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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 1183
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: OlieIPA on 11-28-2008)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earthy. Bitter yet balanced. A bitterness based on coffee and hops. Black with red highlights, and lace sheets. Great roast, coffee aromas. A sipper. Another great creation from this brewery.Dry finish.
The hops do not stand out.Very minor chocolate.
Aged a year, thanks AugustGarage.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:22:00 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque, almost black dark crimson brown with a 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smells of coffee beans, dark chocolate, and toasted oats. There is also a fruity note that I am smelling. Taste is of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and some dark fruits. There is a bitterness from the coffee/chocolate flavors that lingers on the palate. Low carbonation with a smooth and medium bodied feel. There is also a noticeable alcohol warmth in the throat. Overall, this is a pretty good stout with an interesting mix of smells and flavors. I have another one of these in my cellar and I am looking forward to seeing how this beer ages over time.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:04:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charred chestnut with dark bronze highlights along the bottom edge. Not a complete black hole, but close enough. An attractive chunk of mocha colored foam occupies the glass from the nonic bulge to the rim and can be seen laying down shredded sheets of lace as it slowly begins to melt.

The nose is classic for the American double stout style. It also earns an extra half-point for aggressiveness. Even a passing sniff results in a pleasing burst of roasted malt that slightly favors bittersweet chocolate over black coffee. If the flavor is this impressive, SMIS might end up as one of my favorite Ballast Point brews.

Sea Monster Stout is delicious beer that is a little smaller in scope than many American double stouts. I'm more than fine with that. Massive beer is great, but it can sometimes be difficult to get through an entire bomber in one sitting. This one should be no trouble at all... as long as I can find a soft place to land after the final ounce.

Given the masterpiece that is Sculpin IPA, it's obvious that the brewers at Ballast Point know their way around a hop cone. Therefore, it isn't surprising that Monster contains mucho hops. While the individual characteristics of the hops (Summit and Amarillo) aren't obvious, they succeed in adding a considerable amount of citric fruit flavor and back end bitterness.

As it should be, the flavor spotlight is on the typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee. Let's also add dark caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit (raisins) to the list. No molasses, no anise, no smoke. Again, those who love both American C-hops and stout will be in seventh heaven.

The mouthfeel fits the beer perfectly. Like the flavor, it's no kraken, but it's no skinny little minnow either. Positives include a light creaminess and just the right amount of bubbles. Gulping is encouraged, as long as one remains mindful of the ABV.

Ballast Point isn't usually mentioned in the same breath as the giants of California craft beer. That's a shame because these guys release quality beer... after quality beer... after quality beer. Sculpin is still my favorite, but Sea Monster is fantastic as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 16:47:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very anxious to try this one for sure. I had seen a bit about it for a week or so before I finally just sucked it up and ordered me a couple to try it out. Well that was a while ago, and one has been sitting in my fridge ever since. I finally decided last night to crack it open and see what was going on. Pulled it out of the fridge and let this great looking twenty-two ounce bomber warm up to around 50 degrees before serving it inside my fluted Brooklyn pint glass.

A - Poured into my glass a very deep dark brown, essentially black with a very light bit of dark brown color showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass, giving it just the slightest bit of brown coloration to it. Did not look terribly thick on the pour, as sometimes with a big stout you will see it appear as though it is sludge like in the glass, however this was not the case on this one. A very nice and large chocolate brown colored head rose up over the top to a height of around three inches. After a minute of so this had settled down nicely and what was left was a nice thing pillow of lace across the top about a half-inch high, which stayed with it throughout the session. Very nice side glass presentation as well. Thick webs of brown dripping down the sides throughout the session. Overall a very nice looking glass of beer here, not the thick oil like monsters you see sometimes, but rather a little bit lighter, but still black as night.

S - The aroma was a little shocking at first as there is a good amount of bittering agent in here, and it was picked up on by me right away. Lots of bitter dark chocolate coming through on here, along with a good deal of licorice in the smell. Deep roasted coffee now coming through as well, really pushing to the forefront here and dominating the aroma full on. It was really quite full, and was morphing in and out f several different styles at times. Really quite interesting. Io started to pick u lots of roasted malts now, even a touch of smoke coming through as well. Finally, as it was almost near room temperature you could start to detect the slightest bit of grassy hops now. Really quite complex, but to b honest, the smell reminded me more of a Baltic Porter then an Imperial Stout, but the aroma was still quite pleasing.

