Victory At Sea - Coconut | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial vanilla coffee porter with coconut.

Added by ehammond1 on 02-15-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
409
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
25
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60
For Trade:
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 409
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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a MadTree snifter. Very dark pour, nearly black. Somewhat viscous with low carbonation and not much of a crown. It has the same roasty, astringent nose as the standard with a hint of coconut mixed in.

Medium-full body with a strong roasty flavor. Bitter and assertive with roast, hops, and coffee. Woody and harsh. Soft coconut comes in at mid-palate, but it doesn't do much against that roastiness. The vanilla is overwhelmed by burnt espresso and coconut.

I thought I would like this beer more than I do. It's good, but the coconut doesn't seem to go well with this beer. It's as if it supplants the vanilla, but can't balance out the roastiness like the vanilla does.

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Photo of mkh012
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured at 52° into a Tired Hands teku.

Near-black with faint hints of purple and red. Big, persistent head and some lacing.

Nose is oily, sweet coconut and faint chocolate. A bit brighter smelling than I expected. Coconut-vanilla ice cream and a touch of roasted malt.

Initial impression is a bit over-carbonated. Coffee, though absent on the nose, is the dominant taste here, with coconut, chocolate, and some boozy char. The coconut definitely softens things, but the nose suggests something just a bit more luscious than the taste delivers. Not sure what the IBUs are on this one, but it's surprisingly bitter. Still, finding myself drinking it quickly.

Mouthfeel is just a tad thin.

Overall, pretty good. I had Ballast Point's Mocha Marlin yesterday and think I enjoyed that more.

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

Small tan head, dark. First sniff not much but as it has warmed up coconut is coming through. The alcohol is not hidden much in this one, it is the quintessential Winter warmer. A sip gets you some roasty notes and then coconut and then a burn. It is a very unique beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Absolutely shameless about taking a proven beer and laying it with everything shy of the kitchen sink in order to create new flavor, new branding and new interest. But when it's as good as their Victory at Sea imperial porter and the marriage of coconut to those toasty, malty flavors then there's no apologies needed.

Dark as night and easily taken for stout, the hair shade shy of black billows to the rim with a creamy, semi-rocky froth, mocha brown in its color. Dark chocolate, coffee and walnut are met with vanilla and coconut for a savory, decadent, dessert-like aroma. Flavors of burnt sugars grace the tongue with a huge boost of roasted marshmallow with a strong coffee counterpart.

Graciously toasty but mild on actual roast, the larger than life porter is careful not to step into stout territory as its sweetness slowly relaxes and its toasty, roasty, earthy flavors latch onto the tastebuds. Molasses, toffee and cream round into strong french press coffee blends and then roll onto the finish with the bitterness of walnut oils, a light barkish taste and the earthen spice of chicory.

The sultry and seductive power of coconut carries a vanilla nuance and calms the roast and toast perfectly. Its soft char and creamy sweetness is strongly marshmallow-like with a long coffee and cocoa finish. The warmth of creme de cacao simmers on the tongue with an extended savory spice.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bittersweet chocolate, toasted coconut, coffee. That's it. Perfect amount of sweetness hits you in the front, followed by a strong, astringent bitterness on the backend. It's delicious.

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Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a good amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee (a whole lot of it), coconut, vanilla, and malt.

T: Tasted of a hint of vanilla, a good shot of coconut, an equally large amount of coffee, some roasted malt, a burnt quality (especially in the finish), and caramel. An interesting flavor that grows on you the more you drink. Sweet, well-balanced and pretty complex.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, incredibly drinkable beer. Lots of character.

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Photo of tlema1
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown, with a thin, tan head with a little lacing
S: sweet, Coconut for sure
T: not as sweet as the nose, but the roastiness is still there
F: not crazy about the after taste, kinda bitter
O: the finish takes away from an otherwise excellent brew

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Photo of jaketaz
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm a total sucker for coconut everything - curry, macaroons, gelato, rum, you name it. Normally I would love this beer, but unfortunately I had regular Victory at Sea first and this suffers from comparison between the two. The most impressive thing about the original is its excellent balance, on par with Founder Breakfast IMO but cheaper and available year-round. This one doesn't have that balance.

Coconut dominates the nose crowding out almost all other aroma, which had me excited for a full-on coconut experience. But the taste doesn't deliver on that sweet smell, it's harsher and more alcoholic than I was hoping for and the coconut flavor is too artificial. It is drinkable and some people would probably dig it, I would even enjoy it if I weren't already aware of the higher-quality original.

