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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,905
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
511
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
75
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by ehammond1:
Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Jet black, shiny, with a thin light brown cap. Sheets of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is toasted coconut and little else, though the expression of toasted coconut is so rich and complete, I'm happy to just sit and smell this one all night. Think Girl Scout Samoa Cookies + fresh, oily macaroon cookies, and this is what you have. Stupendously good!

The flavor is similar to the aroma, as there's lot of toasted, sweet, earthy coconut character, some coffee, and vanilla peeking through, though there's a bitterness here as well not found in the base beer alone. Transformed and delicious.

Medium to near full in body with low carbonation.

Incredible. If you're a fan of coconut porters, this is probably the best example ever made.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SomethingClever
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle poured into can glass

A: Body is a deep black, the head was a chocolate color with a fluffiness

S: Tons of coconut, very sweet smelling, vanilla, a little chocolate

T: Over the top sweet artificial coconut flavor astringent bitter finish from the vanilla

M: Medium to fuller body with lowest carbonation.

O: Absolutely awful beer, the beer has a coconut extract taste with ridiculous amounts of sweetness. The bitter finish and sickly sweetness destroys anything left of the base beer.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +11.8%
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 DanGeo
2.86/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JakerLou
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Tamarack Tap Room in Woodbury, MN. 10 oz. pour in a chalice.

Appearance: Color is jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee, chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with a big scent of dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate. Sweet scent of coconut and vanilla along with some burnt sugar. Also some malt hints of burnt toast, biscuit, smoke, nuts, and caramel along with yeast. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, and coconut. Dark roasted barley malt with bitter notes of dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate. Big sweet taste of coconut, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Additional dark malt notes of smoke, toast, nuts, biscuit, and caramel with some yeast. The roast and sweetness mix well. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A really good twist on Victory at Sea. The coconut sweetness and roasty bitterness balance each other out nicely.

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_Rich_
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown in color with a khaki colored, half-finger width head. Fair retention, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much for lacing aside from a few, tiny minuscule spots.

Smell - Abundant coconut aroma erupts from the bottle as the cap is removed. Lesser notes of chocolate and a hint of roast come through once poured and warmed a bit.

Taste - The flavor is more balanced than the nose leads on. Coconut sweetness at first, but then a huge wave of coffee roast bitterness arrives quickly to battle it out as the prominent flavor. A touch chocolate and vanilla near the finish. The aftertaste rings of mild sweetness from the coconut, chocolate and vanilla and a strong coffee bitterness, much akin to sucking on whole roasted beans.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture lends to a fairly easy drink, then a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good brew, but I find the original version better. The extreme bitterness in this one is surprising all things considered, and frankly a bit too much at times.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of socon67
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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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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