Victory At Sea - Coconut
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Victory At Sea - CoconutVictory At Sea - Coconut
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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #149
Ranked #4,838
4.06 | pDev: 11.58%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
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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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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RyanK252 from California

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

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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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Reef from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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flipper2gv from Canada

3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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csheridan from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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polloenfuego from Canada

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with about a thumb of head. Head retention is decent, lacing is quite nice.

Smell is a coconut cavalcade. It blends nicely with the vanilla to give a sweet aroma that reminds me of a mounds bar.

Taste is where the base beer comes back. In addition to the coconut,the vanilla and coffee shine. The three flavors battle with each other for dominance, but as it warms I find they all play well together.

Feel is medium, which is nice for the style,and carbonation is on point. There is a coating finish that leaves you tasting the coffee, and then a lingering coconut.

When I poured this, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The coconut aroma was overpowering. As it warmed though, it got better. While it may not show up on my favorites list, it is a good beer.

Personal note: beer 1600, full review 755.

Jun 03, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found the coconut flavor overly sweet, outmuscling coffee and vanilla flavors. Roastiness came through more as the beer warmed. Probably my least favorite of the Victory at Sea variants.

Apr 29, 2018
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Aroma is of an alcoholic mounds bar. Taste is similar. Feel is light-medium carbonation. Overall, this was a nice edition of the Victory at Sea series, but having had the High Westified Barrel Aged version, Ive already experienced the coconut. And it's very present in this beer - almost too present.

Apr 05, 2018
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thin, beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Rosted coconut, vanilla, coffee, rye, roasted malt and toffee.
Taste: Dry, roasted coffee, espresso, roasted malt, coconut, vanilla and bitter, dark chocolate.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonated. Bitter ending.

As I'm a lover of coconut I do like this! The nose take me to Florida and coconut sunscreen oil and I like it! i've always wanted to drink that oil...

Apr 03, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a three quarter inch frothy, dense beige head on top. The aroma is very coconut forward with coffee following a very distant second. I'm tasting coconut, chocolate, and coffee. This is a liquid mounds bar. The mouth is oily and viscous.

Mar 10, 2018
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a dark, oily, espresso with a khaki head. Decent lacing.

S) The smell is a bouquet of tropical, roasted coconut juxtaposed with intense dark roast coffee. The juicy, fruitiness and the almost burnt maltiness is intoxicating.

T) The coconut is very forward, but quickly is overwhelmed by the intense, bittering, coffee components to this brew. The vanilla that I am assuming is still a part of this brew is overshadowed almost entirely by the coffee and coconut. The dark espresso notes linger long after any other characteristic of this beer leaves the tongue.

F) This brew has a phenomenal, creamy mouthfeel and coats the mouth with each sip. It is a tad over carbonated though, so swirl this brew and let it warm up a tad to really enjoy it.

O) This is a great beer for coffee, coconut, and porter/stout lovers across the board. I paired it with some hazelnut chocolates for a fantastic nightcap duo. This is an easy recommendation.

Mar 04, 2018
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark brown - nearly opaque black - with a thick, creamy tan head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.
S - Roasted, toasted oats along with notes of sweet coconut and vanilla as well as subtle hints of coffee.
T - Roasted and toasted oats and barely throughout intermixed with notes of sweet coconut and vanilla as well as notes of coffee - the coffee i would say verges on bitter espresso providing a juxtaposition to the rich roasted and almost smoky flavor profile.
F - medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - This is a really nice porter with a very burnt, roasted, smoky flavor that mixed well with the notes of coffee/espresso, coconut, and vanilla. I wish the coconut flavor was more pronounced as I feel it would have balanced out the bitter espresso and rich smoke and roasted flavor profiles, but otherwise a very nice porter.

Feb 28, 2018
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Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it off tap. Nice dark brown almost black color. Head was tan and remained for a good while, and left a lot of lacing. Very distinct coconut smell. Very appropriate mouthfeel and carbonation for a porter. Tastes very heavily of coconut, and starts sweet but then ends bitter, but in a good way. I’d say it’s an excellent brew.

Feb 09, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with ample head that hangs around a while. Aromas of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Quite bitter at first, lots of dark roasted malts up front, pretty smooth, a little sweetness in the middle, some vanilla and faint coconut, sharp bitter espresso finish, lingering coffee aftertaste. Ample carbonation and medium bodied. Overall a good beer, very roasty, coconut doesn't come through as much as I had hoped.

12 oz bottle, no date
3.75 rating

Jan 31, 2018
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ClearWater from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OMG. So good.
Victory Sea was already one of my Top 5 favorite beers of any style/variety, but they had to go and and a nuance of coconut! OMG. So good.
I won’t bore you fawning all over it with a description. Just get it and see for yourself.

Jan 27, 2018
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hophugger from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep and dark in color with a half finger of tan head. Aroma is huge with sweet sugared coconut. Taste is full of sweet malts and lightly roasted coconut. Mouth feel is decent with a slight bitterness. Good beer!

Jan 19, 2018
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coconut is used so much nowadays in porters, it makes so much sense since it goes so well.
Look is pitch black with a decent head that sticks to the side throughout.
Smell is very strong coconut and the normal porter scent.
Feel is warm with the smoothness of a good porter.
Overall it’s a nice beer, tasty and well balanced.

Jan 06, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber - how many variants are there of this? Coconut does sound like a nice addition to a strong, dark brew.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with minuscule amber basal edges, and four fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky brown head, which leaves a broad array of thickly webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of Bounty chocolate bars, vanilla extract, gently roasted caramel malt, cafe-au-lait, sweet candied nuts, and some minor earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is toasted copra, medium-dark cocoa powder, some kind of tart red berry fruitiness, boozy vanilla, fancy-schmancy coffee beans, an oily bar-top nuttiness, caramel/toffee malt, and more understated earthy, weedy, and softly lit-up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a wee metallic alcohol ingress at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the coconut, chocolate, vanilla, and fruity esters keeping the home fires burnin'!

Overall - the main adjunct here does seem to waver between real and artificial in its bearing, but that's neither here nor there for me. It's akin to a liquored-up version of the candy bar that I mentioned earlier, and all the better for it. Good stuff.

Jan 05, 2018
Victory At Sea - Coconut from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 635 ratings