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Victory At Sea - Coconut | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Victory At Sea - CoconutVictory At Sea - Coconut

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 258
Photo of Moose90
2.72/5  rDev -33.8%
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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -27%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark pour with 3 finger head

Aroma of pure coconut, chocolate, fudge, and more coconut shavings.

Holy green pepper. Lots and lots of coffee with a hint of coconut. Toasty bitterness all the way through. Green pepper, coffee. Coffee. Coconut. Coffee.

Feel is roasty and creamy which I like.

Overall, too much coffee again. Blech.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The past couple of years, to me, Victory at Sea has taken on this bitter over roasted coffee taste on the back end. It's quite harsh. So much, that I don't really drink it anymore. I was hoping the coconut would cut into the bitterness. It did a little, but it was still there and in your face. Coconut wasn't as strong as I was hoping either. Glad I tried it, but I won't get it again.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love Victory at Sea, love coconut, but here there's too much of the latter (IMO). That starts with the smell that is dominated by the coconut, which you'd expect. Notes of espresso, vanilla, chocolate, and dark malt in there as well, but the sweet coconut is the first-through-tenth thing you notice. Unlike some coconut-infused porters that are scared to go with a full dose of coconut flavor, this one goes a little too far the other way, with the taste being dominated by sweet coconut, as well. Unfortunately that seems to crowd out much of the vanilla and chocolate flavors that I love so much about regular Victory at Sea, leaving heavy coconut and dark roast coffee as the overwhelming takeaways. Interestingly the beer is both extremely sweet (coconut) and extremely bitter, and not in a balanced, harmonious way. Would make for an interesting after-dinner dessert beer (in small doses), but not one that I would want a full pint of just hanging around drinking.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Hughie's in Houston.

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A one finger beige head forms and recedes after a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted coconut and chocolate are rich up front. At first that is very enjoyable, though quickly becomes one noted. Not bad at all, and really great at first. Though becomes tiering after a minute when nothing else develops.
T: Like the nose, at first this is great. The toasted coconut is up front and center, with light roast and sweet chocolate. After a while the sweetness takes over and becomes a little overbearing.
M/O: A full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Overall, becomes a bit tiresome to drink, and the sweet becomes overbearing. A one and done.

Something that starts off great, but even after a few ounces becomes overly one noted, simplistic, and almost cloyingly sweet. While the first few ounces are really enjoyable, it does not hold up and not something I am coming back to soon.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Good cascading head creation out of the bottle into the glass, a fluffy if light tan head. Three fingers tall, some good swiss cheese bubbles and clumpy pock marks of lace and retention. Dark walnut brown and almost red hued slightly a bit too. Nice looking brew.

Coconut is quite noticeable and big on the aroma. First whiff is a big husky note, but there's also a boozy pina colada like quality smell on this as well. A very noticeable pineapple, tropical, even slightly mint like quality but comes off slightly cheap and medicinal even. Still a decent and impressive bouquet.

Boy this is really surprisingly bitter. Big amounts of bitter hop astringency, lime and nearly tongue stretching. Coconut and milk, with a large hop lime and pine aftertaste. After awhile, some char and real husky malt with coconut richness really hits nicely.

That first wallop of bitterness though is pretty powerful, but at least the beer gets more pleasurable and enjoyable afterwards.

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Photo of ccg
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It looks very good for a porter. The khaki-colored head is creamy and fluffy and has great retention. It will lace the glass if you tilt it a bit. The base is jet black and opaque like a stout, except it does not appear to have the density of a heavy stout.
The smell is a sweet coconut bomb. The vanilla makes the coconut smell even sweeter and tricks my nose into believing that there is pineapple here. Unlike the base Victory at Sea, the coffee here is almost undetectable on the nose. Instead, it's sweet and fruity and tropical.
The flavor doesn't quite back it up. There's some coconut upfront, not much going on mid-palate, and then an unpleasant, almost metallic bitterness on the finish.
The mouthfeel is rather light and thin, even for a porter.
This variant of Victory of Sea takes one step forward but two steps back. The addition of coconut made it smell great, but compared to the base beer, I think the flavor is noticeably worse.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque black with a thin mocha head. Little activity.

Smell: Sweet toasted coconut, vanilla, coconut sugar, mocha, fresh coffee, and more coconut. Sticky sweet on the nose.

Taste: Rich toasted coconut dominates the attack. This is followed by a sweet vanilla and freshly brewed coffee. The
coffees to a lightly bitter cocoa nibs with coconut sugar.

Feel: Medium plus bodied. The flavors sit heavy on the tongue. Mild plus bitterness. Finish is dry. Alcohol is barely present.

Overall: A serious coconut beer. This beer oozes sweet toasted coconut. It can become a bit overwhelming at times and it's missing some of the finer subtleties of regular Victory. Yet, it's still an awesome beer and a fun take on a classic.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown where light barely passes through the edge of the glass. Beige head which lasts throughout the tasting leaving rings of lace after each sip.

Mild cocoa to the nose. Sweet, as in milk chocolate. Think Swiss Miss instant cocoa and you'll get the idea.

The taste is very much like a semisweet hot cocoa gone cold. The rich body and low carbonation enhance this impression. The coconut I get reminds me of the brown skin of the coconut meat. The finish is a combination of coffee and sweetened cream. Chewy aftertaste.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
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 morimech
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is heavy on the coconut but the flavor is more in balance. Flavors of coconut, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Sort of mocha Mounds bar if that was ever made. It should be if it hasn't. The texture is a little oily which I assume comes from the coconut but it does not hurt the overall experience of the beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

Beige head. Dark brown color.

