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.

Added by ehammond1 on 02-15-2013

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great victory at sea mixed with good coconut flavor
It's a great beer that is still present with the added flavor it's not like the other variant where the Victory at Sea gets lost in in the added flavor very well done

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Coconut, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts what a combo. I love coconut to begin with and the coffee taste with the roasted malts set this one to the liking. Dark color little head went down smooth and just an overall good beer

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a jet black with cocoa colored foam. Smells like toasted coconut and coffee mocha. Smoothly roasty with just the perfect balance of coffee, chocolate and toasted coconut notes. Fantastic.

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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 ilikebeer03
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible is an understatement. Nose is dominated by delicious fresh toasted coconut. In the background is coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Taste follows suit. Lots of coconut up front which fades out just a touch as it warms. Balanced very nicely. Coconut is very detectable and delicious but doesn't overpower the base beer.

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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 cbutova
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Cask served, taken from notes last week during San Diego.

A- Pours black as night from the cask and a nice dark mocha colored head forms atop the beer. Good head retention, for cask too, and it falls to a thick ring. Lacing forms webs down the glass.

S- Atop the rich cocoa, roast malt base Porter is a massive amount of coconut. The toasting process helps release the aromatics and I immediately think of Samoa Girl Scout cookies. Mostly coconut but the base beer does just enough to round it out, splendid!

T- Between the toasted coconut, roasted malts, coffee hints and vanilla it reminds me of a really, really good dessert-like iced-coffee. Coconut is still the focus but the base beer pokes through more with intense roast malts and the flavors mentioned above.

MF- Thick bodied with a nice creamy texture for a cask. Carbonation on the lower end but this is the type of beer that can withstand that and still be great. Roast bitterness lingers on the palate.

Samoa beer is always good. I was skeptical to see how much a difference toasted coconut would make to this beer but it is an entirely different beast thanks to this key ingredient.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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 GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Basin Pub in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly still looking black, with no head or lacing. Quite black and ominous, however.

Smells really strongly of coffee, with some vanilla, and bitter chocolate, along with a nice but not overwhelming toasted, almost roasted coconut aroma.

The coconut here only shows up in the finish. We start here with roasty, bitter coffee, swing into some sweeter creamy vanilla flavors, and finish with almost burnt coconut flavors. The coconut lends a nice toasted sweetness on the finish. There's chocolate, too, but not as strong as some of the other flavors mentioned. There's a small amount of roasted malt flavors, as well.

This one feels slightly less thick than regular Victory at Sea, for whatever reason. It still possesses a body of medium thickness, with a very creamy mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation.

This is a really nice variation on Victory at Sea. The coconut is definitely there, but it's subtle enough to remind you that this is still Victory at Sea, with the big coffee and vanilla flavors.

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Photo of bnes09
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful coconut and fresh coffee aroma. Balanced and authentic coconut well paired with the dark roast coffee and assertive earthy hop. Excellent as expected.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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 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 ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of the coconut along with some deep roasted notes.

Tastes of the coconut and deep roasted notes, Coconut leads off along with some vanilla. This gives way to cocoa, coffee, and slightly burnt bread. Some earthy and roasted bitterness adds next and gives a dark chocolate note. Finishes with a bit of the roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, the coconut works well with an already great beer.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival held at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and toasted coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, vanilla, and toasted coconut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic addition of coconut that works super well with the base beer.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of BB1313
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Town Hall in Ohio City

Pours almost black with a khaki head that leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very faint and subtle. Hints of cocoa malts and barely any coconut. Now the flavors are amazing! The coconut is very prominent. Lots of vanilla and coffee. Lots of hazelnut. The chocolate notes are there. The malts do their thing. The alcohol goes unnoticed. Wow, it tastes so good. The mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Extremely smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is an amazing variation of Victory At Sea. The only thing lacking was the aromas, but everything else was awesome, especially the flavors. Well done! It's one of the best beers that I've had this year. It's absolutely worth trying if you come across it.

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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 Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler from Pavillon Discount Beverage in North Myrtle Beach, poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a small one-finger foamy off-white head that disappears after sticking around for a while, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma is a nice mixture of sweet coconut, fresh coffee, vanilla bean & dark chocolate. The coffee brings out some herbal & earthy notes. Finishes with norm brown sugar, toasted nuts & light charred malt

T- opens up with plenty of fresh toasted coconut sweetness, followed by rich dark chocolate and earthy/herbal coffee. The mid-palate brings caramel sweetness, along with vanilla bean, charred malt & fresh whipping cream. The finish brings more earthy coffee, with more sweet coconut on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv is hidden well

O- the most coconut-forward porter/stout that I can remember. Most of the time, the coconut gets lost in the dark roasted notes of the base beer, this is not the case here. Certainly a coconut lovers beer and a great variant to an already world class porter

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Photo of donspublic
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into sniffer from tap into sniffer, jet black small tight tan head, good lacing. Jet black in the glass. Smells of roasted malt, and massive amounts of roasted coconut. Taste somewhat like it smells. Nice toasted coconut up front and fades into vanilla, coconut out the coffee in the backseat, very little coming thru. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Not a bad variant. Mouthfeel is silky, very smooth

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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 Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown with a thick tan head. Beautiful lacing. Huge coconut aroma with some vanilla and coffee. The taste is the greatness of VAS with a restrained amount of toasted coconut. Nice notes of vanilla and coffee interspersed. Very well-balanced. Delicious.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonder how old this keg was? Coconut was only a parent a little bit on the nose and hardly at all in taste. I think I enjoy a regular victory at Sea much better than this.

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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 scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at THG. Consumed side-by-side with peppermint and peanut butter.

A: Pours a very dark brown cola color, near black, with a foamy, frothy, light brown head that faded into a lasting fuzzy collar. This one has more carbonation and softer carbonation than the other two variants, and looks better in the glass.
S: Coconut is prominent with notes of greasy coconut oil and not much else. Dominates the other scents.
T: Coconut dominates, greasy and creamy like cream pie, vanilla is strong as it usually is with coconut flavored beers. The coconut dominates pretty much all other flavors, as the nose did, except for a bitter punch and light chocolate quality in the finish.
M: Medium full body, bitter, light greasy, and slick mouthfeel. This coconut VAS in particular is very fluffy, creamy and chewy, while the other two variants are lightly astringent and rough around the edges.
O: The coconut was the best of the three variants and was a pleasure to drink. Only one of the three I wouldn’t mind having again.

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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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