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Ballast Point Victory at Candy Cane Cove

Ballast Point Victory at Candy Cane Cove
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Cask only. Victory at Sea Imperial Porter brewed with vanilla, coffee, peppermint and dry hopped in the cask with candy canes.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1031) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
George’s Bachelor Party September 2013. Pours a deep black with no head. Aroma is crazy candy cane peppermint. Overwhelming. Taste is not overwhelming peppermint but a nice compliment to the beer. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2013
On draft, pours deep, rich black with medium beige head that lasted for awhile and provided plenty of lacing, aromas of wood, dark fruit, thin mints, peppermint, chocolate, and vanilla bean. Flavor is a great balance of spicy mint, chocolate roast, wood char, coffee, and tobacco. Medium bodied with a complex flavor. Great addition to the Victory at Sea lineup. Pairs well with girls scout cookie smokeables if you got em.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Cask at Hamilton’s Tavern for SDBW. Pours inky black, low foam. Nose is heavy peppermint candy, Andes mint chocolate. Taste is spot on mint chocolate chip, cooling mint in the mouthfeel. Successful cask version.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Pours a opaque black with a foamy tan head with good lacing. Aroma is of mint, chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee. Taste is very similar to the aroma but also has some light vanilla and a more robust dark coco flavor. Has a medium body with a slighty watery mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium finish. Overall, a very interesting version of v@s that is actually pretty tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Hmmm, right rating ... this was Peppermint Victory at Sea, but I do not think it was cask (should be a new entry?). On tap at the Blue Dog. Poured a black color with an off white head. Yep, this one was all peppermint. Some chocolate, vanilla, and roast. Peppermint candy dominates (if you like peppermint, this one is for you).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
On cask at the Public House. Pours a dark brown with a small tan chocolate head that has very good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aromas is big peppermint and chocolate, a lot like a peppermint pattie. A little bit of roasted coffee and vanilla, but it is a background note. The initial taste has a little bit of sweetness with some peppermint, but not too much sweetness. Then comes some roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The finish has a bit of bitterness and leaves a lingering peppermint flavor. Fairly light bodied. Low, cask carbonation. Smooth, slick mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable. I would recommend, but only if you like peppermint.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Cask @ Urge. Pour is mostly opaque. Aroma is decidedly peppermint which is complimented with chocolate. Flavor is similar but with some coffee notes. Creamy mouthfeel; alcohol is well hidden. A cool and refreshing version of Victory that is dominated by peppermint, but not overwhelmed by it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (909) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
On cask yesterday at Urge Gastropub for their first annual Black Out. Pours almost lack with a small amount of brown highlights along the edge. For a small-ish pour, the mocha brown head is quite large and leaves some good lacing. Aroma of Andes Mints with strong mint and dark chocolate working together; also notes of creamy vanilla and a small amount of coffee. Flavor is again Andes Mints or a York Peppermint Patty with lots of peppermint, candy canes, and fudgy dark chocolate. The coffee is still there in the flavor, but it is toned down somewhat compared to the regular V@S. The big alcohol is well concealed as usual with this beer. I do prefer the regular V@S but this is a fun take. I think Ballast should consider bottling this and making it a limited release for the holidays as it is definitely full of Christmas aromas and flavor. (7, 661)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
on tap at Churchill’s Pub. A story in peppermint. Peppermint aroma and taste. Above average mouthfeel.Not very drinkable. Either the cask had it, or its Ballast Point. Good on looks alone. I think the former.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4358) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Cask at Churchills. Almost black pour with a creamy tan head. Huge mint aroma. Lots of potent peppermint flavor in the aroma, as well as chocolate, burnt coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Kind of like those thin mints, very festive. I wouldn’t want to drink this often though. Your breath may even smell good after drinking this.


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