Victory At Sea - Coconut | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea - CoconutVictory At Sea - Coconut

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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.

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Photo of JohnnyB
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got Coconut? Yeah, this one has it. That first sip is like "where is everybody else hiding!"As the head dissolves and it warms a bit, the coffee slowly comes through. The 10% ABV is no where to be found.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead 11-25-16 for $8.49. Bottled on 11-4-16.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that has some great hang time.

Nose is coconut forward over roasted malts and smidge of coffee.

Taste is huge coconut which runs roughshod over the base roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla. A tad too sweet for me.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is an enjoyable brew but suspect in the second half of the bomber it will be too sweet.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice version of this beer. The coconut is very prominent on the nose, and less assertive on the palate, where the coffee dominates. Still, it adds a nice accent and nuttiness to the coffee and roasted noted of the porter.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this for awhile. As stand alone components, I don't like coffee and I REALLY dislike coconut, but I love both in beer.

The pour reveals a jet black body with a gorgeous tan head - beautiful beer. The coconut is very apparent on the nose, with the coffee and vanilla lurking in the background.

The taste ..... is a bit off. I don't know if the vanilla sweetness tossed on top of the coconut is shifting this into "cloying" territory, but something is.

I'm glad I tried this, but I wouldn't try it again - and I've got the peppermint version in the beer fridge.

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Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown body; thick, sticky, khaki colored head. Immense, deep aroma of coconut and roasted grains; cocoa. Rich mocha and coconut flavors; strong, almost biting bitterness riding above a whipped cream sweetness. Heavy, silky smooth body; occasional sensations of hot, boozy, nearly metallic roughness.

This beer brings on some smooth and velvety tones, rich with cocoa, coffee grounds, and sweet coconut elements. There seems to be a minor conflict with the alcohol content and/or coffee bitterness and the malt sweetness at the finish at times, bringing a somewhat harsh experience near the finish. Still, the coconut and dark grain sweetness and body, for the most part, really shines throughout...

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Photo of GStone899
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is one of the best over ever smelt. Seriously, it smells so good they should make a candle out of it. Obviously, there is an abundant amount of coconut upfront with chocolate and mocha as well. Super sweet smell like a chocolate coconut cluster. Taste is equally bold with a strong bitterness. Did not expect this. They're is a strong coffee bitterness that is a bit much n would be much better subdued. Overall it is super enjoyable to porter lovers. Pleasant aftertaste. Rich vanilla and coconut.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/29/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, vanilla, and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, dark bread, floral, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, dark bread, pine, char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, vanilla, coffee, light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/hop bitter/sweet balance. A bit of lingering hop/char astringency, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, fairly sticky, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, vanilla, coffee, light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was still quite bitter and drying, but not overwhelming; even after 4 months of age. My experience with the base beer is similar, and this would be worth revisiting in 6 months or more. This will definitely improve later, but is still really enjoyable right now.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a snifter at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok.

Very deep brown to almost black in color, it tops with very thick silky tan head that stands with great strength of retention. The head just slowly dissipates to some bubble sheet on the surface and leaves plenty of sticky and refined lacing patch and spot along the way.

Intense sweet roasted coconut hits first through a nose and covers all along, it reminds me of coconut juice, roasted coconut, and coconut cream then it follows with very subtle coffee, cocoa, and dark chocolate. Roasted malt is there too but only in the background as well as vanilla, dark bread, and caramel. No hop is discernible.

The taste is still dominated by roasted and sweet yet creamy coconut like a coconut cream. The typical roasted, coffee, and dark chocolate is much bolder here comparing to the aroma together with notes of big sweet vanilla, caramel, dark bread and bold bitterness that is derived from both roasted malt and hop.

Full and bold body with smooth mouthfeel throughout the palate with proper level of crispness and carbonation to carry all the things well, finish is pleasantly dry. This version is still very good with so rich sweet and roasted coconut infused.

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Photo of R_i_P
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber 3-pack from Costco in Dec. 2016. The 3-pack included 3 Ballast Point imperial porters -- regular, coconut, and mint. So I created my own custom 3-pack. Sorry Costco! My sole interest was this coconut. My bad!

This beer pours black as midnight with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of tawny foam. Excellent lacing. 10% APV. The smell is exotic, almost narcotic. The taste starts with an explosion of roasted coconuts and banana, followed by the coffee of the porter. Frankly, an enticing, tropical taste.

