Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,290 | Reviews: 435 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DocJitsu:
3.9/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark, nearly black color. The liquid is opaque and the head is cola-colored. The head forms nicely, but fades quickly, leaving sticky, spider-web lacing around the edge of the glass. The nose was a little disappointing. Not much there; some notes of coffee and even lighter notes of raw coco. Some plastic notes that are often present when hops and dark roasted malt are combined were detected as well. There is a nice, viscous mouthfeel that a beer with this appearance should deliver. I originally scored the taste a four, but I'm going to change it to a 4.5. I wish I could give it a 4.25; it deserves more than a 4, but not quite a 4.5. The taste is very well-balanced. Ripe fruit up front with smooth transitions to creamy vanilla. Some bitterness at the finish. There's also that unfortunate plastic flavor that is so common to this style. This is a pretty good beer. I chose this over Napa Smith's Hopageddon. I think I made the right choice. Perhaps I'll change my mind once I've had the Hopageddon. Based on my experience with Napa Smith's, I have a sneaking suspicion I won't.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2012 19:22:53 | More by DocJitsu
More User Reviews:
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.