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:
473
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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26
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75
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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +11%
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 djrn2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +6%
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 kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Absolutely shameless about taking a proven beer and laying it with everything shy of the kitchen sink in order to create new flavor, new branding and new interest. But when it's as good as their Victory at Sea imperial porter and the marriage of coconut to those toasty, malty flavors then there's no apologies needed.

Dark as night and easily taken for stout, the hair shade shy of black billows to the rim with a creamy, semi-rocky froth, mocha brown in its color. Dark chocolate, coffee and walnut are met with vanilla and coconut for a savory, decadent, dessert-like aroma. Flavors of burnt sugars grace the tongue with a huge boost of roasted marshmallow with a strong coffee counterpart.

Graciously toasty but mild on actual roast, the larger than life porter is careful not to step into stout territory as its sweetness slowly relaxes and its toasty, roasty, earthy flavors latch onto the tastebuds. Molasses, toffee and cream round into strong french press coffee blends and then roll onto the finish with the bitterness of walnut oils, a light barkish taste and the earthen spice of chicory.

The sultry and seductive power of coconut carries a vanilla nuance and calms the roast and toast perfectly. Its soft char and creamy sweetness is strongly marshmallow-like with a long coffee and cocoa finish. The warmth of creme de cacao simmers on the tongue with an extended savory spice.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: $10.99 in Brooklyn for a 22 fl oz bomber. Iconic Ballast Point label design. Branded pry-off crown cap. Brown glass.

"Porter with coffee & natural flavors." "Imperial porter." "Added sweet roasted coconut to our robust porter." The question emerges...did they add actual legitimate coconut or just coconut extract/flavoring?

10% ABV.

HEAD: ~2-3cm in height. Khaki colour. Creamy and soft, with a good complexion. Retention is impressive for the high ABV- ~10 minutes.

BODY: Opaque black. No yeast is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking imperial porter, though the appearance isn't unique or special.

AROMA: Vanilla and coconut are obvious but lack authenticity, making me suspect artificial flavours were used. Actual coconuts have a very shallow depth of flavour; this has a strong coconut presence. Chocolate malt sweetness and dark malt sweetness are in there, but they're well balanced/restrained in spite of the lack of a roasted barley presence; I guess that's the coffee bitterness doing its job. Cold-brewed coffee is present but subtle and lacking in terms of vividness and expressiveness, failing to rise above the pack in terms of distinctiveness of character. This isn't the rich roasty coffee of Founders' Breakfast Stout or the popping bitter coffee of Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast.

Suggests a terrific if non-genuine brew redolent of a Vietnamese coconut coffee. Aromatic intensity is moderate and I can't wait to try it.

To style, there are no off-notes, overt hoppy notes, or overt yeasty notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Nails the Vietnamese coconut coffee vibe, bringing me right back to Cong Ca Phe in Hanoi (if you'll forgive the borderline pretentious reminiscing). Bursts of distinct coconut, generic coffee (lacking roast or rich java depth, but coffee nonetheless), artificial vanilla flavour/imitation vanilla extract, and chocolate malt. It's a sweet imperial porter but a balanced one, stopping short of cloying dessert beer sweetness by a few notches.

A gestalt whole of a beer, with the coconut playing seamlessly into the build. Often breweries put out variants on their popular brews that feel forced - just the base plus an ingredient. This isn't that; the coconut makes this its own, and it's a nice take on Victory At Sea...not better per se, merely different.

ABV is shockingly well hidden; this drinks like it's 6-7%.

Silky smooth, with a soft comforting presence on the palate and an easy approachability (is that even a word?). Medium to full-bodied but not sticky, syrupy, too heavy, too thick, or overbearing. Well-carbonated if a bit too much so. Unrefreshing (to style). Wet. Not oily, gushed, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scraping.

The silky feel of the brew helps the coconut and vanilla sing (artificial though the vanilla feels). there's a nice harmony of texture and taste here.

OVERALL: I'd like to see Ballast Point shift to 6 packs instead of bombers like they did with regular Victory At Sea given how good this is (I'd buy it regularly at $10-14 per 6 pack). Highly drinkable, and not the gimmicky variant I feared it might be. It's a worthy equal to regular Victory At Sea, but there is room for the coffee to be improved and made more distinctive (maybe source better coffee - a man can dream of Indonesian java, Kopi Luwak, or the like). Victory At Sea is, for me, the bar in terms of imperial porters; this doesn't raise the bar, but it's right up there.

I can't see any discerning drinker being disappointed by this, and I'd recommend it to friends. It's rare I actually want to kill a bomber of a heavy boldly flavoured imperial stout or porter, but this is hard not to inhale. The artificiality of its "natural" flavours does get tiresome the further one gets into the bottle, but it's worthwhile fare from a brewery who still stands out in the San Diego beer scene.

B (3.66) / GOOD

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a jet-black color with a small, tan head that left little to no lacing. It smelled of toasted coconut and roasted malt. Coconut flavor was present but not over the top.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/29/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, dark bread, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, vanilla, and coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of big toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, dark bread, floral, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toasted coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, caramel, toffee, dark bread, pine, char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, vanilla, coffee, light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/hop bitter/sweet balance. A bit of lingering hop/char astringency, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, fairly sticky, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of of dark/roast/bready malts, coconut, vanilla, coffee, light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was still quite bitter and drying, but not overwhelming; even after 4 months of age. My experience with the base beer is similar, and this would be worth revisiting in 6 months or more. This will definitely improve later, but is still really enjoyable right now.

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Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -25%
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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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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