I really liked this porter. However, I found the coconut a bit cloying -- difficult to finish the bomber in one sitting. However, if I stick a cork in the bottle and savor this porter at little each day, I find myself perfectly content. This is an excellent imperial porter when a tropical taste is desired.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as a starless night. Quite outstanding head volume. World class lacing and retention.

World class nose that leads with a burst of coconut over a slightly sweet chocolate. Adding to the sweetness is a solid vanilla component and a touch of molasses. Underneath is a subtle roast with a touch of char. Coffee is present but requires searching when cold, as it warms, it becomes a bit more noticeable. Overall, it's a succulent Mounds bar.

Medium body that borders on heavy medium. The texture is a bit slick but is more smooth than it is creamy. A truly creamy full bodied aspect would push this one into world class territory. Carbonation / body balance is quite outstanding. The middle is nicely effervescent but a bit short of making the flavors really pop. The finish has a nice finely bubbled prickly effervescence.

The flavor profile is outstanding. This is a complex porter but the coffee aspect masks a good bit of that complexity due to it's strength. Dial coffee back a bit and let the flavors pop and this could be in world class territory - beers that tread there MUST have perfect balance. As is, there is a bit of conflict / confusion for the palate.

It begins with a burst of coconut that is slightly sweet yet in competition with coffee. By the middle, chocolate and molasses (plus a nice dose of caramel) provide a sweet rush. As the sweetness fades, vanilla arrives as does roast and a too subtle char as coffee reasserts itself. Overall, roast is a bit under represented for a porter. Cold, the finish becomes a bit astringent from the slightly uncovered alcohol as vanilla arrives and crescendos.

Near room temperature, this is a very different beast. Ballast Point delivers on a coconut version of their world class flagship porter that does approach world class. Coffee becomes subdued and the complex subtleties emerge. Rich chocolate, coconut, molasses, vanilla and roast all have their time in the spotlight. The resulting sweetness completely covers the alcohol, so that slight flaw is removed. Cold dulls the palate - drink this one as you should, not below 55 degrees.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is heavy on the coconut and vanilla with hints of chocolate, fudge and a touch of coffee. Delicious! The flavor here doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Beer opens with hints of coffee, roasted malt and cocoa powder. Coconut comes in big towards the middle but instead of the creaminess and sweetness, there's almost a coconut shell bitterness. Vanilla and chocolate flavors try to balance out the bitterness but it peaks out again and again all the way through to the end. Body is medium with way too much carbonation. I wish this was heavier and smoother. Goes down aggressive with an oily and filmy finish.

Decent but there's something missing here. The flavor and body are just not quite right.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a jet-black color with a small, tan head that left little to no lacing. It smelled of toasted coconut and roasted malt. Coconut flavor was present but not over the top.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, medium, thick tan head that lasts for a little bit.

Smells strong coconut, roast malt, chocolate and hints of vanilla.

Tastes very strong coconut, fades to a bitter chocolate and roast. Finish is dry. Quite bitter with hints of vanilla. Medium body and medium fizzy carbonation.

To much coconut

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a stemmed tulip.
Pours very very dark, espresso brown with light khaki head one finger high.
Aromas are lots of coffee and good coconut present as well.
Flavors much coconut it was honestly too much. My palate eventually mellowed to it but it was not balanced. Backbone of delicious VaS porter was there.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
Overall, I love VaS and I liked this better than peppermint, but it was not balanced with way too much coconut.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with a dense and creamy tan colored head, excellent lacing.

nose is blatant coconut, almost over the top but not quite - impressively pungent. big coffee and vanilla compliment the coconut. on palate is ridiculous almond joy, vanilla, coffee, roast, smooth smooth marshmallow creamyness. cant believe its 10%.... danger!! the mouthfeel is on the medium side of full bodied, velvety smooth. overall I was real impressed by this one - the OG is excellent but holy crap this variant ramps it up a few nothches! highly recommended.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ballast Point's Coconut Victory At Sea, imperial porter. 10% ABV.

A: Black in the glass. Solid, transparent red in the dimple. Decent sheeting and lacing.

S: Smells like a Mounds bar straight out of the bottle. More coconut paste. Dry, dark chocolate. Definite sweetness to the coconut aroma. Not much else, yet.

T/MF: Very dark flavor. More char and bitterness, but then a flare up of coconut hits, kind of like when you add mint essence to things. Leaves behind a very deep char bitterness, as if they burnt the coconuts black. A small amount of fibrous green leaf. I'm not really a fan.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I can't find a date but released in the last month or two.

