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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: 1,504
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 126
Gots: 290 | FT: 16
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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of EasyReader
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +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.

Photo of jtk
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of zep9865
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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%

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.