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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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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 121
Gots: 265 | 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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

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.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of srandycarter
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near black, tan head, small, quick to leave. Spotty cling lace.

S - Soy sauce and chocolate chip cookies.

T - Thick rich sweet cocoa and some soy, bittered nicely at the finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, pretty good balance considering size.

D - At 10 per cent, pretty hard to session. I would love a few glasses, however.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan frothy head that stayed around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like coffee, dark fruit, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Even though there is some sweetness noticeable, it's mostly roasty and bitter tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd try this again in the future.

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.