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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout

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475 Reviews
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Reviews: 475
Hads: 1,679
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 152
Gots: 363 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: OlieIPA on 11-28-2008

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.
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Reviews: 475 | Hads: 1,679
Reviews by jwalden:
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Photo of mobrado
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good (and quite hoppy) when fresh, but absolutely divine when aged for a year or two (or three). Smooth, but intense dark chocolate and coffee notes for a stout without additives. Exceptional mouthfeel. Criminally underrated. I don't understand the modest ratings for this at all. I think it's much better (and less boozy) than Rasputin and on par with Yeti and Expedition.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of legalag11
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of daveg36
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Just an awesome stout. Awesome. Incredibly smooth, and no hint of alcohol at 10.2% which is an amazing feat. Please pick this up if you can find it. It will be well worth it to you.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of blitz134
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two-year-old bomber poured into a snifter.
Pours opaque black with a thin, medium-tan head and some spotty lacing.
The aroma is very nice, lots of coffee, licorice, dark fruit and perhaps, even a hint of berry.
What a great tasting stout. Lots of big roast coffee flavor with molasses and chocolate. Some raisin and fruitiness as it warmed a bit and even a touch of bitter hops. And, there is a little warming booziness as well.
Mouthfeel is wonderful, smooth and creamy and still a touch of carbonation.
Overall, a really top-notch stout.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of marvin213
3.23/5  rDev -19%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GWalk612
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.