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
Ranking:
#3,945
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
592
pDev:
11.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of NonicPanic
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of digitalzombie
2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of pkalix
2.01/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

1.75 overall because at ten percent i'll catch a buzz. but this stuff is AWFUL.... so fake and chemical-ly. super artificial. dude below hit this square on the head:

"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. "

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Photo of Gambyt20
2.02/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Absolut
2.14/5  rDev -46.8%
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 kell50
2.26/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Gross. Totally artificial. This is not beer.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.26/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 22 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Bottled on date of '16309 13:51'.
Very dark appearing body, not quite opaque when presented to light. Persistent tan, creamy head. Sheets of lacing.
Smell and taste are full of artificial coconut. Coffee and vanilla, roasted, bitter malt also.
Mouth feel is coating, with coolness coming from the vanilla.
Tried one of these shortly after 2016 release and was not impressed. Age has not improved or enhanced this bottling. Really has a truly artificial and off putting coconut smell and taste.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Tastes like artificial coconut flavoring. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of jwalters
2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Moose90
2.72/5  rDev -32.3%
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 emptyglassagain
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
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 BeerImmediately
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VaporDome
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DanGeo
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SomethingClever
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
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 -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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 -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Abragg3
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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