Victory At Sea - Coconut
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Victory At Sea - CoconutVictory At Sea - Coconut
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #158
Ranked #9,825
4.02 | pDev: 11.69%
Thursday at 02:18 AM
Feb 15, 2013
Victory At Sea - CoconutVictory At Sea - Coconut
Notes: 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.
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3.96 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Thursday at 02:18 AM
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by zac16125 from South Carolina

22oz bottle into a wine glass
No bottling dates (reviewed are probably close to a year old though; just found my notes this was reviewed a long while ago)

A: Opaque black, 3 plus fingers with of light tan head, good retention 4.25

S: Aroma is very nice, quite sweet. Lots of chocolate, lots of vanilla, lactose like cream. Coconut is very subtle although certainly present. Great nose. 4.25

T: Taste is excellent, more Coconut then the nose. Like the nose the chocolate and vanilla are prominent. Fair amount of bitterness to round it out. Really well done. 4.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium body, ABV completely unnoticeable and very good drinkability. 4.5

O: Overall, a really good beer. I think regular VaS is excellent and the subtle Coconut added nicely to this one. Way better than the peppermint variant by the way. 4.25

Oct 23, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

22oz. bottle

Pours black with maroon brown highlights and a dense creamy tan khaki colored foam head. Smells like sweet fruity coconut, dark fruits, plum, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, with herbal earthy hops. Tastes like charred roasted malts, baking chocolate, dark roast coffee, some dark fruits, sweet toasty coconut, caramel, vanilla, toffee, molasses, with bitter herbal earthy hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice imperial porter with coffee, vanilla and coconut.

Sep 03, 2020
4.16 by howardnss from Pennsylvania on Jul 05, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a mahogany hue and a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Roasty, char, coffee, and a little dark chocolate, solid hit of toasted coconut, vanilla, peppery spice, hints of bourbon, and brown sugar and almost maple like sweetness.

T: Roasty, earthy, bold coffee, some char, and a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate, toasted coconut definitely comes through, vanilla, peppery spice, hints of cinnamon and molasses, some brown sugar and toffee, and an almost bourbon like tone from the bit of alcohol that peeks through as it warms.

M: A little on the fuller side of medium body, moderately lively carbonation, slightly creamy, with a little alcohol warmth though not unpleasant.

O: This is one of those bottles I kept saving for the right night without ever really knowing when that would be. 4 years later, I guess that night is tonight.
I wasn't sure how well it would have held up, but I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. The coffee has definitely gone a bit peppery, but the coconut, which in my experience can fall off fairly quickly, still shines through. Overall it's a very solid variant on a legendary imperial porter. Now I'm curious to know how it was super fresh. Hopefully they'll brew this one again.

Apr 09, 2020
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3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by barnzy78 from Illinois

22oz bomber. Cola colored ale with a foamy brown head. Aroma is a ton of coconut reminiscent of sun tan lotion; some chocolate, coffee, and dark malt. Sweet coconut is all over the palate; chocolate, grain, mild roast, toasted grain, coffee, vanilla, and earthy hops add some complexity - but coconut is overbearing. Fuller body, ample carbonation, sweeter finish. This was not as good as expected.

Jan 03, 2020
3.91 by uncleotis from Illinois on Jan 01, 2020
4.03 by RollDamnTide from Florida on Dec 30, 2019
4.15 by Hopelessly0 from California on Sep 30, 2019
4.06 by cd34 from Illinois on Aug 11, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a light tan head that reduces to a thin layer with islands and lacing. Coconut heavy in the nose. In the mouth, it is coconut alcohol and malt. Nice!

Aug 10, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

Bottle coded 17217

Opaque mahogany admitting light only at margins, 2mm of tan, fine bubbled head from a standard pour, full ring and partial cap
Smell: Coconut domination, chocolate, coffee, vanilla also but minor players
Taste: Coconut, sharp espresso, cocoa, slight astringent medicinal or vegetal note
Feel: Oily, medium bodied, slight alcohol heat, low carbonation
Overall, enjoyable, but not superior to regular Victory At Sea, May be an old bottle, coffee flavor was muted.

