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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 117
Gots: 261 | FT: 13
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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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-post of hacked "jmkratt" account :(

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

Picked up a 22oz bomber of this while on vacation in Arizona last month, couldn't resist waiting any longer and cracked it. No date as far as I can discern from the bottle.

A - The beer pours deep dark brown, almost black, with a huge billowing 3 finger brown/mocha colored bubbly head. Excellent retention and lacing throughout.

S - Nice roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and vanilla tones. A hint of alcohol warmth in the back along with some slight earthy hop flavors.

T - Very rich roast flavors immediately: chocolate, coffee, patent roast malts. Very similar to the aroma though more complex as the flavors blend together quite nicely. A mild/medium bitterness with an earthy hop character found on the nose. Alcohol is present and provides a nice warm character that doesn't overpower the palette. Finishes dry.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation. Thick and pleasing.

O - Another excellent brew from Ballast Point. I wish they distributed to Colorado as I have enjoyed the few of their beers I've been fortunate enough to sample. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-18-2011 13:28:41

hopfacebrew, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Gatordaddy, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Dirty Truth.

Pours into a tulip, black as the deepest depths of the sea. Small creamy tan head retains for a bit eventually becoming a ring.

Lots of roasted malt, some cocoa, dark fruit, and quite a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste is also definitely roast forward, bitter dark chocolate, raisin/dark fruit, some earthy and piny hop action back there too. Some licorice and alcohol.

Lowish carbonation, quite a bitter feel to it, noticeable alcohol.

A little too abrasive with the roasted malt but a good stout, definitely a bit of a sipper.

Chico1985, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
3/5  rDev -25.4%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

chcfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Faina
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jstark5150, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of danielp215
5/5  rDev +24.4%

danielp215, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ElGallo, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
4/5  rDev -0.5%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black color. No light gets through at all. A two finger tan head forms with very good retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: A soft, but very enjoyable aroma. Milk chocolate, light roast, cream coffee. Bread pudding, light toffee sweetness. Very nice.
T: Milk chocolate and lightly sweet toffee is up front. Lightly roasted and toasted malts with some coffee. This is good.
M/D: A full body that is perfectly carbonated. Velvety smooth. Like silk. So easy and enjoyable to drink. The alcohol is nowhere in sight.

This is a great Imperial Stout. Well made with lots of subtle complexities. Highly recommended.

champ103, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle date, but this has been in the cellar for at least a year now.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. Nice khaki head with decent retention. After a while there's not much to it.

Smell - Chocolate from the roasted malts and a surprising amount of booze. Hops in the background, but not enough to smell grassy. Just a hint.

Taste - Chocolate malts throughout. A little one-note. Goes right into the bitter hop finish. The hops are significantly more prominent in the taste. Again, not grassy, but substantial. Almost like an RIS.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, but not a heavy body. Slightly metallic flavor to it. A little dry.

Overall - A decent stout, but lacking in any distinguishing characteristics. Perhaps a bit more than the sum of its parts as I find myself enjoying the beer without loving the individual attributes.

Alieniloquium, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

JRod1969, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of bhir
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bhir, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev -0.5%

JohnK17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Harvey98
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

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

EasyReader, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of iSrALE
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
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.