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
Ratings:
501
Reviews:
115
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
75
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 501 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of digitalzombie
2/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Gambyt20
2.02/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Absolut
2.14/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Excited to try, love victory at sea

Pours jet. Black with a tan head

Smells overwhelmingly of coconut

Taste is like soapy coconut.

So disappointed.

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Photo of jwalters
2.54/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Moose90
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served On-Tap 5oz

A — Pours a murky dark brown hue into the glass, there is a dark brownish colored head that tries to form on top, but it settles and leaves some random bits of lacing down the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is incredibly sweet and pungent, huge notes of coconut and chocolate, some almost artificial tones of coconut, like a mounds bar, a tiny bit of toasted coconut is apparent, but it is mostly sweet and heavily sugary.

T — Heavy and dominating notes of chocolate and coffee, overpowered by artificially sweet vanilla and coconut, heavy handed in every category, the overwhelming sweetness is tough to overcome. Sure there are nice notes of coconut, but they come at an expense. This is so overpoweringly sweet it is tough to consume.

M — Heavy, sticky, lingering, low carbonation.

O — They took the already sweet base beer and made it even more artificially sweet and heavy, this is so overpoweringly sweet and artificial it is tough to call it a beer. All that said, this would be great for anyone with a major sweet tooth who loves coconut and needs a boozy coconutty chocolaty fix.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This offers an extremely enticing aroma, as expected. The black coffee and vanilla show up vividly, backed by some gentle roasted malt, brown sugar, and dark chocolate. There's also plenty of enticing coconut...only for it to increasingly comes off in an artificial manner upon opening up. I'd reckon the aroma starts off at a 4.25, but drops some once the artificial qualities show up. And the flavor profile is even worse in that regard. Simply put, it tastes oddly bitter and chemical from start to finish. The coconut addition "balances" the vanilla and coffee notes oddly by ramping up the bitterness by a factor of 44. Dare I suggest it tastes like suntan lotion? Yeah, suntan lotion and bell pepper - maybe some uncooked kale on the finish. Woof. It feels great on the palate, however, retaining the deceptively crisp, dry texture that makes the base so alluringly easy to drink. As polarizing as it was, I found Peppermint Victory at Sea to be quite tasty. This...isn't. Actually, I think Ballast Point did the impossible and turned a tasty imperial porter into suntan lotion. Next!

2.74/5: I ought to slather this all over my body come summertime - what's its SPF rating?

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Photo of VaporDome
2.81/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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 SomethingClever
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
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 anteater
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory at Sea Day '14. Didn't finish my pour, which was sad considering the rest of the options around.

Aroma is strong coconut, flavor is as well. Overpowers the VatS completely, to its detriment. Especially in comparison to the other variants, where the coffee & vanilla were complimented by additions. In this case, there was no compliment, it just turned it into a normal coconut porter.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Abragg3
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fehrminator
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ristaccia
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Sludgeman
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
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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Photo of HattedClassic
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice brown head and a nice coffee black beer. It's a decent look and kind of resembles of a nice coffee color with a bit of a thin looking sheen to it.

The beer smell is decent. It has a strong coconut that dominates the other beer notes. When it's detectable, the beer gives off a nice light caramel note and a decent milk chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. Mostly, it's fake coconut.

The taste is different but not good. It has a strong and fake coconut note with only a little of the roasted malt coming out. The darker notes come out more as it warms up but the coconut is still super strong and barely lets up.

The feel is pretty thin with very light carbonation.

Overall, barely better than BMC but you can skip it anyway. The coconut note is waaay too strong.

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Photo of madelf66
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of rkf1976
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beerlover
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of argock
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
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 DrAnnaNemis
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Awful burnt coconut taste on the finish. Huge disappointment

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