Victory At Sea - Coconut | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea - CoconutVictory At Sea - Coconut
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:
90
Ratings:
430
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
66
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 430
Reviews by ehammond1:
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4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.77/5  rDev +19%
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 +13.2%
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 -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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 -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_Rich_
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of socon67
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Beernoobie
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler from Beer City Jupiter. Black body with a substantial mocha head. Smells of coconut just from pouring it. Big whiff yields a ton of coconut with some chocolate behind it. A lot less coffee than I remember regular V@S having. Tastes much more balanced. All of the flavors come through here. Coconut, then chocolate, then a strong bitter coffee flavor. Pretty sweet, but the bitterness cuts it nicely. Coconut is sustained with some vanilla in the finish. Medium heavy. I drank most of my glass pretty quickly, but I am definitely slowing down. Nice coconut addition to an already delicious base beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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