Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.5/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 6/8/12
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Ballast Point's Sea Monster is a solid imperial stout with adequate flavors of roasted malt, dark berry esters, and mild chocolate. I would be interested in trying out a newer bottle of this beer, as the hops mentioned on the bottle seemed to have dissipated by the time I drank it, and I wonder what else may have been missing. One to try if seen and affordably priced.
Pours a >2cm head of dark tan foam, with small to medium-sized bubbles that result in a fairly dense-looking texture. Retention is slightly above average, the head eventually fading to a thin ring around the beer with a few sparse islands of wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is present, a few small strands wrap around the glass. Body is a dark brown to black in color, opaque, though some carbonation can be seen near the top of the body.
Aroma is of roasted malt, dark fruit esters such as blackberries, very modest chocolate, and some malt sweetness behind everything. A bit disappointed that I'm not picking up any of the hops mentioned on the bottle, a bit of pine resin could be very interesting in this.
Flavors are fairly well-balanced between the roasted malts, some charred toast, blackberry esters, some sweetness, and thin chocolate. Again, not detecting any hops, which is a bit disappointing. Ethanol is noticeable, somewhat, from the mid-palate onwards. Certainly not bad flavors, above average.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with mid-level carbonation, resulting in a fairly smooth, thick mouthfeel with a bit of foaming across the palate due to the carbonation. Finishes semi-dry, with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the palate. Ethanol burn is felt slightly on the throat and in nostrils, but this is not a particularly significant detractor.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2012 18:43:47 | More by falloutsnow
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3.2/5 rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from bomber down the middle to nonic. Black, initial 1/2 inch head that dwindled to a film that hung around and left some wet spotty lacing. Nose is unspectacular. Some toasty malts and alcohol. Please don't disappoint me beloved Ballast Point. First taste is alcohol in your face. Actually tastes like much more than the 10% that it is. There's dark chocolate and toasted malts that are definitely there, but the alcohol is way more there. Good hop bitterness, but the alcohol, did I say the alcohol. Damn. Letting this warm.... As it warms it opens up a little but the alcohol is still dominant. Probably won't go here again...
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 05:53:54 | More by slackattack
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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