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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout

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90
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1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1187
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%


Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Sea Monster Imperial Stout explores the darkest reaches of the traditional oatmeal stout. This bold, rich brew first lures you in with roasted coffee notes, then grabs hold with hints of bittersweet chocolate and currant. Backed with a perfect hop balance, you’ll soon discover this is one monster of mythic proportions.

(Beer added by: OlieIPA on 11-28-2008)
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by PWoods. Thanks PimpP!

Pours a very dark brown, we'll just call it black in color. There's a huge coffee colored head that forms on the pour. The kind of head that I've experienced in infected bottles.
Smell is charred cocoa, some dark malts. But there's also a scent of "off-ness" that I just can't put into words.
The taste follows up my instincts. There's something not right about this bottle. Don't know if it was stored wrong or something happened during production, but there's a very noticeable off flavor. What lay underneath seems to be interesting. Will seek out and try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 18:47:11 | More by FtownThrowDown
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A new entry to the Minnesota market. And a cold spell in April feels like the perfect time for a stout. Tasted 18 April 2014.

Pours black and thick. Half-finger of medium-tan head, dense. Good retention and lacing. Lovely.

Smell is rich, potent, and chocolatey. Has a fluffy sweetness behind that, reminds me of oats or lactose. Nice.

Taste is really good, though not quite on the level of the smell. The character of the smell is there, but there's also a sharp pinch of bitterness and char.

Feel is outstanding. Chewy and thick, but fluffy. The carbonation is like fuzz, bringing a gentle buzz to things, making the flavors dance. Perhaps the best texture in a stout that I've encountered.

This is my kind of stout. Thick, rich, and flavorful, with sweetness and chocolate backed by full, chewy roasts. Yum.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.