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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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90
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1,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 117
Gots: 261 | FT: 13
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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Ratings: 1,389 | Reviews: 441 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by benpopper:
Photo of benpopper
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle comes a deep dark brown pour that produces about a 1/2" of light brown head. Not much lacing left over, a ring around the edges.

There is way more going on with the smell than I expected. Roasted malt and coffee. There seems to be a deep sugar-ish smell too, molasses? (notes had the question mark so I'll write it in here). Alcohol on the back end in the nose after inhaling.

The taste was more one dimensional I thought. The roasted malt and coffee are fighting for my attention and drowning most everything else out unfortunately.

In the mouth it is as thick as I'd like, but maybe a little over carbonated too. The burn on the back end really isn't making me yearn for a ton of it.

I wanted to like this more than I did. A solid offering that I would never turn down, but not my favorite.

benpopper, May 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour to this Imperial stout was not nearly as dark as most of the style in my opinion,poured more of a cola color with ruby tint from bottem to top of the imperial nonic,a 1/2 finger beige head atop.Aromas are charred with heavy darkk roast coffee and dark fruit,solid but it doesnt make a big splash.Flavors of spiced rum,dark chocolate,dark roast coffee,and dark fruits,again all come together well but it isnt anything that makes you say wow.This is a real good impy stout but it doesnt really bring a big game to the table,but again it is good.

oberon, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

P: Pours out of the bottle a thick, very dark brown color and sits in the glass a nearly opaque, jet-black colored liquid aside from the glimmer of rosy-brown light on the very edges of the glass. The hot cocoa colored head fades fairly quickly, not leaving much in the way of lace.

A: Huge, robust nose made up of baker's chocolate, a big dose of roasted coffee, sweet molasses, some oats, and black currant. Aromatics are very good with this one.

T: Starts sweet with chocolate malts heading the charge, reinforced by some slightly vanilla-flavored roasted coffee, molasses, and just the right amount of hop bitterness to keep this see-saw of flavors level. Bourbon alcohol pops in half-way through but doesn't rear its ugly head , rather it stays pretty subdued and lends a great contribution in the flavor department without overwhelming or being too harsh. Finishes dry, riding the gentle wave of Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and a more pronounced oatmeal presence that leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. Mighty tasty!

M: The body of this Sea Monster seems like it gains some heft with each and every sip. Velvety smooth, rich, and creamy for sure. A sheer delight on the tongue.

D: Oh, hell yeah! It's probably a good thing that this is a seasonal offering, or else I'd go broke drinking this all the time.

Notes: This is one hell of an Imperial Stout. Deep, complex, very flavorful, dangerously smooth, and incredibly easy to drink. Don't miss out on this one, it's a must-have for sure! Highly recommended for all stout lovers.

ExtraStout, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 02/08/2014 printed on the label

A: A black beer showing some deep garnet highlights on the edge. The head looks like the crema on a freshly brewed, well made expresso with deep rich browns and creamy, compact bubbles. The head fades to a ring around the glass after a minute and leave a light lacing.

S: Licorice, roast and lots of dark fruit with a medium alcohol sweetness. Some chocolate with a moderate malt sweetness.

T: Roast and caramel malt sweetness at moderately-high levels. There is a slight charcoal to burnt sugar note with some roasted malt bitterness as well. A medium-high malt bitterness and some alcohol countering the malt sweetness but balance the beer is tilted slightly towards the sweet side of things. The finish is off-sweet with a lingering roast flavor.

M: Full bodied and warm from the alcohol with a medium level of carbonations.

O: The taste is right up there with so of the best Stouts I've had with rich, layers of dark flavors. This will definitely help one shake of a chill on a cold March's night. The alcohol is a bit propionate in the flavor profile but it's in balance with the other strong flavors and not out of place for the style.

MadScientist, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Tiernan, May 06, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -0.5%

SkiBum22, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Ben7773, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review in quite some time...Pretty awesome fish on the label...Angler Fish, I believe...

Poured pitch black into my snifter with a thin and fleeting tan head that left only a ring around the edge of the glass. Not really any lacing.

Nice subdued roasty aromas that give way to coffee and expresso. Some sweeter dark caramel comes through. A touch of citric hop, orange peel presence rounds it out with the slightest addition from some esters. Alcohol shows itself as it warms. Only downfall is that it just doesn't do the upcoming flavor any justice.

Flavor starts out with just a touch of fruitiness as soon as it hits the tongue, but then there is an explosion of dark roasted grains, coffee, and char to finish things up. Warming alcohol whisps trickle down afterwards and warm the stomach, especially as it comes closer to room temp. Dark chocolate and ashy flavors linger for a long while.

