Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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2.73/5 rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
The pour is a touch thin for an imperial russian but still big black dark beer with a tan cap of foam. Nice lacing and given the short time the head is retained I'm a bit surprised.
Light and subtle nose that brings out the dark malts with some coco nibs. Hard to really discuss with much detail as it is faint.
The flavor starts out very dark and over roasted fading into dark chocolate and then we get to a tart sharp alcohol and something else bite and then the after taste is lingering coffee. I'm seeing others getting fruits and perhaps that's what I'm getting in the middle of this beer, but the end result is this beer comes off hot and hard to drink...and I like my scotch neat and smokey as hell.
This is a big stout but it doesn't really take on any of the desirable elements some can bring on. It's carbonated and has body but the carbonation isn't right for the style and the body somewhat suffers from this. Add in my complains above and I find it a bit difficult to enjoy drinking it.
The more I drink the less impressed with this one I am. It's not awful but this is a pretty competitive style and when there are beers like Narwal that per oz are about half this one in price I think Ballast Point might have to consider upping their game or dropping their price.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2013 07:43:51 | More by bobhits
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