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Peppermint Victory At Sea | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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88
very good
105 Reviews
Peppermint Victory At SeaPeppermint Victory At Sea
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
499
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
21.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 499
Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a half inch of creamy brown head on top. I love this nose. The base beer alone is incredible, but this is a nice blend of coffee, sinus clearing peppermint, chocolate, and dark malt. The taste is really great. Coffee, Peppermint, chocolate, and dark malt. The mouth is very refreshing due to the addition of peppermint as it creates a cooling sensation. Outstanding!

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Photo of KevCan
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ordered on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle, Washington DC.

Deep black with a generous medium-brown head. Smells of coffee and malt, not as peppermint-heavy as expected. Taste is very similar to the regular Victory at Sea: lots of coffee, but not too bitter. The mint is more apparent in the taste. Heavy roasted malt. Very well balanced. Medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Impressive overall, an interesting variation on the original, but not significantly better or different.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells and taste like an alcoholic Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. Mint and chocolate are very strong on the nose, but the alcohol is present. Taste matches the nose though the mint is slightly overpowering, and lends towards a Scope mouthwash flavor. It has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel which adds to the enjoyment. Glad I tried it, but I wish it had been in a 12oz bottle instead of 22oz.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours...just like regular Victory at Sea. Very dark ruby color, about a finger of mocha-colored head, good retention, and some lacing clings to the glass. Let's smell this, shall we?

Holy crap. As much as I love York peppermint patties and Andes, mint in a beer can go awry. Judging from the aroma, it really doesn't here, at all. I get plenty of dark chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of coffee as expected The success of this beer comes from how deftly the peppermint adds to the (already great) base beer without seeming artificial or disgusting. Things can still go wrong when comparing the aroma to the flavor of something in this ilk, but right now...I'm flat-out loving the aroma.

The flavor seemingly follows regular VaS more closely than I expected. At first, I pick up gentle roast, dark chocolate, and some mild coffee. To me, the peppermint on the finish resembles spruce-like hop flavors instead of liquid Andes - and honestly, smothers the coffee note a little bit. Despite that, I think it integrates very well with the base beer, and even adds an extra enjoyable dimension.

It starts off feeling creamy and soft, yet there's a firm, dryness to close the palate. At no point do I find this dry bitterness harsh, however. No surprises, the drinkability is astonishing for a 10% beast.

When reviewing something like this, one has to take into consideration how much the advertised addition adds or detracts from the base beer. Even though the flavor profile fails to truly live up to the killer nose, I'd even suggest this *is* an improvement over normal VaS (albeit a mild one). 'Course, I love York peppermint patties, so YMMV. I'd still recommend it anyways.

4.18/5: I like to think I get the sensation here

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks black and creamy, low head and fair lacing.
Smells much like a peppermint patty/ chocolate cookie: think thin mint. Alcohol well/hidden to the nose.
Taste is along the lines of the smell. Plenty of chocolate/ roasted notes of coffee, but the coffee plays second fiddle to the peppermint, which provides a slight minty sting at the end.
Feels medium with medium carbonation.
A nice version of this imperial stout, almost as good as their original VAS.

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Photo of Keene
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark and alluring with beige lacing and nice head retention. Sweet and dessert-like on the nose with coffee, vanilla and especially mint racing to the foreground. It's like an ice cream sundae in a glass and it comes on strong. Some heat as it warms. Full bodied with a pronounced bitterness and a persistent coffee flavor throughout the sip. A slight Hershey chocolate note, layers of chewy malt and more mint follow swiftly behind and linger well into the finish. Not particularly subtle, and not for everybody, but Peppermint Victory at Sea delivers as advertised.

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

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A near black color, opaque, with a small head and a good amount of foamy cling. Smell brings malt, coffee, mint, some chocolate, a little vanilla. Pretty nice aroma. Taste leads with malt- more roasty than the nose indicated, coffee, mint, a little more vanilla than the nose, some chocolate. Smooth, full bodied, a real tongue coater.

The mint is pretty subdued, but that's probably a good thing. Enjoyed this a lot. Not as good as the base Victory, but certainly worth trying. Hope we get to see more variants bottled.

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

Can't quite read the date on the label.

A: Black pour with a mid-sized foamy light brown head.

S: Roast and coffee aroma. Definitely minty, like a peppermint hot cocoa almost.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Sweet peppermint and vanilla with a little coffee up front. Mild earthy coffee, not a sharp or acrid flavor. Light cooling peppermint in the aftertaste.

