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Victory At Sea - Coconut - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 112
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 24.51%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 02-15-2013

Imperial vanilla coffee porter with coconut.
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 112
Photo of cbutova
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Cask served, taken from notes last week during San Diego.

A- Pours black as night from the cask and a nice dark mocha colored head forms atop the beer. Good head retention, for cask too, and it falls to a thick ring. Lacing forms webs down the glass.

S- Atop the rich cocoa, roast malt base Porter is a massive amount of coconut. The toasting process helps release the aromatics and I immediately think of Samoa Girl Scout cookies. Mostly coconut but the base beer does just enough to round it out, splendid!

T- Between the toasted coconut, roasted malts, coffee hints and vanilla it reminds me of a really, really good dessert-like iced-coffee. Coconut is still the focus but the base beer pokes through more with intense roast malts and the flavors mentioned above.

MF- Thick bodied with a nice creamy texture for a cask. Carbonation on the lower end but this is the type of beer that can withstand that and still be great. Roast bitterness lingers on the palate.

Samoa beer is always good. I was skeptical to see how much a difference toasted coconut would make to this beer but it is an entirely different beast thanks to this key ingredient.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Jet black, shiny, with a thin light brown cap. Sheets of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is toasted coconut and little else, though the expression of toasted coconut is so rich and complete, I'm happy to just sit and smell this one all night. Think Girl Scout Samoa Cookies + fresh, oily macaroon cookies, and this is what you have. Stupendously good!

The flavor is similar to the aroma, as there's lot of toasted, sweet, earthy coconut character, some coffee, and vanilla peeking through, though there's a bitterness here as well not found in the base beer alone. Transformed and delicious.

Medium to near full in body with low carbonation.

Incredible. If you're a fan of coconut porters, this is probably the best example ever made.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Basin Pub in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly still looking black, with no head or lacing. Quite black and ominous, however.

Smells really strongly of coffee, with some vanilla, and bitter chocolate, along with a nice but not overwhelming toasted, almost roasted coconut aroma.

The coconut here only shows up in the finish. We start here with roasty, bitter coffee, swing into some sweeter creamy vanilla flavors, and finish with almost burnt coconut flavors. The coconut lends a nice toasted sweetness on the finish. There's chocolate, too, but not as strong as some of the other flavors mentioned. There's a small amount of roasted malt flavors, as well.

This one feels slightly less thick than regular Victory at Sea, for whatever reason. It still possesses a body of medium thickness, with a very creamy mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation.

This is a really nice variation on Victory at Sea. The coconut is definitely there, but it's subtle enough to remind you that this is still Victory at Sea, with the big coffee and vanilla flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival held at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and toasted coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, vanilla, and toasted coconut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic addition of coconut that works super well with the base beer.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of BB1313
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Town Hall in Ohio City

Pours almost black with a khaki head that leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very faint and subtle. Hints of cocoa malts and barely any coconut. Now the flavors are amazing! The coconut is very prominent. Lots of vanilla and coffee. Lots of hazelnut. The chocolate notes are there. The malts do their thing. The alcohol goes unnoticed. Wow, it tastes so good. The mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Extremely smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is an amazing variation of Victory At Sea. The only thing lacking was the aromas, but everything else was awesome, especially the flavors. Well done! It's one of the best beers that I've had this year. It's absolutely worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonder how old this keg was? Coconut was only a parent a little bit on the nose and hardly at all in taste. I think I enjoy a regular victory at Sea much better than this.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at THG. Consumed side-by-side with peppermint and peanut butter.

A: Pours a very dark brown cola color, near black, with a foamy, frothy, light brown head that faded into a lasting fuzzy collar. This one has more carbonation and softer carbonation than the other two variants, and looks better in the glass.
S: Coconut is prominent with notes of greasy coconut oil and not much else. Dominates the other scents.
T: Coconut dominates, greasy and creamy like cream pie, vanilla is strong as it usually is with coconut flavored beers. The coconut dominates pretty much all other flavors, as the nose did, except for a bitter punch and light chocolate quality in the finish.
M: Medium full body, bitter, light greasy, and slick mouthfeel. This coconut VAS in particular is very fluffy, creamy and chewy, while the other two variants are lightly astringent and rough around the edges.
O: The coconut was the best of the three variants and was a pleasure to drink. Only one of the three I wouldn’t mind having again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

of the three variants of this i have now had, this is my favorite hands down, although it looks like they do about a million, so hopefully a few more will make their way out here to colorado. this looks just like the others, dark black and shiny, with a short inch of tan head and fabulous lacing. the nose is very coconut heavy, in stark contrast on the subtle peppermint version, its almost too much. its coconut for sure, but almost artificial, sweet, and candy-like. im sure it isnt artificial, but it comes across that way. when you get past the added sugar there, it tastes great, the toasted quality of it brings some more depth out of the grain and cocoa aspects, and it goes great with the bitter coffee. all of the other added flavors that are so well integrated with one another in the base beer seem well back behind the coconut in this. its not a bad thing, because the coconut tastes great, the beer just seems a little less nuanced and evolved. coconut is getting real popular in brewing, and this is a nice example of how it can be used. i think its perhaps a touch over flavored, the coconut comes at the expense of the other ingredients, but its excellent beer, and certainly my favorite of the victory variants thus far, although i heard they do a maple one...

