Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Apearance - Poured 12 ounces into a snifter, producing an opaque black brew with a finger width, light cocoa powder colored head. Good retention. Decent lacing left on the glass, while an ever-present film of microbubbles cover the surface.
Smell - Milk chocolate, oats, roasted aromas. Lightly boozy.
Taste - Starts sweet, with light chocolate notes playing nicely off the oats, then the roast kicks in. Dark chocolate, then hints of anise creep in mid-taste before finishing with a strongly bitter coffee roastiness. Anise character leaves a mild tongue numbness. Sweetens as the beer warms, playing more and more to the milk chocolate character, though the bitterness still plays a nice role.
Mouthfeel - Closer to medium than full in body. Somewhat chalky. Not as smooth or creamy as one would expect for an oatmeal brewed stout. Dry, somewhat astringent finish.
Overall - A fairly good imperial stout. Great flavor, but lacks an ideal body. Something I wouldn't mind drinking again, but for the price? I'd pass.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2013 23:40:37 | More by TheSixthRing
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