Victory at Sea by Ballast Point

Rating: 5/5

Victory at Sea by Ballast Point is a 10% ABV Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter made with Caffe Calabria brewed Coffee.


Two of the world’s oldest beverages join forces to conquer your palate. Victory at Sea embodies the art of masterful brewing by infusing a velvety Imperial Porter with pure vanilla flavor and specially-selected, hand roasted coffee. The addition of cold brewed coffee to the beer lends a subtle roasted flavor to this robust imperial porter, blending perfectly with rich vanilla and caramel undertones. By uniting two San Diego brewing traditions, Caffe Calabria freshly brewed coffee and Ballast Point beer, we have successfully created an artisanal masterpiece. 

This is quite the elusive beer. Since last year when I stumbled upon the artwork and the reviews, I decided I had to eventually try this beer. So here it is, my first review of this beer. I must say, now I understand why it is so elusive. This beer reminds me a lot of the split shot espresso milk stout. Except this one is more rich in vanilla, mocha and the overall coffee flavor. The other one is more caramel and crème frappucino. Although this one has some nice elements of it. You can almost think of this as an Irish crème coffee and that one an Irish crème cappuccino. I don’t connoisseur coffees so my intelligence and expertise is lacking in that area. All I know is that this beer is rich with dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and vanilla crème, rich mocha. I almost want to say it is like southern Tier chocklat except add coffee to it. Some oak and bourbon or brandy notes are in there as well. However, the overall alcohol level is muted. LOL but it will hit you afterward. People that enjoy porters and sweet stouts that are nice, rich in flavor, creamy and overall taste like what they are supposed to taste like, should give this a try. After a couple of sips, all the flavors will come together in this the coffee vanilla sea…AHOY!!

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