitterness. I'm two sips in and already thinking this could be a drain pour

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased while visiting the US last weekend.

Appearance - Near black with a finger and a half of a light tan frothy head. No clarity and load of lacing wrapped around the glass... after the head begins it's slow decline.

Smell - Plenty of coffee with and herbal and slightly medicine peppermint aroma. Leafy hops too combine to make a unique smelling beer. More medicinal than I'd like.

Taste - The taste is initially coffee with some medicinal flavors, then hints of vanilla combine with the mint for a sweeter mint taste. Finishes bitter with leafy hops, coffee and you guessed it... more medicinal mint flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, easy drinking as far as a 10% ABV goes. Carbonation is just right body is dense but slick no complaints here. That's not surprising given how good Victory at Sea is.

Overall - I'm left wanting on this fine peppermint stout. The look and feel is just right but the medicinal characteristics I find are more pronounced here than in virtually any other beer I've tried. Worth a sample, but even as a great lover of mint and coffee porters, this one came up a bit short for me. Improves across the board as it warms.

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Photo of joemochas
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peppermint was medicinal in flavor as opposed to minty. Had a couple friends taste it, too, and no one liked it. Was pretty bummed as I was quite excited to try this one.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. had a dark brown color and an opaque texture. There was a big, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A super-enticing aroma of peppermint, coffee, some chocolate and malt.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate, some coffee (not as much as I would have thought), lots of peppermint, malt, a hint of vanilla, light hops (mostly in the finish), and slight burnt quality in the finish. An interesting flavor that certainly delivers on its name. A well-balanced taste.

F: A good shot of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As with all things, whether you'll like this beer is subjective. If you like the addition of peppermint to a porter - and I do - you'll like this. drinkable.

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Photo of Finkline
2.51/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Really not my thing. I really wanted to like it since i like a few of the other victory's. The heavy porter with the mint made me feel like I was drinking cough syrup. Could not finish it and I hate to pour out a beer. I'm glad tho see others are enjoying it. Big fan off Ballast Point.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy cocoa powder brown head that settles to a firm layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Peppermint shines through early, backed with roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, a little dark chocolate, and faint herbal notes.

T: Starts off like normal, roasted malt, nice coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, a little spice, and some toffee, then it opens up with the peppermint announcing its presence along with a some herbal notes. Closes with baker's chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint which lingers on the finish for a bit.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, a little warmth, but also an interesting sorta mouth cooling sensation as it goes down.

O: Tough to really call this one. I know how good the base beer is and every sip I question if the peppermint was necessary. But on the flip side, it isn't totally overbearing and actually plays fairly nicely with the rest of the flavors, especially as it warms up. I'd call it a fun novelty, no harm done, and not bad to have around on a cold night during the holiday season. That being said, I won't be too sad when I no longer see this variant on the shelves.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall, a solid porter. Lots of those awesome chocolate - coffee - nut flavors. However, I didn't get much of a mint flavor. I noticed that dry / cool mouthfeel I associate with some mint flavors, but it wasn't as powerful as I would have liked.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Great lacing & average head retntion

S: Peppermint & faint coffee, plus a little chocolate

T: Coffee, woody dryness peppermint & Baker's Chocolate up front. Hints, of mocha mingle with peppermint as this warms. a little boozey warmth as well. Finishes with woody hops, coffee, a touch of spicy mint/pepper heat& coffee, pus woody hops

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, warming

Drinks pretty, well worth a go

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

Part of a 3-pack Costco 22oz bottles $19.99
Strong peppermint smell
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-heavy carbonation
Smooth coffee, peppermint taste, hides high alcohol really well
Overall a nice beer to relax with.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer the night after having the coconut version of the same beer. The aroma of the peppermint is more prominent than the coconut version and makes for a very nice sipper.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a frothy tan head. Smells like the regular Victory at Sea (coffee roast) with some mint. Taste is very much like the base beer with just a hint of a decent peppermint flavor (think York patties). It's subtle but there for sure. Feel is very smooth and the booze is well hidden. Overall, good variant of an excellent base beer, although I prefer the base beer over this.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Appearance: very dark brown body with a large tan head. Plenty of lacing.

Aroma: peppermint and Victory at Sea.

Flavor: nice, judicious use of peppermint, Does not improve this fine ale but does give us a minty alternative without over-doing the mint.

Feel: medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall: moderately minty and distinctive.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with nice tan head excellent lacing.

Aroma - The peppermint is the first thing you notice since it stands out there is also great coffee notes and roasted malts. Vanilla and milk chocolate are very present as well.

Taste - The taste is very peppermint forward, the coffee and vanilla come in at the end. Slight bitterness on the finish I like that the peppermint is not overwhelming.

Feel - High side of medium very full and coating feel slightly dry finish.

Overall - I am a big fan of Victory at Sea so adding a little peppermint is not going to deter me. I really like this and the fact the peppermint did not overwhelm the base flavors too much.

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Photo of Engineer35
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I like Ballast Point's beer, whether it's 'straight up', or imbued with food flavors, like coffee or vanilla. But peppermint is not a food. Maybe a 10 oz. glass would be good, but I tossed out the remainder of the 22 oz. bottle after a few drinks. Sorry, BP.

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Photo of 57md
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For starters, the roasted coffee notes that are so enjoyable in the base beer remain present here. Added to that is the modest flavor of peppermint. There is barely any peppermint discernible in the nose - perhaps a faint cool note. The mint in the flavor accentuates the roast - it does not overwhelm it.

When it comes to Ballast Point variants, so farm I have always preferred the base beer. This is the first variant that I actually enjoyed better. Perhaps, I liked this so much because the base beer is still permitted to shine in this offering.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass and right away it was looking great, creamy tan head faded fast but the lace was a sight to behold. The aroma was very deep in roasted goodness but the mint was hard to pick up and came in as opening the nose with a mild mint background after inhaling deeply....the mint came through better as it warmed. Great flavor and a all around solid Imperial Porter, some mint started showing up as it warmed and got stronger in the aftertaste as I worked on the tasting. Mouthfeel was medium Heavy with a thick and bitter tongue coating finish. Aside from the low level of Peppermint this was a very good brew, not the Christmas Day TADA beer I expected...the 10% ABV is hidden very well which is a plus.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts up front along with an undertone of peppermint

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the coffee and vanilla and slowly goes into the roast and some peppermint. Some dark chocolate in there as well. Finishes with lingering roast, coffee, and very light peppermint

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A solid take on VaS, the peppermint is a nice touch. It definitely could be amped up a little, but it's still a nice subtle tweak. A nice cold weather sipper

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