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Photo of dpatnaude
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Driftwood in Plymouth, MA.

Appearance- Jet black with quarter inch tan thin head.

Nose- Roasted malt, toasted coconut overload with a very sweet smell.

Taste- Toasted coconut is at the forefront, roasted maltiness and coconut in the middle with a coffee like finish.

Feel- Quite thick with minimal carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable sipping porter. A true coconut bomb that any coconut lover would definitely appreciate. I am not a huge coconut fan but had to try it after finding myself very disappointed in the peppermint variant and was very impressed.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose for days. Partly BP deserves credit for that, but then again I feel like coconut works so damn well in porters/stouts that it's almost like cheating:) Also, like barrel-aged V@S, this thing is a beaut, creamy foam never receding from this brew, instead beckoning you for more. Palate doesn't live up to the nose, the bitterness from the coffee popping out and pulling away from the creamy coconut notes, which are still present but secondary to the bitter coffee. Good stuff, but I'd love a little less bitterness.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill - 3 days old:
Also had a taster fresh off same keg.
Pours near black but obviously clear brown when catching the edges of the pour. Not much head, but it isn't the best pour to judge. Little watery looking.

Nose is brownie and coconut, pretty rich with a light but dark nutty note.

Taste is big on the coconut, though with the alcohol content tends towards coconut extract. The Porter and coffee notes provide a good palette for the coconut to cling to. The way they combine brings about that chocolate brownie with coconut taste I got in the nose. A little raw coconut flavor sticks on the tongue along with the nutty-to-coffee bitterness fading into the end.

Enjoyable beer and nicely constructed in my mind. Could maybe use a little less alcohol in the feel.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Flynn's

Thick creamy rich head, nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose lots of coconut, toasted tropical coconut, creamy, dark chocolate, vanilla, little nutty, coffee.

Taste tons of coconut, almost a fake flavored rum like coconut, creamy, more dark chocolate and coffee, roasted notes.

Mouth is med fuller bod, bit creamy, nice carb.

Overall ok, lots of coconut but it tastes like artificial.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour served in a goblet.

Black body with thick cap of dark brown head.

This smells outstanding. Light vanilla sweet aroma. Nice blast of coconut. Coffee is pretty big, just overpowers the coconut.

The taste of coconut is monstrous. Tastes like suntan lotion its that strong. Thank goodness that the coffee matches the intensity of coconut to help break up the massive coconut flavor. Finish is bitter acidic roast coffee with a hint of sun tan lotion and toasted coconut.

Medium body with low carbonation that is adequate. Body is a little watery, but nothing overly extreme. Fairly drinkable despite the bold flavors of the previously mentioned adjuncts. Not boozy at all.

Overall is a great adjunct porter. Definitely better than the peppermint victory at sea variant, but I still think that regular victory at sea is better than both variants that I have tried so far. Looking forward to trying peanut butter variant in the near future.

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Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

Beige head. Dark brown color.

This is a coconut bomb. I love coconut beers and this might be a bit much. The flavor is awesome, but the aftertaste is almost overpowering. Some vanilla. A very light coffee roast. Mainly coconut though.

I wish the coconut was toned down a bit so I could taste the other flavors.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown where light barely passes through the edge of the glass. Beige head which lasts throughout the tasting leaving rings of lace after each sip.

Mild cocoa to the nose. Sweet, as in milk chocolate. Think Swiss Miss instant cocoa and you'll get the idea.

The taste is very much like a semisweet hot cocoa gone cold. The rich body and low carbonation enhance this impression. The coconut I get reminds me of the brown skin of the coconut meat. The finish is a combination of coffee and sweetened cream. Chewy aftertaste.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The past couple of years, to me, Victory at Sea has taken on this bitter over roasted coffee taste on the back end. It's quite harsh. So much, that I don't really drink it anymore. I was hoping the coconut would cut into the bitterness. It did a little, but it was still there and in your face. Coconut wasn't as strong as I was hoping either. Glad I tried it, but I won't get it again.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory at Sea Day '14. Didn't finish my pour, which was sad considering the rest of the options around.

Aroma is strong coconut, flavor is as well. Overpowers the VatS completely, to its detriment. Especially in comparison to the other variants, where the coffee & vanilla were complimented by additions. In this case, there was no compliment, it just turned it into a normal coconut porter.

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Photo of Moose90
2.72/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served On-Tap 5oz

A — Pours a murky dark brown hue into the glass, there is a dark brownish colored head that tries to form on top, but it settles and leaves some random bits of lacing down the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is incredibly sweet and pungent, huge notes of coconut and chocolate, some almost artificial tones of coconut, like a mounds bar, a tiny bit of toasted coconut is apparent, but it is mostly sweet and heavily sugary.

T — Heavy and dominating notes of chocolate and coffee, overpowered by artificially sweet vanilla and coconut, heavy handed in every category, the overwhelming sweetness is tough to overcome. Sure there are nice notes of coconut, but they come at an expense. This is so overpoweringly sweet it is tough to consume.

M — Heavy, sticky, lingering, low carbonation.

O — They took the already sweet base beer and made it even more artificially sweet and heavy, this is so overpoweringly sweet and artificial it is tough to call it a beer. All that said, this would be great for anyone with a major sweet tooth who loves coconut and needs a boozy coconutty chocolaty fix.

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Victory At Sea - Coconut from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.