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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 114
Gots: 253 | FT: 12
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Harvey98, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MrHirschybar, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

EasyReader, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Patchmaster for this bottle.

A: Pours an super deep brown, verging on black. There is about two fingers of khaki colored head that dissipates slowly.

S: This beer smells of burnt toast, chocolate, and vanilla. There seems to be a bit of raisin in there, but it's hard to decipher.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate, and burnt toast. I'm not picking up any of the vanilla or raisin sweetness in the taste. The finish is a bit bitter, with citrus hops and burnt toast. I'm not overly impressed.

M: Full bodied beer. Starts off highly carbonated, but creamy. It finishes dry and bitter.

O: This isn't terrible, but I've had better stouts. Maybe I expected more from Ballast Point. I'm very happy to have tried this.

trxxpaxxs, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, opaque black body with a creamy, khaki colored head that is very slow to dissolve to a thin lacing.

Robust aromas of roasted malt and chocolate float from the glass with dark fruits appearing as it warms. Chocolate aromas permeate at the close.

The flavor is quite good featuring a nice blend of roasted malt, milky chocolate and hints of dark fruit such as cherry or plum. As it warms the roasted aspects become more dominant.

Medium carbonation with a full body and roasted finish.

Nice imperial stout, on the roasted side but lacking some of the hop traits I would expect in the American Double stout version.

CHADMC3, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Rich, malty notes of dark bread, nutty caramel, and a hint of molasses.

T - Dark sugar notes up front with some molasses and toffee. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle as well as nutty caramel and chicory. The beer finishes with dark toffee, smoky chocolate, and some licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Complex and very smooth, this is a great Imperial stout. The dark malt character is mostly that of deep, dark sugar and molasses, but there is a touch of roast and it somehow avoids the cloying, sticky sweetness that molasses oriented imperial stouts seem to be plagued by. I imagine that this beer does really well when barrel aged and I would jump at the opportunity to try one of the BA versions of it.

nickfl, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jtk
5/5  rDev +24.4%

jtk, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of zep9865
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into New Belgium snifter. Pours a molasses dark brown with a little bit of foam head and lacing. Didn't pour the complete jet black that i am accustomed to.

Lots of chocolate and toffee on the nose with some distinct coffee. Dark chocolate comes out as well

Beer is highly carbonated for an imperial stout, and that effects the rest of it's taste. Surprisingly tangy with dark chocolate, toffee, and coffee

Carbonation really messes with this beer. Almost seems as if it's a domestic company attempting a specialty beer that they did ok on. The chocolate and coffee are decent but the mouthfeel just isn't there.

This is the one beer style that i am experienced in and it just doesn't impress more than i thought it would. Carbonation is way too high and it is too tangy.

zep9865, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of thagr81us in a massive trade back in September. Thanks Calton!

This beer pours a full bodied dark, dark, dark brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. It smells of smooth dark chocolates and roasted malts. It's solid but not as big as I expected and not as complex. It's pretty standard. The flavors consist of sweet roasted malts, like a Baltic Porter really, with a strange almost bitter chocolate aspect. It's just an interesting presentation of the aforementioned traits. It's unique. It drinks full in body and is call the flavors to he expected and up to par. It drinks well and is appealing. I say its solid and worth trying hut it won't wow you.

aasher, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

jak, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

schillman, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Amdy, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

HopStoopid120, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

imyourhero21, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

shanghai55, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mhaugo, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

alamode, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SpillyBeers, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

vonburgey, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jwelsh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Some lacing but resides quickly.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, pine.

T- Roasted/smoked malt, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and a lot of pine hop bitterness.

M- Full body, thick but not chewy. Nice and creamy with slight alcohol bite at the finish.

O- Very solid imperial stout. Believe this is the 2010 and still has a ton of hop bite to it, which I like, just a little surprising.

kawilliams81, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ksherry112, Nov 29, 2011
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.