This is a coconut bomb. I love coconut beers and this might be a bit much. The flavor is awesome, but the aftertaste is almost overpowering. Some vanilla. A very light coffee roast. Mainly coconut though.

I wish the coconut was toned down a bit so I could taste the other flavors.

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Photo of Ri0
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. A deep, dark coffee color with an impressive 2 finger mocha colored head. A nice collar with a good amount of lacing clinging to my glass. The aroma is coconut, roasted coffee and bakers chocolate. The flavor was amazing at first, but then went south. At first it is all coffee with some delicious coconut creamer and chocolate. Something happens at the end and is distracting with an odd artificial aftertaste. The flavor is so good at first, but I just can't get over the finish. A smooth body and very nice carbonation. I really enjoy this beer as I love coconut. I would have score it higher if it wasn't for the odd aftertaste. I would buy it again though.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark beer that streams scents of chocolate and coconut when poured. With a closer smell you can pick up sweetness and roasted malts with a nice nutty coffee aroma. The taste is loaded with chocolate and coconut with a nice but subtle sweetness. The finish of the beer is quite bitter with flavors like char and burnt coffee. Really nice beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour served in a goblet.

Black body with thick cap of dark brown head.

This smells outstanding. Light vanilla sweet aroma. Nice blast of coconut. Coffee is pretty big, just overpowers the coconut.

The taste of coconut is monstrous. Tastes like suntan lotion its that strong. Thank goodness that the coffee matches the intensity of coconut to help break up the massive coconut flavor. Finish is bitter acidic roast coffee with a hint of sun tan lotion and toasted coconut.

Medium body with low carbonation that is adequate. Body is a little watery, but nothing overly extreme. Fairly drinkable despite the bold flavors of the previously mentioned adjuncts. Not boozy at all.

Overall is a great adjunct porter. Definitely better than the peppermint victory at sea variant, but I still think that regular victory at sea is better than both variants that I have tried so far. Looking forward to trying peanut butter variant in the near future.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, you get what you'd expect. Coconut all over the place in the aroma and the flavor. First few sips I was concerned it would be all I'd taste, but as it warms a bit, you get a little roasted malt and a sort of chocolate character that helps a lot. Really a delicious beer. Super smooth and easy drinking for being 10% too, so you'll want to slow your roll with this one. The best part about this may be its price -- something like $9 (maybe a bit less) for a 22oz bottle. That only makes this beer that much more appealing. The perfect beer for a coconut lover.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Flynn's

Thick creamy rich head, nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose lots of coconut, toasted tropical coconut, creamy, dark chocolate, vanilla, little nutty, coffee.

Taste tons of coconut, almost a fake flavored rum like coconut, creamy, more dark chocolate and coffee, roasted notes.

Mouth is med fuller bod, bit creamy, nice carb.

Overall ok, lots of coconut but it tastes like artificial.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill - 3 days old:
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.

Nose is brownie and coconut, pretty rich with a light but dark nutty note.

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.

Enjoyable beer and nicely constructed in my mind. Could maybe use a little less alcohol in the feel.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got to sample this up at EBF in Boston.

Better than the PB and Peppermint versions, but the base beer still holds up as the best. Fun to try and a good taste, can't really go wrong with any VAS's.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose for days. Partly BP deserves credit for that, but then again I feel like coconut works so damn well in porters/stouts that it's almost like cheating:) Also, like barrel-aged [email protected], this thing is a beaut, creamy foam never receding from this brew, instead beckoning you for more. Palate doesn't live up to the nose, the bitterness from the coffee popping out and pulling away from the creamy coconut notes, which are still present but secondary to the bitter coffee. Good stuff, but I'd love a little less bitterness.

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Photo of dpatnaude
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Driftwood in Plymouth, MA.

Appearance- Jet black with quarter inch tan thin head.

Nose- Roasted malt, toasted coconut overload with a very sweet smell.

Taste- Toasted coconut is at the forefront, roasted maltiness and coconut in the middle with a coffee like finish.

Feel- Quite thick with minimal carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable sipping porter. A true coconut bomb that any coconut lover would definitely appreciate. I am not a huge coconut fan but had to try it after finding myself very disappointed in the peppermint variant and was very impressed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

of the three variants of this i have now had, this is my favorite hands down, although it looks like they do about a million, so hopefully a few more will make their way out here to colorado. this looks just like the others, dark black and shiny, with a short inch of tan head and fabulous lacing. the nose is very coconut heavy, in stark contrast on the subtle peppermint version, its almost too much. its coconut for sure, but almost artificial, sweet, and candy-like. im sure it isnt artificial, but it comes across that way. when you get past the added sugar there, it tastes great, the toasted quality of it brings some more depth out of the grain and cocoa aspects, and it goes great with the bitter coffee. all of the other added flavors that are so well integrated with one another in the base beer seem well back behind the coconut in this. its not a bad thing, because the coconut tastes great, the beer just seems a little less nuanced and evolved. coconut is getting real popular in brewing, and this is a nice example of how it can be used. i think its perhaps a touch over flavored, the coconut comes at the expense of the other ingredients, but its excellent beer, and certainly my favorite of the victory variants thus far, although i heard they do a maple one...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid scores across the board for me with this variant of my favorite porters. Looks rich dark and inviting. Coffee and coconut come across clearly on the snout. Bitter notes on the coffee side get evened out with the sweet addition. Finishes with a warming kick to remind you of the high abv. Lovely stuff

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