I'm really on a roll right now, as beer goes. I can't remember the last time I tried one I didn't enjoy. Ballast Point's Victory At Sea is a coffee/vanilla porter, and it's absolutely delicious. This beer pours dark brown, the head fades to a thin lace. The aroma is coffee, rich roasted malt, and sweet/spicy notes like apple butter. The flavor is wonderful. Very warm vanilla is woven throughout the taste, with more of that rich, sweet malt and a strong coffee finish knocking this thing out of the park.
Just as a side note; last night I was talking to a friend who works at a craft beer store. We agreed that the craft beer bubble we're enjoying right now just can't last a lot longer. There are so many damn good breweries out there right now, most of them turning out so many good beers... and I'm talking about just excellent beers. It's been like this for years now; there are so many great niche beers, and it seems like an impossible dream to think that the market can sustain this kind of expansion. This Ballast Point porter is just one more outstanding beer that I tried and absolutely loved, and will likely never have again. Even my all time favorite beers by Stone and Sierra Nevada and North Coast and Avery and Green Flash and etc, etc ... even those favorites don't have the residence in my fridge that they ought to have. It really seems like this typical beer-geek lust for the next great new beer has got to have a detrimental effect on long-term market viability for breweries. Sometimes I feel like I ought to narrow my scope and only drink my favorites, just to do my part to keep them economically relevant. But when brand new, outstanding beers like this one keep turning up, it's hard to curb that jones to sample the next great brew.
I am not a promiscuous person ... except when it comes to beer. I wanna taste them all.