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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 128
Gots: 308 | 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: 1,553 | Reviews: 470
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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with brown hues, heavy lacing, tall khaki head that sticks around.

S: Milk chocolate, plums, figs, raisins, caramel, and vanilla. Fruit forward and sweet. Alcohol hidden well.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa upfront quickly followed by dark fruits, plums, raisins, and figs tied together with a nice roasty background. Alcohol presence is there but doesn't hinder anything.

M: Medium bodied, a little on the watery side with soft carbonation.

O: Overall a decent stout. A lot of dark fruit in this one but it's not a dark fruit bomb per say. The body needs improvement as it's a little on the thin side for an Imperial Stout. It's just missing that high viscosity.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sea Monster pours flat black, with a very small, light tan head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be. Notes of oak, vanilla, roasted malt and pine.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy, smooth with mild carbonation. The rich flavor is loaded with roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and dark fruit. It finishes moderately bitter with a hoppy flavor of fine. Once gone the roasted malt, some medicinal flavors and alcohol lingers on the palate.

This beer aged for months in my cellar before I decided to drink it. Even with time to mellow the alcohol heat is still present. Still, it's tasty with a nice mouthfeel.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours almost jet black with a slight brown hue. Minimal amount of head that dissipated quickly.

S - Faint cocoa and coffee roast aroma.

T - Bitter roasted malt with some toffee and cocoa towards the end.

M - Low carbonation and medium to light bodied. Slightly watery.

O - Good, but not great. The watery body was a little odd and detracts from the decent flavors.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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