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Victory At Sea - Coconut | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Coconut Victory at Sea takes our popular Imperial Porter to another place. We added sweet roasted coconut to our robust porter brewed with Caffe Calabria coffee and vanilla, the perfect complement to this beer’s subtly roasty intensity. A favorite at our annual Victory at Sea Day, but it’s worth enjoying anytime you need to be transported.

Added by ehammond1 on 02-15-2013

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in an inelegant pint glass. Black, as expected, with a tinge of brown at the edges. Aroma is quite potent with sweet coconut dominant and coffee in the background. Flavor has a much more distinct bitterness, which I find a little bit off-putting, whether this is a flavored porter or a sweet stout. Maybe the aroma just makes me want a sweeter beer? Maybe the bitterness is unsweetened brewed coffee, and I just don't like coconut in my coffee? A shame, because it's delicious smelling. I would say it fails for drinkability, but at 10% abv, it's more drinkable than it deserves to be.

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Photo of wroywel
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a near black color with a thin caramel head. The head is gone instantly leaving very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma. Oh my dear lord the aroma on this beer. It's just indescribable. Imagine a fat Hawaiian dude holding your head down in a pile of cheap coconut flakes while someone is baking a chocolate cake 2 miles away. The coconut is so overpowering here it's almost silly. The aroma isn't terrible, but it's just too much.

The flavor, however, IS terrible. Completely artificial coconut with a disgusting aftertaste. Like licking the head of a biker who uses way too much coconut oil on his dome. There's some chocolate, and the foggiest hint of coffee, but it's just overpowered by sugary, artificial coconut.

The feel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Fairly smooth with some alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a pretty piss-poor version of an otherwise excellent porter. It's far too sweet and the coconut "flavor" is glaringly artificial. Waste of money.

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3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, julian date 16328 (November 23, 2016) stamped on the bottom of the bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like coconut and vanilla, but with some coffee, chocolate and roasted malt noticeable too. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the coffee, chocolate and roasty flavors all being stronger. With that being said, coconut is the main player here. The flavor reminds me of eating a Mounds bar. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a good brew, although I think I like the regular Victory At Sea better. Definitely worth trying. $4.99 a bomber (I think it might have been on a closeout sale).

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coconut, dark chocolate, and roast. Thick bodied, sweet, with low carbonation. Excellent dessert beer...Almond Joy in a cup. I will get this again.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RodJBeerVentures
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of briandschorr
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasting this beer now while watching The Sopranos, season 1. Wow. This is a great beer from one of my favorite brewing companies. The look is a wonderful black and the head is damn near perfect. Two fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap with strong lacing. As the name indicates, coconut is the main event yet the marriage with coffee works quite well. The taste follows the nose. First, you get the coconut and vanilla and then the coffee and malt elements kick in. This beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. This is not something that I would put on tap but it is well worth getting this Porter to sip and enjoy slowly. Impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHvK
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin dark brown body with medium to heavy bubbles on the body, lift tan head which rose initially to just about a notch or so below a finger's length. Zero lacing.

Smell: Coffee and coconut. Deep aroma.

Taste: Conplex sweet coconut, light but bitter chocolate with hard hit of espresso.

Mouth: Bitter and a bit dry. Heavy body with medium to full carbonation at first but loses a bit.

Overall: Nice pick up which reminisces the bite of tonka beans. I'd definitely grab it again if I see it. Always in a glass, Salud!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle of ol’ Victory with coconut whipped in split with my wife.

The pour verdict: black. Plenty of life. Smells just as advertised though lighter: roast, vanilla, malty sweetness, with a touch of coconut added. Not bad.

Victory at Sea - Coconut takes its name seriously. It’s like drinking a porter through a straw out of an actual coconut in the Bahamas; pretty sure I’ve ingested my suggested daily ration of potassium in the first few sips. Underneath is touch of bitter roast, vanilla that gets all tangled up in the coconut, toast, with a finishing echo of pepper & light spicing. Hard to believe this is 10%; I could have happily tippled back (on?) the entire bomber over the course of an evening watching hardball.

A step up from a solid if unspectacular base beer, the coconut wedgies this up a level. Very good.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Truth
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is an obvious black that comes with an imperial porter but the head is what makes it stand apart. After the 2 fingers go down, a nice tan, soft head lingers.

Smells very roasty with coconut up front and a charred smell in the back.

Taste is really interesting. I get the obvious bitter and roasty carachteristic and the coconut comes through, there is vanilla and then an aftertaste of salted toffee. Some say its too sweet but i compare it to other imperials like KBS and BCBS and its only slightly sweet.

Feel isnt nearly as thick and syrupy as the aformentioned BCBS and KBS. Only a slight thickness that lets it linger.

Overall, it is an interesting and well put together beer. I can really see the inspiration for this beer, very west coast winter.

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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: black in the glass with a finger of tan head
S: coconut extract, a bit harsh in the nose
T: like the nose plus bitter coffee. Not a good combination
F: bitter and dry finish

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Photo of Nosquatch
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Victory At Sea - Coconut from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 511 ratings
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