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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 113
Gots: 256 | FT: 12
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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 Tdizzle
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this 22oz bottle at BevMo! Orange.

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, Sea Monster Stout pours solid black with a one-finger, brown colored head that eventually dissipates to a thin ring along the inside of the glass. No lacing to be found.

S- Roasted/burnt malts, dark chocolate, nutty coffee, and some dark fruit sweetness. No trace of this beer's 10% ABV.

T- This is good stuff. The taste is very malty and sweet, with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate kicking in shortly after. A pronounced hop bitterness takes over towards the dry and very warming finish.

M- A silky-smooth, velvety and slightly syrupy mouthfeel with gentle carbonation.

D- The 10% ABV is well-hidden, but this beer sits fairly heavy on the stomach.

Tdizzle, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Acquired this beer from the very sexy Aimstatus and enjoyed in her presence as well.

A: Poured with a brownish-black hue and was thinner than what I expected, but settled in nice and cozy-like in my brandy snifter. This beer also exhibited little head that dissipated shortly after the pour as well.

S: The initial smell is a mix of a really dark-roasted coffee with perhaps some hints of vanilla, or something sweet of its kind.

T: After the first sip, the palate is engulfed with a variety of flavors including: roasted coffee, nuts, dark chocolate, and black-licorice. There is one more flavor that I can't pick out, but it's something that would typically be found in a milk stout.

M: Has more of a Porter mouthfeel then an Imperial Stout, but does have a good amount of body for a 10% ABV beer. As aimstatus pointed out, the flavors seem to cling to the roof of your mouth.

D: No hint of alcohol taste as all; one of the easier Imperial Stouts to down.

Overall: Very impressed by this beer that you should definitely try to get your hands on. It reminds me more of a porter then an Imperial Stout, but still contains some of the qualities of one. A try it beer on my list. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 2008 release of the monster, weighing in at 10.0% ABV.

Pours a jet black in color, not even surrendering any translucency when held right in front of a bulb. The pour started a bit flat so I got a tad aggressive on it, next thing you know I've got a full inch of a dense mocha head. Decent retention and some scattered lacing were to follow.

Smell is initially of freshly grated cocoa when pulled through the head of the beer. As the head diminishes you get more bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans on the nose, as well as a touch of alcohol. Nice hop scents are more prominent toward the bottom of the glass.

Tastes great and offers a lingering slightly chewy chocolate flavor on the finish. Fuller bodied than prior years in my opinion, likely to balance the higher ABV of the brew. (The label calls this an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, not sure if prior releases were Oatmeal Stouts but I would assume so.) Quite tasty and quite drinkable as the occasional alcohol on the nose never translates to the taste buds. Carbonation is just about perfect. A nice, and hoppy, stout.

HalfFull, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charred chestnut with dark bronze highlights along the bottom edge. Not a complete black hole, but close enough. An attractive chunk of mocha colored foam occupies the glass from the nonic bulge to the rim and can be seen laying down shredded sheets of lace as it slowly begins to melt.

The nose is classic for the American double stout style. It also earns an extra half-point for aggressiveness. Even a passing sniff results in a pleasing burst of roasted malt that slightly favors bittersweet chocolate over black coffee. If the flavor is this impressive, SMIS might end up as one of my favorite Ballast Point brews.

Sea Monster Stout is delicious beer that is a little smaller in scope than many American double stouts. I'm more than fine with that. Massive beer is great, but it can sometimes be difficult to get through an entire bomber in one sitting. This one should be no trouble at all... as long as I can find a soft place to land after the final ounce.

Given the masterpiece that is Sculpin IPA, it's obvious that the brewers at Ballast Point know their way around a hop cone. Therefore, it isn't surprising that Monster contains mucho hops. While the individual characteristics of the hops (Summit and Amarillo) aren't obvious, they succeed in adding a considerable amount of citric fruit flavor and back end bitterness.

As it should be, the flavor spotlight is on the typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee. Let's also add dark caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit (raisins) to the list. No molasses, no anise, no smoke. Again, those who love both American C-hops and stout will be in seventh heaven.

The mouthfeel fits the beer perfectly. Like the flavor, it's no kraken, but it's no skinny little minnow either. Positives include a light creaminess and just the right amount of bubbles. Gulping is encouraged, as long as one remains mindful of the ABV.

Ballast Point isn't usually mentioned in the same breath as the giants of California craft beer. That's a shame because these guys release quality beer... after quality beer... after quality beer. Sculpin is still my favorite, but Sea Monster is fantastic as well.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is close to black and has very good carbonation. The head is thick, dark tan and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is good a bit roasty with nice coffee notes and a light but nice hopiness.

The taste is great very nice roasty taste, mostly a huge chocolate and dark roasted coffee flavor, This is the real deal here on the big stouts.

The mouthfeel is very good rich creamy and delisiouse, The body is good better the medium.

The drinkability is very good, this brew is a must try all the way, it has the whole package a true craft brew should have. Hmmm, dang this brew is good

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost completely black, except for some light getting around the very edges. Head is a fluffy 1/2 inch, tan in color, holding nicely for several minutes. The nose has a powedery chocolate sweetness with decent roasted character. Very tempting.

Light chocolatey roast flavor, with some dark fruit/licorice trying to open up after a moment. It all fades a bit toward the finish, as things get a bit dry with just a light bitterness. It seems somewhat light in overall flavor and strength, making it less like a double really. Mouthfeel is lightly chewy, like drinking milk but with a fine carbonation. Not bad.