Appearance is what you'd expect, dark brown, opaque, short tan head with minimal lacing and retention. Carbonation is a bit too active and body a bit too thin for my taste but again it's a drinkable beer overall.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 7.99. No apparent bottling date, purchased December 2016. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours black with three full fingers of pale khaki head. The froth gradually dies, leaving a light surface haze, a fluffy crown and some scattered lace.

Smells of coconut, coffee, caramel and vanilla. There's a vague, almost milky note in there too.

Tastes quite bitter up front. Coffee, burnt caramel, coconut, dark chocolate, heavily roasted malt, vanilla and a little zing of alcohol.

Feels thinner than expected. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. The is an almost unpleasant bitter astringency that haunts the finish, occasionally detracting from the coffee, burnt dark chocolate and coconut.

Coconut makes for an interesting and pretty tasty variation of Victory at Sea. The thin body and intermittent astringency keep it from supplanting the original but it was a pleasant one to try.

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

I'm usually not a big porter drinker, but I'm hooked on Ballast Point at the moment and giving all of their beers a fair shake. I enjoy the mocha victory. I like the coconut victory even better. That sweetness of coconut balanced the heaviness of the porter quite well. It is not too sweet, but sweet enough to hook me in. I will absolutely get this one again.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ballast Point Brewing Company - Victory At Sea - Coconut. 10% ABV. 22oz bomber split between a teku and a tulip glass.

Look: Appears as black in the glass, with brown highlights in the light. A one finger porous head lingers on top before ending up as stagnant lacing.

Smell: Coconut. In one word. In more than one word, coconut, along with notes of coffee, caramel, vanilla, and cream. Very sweet and fresh.

Feel: Medium bodied, close to stout level. Slight carbonation, but very smooth.

Taste: Straight up coconut, backed by the coffee and caramel flavors. Has a slight bitterness, but not boozy at all. Finishes sweet, and lingers as such.

Overall: Damn, this is so close to Last Snow, I had make sure I didn't copy it's review. Simply amazing. I hope to see this again in the future since Last Snow stays in Florida.

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Photo of do_ob
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a teku. Black body topped with about 1 finger of khaki foam, which bubbled down to a dense lacing after a couple minutes. Nose is Yugeeee coconut, like wow. Smells like a giant Almond Joy bar. Absolutely wonderful. Light hints of coffee in there but damn.
The taste is amazing. Huge coconut, and mor coconut, along with rosaty coffee and vanilla. Not complex but so fucking delicious. The feel is a tad thin to be perfect, but honestly.

This beer gives Last Snow a run for the money. No shit. 89 is a crap score for this amazing beverage.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into Guinness glass. Black with 2F light tan head with good retention and lacing. Coconut up front and still pretty strong (it fades quicker than just about any beer additive), some vanilla, and roasted malts. Taste follows nose, with less vanilla and a lot more bitterness, which is my problem with the base porter. IMO, it needs better control. Medium body and light to medium carbonation. Construction OK. It's decent, but price is high and finding one can be an issue.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head, Nice head retention & lacing

S: Coconut in spades, a little vanilla

T: Coconut, a little vanilla, some coffee grounds up front. Slight astringency mixes with coconut as this warms, some chocolate as well, plus dryness. Finishes dry with toasted coconut

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, seems to build as it warms

Pretty good, but a little too coconut dominant for me, more coffee or chocolate would help, the ABV is well hidden

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Photo of KevCan
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared a 22 oz. bottle at my parent's house on Christmas Eve. Doug bought it from Beer City in Jupiter, FL.

Look: Black with healthy medium-brown head.

Smell: Very strong coconut smell. Sweet toffee/butterscotch.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, coconut. Very full-bodied and well-balanced.

Feel: Thick, highly carbonated. Coats the mouth. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Totally awesome. Maybe even better than the original Victory at Sea.

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Photo of Rcaros
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark brown. Black in the glass with a small amount of light on the edges.. very little hea.

Coconut!!!! I mean COCONUT!!! coconut oil, pecan coffee, slight roast... this smells like a candy bar

Same in the taste but a slight metallic aftertaste.. kinda like a wet dog smell taste...

Medium plus feel

Overall unique

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle. $9.99/22 oz. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

A mounds bars porter. Could almost be classified as a milk stout. This is one of those situations where the aroma so overwhelms that it distracts from the rest of the beer. 3

L - Very dark brown with a light brown three finger head, Great lacing, almost Belgian-like. 4

S - Over the top sweet coconut. 2.5

T - Roasted, almost burnt bitterness with some sweetness and coconut (but not too much). 3.25

MF - Heavy body with a semi-dry finish. 3.5

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