M: Medium heavy, smooth.

O: Hmph. It's good but honestly nothing special. Not as good as the base beer for. Peppermint is pretty mild but the coffee is extremely mild too. It's more like a typical imperial porter than what you'd expect from a [email protected] Good flavors, good balance, but just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 342/15. Pours black as a starless night. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose that smells like an Andes chocolate mint. Underneath is a light roast character and coffee. As it warms, vanilla makes a subdued appearance and coffee becomes more prominent.

Medium body that is smooth and becomes somewhat slick in texture - especially in the finish. Superb carbonation that is well balanced for the body. A bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. What is advertised is delivered - VAS with a peppermint depth charge. The level of peppermint is a bit more than balanced and tends to slightly dominate from the middle on. Chocolate holds its own while caramel and subtle vanilla play supporting roles in the first half. Roast adds a nice middle influence and contributes to a moderate mid-palate bitterness. As the bitterness ebbs, a balancing sweetness (chocolate, caramel and vanilla) arrives. The finish has a light peppermint flavored dryness that lingers deep into the fade. As it warms, a slight alcohol astringency presents in the finish.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a jet black with a nice half inch tan head and lacing present the entire time.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate off the bat but less prevalent than the regular version. Peppermint sneaks in at the end and likely masks some of the coffee and chocolate that would otherwise be present in the regular version.

Taste: Tastes follows the nose. Some bitter peppermint really present at the end which can be a bit off putting.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This beer is pretty solid but is a step below the regular version of Victory at Sea which is one of my favorite beers. I was happy to score a bomber of this and give it a taste and I recommend giving it a shot if you are a Victory at Sea fan.

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Photo of BradenMK
2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fantastic black with a sturdy beige head that grows as tall as three fingers and never lets up, lacing the glass and remaining at about a half finger the whole way through.

Smells... astringent, bitter, and solely of smashed green leaves with an almost chocolate basil character, nothing refreshing like peppermint should be.

Tastes only a little better. Smooth, bitter green up front, a hint of mintiness, followed by like 90% cacao dark chocolate-covered mint leaves, followed by coffee-bittered basil, with an intense leafy green bitterness. Not even a little bit of vanilla and again, nothing refreshingly pepperminty about this at all. Super harshly green and herbal.

Feels incredibly smooth and silky on the mouth, full palate, just shy of being heavy-bodied. Highly carbonated with delicate, lush effervescence that only builds body and never feels prickly.

Overall... I want to rate this below average because it just smells and tastes... like green motor oil... the coffee, the malt, the vanilla, they're all overridden by a savage green bitterness whose only resistance is a chocolate note that just can't possibly compete. The mint is there, but it's like chewing on a whole mouthful of raw mint leaves and washing it down with a mocha coffee drink. Or chewing mint gum and washing it down with a standard imperial stout.

Ken Schmidt's Chocolate Mint Stout kills this in execution delivering a peppermint character that compliments the chocolate notes of the stout rather than destroys them and also coming across as refreshing rather than intensely bitter and herbal. I had high hopes for this beer, but it's actually what a ton of people were bashing it to be before they ever tasted it - mint gum washed down with stout beer. Ugh. Not good.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful black beer; great head retention.

Lovely peppermint and spice aroma; smells like Christmas.

The peppermint isn't overwhelming, which is a plus in a beer like this. It's quite present, but the base beer does manage to come through with notes of vanilla, coffee, and roasted barley.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours super dark, but maybe just a tad thinner than regular VaS. Aroma was covering up more of the coffee from the base version.

Taste was the same way, a good beer, but the variant isn't as good as the regular, but I guess that's how it is with all the BP offerings I've had thus far (0/4: Sculpin Habanero/Grapefruit, Mango Even keel and this).

The problem is you can only pick so much up and these adjuncts dominate the base more than I would like.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little thinner on the head than I remember regular VaS. Aroma has lots of the peppermint (like toothpaste / mouthwash style, not candy style) could be too much depending on your preferences. Detectable light roasted coffee and chocolate malt underneath. Much more balanced on the tongue, the peppermint is subdued and doesn't have the cloyingness of the aroma. The rock solid coffee notes the original is famous for are there and complimented well by the additional flavor, though it overrides the vanilla that is way more noticeable in the regular. All in all a good beer and a nice change of pace if your VaS fan.

