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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 104
Gots: 226 | FT: 9
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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:
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 m1ked


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the BP Robust series. They have stopped bottling these already, so if you see a bottle better grab it! Next in the series is the Sculpin.

A- Dark, opaque blackness....darker than the center of your eye. Rimmed with a coffee corona.

S- Woody, smokey, coffee, rich dark chocolate

T- A little bitter upfront. Closely followed by a wave of rich dark chocolate, coffee cooked over a campfire, with a touch of fig. Long lasting smoked wood in your mouth.

M- Surprisingly thin, yet coats the mouth.

D- Most enjoyable...I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 03:42:31 | More by m1ked
Photo of d0ggnate


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with friends last night during a stout tasting session. This was the most crittically acclaimed bottle of the bunch.

A: Shown brown/black with close to no head.
S: Hinted smushed raisins and brown sugar.
T: Very rich and boasted its coffee flavors.
M: The complexity lingers on your palate. My mouth salavated for more.

I found the Sea Monster to be a wonderful beer. Delicious after dinner, one beer kind of drink. I can't wait to cellar a few bottles and see what may come.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 01:53:44 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of tonistruth


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-near black, doesn't produce anything I'd call a head but a ring of deep brown foam remains at all times

S- roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee

T- roasted malts, oats, and dark chocolate sum up the flavors of this stout, strong and tasty aftertaste, chocolate has hints of richness and theres some lingering coffee flavors

M- full, smooth, and somewhat creamy....maybe a bit over carbonated

D- simply delicious, some age will probably do this brew well, i don't have any real complaints here, solid offering, recommended

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 08:05:41 | More by tonistruth
Photo of aromatorio


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from South Bay (woo Joey). Poured into the usual (pint glass).

Apparently I don't have very good taste, because I liked the Mephistopheles from Avery, and I liked this one too. Again, I ended up drinking this with some dark chocolate as a nightcap.

It poured ok, with maybe a finger worth of head, loose creamy consistency, didn't last long. Aroma wasn't as frightening as the Mephistopheles, was actually pretty faint. I would have preferred a bit more of a bouquet.

Taste, for me, was good. It was a little more earthen than I would have cared for - a little heavy on a nutty, espresso taste, but it finished well. Hops were barely detectable. Feel was pretty thin.

I will confess that after drinking it, I picked up another bottle at the La Jolla BevMo. I would recommend this, but don't break the beer bank if you can't find it easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 22:31:52 | More by aromatorio
Photo of BeerTruth


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete onyx black with a huge three finger fluffy mocha colored head that takes a good while to die down. Stickiness is amazing, lots of thick webbing on the sides. Smell is a very light wood scent with a hint of citric hops. A faint floral aroma makes an unwanted appearence. Chocolate, caramel, and toasted oat are pretty weak in the nose but there. A good Folger's presence all over. I just don't understand the smell of this one. Wow, taste is very coffee-ish. Fresh french roast flavor that is quickly taken over by a dusty hop bite. Smokey roasted barley with dark chocolate in the mix as well. Just not enough sweetness to call this an oatmeal stout. Medium body with a slick and smooth feel. Subdued carbonation throughout. This beer is all over the place, not enough balance IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 05:43:35 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Overlord


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Ballast Point (particularly Big Eye IPA, Black Marlin Porter, and Double Dorado), and I may be hurting the trade value of my other bottle of this, but I was fairly disappointed.

Pours a nice black with bubbly dark brown on the edges. Decently thick mouthfeel. Carbonated more than most stouts.

Smells, and tastes, most strongly of coffee and roasted malt. It's bitter coffee, and there isn't much chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, or anything else really to sit it off. The strong coffee-ness became offputting after a while.

I've had some great stouts over the last few months, and this really didn't measure up.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 04:45:12 | More by Overlord
Photo of t0rin0


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had never heard of this stuff before I tried it the other day. It poured a very black color, no light or other colors showing. The head was almost brown and it was thick and creamy while it lasted. The smell was mostly of coffee and dark malts but there was a slight chocolatey sweetness present.

The flavor was surprisingly smooth. I mean, most of the Ballast Point beers are just alright. Most of the flavor was similar to the aroma but there was a slightly different chocolate/coffee balance. Not real heavy on the bitterness. Overall, a very good smooth drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 21:53:20 | More by t0rin0
Photo of sfoley333


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter. Poured a dark midnight black, might be the same black found at the bottom of the sea but for sure its pretty black( you get the point). The head was a tan mocha color that was full and thick for a minute and then was gone with a slight residue left over. Smell is coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of coco. Taste is coffee, chocolate, small amount of alcohol but hiden very well. Mouthfeel is dry full body with not as much thickness as other imperial stouts. But for a dark sea monster this is a really easy to drink and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 09:23:28 | More by sfoley333
Photo of Halcyondays


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, purchased from Vin de Pays, in Long Beach, CA

A: Pours black, with a full creamy tan head, with good retention, limited lacing though.