T - The flavor was very interesting, and I have to admit just a touch off. I have been trying lots of stouts lately, and most of the big ones have come across my table in the last month or two, so I was really expecting a good deal from this one, however to me, it just seemed to have fell a touch flat. It was a really good Baltic Porter in my opinion. The first flavor to come across was a rich bitter coffee flavor, very un-sweet. This was laced with a good bit of bakers chocolate, really darkening it up and giving it a touch of the richness of the chocolate, but still staying quite bitter now. There was a touch of hops in here as well, really pushing through towards the end and coming across clear as day, which is not really what I would want from a big stout. No taste of alcohol in here at all, none, which is quite nice. There was a touch of an off wood like flavor, but not too strong and this was wiped out again with a good touch of coffee to finish it off. Now this was not the nice sweet coffee like flavors you would see in a coffee or oatmeal stout, this was a rich bitter , black espresso type of flavor. Overall, it was ok, but I am not blown away by this at all.

M - The feel was a little thin to me to be honest. Not as full bodied, as I would have liked to have seen in a stout, rather it was much more like a porter then anything else. Had a very nice carbonation profile and the flavors were rich enough, it just seemed to be lacking a touch in the thickness. I really wish it could have come off a bit fuller as it really would have made all the difference here and kept this one from being a bit more then ordinary to something that could have really stood out.

D - As far as the drink ability of this one, here I would have to say it was outstanding. Really, a very easy drinker that one could easily throw down more then one bottle of in a sitting with ease. There was just this really nice light quality to it, no obvious alcohol content and a really vibrant profile in the flavor. I would have liked to have had another bottle next to it as I easily could have hit this one as well.

Overall, I would have to say this one was not half bad at all. Now don't get me wrong there are much better double stouts out there, but this does have a bit of a charm to it, a little bit extra that the others perhaps just did not have. I would have liked to have seen this one be a little fuller as I feel that the thinness in the profile really hurt it a bit, however other then that I would say to go out and give this one a try, and it would be worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 16:09:37 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark-ish brown color with some red highlights and a short lived tan head.

S: Roasted malts make up the bulk of the aromas of this beer. A slight coffee note, licorice, some burnt sugar, and a slight acidity.

T: The burnt sugar and roasted malt dominate the flavor of this one. There is a touch of chocolate and coffee, along with a fair amount of licorice. Somehow, it doesn't really come together and is on the astringent side.

M: The body is medium, a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout, with a medium level of carbonation.

D: This is a really disappointing effort from Ballast Point. I'd stay away from this one and stick with a Victory at Sea or any of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 00:12:48 | More by womencantsail
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Roar!" ...ok, sea monsters can't yell. But if they could they would. They would be greatly demonstrative with their attitude, their appearance, and their character- should I be scared to approach this beer?

Sea Monster opens up with the standard "stout" appearance. Deep and darken brown- appearing espresso-black through the middle. Its onyx color carries a dense blanket of tarnish foam that easily endures the session, shedding with lacing rings at each sip.

Its bold roast aromas once again harks to espresso- its earthen roast, burnt toast, grilled nuts and fruit are all supported with the scent of singed toffee and mild smoky chocolate. As the stout breathes, it releases subtle vinous nuances in the form of grape, dark berry and currant along with a spicy rum note.

Its taste leads with caramel, vanilla and heavy whipping cream for a sweeter start up. As the roast, charred toast, espresso, walnut and bittersweet chocolate folds in, the middle palate becomes sultry and robust. Its trailing fruit taste seems of grilled blackcurrant, grape and blackberry as the spicy alcohols carry- again a rummy finish with a long roasty-sweet aftertaste.

Full and smooth, the beer's body is creamy like malted milkshake. Its carbonation woven tightly into it lingering sweetness for a silky and velvety feel. Its roasty-bitter finish dries the palate and is assisted by alcohol warmth and trailing sweetness.

