Victory at Sea - Peppermint | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Victory at Sea - PeppermintVictory at Sea - Peppermint
BA SCORE
3.95/5
715 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
Ranking:
#5,089
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
715
pDev:
9.87%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
174
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 715 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of scottyshades
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ickiwotog
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TuMadre
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pens1967
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of armock
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nosquatch
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of zkoehn
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leefx
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gaddabble
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brianito
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bammer21
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Victory at Sea - Peppermint from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 715 ratings
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