Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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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!
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2009 21:05:07 | More by blitz134
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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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