Aug 04, 2019
3.75 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 24, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2019
4 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Apr 20, 2019
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3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

A: Pours a bit paler than I expected with a dark brown / black color with a decent sized creamy looking cappuccino colored head and decent retention. Lacing is good too.

S: Right off the bat you get a metric ton of coconut notes. It's so intense it almost feels artificial but I could believe it's all natural. There are decent amount of vanilla notes in there too and some milk chocolate. I know there should be coffee in this but I don't smell it much. Super dessert like, almost Southern Tier levels.

T: Taste is definitely not as sweet as I expected. You get a ton of roasted coconut notes, vanilla, chocolate and coffee but it's all very dry and pasty. Some medicinal and grassy bitterness from the hopping. I really expected a ton more residual sugars in this and it would have made sense but this beer leaves me quite confused at to what were its objectives.

M: Body is straight up too light for the genre, the ABV and the notes. The carbonation is too lively too. It's a pretty big disservice to the beer.

O: This is okay I guess. The idea of making a coconut vanilla coffee porter makes a ton of sense if it's going to be a dessert like beer. This is not the case here. The beer is too dry and has a too light mouthfeel to make sense with the rest of the notes. Still, it's definitely drinkable.

Apr 14, 2019
3.54 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 05, 2019
3.65 by Eman17 from Illinois on Mar 26, 2019
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Mar 10, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours dark but I can see through it. Long lasting head for the high abv.

Nose is huge with the coconut, has roasted malt, vanilla, but that Coconut!!

Taste matches the smell with the addition of a blast of alcohol.

Pretty big bodied, boozy, flavourful.

Feb 14, 2019
4 by jcarlosv from Florida on Jan 26, 2019
2.01 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Jan 19, 2019
4.04 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing
S: Smells of huge dark coffee notes with some roasted malts, coconuts and some slight vanilla
T: Taste is huge coconut up front with some coffee, chocolate and light vanilla but a really strong coconut flavor throughout. On the swallow this beer has some strong dark roasted coffee notes intertwined with coconut, roasted malts, chocolate and some slight vanilla
M: The beer has a body that is on the heavier side of medium and is slightly oily. Carbonation is adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: I think I like the regular version. This one is interesting and the coconut adds a nice dimension but I don't think it meshes well with everything else that is going on in the beer. Worth a try if you like coconut in your darker beers though.

Nov 04, 2018
3.81 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Oct 19, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Brennan27 from Washington

Lots of toasted coconut, rich coffee, dark chocolate and some hints of vanilla. A little bit of a smokey burnt flavor, but balanced.

Oct 15, 2018
3.93 by drstalker from Illinois on Oct 13, 2018
3.55 by Mdez from Virginia on Oct 04, 2018
4.17 by Khaack from New York on Sep 30, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

Rich and dark. Gorgeous looking beer. Aroma is sweet coconut and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with rich dark chocolate and coconut. The alcohol comes through and adds dimension to the rich flavor. A fine beverage from my beloved San Diego brewers, Ballast Point.

Sep 20, 2018
3.89 by DaveCash from New York on Sep 10, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this at Ballast Points new Chicago location. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent had bold coconut presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with mounds bar flare. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Sep 08, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by csheridan from Illinois

Pours a deep black, with moderate head with good retention, nice lasting lacing. Smell is of mild coconut and cocoa. Taste is really nice mix of not-overpowering, but definitely defined, coconut with dark chocolate undertones, like an alcoholic Mounds Bar (which is a good thing!). There is also a definite coffee undertone, which I personally do not generally like, but it mixes really well here with the coconut and cocoa; probably my favorite of beers with the "coffee" taste to it. Definitely a heavier beer built well for cooler months, but well worth the hunt!

Sep 03, 2018
4 by Musineer from Texas on Aug 18, 2018
4.25 by Aeroscorp from Tennessee on Jul 25, 2018
3.9 by SkeletonBitch from New York on Jul 10, 2018
4.03 by godawgs from Louisiana on Jul 08, 2018
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OompaMentor from Georgia

Mild, balanced flavor. Lincoln Fill 4/13/18

Jul 04, 2018
4.55 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Jun 13, 2018
4.27 by TylerJ from Iowa on Jun 07, 2018
Victory At Sea - Coconut from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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