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

Inky black body topped with a thick, sticky, light tan head; clumps of lacing along the glass. Dull yet powerful peppermint smell; cocoa and freshly cut green grass; roasted grains, slightly charred grains. Milk chocolate and vanilla flavors; mint flavor sneaky through at the finish; slightly boozy and bitter; some coffee-like astringency. Heavy body with a slick, glassy feel; sweet finish overall.

A most interesting twist on an imperial porter. The peppermint is there yet easily complements the dark, rich malt sweetness and delicate hop bitterness. For a big beer, it exhibits lots of restrained depth and complexity between the malts, hops, and herbal flavors yet packs enough wow-factor into things to make you appreciate its uniqueness. An approachable (and surprisingly easy drinking) imperial dark ale.

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

The peppermint flavor is just perfect as it never overwhelms but it also doesn't allows much else to shine through. It tastes like Starbucks peppermint coffee. It's 10% and drinks rather thin but certainly isn't heavy on the palate.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/14/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, cool mint, toast, dark bread, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, mint, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, cool mint, toast, dark bread, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, mint, toast, dark bread, char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, mint, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance an no astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast and hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, mint, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This has a fair amount of assertive bitter hop and roast character fresh, just like the base beer; but I can see it improving with more time, just like the base beer does in my experience. A very enjoyable offering regardless.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color where only the faintest of light passes through. Light beige color head leaving a several rings with a near full blanket in between.

Strong smell of dark chocolate, peppermint (think Peppermint Patty) and, oddly, paper.

Minty, chocolate milk flavor. The finish is more of the same and the aftertaste is much softer, but long lasting. Good body with an above average carbonation. Overall, this is a novelty beer....worth a look but not a regular purchase, if even a second time.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, looks like the bottled on julian date printed on the label says 15348 (December 14, 2015). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee and peppermint. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bittersweet chocolate and vanilla noticeable. Even though the other flavors are there, I think the peppermint somewhat overpowers the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, smooth and easy enough to drink. Overall I thought it was good, next time I'm in the mood for a minty/peppermint brew I'd pick one up. $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a lagunitas glass.Smell is mostly peppermint and coffee.Taste is where things start to happen.You can taste the peppermint in the background but the coffee and the vanilla are there to. I have to say that I did not think I would like this but I did.I am not a big Peppermint fan but this works for some reason.I really liked it.Give it a try.

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Photo of justinp444
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint it has a inch and a half thick beige head with a black body. Smell is peppermint, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and lots of vanilla. Taste is a bit more of a sweet peppermint, almost a bit of basil, coffee, chocolate, lots of vanilla, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a creamy full carbonation and a moderate to full body. This one loses a bit of flavor for more mouth feel but that starts to make it more like a stout than a porter to me, still very good, just not feeling the peppermint.

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

Look (4): Dark jet black color with a tan mocha colored head. Beautiful lacing left behind from the foam.

Smell (3.75): Some lightly roasted cocoa notes with peppermint hints in the background. This all becomes more prevalent as the brew warms up.

Taste (4): Lightly roasted coffee and cocoa nibs during the first sip. As it rolls over your tongue you're hit with vanilla and peppermint notes. Some spice at the end. Again, most flavors are more prevalent as it warms up.

Feel (4.25): Smooth, creamy and soft. This isn't rough or dry at all and is definitely a medium bodied dessert brew. I expected more body, but still nice.

Overall (4): Again, I'd love this loads more if it had more of a body. I think I'm a bigger fan of the original honestly.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong peppermint, roasted malt, sweet malt, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong peppermint, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, the peppermint dominates both body and aroma, but still a good body and aroma if not a great blend.

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Photo of jws7968
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really hoped that this would be more peppermint forward with its taste. I really could not distinguish much difference from the regular Victory at Sea, which I loved. Lower rating is more derived from my disappointment.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan.

Delicious. It's seriously like an Andes mint in beer form. Sure this beer has the peppermint on a bit heavy so it masks a lot of what many people think is so special about the original Victory at Sea, but I really enjoy this -- like dark mint chocolate with a little roastiness. The feel is creamy, and it looks great, too.

I will acknowledge that the mint may be overpowering. Not in that it's so strong that it's off-putting, but because there's virtually no coffee flavor that was all over the original. If this had a little more of the original Victory at Sea's characteristics, I'd definitely vote it higher. Really glad to have tried this.

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Peppermint Victory At Sea from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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