A: Pours black with a good sized frothy dark brown head. Quite good head retention.

S: Coconut for sure, and lots of it. Vanilla backs it up sweetly. A hint of coffee and maybe chocolate but the coconut dominates here. Almost smells like coconut oil.

T: More of the same. Heavy coconut up, oily and sweet. Vanilla in the middle really sweetens it up just as the bitter coffee kicks in. Dark chocolate and coffee carry into the finish and aftertaste with a touch more of that coconut lingering between sips.

M: Heavy, smooth.

O: Hmph. It's good but I think I prefer the original. The coconut is strong and oily and is a touch overwhelming. A unique and interesting variation regardless, better than the peppermint version I think.

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Photo of Mineo
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Inferior to the original -- but still good. Just doesn't have as much body or depth, with vanilla and coffee taking a backseat here, certainly. Coconuts!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of a 3-pack Costco 22oz bottles $19.99
Strong toasted coconun smell
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-heavy carbonation
Creamy coconut taste like haupia, high alcohol comes in the aftertaste, some bitterness
Overall an ok beer that I wouldn't buy again. I liked the Peppermint Victory At Sea much better so was expecting a similar experience.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is coconut dominant, with vanilla sweetness and cocoa notes.

Flavor is more bitter than expected, roasty, with a hint of acid and coconut sweetness. More bitter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquire from my hometown Binny's (thank you Mr. Binny). Drank out of a Night Shift brandy snifter style glass.

Look: Two fingers of quickly dissipating khaki head, dark fudgey brown, light visible tiny bubble down-up carbonation, heavy medium spider web lacing.

Smell: Gobs of pina colada tropical aroma, fruit forward espresso vanilla latte, whole stale vanilla bean , a touch of dusty/mustiness, similar to a less roast coffee forward Tropical Speedway.

Taste: Initial punch of cheap vanilla quickly overtaken by a haymaker punch of canned shredded coconut, coffee takes the form of light roast on the back end and ripe fruitness, semi-sweet bakers chocolate, roast hazelnut, pretty (artificially tasting) sweet, a bit of booze as well but well hidden for a 10% beer.

Mouthfeel: Lighter end of medium mouthfeel, roasty dryness, a bit more carbonated than I would prefer for a beer of its style.

Overall: Not a bad imperial porter. I just feel like this beer tastes a bit... cheap? With better sourcing of ingredients (namely the vanilla and coconut, the coffee is actually really solid as usual), this beer would be a grand slam. I'll be patiently waiting for a Coconut Victory At Sea Reserve, but until then, I don't think I'll be pulling the trigger on this beer at the price point again.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: Bold semi sweet coconut, some vanilla, dry roasted coffee, malty smooth but with a bite in the finish. Big aroma of toasted coconut. Black, opaque, tan foamy head with some lattice to lace. Medium/Full body., not sticky. Alcohol present at end.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Arooga's in Harrisburg served chilled in a goblet.

the color is opaque black with thick sandstone head with very good retention and fine bead. the smell is great - lots of sweet, nutty tropical coconut which is the primary aroma. The feel is very good bitter and dry with moderately high carbonation up front with mild toasted coconut with a subtle sweetness as it warms and light astringency of dark roasted grain with a light alcohol presence drying out the finish.

The taste is very good -mostly toasted coconut as in the aroma yet there is a pine-like hop flavor and some dark cocoa adding a bitterness in the middle with a subtle alcohol flavor in the nutty dry finish. Overall I was really pleased with this - not a candy bar type coconut sweetness it builds on the base however the other ingredients(coffee/vanilla) seem obscured a bit by the coconut focus.

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Photo of argock
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass tulip. No readily apparent freshness date but purchased in the last two months.

A: Black with a short cap of light beige head receding to scattered lacing.

S: Very artificial/chemical vanilla aroma with black coffee mixed in. More dark malts with agitation. Coconut is minimal for me.

T: Flavor also has an unpleasant chemical character as well, affecting the flavor in all areas. The coffee is flat and burnt, the vanilla is extracty flavored, and the coconut is hard to detect to be honest.

M: Fairly light bodied for the ABV but with weird chemical/artificial tacky feel on the finish.

O: Really a poor beer -- not sure if mishandled or just too many artificial flavors....

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours an almost black color with a two finger head. Smell is coconut for days, a small bit of roast and chocolate. The taste for me was pretty much all coconut with a little bitter roast, mouthfeel is medium. Too much coconut for my tastes, but I'm sure it appeals to some.

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