Sea Monster is rather a sea pup- It talks a big game, but is at its heart a friendly and endearing stout with a sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 16:53:47 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black with a minimal head that clings throughout. Nose brings forth plenty of coffee, dark sugar, a bit of roasted malt, and a slight nose of chocolate and hops. Taste included a bit more chocolate, but still dominated by coffee and roasted malt. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied closing in on being heavy with good carbonation. Nice drinkability, but nothing spectacular for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:42:17 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color-only traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin creamy beige head that hardly died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose; as the beer warms up, hints of alcohol become noticeable.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with hints of chocolate, coffee beans and alcohol, the latter of which is only present in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer seems to be a little thin for such a big stout and seems a little like a Baltic Porter, but it is relatively easy to drink considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 20:28:41 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a small, dark tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate squares and charred wood.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a medium sweetness that grows more and more roasty as the flavor progresses. More dark chocolate and still there's a taste of burnt wood. Faint fruitiness. Light, earthy bitterness. Sweetish, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine stout! I enjoyed it, for the record.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:11:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 21:38:53 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Anyone else getting flashbacks to Finding Nemo? Anyway, this stuff pours a a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of steadfast tan foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, deep molasses, light cocoa, and a vague sense of dark fruits, primarily figs. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more roast than before and a hint of bitter coffee near the finish, lingering on momentarily. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though a bit on the thin side, this was a solid stout, the most enjoyable of the beers that have been introduced the Chicagoland market thus far that I have tried. Hope remains.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:39:31 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/16/2011 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy hearty roasted malt character and sweet flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruit. There’s a mild touch of hops that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice big stout that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 20:45:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the sweet/chocolate syrupy end of the spectrum. Light-sucking black body, generous tan foam that puffs above the rim of the glass. Delicate lacing all around, it looks very appetizing. Slick and rich chocolate notes, slight fruitiness, sticky molasses and brown sugar.

Full and rich, palate coating. Finishes dry and slightly bitter, with delicate Belgian chocolate traces. The initial flavor is much more of a sweet fudgy blast to the senses. Light hop bitterness in the back, not a trace of 10%. The fruity element gives it something unique, and it's very well crafted. Something special to savor.

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:51:36 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of LarryG...

Pours an effervescent mahogany/ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Some viscosity to this, decent lacing & modest head retention

S: Slight bourbon sourness, dark fruit. Raisins take over once warm

T: Dark fruit, sour cherry & chocolate up front, plus slight woody/oak flavor up front. Vanilla & Baker's choclate are strong as this warms with cherries, raisins & woody bitterness on show as well, plus a touch of dryness. Finishes with dryness, vanilla, plums & bit of black cherry

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, become chewier & more warming once a bit warmer..

Great drinkabilty for the style & ABV. A good IMP stout, was hoping for a world beater, merely got a Very good one...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:13:21 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A darker fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up and slowly fades. The beer is essentially pitch black, but not completely, with very slight hints of light poking through.

N: An imperial stout definitely. Lots of roasted malts, a nice slight coffee aroma, chocolate malts, chocolate nibs, a slight creamy oatmeal like aroma, some slight hoppy earthy bitter aromas, chewy malts, caramel, crsytal malts, dark roasty malts, slight sweet malts, just the slightest hint of booze but I may even be nit picking at that point. Some fluffy malts, no nougat or marshmellow.

T: Starts with a sweet malty taste, some marshmellow and nougat this time, with lots of chocolate malt, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, a little vanilla, chewy malts, and lots of great dark malt goodness. Some bitter hops, not very bitter though, some earthy, spicy, and chewy hops. More of a fluffy malt and hop taste. Lots of bitter chewy hop and malt flavors.
They did a great job to side up next to some of the best imperial stouts. I think I could compare this best to Night Stalker.

M: Thick and chewy, slightly creamy, but not super thick, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly bitter as expected, mostly from the roasty earthy scorched malts, with some earthy hoppy hops. Some lingering fluffy malt flavors, chewy malts, and a little sweetness. It's semi sweet but not really dry at all. More of the smooth oatmeal and slightly chocolate milk flavors. Again more roasty and slight coffee flavors lingering. Slight boozy but not very much, especially for 10%. Some lingering coffee tastes start to really dominate as it warms, and as my mouth becomes accustomed to the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:16:48 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fiver-finger thick, nicely browned, frothy head. The beer is quite black in color, though it shows flashes of burnt ruby notes if moved directly up to the light. The aroma has quite a bit of roast character to it, but it remains smooth and not over-bearing. This has a nice mix of rich, roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate, a touch of roasted smoke as well as charred whole grain bread. There are some charred prune notes in the aroma as well along with a touch or burnt tartness. As the beer warms up the charred prune not seems to thin out the richness that was in this beer originally; it seems to finish on a weak note that also has a touch of vegetal character to it.

