Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.99/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A: Opaque, dark brown color with no foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Roasted malt is dark and smoky. Umami outdistances cocoa amongst the identifiable qualities. Yeast contributes fairly clean breadiness, but only slight fruit. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins very off-dry, with flavors of roasted grain, umami, chocolate and mild wood smoke. Acidity is muted into the middle where bitterness develops and accentuates the chocolate and coffee flavor qualities. The finish sees an early departure of the precocious bitterness that makes way for soft and comforting vanilla. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, dense but slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This beer has aged to its undeniable benefit over the course of three years. While not as intense as fresh Sea Monster, it bears no sharp edges. The prominent (and out-of-place) acidity has been dulled considerably with time, while a previously undiscovered thread of vanilla is shown the light of day. What little oxidation this beer suffered has apparently contributed more than it detracted. A meat-and-potatoes American imperial stout has become something sublime.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 19:46:31 | More by beagle75
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