Malt Monday Beer Review of the Week: Ballast Point Victory at Sea
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 10%
You remember last week when I hinted about my recent trip to Texas. Well, today’s post continues along those lines as I talk about yet another beer I had a chance to taste while in Texas, Ballast Point Victory at Sea. Before we get into the details of Ballast Point Victory at Sea, I wanted to talk a little bit more about my time in Texas.
One of my main goals during my time in Texas was to experience some traditional Texan experiences, namely local BBQ and maybe a cattle drive or two. Lucky for me, I was able to cross both of these goals off my list. On one very hot Sunday afternoon we headed out to Fort Worth Stockyards Station for some good ole’ Texas fun. Cattle drives, old-fashioned mock gun fights, pony rides and cowboy boots, I was in full Texas mode.
After spending some time at Stockyard Stations we worked up an appetite. The family and I headed out to a BBQ spot located right in the heart of the Stockyard Stations for some local fare. Our traditional BBQ meal included fried pickles (a first for me), beef brisket sandwich and another sandwich called the Big Boy served on Texas Toast. I was in foodie heaven. The brisket had that perfect smoke flavor you would expect with a quality BBQ joint and with the addition of a pickled jalapeno and seasoned red beans, I definitely felt the Texas heat in more ways than one.
With the cattle drive and BBQ accomplished, we were good to go and I went home from Texas one happy cowgirl.
Of course, no vacation is complete without a little sip or two and while in Texas I had the chance to try Back to Ballast Point Victory at Sea. After all, we all know how much I love my beer.
While this beer is not a local Texas beer (actually made in San Diego) I can’t help but associate it with Texas since it was the first time I had ever heard of or tasted any kind of beer from this brewery. Ballast Point Victory at Sea is a coffee vanilla flavored porter that knocked me off my feet, literally. With a 10% ABV, I have to admit, I was not a very graceful Giggles girl. I was taken by surprised by both the amazing flavor of this beer but also its powerful punch.
Ballast Point joined forces with another local San Diego brand, Caffe Calabria freshly brewed coffee to create Ballast Point Victory at Sea. This beer had pure vanilla flavor and tasted and smelled strongly of coffee. If you are a coffee lover, particularly a black coffee lover, this beer will be perfect for you. It pours pitch black and has a beautiful caramel colored head; similar to the pour from an ultra cold Coca-Cola. A session beer, Ballast Point Victory at Sea is a limited released beer meant for slow sipping. Perfect for as a one beer kind of night or to go along with some chocolate or dessert. Don’t let the vanilla and coffee flavors fool you – this beer is strong but in a good way.
I can’t say enough about this great beer; really, really good and one of my favorite sips from my trip. If I ever get the chance to visit San Diego, a visit to Ballast Point brewery will most certainly be on my list. Definitely GGG approved! Yeeehaw!
Samples were not provided for this week’s Malt Monday review. Opinions are my own.