Victory at Sea - Peppermint | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial 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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Ratings: 743 |  Reviews: 181
Reviews by leinie13:
Photo of leinie13
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of krh
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells OK, but loses the Victory at Sea vanilla and coffee balance I love. Not really a fan, kinda hard to drink at points. Too boozy, with peppermint overpowering the show.

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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 LXIXME
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the basic Victory at Sea, having said that I think this version with the peppermint is still pretty good, with the peppermint itself seems to be a distraction instead of the accent it was intended to be.

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Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ever since BP was bought out by the big guys they started dumping weird flavoring extracts into all of their beers. Most of them have been very disappointing. This one was ok but I prefer regular Victory at Sea.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the basic Victory at Sea quite a bit, and this variant is pretty close to the original ... until it's not.

The basic beer mostly comes across here, with a fine coffee and roasted malt character. It's not sweet, which I appreciate. The appearance is great ... big foamy head and nice lacing on top of a dark dark beer.

Unfortunately, there's something about the mint that kicks in right at the finish, and leaves an off-note in my mouth. Up until then, I really liked the taste, but then it was like a wrong note in the orchestra ... just a bit of disharmony mars the overall beer.

I usually like additions and variants to beers, and I usually like dessert beers. But this one, while still pretty good, just missed the mark a bit for me.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the pint and six ounces bottle. A vigorous pour gave a small cardboard head that quickly receded and turned porridge coloured.
The smell is strong, a blast of coffee and mints - which in my mind recalls convenience stores and gas station.
The drink is oily and goes down thick, but I'm too distracted by the flavour, which can't seem to agree with itself.
The peppermint and coffee are gripped in a fight, the porter is barely detectable. I don't feel like I'm drinking beer. Got to just below the 'waist' of my nonic glass and poured out.

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

Not so retired beer.

Purchased today in California.

This bomber was bottled on December 1st 2015, so it is 9 days old as I open it.

Super dark brown colored beer with a large brown colored head.

Smells strongly of mocha and peppermint. Coffee scent is stronger than the chocolate with a big mint scent that isn't subtle at all quite strong. Lesser scent of cake and caramel.

Starts out tasting strongly of mocha, with a distinct chest warming. Mildly sweet with a big chocolate flavor. Coffee is strong, just not as strong as the chocolate. Peppermint is the third strongest flavor and all of the after taste. Medium bitterness, mostly from the patent malt. Alcohol is felt but not tasted.

Mouthfeel is good and fairly thick.

Overall a big bad holiday stout. All the flavors meld well without one of the strong flavors taking over. Highly recommended for a Holiday beer. If you see this on the shelf get one for Christmas.

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

Dark brown with small tan head. Smell of strong coffee and sweet vanilla, a little mild peppermint is hard to discern. Taste follows, coffee and roast with sweet vanilla growing as it warms. Some mild mint aftertaste is mostly lost in the mix. Pretty good.

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

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea.

To be completely honest, regular victory at Sea didn't wow me all that much especially give the critical acclaim on this site. I expect this one to be better since usually the minty variations of anything are. But y'know I do just love mint. Alright guys let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. This brew comes out swinging viciously looking like a demonic alien of sorts straight outta the promised land of Hell. Black as all get out with a two finger, frothy and dense mocha head to pure solidify its strength. Honestly not the type of head I was expecting for an ultra fresh beer, but it works. Carbonation is completely unreadable given the depth.

Smell - Has the usually victory at Sea bells and whistles though there is a brand new and highly refreshing aspect delivered straight from the peppermint. Admittedly, the actual smell of peppermint is only weakly moderate but the evergreen really does catch a feeling in your nose. Vanilla and coffee otherwise.

Taste - The flavors are once again mostly just regular Victory at Sea but with a refreshing evergreen gum like presence to go along with it. Lots of coffee and vanilla and some spearmint but not much of ACTUAL peppermint. To simulate, chew a stick of some spearmint gum, spit it out, then about a minute later open a regular VaS and you'll pretty much have this profile locked down. Not hugely innovative, but interesting.

Feel - The body is exceptional. Probably my favorite part of the entire beer. Heavy as oil though with a heavy carbonation presence to boot...or maybe that's the evergreen once again, I really cannot tell. Still no signs of the alcohol. Swallows coffee heavy with a crushing bitterness.

Overall -I would have liked it more in a twelve ounce format to be quite honest. It is better than regular victory at Sea in my opinion but they surely could have done a better job with the mint in this beer and made it a star player instead of just a background feeling. Would I drink it again? Well it is truly situational dependant. On a frigid winter night at my hunting Cabin 900 miles North in Canada? Hell yes. Otherwise, I wouldn't buy another bomber.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention and lacing
S-peppermint, cocoa, coffee, chocolate
T-lots of peppermint, with coffee through and dark cocoa flavors
M-medium bodied
O-Very well balanced beer, where all of the flavors are dominant but still do not over power each other. Well worth trying

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

Bottle from East Derry Store
Solid black color with a huge frothy bubbly mocha head. Big peppermint on the nose makes it hard to find anything else in there. The flavor is huge on the mint as well with a roasty coffee earthy light chocolate to counter. I thought the mint was a bit sharp at first and clashed a bit with the coffee, but once I settled into this I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/7/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and peppermint aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and herb like peppermint flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a more herb like peppermint presence that works alongside the coffee but overpowers the vanilla from the base beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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

i liked this version, nice around holiday time, and it has some really great features, but i dont think it improves on the original at all. the mint is subtle, which i think makes a lot of sense. not overpowering or hot, not breath freshener intense, just sort of mild in there, like a bit of candy cane stirring a hot cocoa. its great in that holiday context. the coffee still comes through nicely, but some of the other flavors are mellowed out or covered up a little by the mint, especially the roasty ashy aspects of the dark grain, they seem muted and less dynamic than they are in the base beer. i like this a lot better as it warms up too, it sort of unpacks a little, opens up, the layers and added flavors are more evident, and the beer takes on an incredibly smooth and rich feel without being boozy in the least, i think the mint helps hide the alcohol a little bit, which i never considered, but it makes sense. the cocoa aspect is great with the mint, its a cool sweet and bitter interplay instead of grain and hops, but they fill the same functions on the whole. overall i like the original best, and think the coconut is the best of the variants i have had, but this is definitely worth trying while its still winter here.

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Photo of Lahey
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.

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Photo of jcarlosv
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark roasted walnut color with a half finger mocha colored head atop.I love the big shot of peppermint and fudge in the nose,a bit of nuttiness and alcohol is there as well,love it!The interplay between fudge-like chocolate and peppermint is the major component on the palate and it kicks ass,it never gets to sweet because there is some earth and roast underneath,the alcohol does creep.I like this beer better than most,the chocolate flavors just go so well with the mint,can you say Andes?

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Photo of don1481
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black, just like the base beer, with a mocha head that rapidly dissipates with very little lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate and vanilla, like the base beer, with a hint of the peppermint.

Taste: just like the nose, but with a slight peppermint taste mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Slick and with a slightly stronger peppermint aftertaste.

Overall: Easily drinkable. Can probably consume this far faster than advisable. Tasty and the base beer isn't overpowered with the peppermint.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too much peppermint - it overwhelms.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.
Aroma of peppermint, coffee, and chocolate.
The taste followed the nose. Coffee and peppermint. A little chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.
Medium-bodied beer. The peppermint left a great aftertaste, refreshing my mouth.

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Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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