Toasted Coconut Victory At Sea - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 6
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.63/5  rDev +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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Briesch
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla latte on the smell and taste. Great!

Toasted Coconut Victory At Sea from Ballast Point Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.