Nice full bodied beer, oily slickness from the oatmeal works well. Not the heaviest stout I've had, but this is nice. Coats the mouth well and the flavors really linger.

Supremely drinkable when chilled given its size, but its obviously an alcoholic drink after some time. This is a robust beer that big beer drinkers should love. Good stuff...now, to figure out how to brew something like this myself!

blitz134, Apr 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DaftPatrick, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle about a year old.

A - Pours deep brown, borderline black, with one finger of brown head. Head doesn't stick around very long, nor does it stick to the glass very much.

S - Quite a bit of dark fruit aroma on a big chocolate base. Decent amount of roasted. Aroma has some sweetness as well, but not overwhelming.

T - Roasted malt comes through more in the taste, while the chocolate isn't quite as strong as in the aroma. Still plenty of dark fruits, some cherry, coffee and a lingering light char taste. A bit of booze in the taste as well.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel with some bitterness throughout. Pretty smooth.

O - A solid stout, but doesn't really stand out in any particular way except for the very reasonable price. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

warnerry, May 10, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

DWolf, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of marvin213
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, as in black, contrasts with an almost white, kinda marshmellowy head. Its got a hop bite for so dark a stout, and the coffee's like the end of a long-sitting pot of coffee. It's tough for me to juxtapose this--a kind of creamy, burnt coffee stout with a hop linger--against the super delish (but outstandingly vanilla-ey) Victory at Sea. Perhaps it's not fair, but this one doesn't hold a candle to that one. It's okay, but a relative letdown.

marvin213, May 05, 2012
Photo of ajkelly451
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

ajkelly451, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10%. It also has a freshness date and short description.

Appearance: The Sea Monster pours slow, thick and black as night. A tall tan head forms over the opaque brew. It's head quickly settles down and forms a ring of lacing that hangs on the edge of the glass.

Smell: This one found my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. In the glass I get big roasted notes, burnt toast, heavy malt, coffee, caramel and toffee.

Taste / Palate: The Monster brings big lingering roasted and heavily toasted, almost burnt maltiness. The middle adds some caramel and raison like dark fruity sweetness. This fades back into pleasing roasted malt and hop bitterness.

generallee, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mverity, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

megamass, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber for $9.99 from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness/vintage info to be had. Pours black-suprise- frothy and rich mocha head, leaves low hanging extensive sheeting and plenty of bits and spots of fine lacing. Bold nose of burnt grains, pleasantly ripe dark fruit and rich stout goodness. Full flavor and complex, over the top stout. Ample dark malts and depth of flavor here, notes of dark coffee, smoky dark chocolate, moe dark grains, some shalkyness and a moderatly dry hop filled finish. Large and tasty, nice night capper or, of course, with a fudgy, chocolaty piece of cake. Well done BP.

Billolick, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mctizzz, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

aquazr1, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Lgrec8
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Lgrec8, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

reitzbrewing, May 21, 2014
Photo of Motleydrunk56
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sea Monster is a Imperial Stout and is my second beer i have tried from Ballast Brewing with Sculpin being the first.Poured it into my 20 oz Firestone glass and its very Jet black in color.I gotta tell you this was not one of my Favorite stouts.At 10.0 ABV it is very respectible but the taste just did not get it for me.When you compare this to Stones Imperial Russion Stout it`s not even close.It is truely a very odd flavor.The reason I tried this was because of the rating on Beer Advocate.Just goes to show everyone has different taste buds.Keep on Rockin from the Motley Drunk.

Motleydrunk56, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Almost pitch black with initial foamy brown head that settles to a thin line with spotty lacing.

Smell: Molasses, caramel, chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Chocolate, molasses and oats immediately hit the taste buds, with some coffee rounding out the taste. The finish has a strong anise component, as well as bitter, roasted notes.

Feel: Very thick, smooth, creamy and silky. Finish is semi-dry. Very warming.

Overall: While not quite as incredible as Victory at Sea, this is another great luxuriant brew from Ballast Point. They are obviously good at these types of beers.

bsp77, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Little did I know that there were two Sea Monsters. Pours jet black with brown edges. Small, thick tan head only one finger high. Minimal lacing, though it could have been the glass. Roasty, grainy aroma with burnt coffee, sour mash, leather, and wood. Acerbic taste initially, more of a black coffee bite when the beer warmed. Lots of coffee in this one. Baker's chocolate and cocoa, along with hints of vanilla, caramel, and cream. Periodicaly, there was a sour/metallic tang. Kind of like a Goldings hop bite with a twist of sour milk. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant, but I could have done without it. Like the non-Imperial version, this was a bit loose and watery in the mouthfeel, more so in this version given the style. Despite its warts, this was easily drinkable and I'll be sure to revisit it.

magictrokini, Jan 09, 2009
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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.