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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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1,552 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,552
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 129
Gots: 306 | FT: 18
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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Ratings: 1,552 | Reviews: 470
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-03-27
22oz bottle split between a pair of large snifters. Stamp on the bottom is nearly illegible, but it appears to be 212230W0011455. Not more than 50% sure on that.

Pours black with a ring of head and a few little clumpy islands. Fairly carbonated, but very fine carbonation. Smell is boozy, sweet, a little musty and yeasty, slight dark fruit and chocolate.

Taste is surprisingly chocolaty, more dark fruit, sweeter than I expected.

Mouthfeel is good -- smooth, a little dry. Overall, very good!

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with golden edges. Decent roast profile on the nose and in the flavor. Nice big hoppy finish.

This is a good hoppy stout but it drinks "smaller" that its ABV would indicate. In short, I would be more enthusiastic about this if it were a standard stout rather than a double. It just does not have the flavor punch of a top tier double stout.

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My lady wants a stout so… Chocolate and coffee notes in there but not overdone. Subtle currant notes. Velvety mouthfeel. Finish is slightly boozy. Was hoping for a creamier head. (Oh well.) Such a dark color; more brown than black but wow.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.