Thick and viscous, this almost has a syrup like feeling to it as it rests on my tongue. Lots of charred grain notes offset a rich, but very tempered, complex grain sweetness. The beer finishes with a substantial bitterness that seems a combination of hops and lots of bitter burnt grain notes. Towards the finish the sweetness accentuates notes of blackened prunes and charred raisins; this is actually quite fruity, which definitely helps to offset the roast character. Some dark chocolate character is noticeable as a hint of character that peaks out amongst the more focused roasted notes that are reminiscent of strong black coffee, burnt whole grain toast and even a touch of charred smokiness. As the beer warms up a touch of spicy, warming alcohol becomes more noticeable in the finish, but this is fairly mellow for a 10% abv beer.

This started out with some promise, but somehow seems to finish a bit disappointing. I like that this was not overly charred, but the character of this beer just doesn't seem all that well integrated. Perhaps it needs some age to round things out and make it more balanced. Not bad, just a bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 17:50:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out at a rich thick looking black goop. The head struggles a bit to get to the top of the beer. The head leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is big, lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, booze, and a light sweetness in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet and full of chocolatey notes upfront that finish with a bitter sweet vanilla coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and thick here, really fits the style well. Overall this beer is pretty damn tasty. I would probably give it another try if I saw it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:54:52 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours very dark brown/black with a tan head that descends to thin wisps. Some small dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of molasses, ash, coffee, slight chocolate, raisins and herbal notes.

The taste is of roasted, bitter coffee with the roast going towards ashy. Booze-soaked currants give it a fruity character. There is a hint of chocolate and molasses. It's dark fruity sweeetness is balanced by roast/ash and herbal bitterness.

It is full-bodied with ample carbonation keeping it from being syrupy. Some residual sweet sugar clings to the lips.

A well-balanced, though slightly edging towards too ashy, coffee-ish, fruity stout. Booze shows, so sip slowly, and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 12:46:26 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty thick on the body and profile. I alost thought there was going to be coffee on this one, but there ended up being none; from what I could tell at least. This is precisely what I want from an easy drinking example of the style that isn't trying to be showy. It covers all of the bases, but doesn't have to show off to get the job done.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:39:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/5/12, Appears a pitch black color with deep tan head, forms thick and abundant like it will never run out of fuel. I hope that's the case, it's a wonderful beer, imperial stout at that. Aroma has dark coffee notes with hints of dark hazelnut toffee aromatics...dark fruit, big roasted malt notes. Flavor has dark cola notes, dark fruit, roasted malts, with ample hops and bitter dark roasts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation a big beer with dark fruit. Overall I can't hate it like most who are after the big Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 00:13:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 2" creamy dark tan colored head. Thick lace is left on the inside of the glass as it goes down.

Smell: chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt tones are up front, with a hint of bitterness in the background.

Taste: big roasted malt flavor with bitter dark chocolate, some coffee tones, and a hint of grapefruit or similiar tart citrus arriving late. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, and there is a hearty bitterness balancing this one out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and creamy at the finish. A bit of drying arrives late too. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: despite the high alcohol level, this beer goes down smoothly. A definite slow sipper, one bomber should be enough in a session, but I could see having one more glass. Great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 17:19:30 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black color but I can detect light through the brew. Modest, but lasting head. Leaves some blanket lace.

Burnt toast and biscuits are the main smells. There is background touch of hop bitterness. Light cream, too.

The flavor is less harsh than the smell might suggest. There is an element of alcohol and hop in the swallow. The body is moderate. The carbonation is as expected. The alcohol is hidden. The finish is bitter and is composed of black patent malt and mild peppery hop.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:00:31 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, purchased from Vin de Pays, in Long Beach, CA

A: Pours black, with a full creamy tan head, with good retention, limited lacing though.

S: Strong scents of roasted malt and coffee.

T: There is a strong coffee flavour on the first sip which melds into a flavour of dark chocolate bars. A nice flavour, but kind of 1-dimensional for a Double Stout, actually tastes a lot more like an Irish Dry Stout to me.

M: Smooth, creamy, lacking in richness which I usually find in this style, but overall, not bad.

D: A good stout, but in the end didn't really find anything special about it to make me spend $8 on another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 19:19:24 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A: Poured a really nice pitch black color with good carbonation and a brown head

S: COffee, toasted malts, cocoa and coffee of cours

T: This had a little funk on it, not bad, lots of charred malt, cocoa, coffee. There was a noticable funkyiness midway through

M: Good carbonation, sharp booze, plenty of flavor

D: Very good

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 01:53:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of tan head that has great retention and lacing. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and booze.

t - Taste is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cofee, and piney hops. Some bitterness to it and hints of alcohol in the end.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

d - A pretty nice stout. Pretty interesting taste with the coffee and chocolate malts and piney hops. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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