Victory At Sea - Coconut
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Victory At Sea - CoconutVictory At Sea - Coconut
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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #143
Ranked #5,125
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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travolta from California

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 29, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a near black color with a thin caramel head. The head is gone instantly leaving very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma. Oh my dear lord the aroma on this beer. It's just indescribable. Imagine a fat Hawaiian dude holding your head down in a pile of cheap coconut flakes while someone is baking a chocolate cake 2 miles away. The coconut is so overpowering here it's almost silly. The aroma isn't terrible, but it's just too much.

The flavor, however, IS terrible. Completely artificial coconut with a disgusting aftertaste. Like licking the head of a biker who uses way too much coconut oil on his dome. There's some chocolate, and the foggiest hint of coffee, but it's just overpowered by sugary, artificial coconut.

The feel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Fairly smooth with some alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, a pretty piss-poor version of an otherwise excellent porter. It's far too sweet and the coconut "flavor" is glaringly artificial. Waste of money.

Sep 26, 2017
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do_ob from Kentucky

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.

Dec 29, 2016
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

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.

Jan 01, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

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.

Apr 01, 2017
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JuiceMan818 from California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 08, 2017
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howardnss from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 05, 2020
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wethorseblanket from California

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle black under a one-inch thick tan head which fades to the rim and a thin cap and leaves spotty lace. Aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla, damp earth, and faint coconut. Flavors follows the nose with more coconut. Rich, chewy, boozy, slightly oily and astringent finish.

Dec 19, 2016
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McAndrew from North Carolina

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

Jun 24, 2016
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BabyGoat from New York

3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 07, 2017
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mar 13, 2017
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 04, 2017
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eastcoastdan from New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 21, 2017
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BKast409 from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 10, 2017
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richloma from California

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 24, 2015
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Pav42 from Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mar 05, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 [email protected] 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.

Apr 09, 2016
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sahd-1 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 31, 2016
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Watkinsmike83 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 24, 2017
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CHickman from New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours so dark brown looking that it's almost black in color except at the edges where the light hits it and then the brew looks blood red. It had a 1-2 finger foamy tan colored head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating very slowly and leaving really nice foamy lacing in the form of spider webs.

Smells like a coconut was just split open and the juice was poured into a almost smells like suntan lotion, the coconut is so fresh it's at an extreme level. The rest of the nose is a mix of coffee grinds, toasted coconut, yeast or metallic notes, dark chocolate and faint vanilla. Basically the coconut aroma dominates.

Flavor is too much coconut and not enough roasted grains or porter taste to balance it out. Cloyingly sweet, it takes the base beer off course as the coconut is too aggressive. Coffee grinds, vanilla and potpourri trail the coconut, but it lacks the char and roasty notes I hoped for and got in a beer like Funky Buddha Last Snow.

May 07, 2017
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Smarty_Pints from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Jan 15, 2014
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The_Truth from Arkansas

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is an obvious black that comes with an imperial porter but the head is what makes it stand apart. After the 2 fingers go down, a nice tan, soft head lingers.

Smells very roasty with coconut up front and a charred smell in the back.

Taste is really interesting. I get the obvious bitter and roasty carachteristic and the coconut comes through, there is vanilla and then an aftertaste of salted toffee. Some say its too sweet but i compare it to other imperials like KBS and BCBS and its only slightly sweet.

Feel isnt nearly as thick and syrupy as the aformentioned BCBS and KBS. Only a slight thickness that lets it linger.

Overall, it is an interesting and well put together beer. I can really see the inspiration for this beer, very west coast winter.

Jul 09, 2017
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Sparky44 from Illinois

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

Jan 08, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill - 3 days old, revisit 1/2017 from bottle, no date (original rating 4.1):
Also had a taster fresh off same keg.
Pours near black but obviously clear brown when catching the edges of the pour. Not much head, but it isn't the best pour to judge. Little watery looking.
Revisit: Pour from the bottle provides better head, a fairly sustaining tan one with some lacing. Being likely more representative, upped rating.

Nose is brownie and coconut, pretty rich with a light but dark nutty note
Revisit: definitely a much stronger coconut presence - finally a beer that does remind me of a mounds bar, but the coconut does overwhelm everything else.

Taste is big on the coconut, though with the alcohol content tends towards coconut extract. The Porter and coffee notes provide a good palette for the coconut to cling to. The way they combine brings about that chocolate brownie with coconut taste I got in the nose. A little raw coconut flavor sticks on the tongue along with the nutty-to-coffee bitterness fading into the end.
Revisit: The coffee and roasted malt are just as prevalent from the bottle, maybe more so, but hey also cut into the coconut a bit more than my original review. Cold, the beer is a bit raw on my palate.

Enjoyable beer and nicely constructed in my mind. Could maybe use a little less alcohol in the feel.
Revisit: seemingly bolder than my original review. Adjusted the individual ratings, but my overall impression was about the same.

Jan 20, 2016
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briandschorr from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasting this beer now while watching The Sopranos, season 1. Wow. This is a great beer from one of my favorite brewing companies. The look is a wonderful black and the head is damn near perfect. Two fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap with strong lacing. As the name indicates, coconut is the main event yet the marriage with coffee works quite well. The taste follows the nose. First, you get the coconut and vanilla and then the coffee and malt elements kick in. This beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. This is not something that I would put on tap but it is well worth getting this Porter to sip and enjoy slowly. Impressed with this beer.

Aug 18, 2017
Victory At Sea - Coconut from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 635 ratings