S: Strong scents of roasted malt and coffee.

T: There is a strong coffee flavour on the first sip which melds into a flavour of dark chocolate bars. A nice flavour, but kind of 1-dimensional for a Double Stout, actually tastes a lot more like an Irish Dry Stout to me.

M: Smooth, creamy, lacking in richness which I usually find in this style, but overall, not bad.

D: A good stout, but in the end didn't really find anything special about it to make me spend $8 on another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 19:19:24 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Bitterbill


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquor. Thanks Joey!

This beer pours from 22oz bottle a pitch black with a nice 2 finger head of tannish foam. It's a very appealing sight in my Sam Adams glass.

The smell is very sweet. I'm getting a big caramel malt nose along with some chocolate and some roasted malt.

The taste...Yummy. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and all are there in ridiculously high abundance. The more I sip on it, the more I notice the coffee and roasted malt flavour. This is a very compelling Imperial Stout to drink. The relatively low abv for the style really helps when it comes to drinkability. It has a medium to medium full mouthfeel and it's fairly lightly carbonated. The finish has an ever so pleasing mix of coffee and chocolate that you *just* don't want to see end.

This is the my first experience with a Ballast Point brew and oh, I just noticed that the label says it is 8%bv. The alcohol is hidden *very* well. This is a winner in my book and if you're a fan of coffee and chocolate in an American Double/Imperial Stout, I can only recommend it highly. This is damn good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 18:50:59 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of seaoflament


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a few shades darker than milk chocolate with a great two fingers of foam. Foam takes its time to settle down to a thin layer, leaving some traces of bubbles clinging to the glass.

Aromas of roasted coffee, toast, chocolate malts, nutty aromas like hazelnut, malted milk, oats, and slightly spicy hops. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with some coffee and toffee.

Taste has some oats upfront, a bit of granola followed quickly by the chocolate malts and coffee. Almost all of the aromas are present in the taste, the nutty flavors and malted milk as well as sweet chocolate and finishing slightly bitter and medium dry with some more coffee.

Mouthfeel is very good almost a 4.5 but it finishes just a little thin. Surprisingly easy to drink at 8% almost a stout one could have for breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 04:01:15 | More by seaoflament
Photo of Stoneman78


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On CASK at O'Brien's
A- Dark red to deep brown hue, 1/2 finger of tan smooth head, mild lacing
S- Sweet espresso aroma, earthy/floral hops, tones of dark chocolate
T- Initial taste is espresso coffee malts, roast malts, nice mix of sweet and bitterness, hops, fruits and berries come through midway, finishes bitter coffee
M- Light/medium-bodied, watery texture, minimal carbonation
D- Smooth and easy-drinking imperial stout, nice balance of roast coffee malts and bitter hops, this is one great stout and I am looking forward to picking up some bottles very soon!

Serving type: cask

12-12-2007 05:16:08 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of rallison


4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly bottled - from the new Robust Series of special releases. Bottled version is listed at 8%.

Pours a tasty dark brown/black (mostly black with brown at the edges). Nice 1 finger tan head that subsides to a touch of lacing.

Smells of coffee. Then more coffee. Then lots of chocolate and roasted malts. This thing smells delicious.

Initial taste I find quite pleasing - this really is an imperial oatmeal/coffee stout. I get a lot of coffee flavors here. A fair bit of roastiness is also present. The oats add a wonderful component here - they help to smooth out what might have otherwise turned into too sharp of a beer. This gives it a creamy chocolate flavor/mouthfeel which I find quite excellent. They definitely pulled this one off.

Mouthfeel, as stated, is rather creamy. Wonderful. Drinkability is also exceptional.

Highly recommended. If their subsequent Robust Series releases stay this good, I will be picking every one up.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 05:21:40 | More by rallison
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Obriens Looks like a guiness. It smells very clean, withsome malt hitting you as well. First sip hits you with the choclate then some bready malt and nice west coast hop for a decent aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is an above average stout. The alcohol is hidden well enough that you can knock back more than a few.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-22-2007 19:05:44 | More by sleazo
Photo of scottoale


4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had a lot of this one lately at O'Brien's and at the BP Brewery. Especially tasty and creamy deliscious on nitro, it pours out black with a beautiful cascading head that swells to a thick and creamish head of cocoa one finger plus.

Smells strong of dark roasted coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate, through and through. Very dark and roasty with some sweetness.

Tastes very much as it smells...reminds me of Speedway Stout with a nice fresh coffee appeal, full and rich with a cream froth topping

Very tasty and super easy to drink...I highly recommend this elegant rich stout with no compromise, flavor worth savoring and a mild ABV that's satisfying as well. Cheers!

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-30-2007 00:46:33 | More by scottoale
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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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