Solid offering, but I'm not real impressed. The drinkablility is pretty good though, as it doesn't seem too intense. I'd rather try something hoppy for these guys if I had a choice though...

bennetj17, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for this one.

This beer pours a dark black that I can see just a bit into. The head is a thin foamy film of pale tan that left some speckles of lace behind.

Smells of toasty cocoa, mild coffee and a slight sour with an astringent twist.

Tastes rather thin, much like the distance of the smell with a watery toasted barley, followed by a touch of cocoa and coffee. This finishes off by taking on a little more substance and a dry bitter baking cocoa.

Feels light and loose with a silky carbonation.

Easy to drink and probably best paired with some food.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An inch and a half of quick fading carmel brown head leaves just a skim after a few minutes. Body is a thick oiley jet blackness. Nose has a distinct smell of alchol soaked raisens and dark fruits with some biscuity malt as well. With first sip your mouth is flooded by smokey almost ashy malt tones that are very dark. Raw metalic minerals and tones of woodsy tree bark stick to the back of the tongue. The flavors that are initialy abrubt but quickly mellow and grew on you. Mouthfeel is thick rich and enjoyable. This is a wonderfully drinkable stout with a well hidden 8% alchol.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks going out to Stoneman78 for the opportunity to consider this SoCal Regional specialty.

Pours an opaque darkness with a big stiff dark tan head that resists fading and leaves sheets of lacing in its wake. The smell is aggressive. Highly roasted malts coffee, chocolate and molasses. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy, rich and full bodied. Unlike my favorite Double stouts, the mouth lacks that lingering coating texture. Full flavored, the highly roasted coffee character is showcased, slightly over powering the oat. A ton of high quality ingredients in this one. Best enjoyed on the wintry months. Darn glad that i had the opportunity to try this one!

jjayjaye, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely beautiful black with a large light brown head that lingers quite a while. One of the prettiest stouts I've ever seen.
Smells nicely sweet with lots of roasted barley, chocolate and slight coffee.
Taste is much like the smell but not quite as good. It tastes a little weaker than the semll, one of the rare beers I've had lately whose smell beats the taste. Theres more coffee in the taste than the nose. Very lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate.
Feels, not fizzy, but a little more carbonated than I like in a stout.

kirok1999, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a small, dark tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate squares and charred wood.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a medium sweetness that grows more and more roasty as the flavor progresses. More dark chocolate and still there's a taste of burnt wood. Faint fruitiness. Light, earthy bitterness. Sweetish, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine stout! I enjoyed it, for the record.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 ozer pours straight black with a surprisingly large, fuzzy tan lid that lasts.

The nose is not overly powerfull, but comes in mildly with roasted grains and bittersweet dark chocolate. Some sweet caramel and dark currant smells eminate as well, with light, piney, hops.

Flavor comes in with the pretty much the same ammo minus currants. Mouthfeel has a ton of carbonation. Body is about a medium, but the carbonation comes in too strong for a stout. Especially one that should be, according to the bottle, an oatmeal stout.

Sea Monster Stout has a nice scent/flavor, but lacks in my expected smooth, creamy, oatmeal stout mouthfeel. Good balance though.

Slynger, May 24, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is totally black. Held up my maglite flashlight to this and no light made it through. This beer completely engulfs any light source. The reason for only a "4" in appearance is the overly carbonated head this beer possesses. A good 3 inch head erupts to the top of my snifter. Good colore however and good lacing. Mocha is the word.

Roasty sweet malts, dark chocolate, mollasses, black fruits including, currant, raisin, and black berries. with a underlying of vanilla and caramel.

Light in body and depth. Not one of those "monster" stouts but a good roasted, chocolatey, malty stout that is easy drinking. Some coffee flavor and coffee tannins really show through on the finish. Raisin, black currant and mollasses are noticeable albeit somewhat masked by the roasted malts. A nice hop bitterness mixees with the coffee tannin nicely.

mcallister, May 11, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says 8% abv, but whatever, it seems much lighter in alcohol. This beer pours black with a nice creamy tight beige head and some spotty lacing. Smells particularly creamy, and not like a RIS at all, but rather like a dry stout- if a little on the creamy side. Some nice light roastiness as well in the aroma. The taste confirms this. Slightly sweet, very creamy, lightly roasty, and with some licorice on the finish. Tasty. The mouthfeel is uber smooth and creamy. Nice, even on a relatively warm day.

Georgiabeer, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of mrkrispy
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few of these when I was down at HomeBrewMart.

Poured a jet black with a caramel-colored head that rapidly dissolved. Appearance for stouts seems to not range very wide , so I usually rate them average if they are just black - because most of them are.

Smells is primarily dark roasted coffee, with very faint hints of cocoa.

Taste is initially a standard American stout of malt andcoffee and chocolate. The complexity oozes out as the sip leaves behind a coating on the tongue. Tastes of dark roasted malt, coffee is bold but not overwhelming (thankfully). Chocolate hints of dark and light, slight toffee. Hot (alcohol) the first sip or too.

A very tasty stout and a nice addition to their collection of stouts. Look forward to seeing this barrel aged if they decide too.

mrkrispy, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of hoppymeal
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent sized medium tan head that slowly fades to a faint covering. Aroma is strong roastiness with a little chocolate behind it, some lactose milkiness as well. Somewhat smokey aroma when agitated with a little nuttiness and chocolate in the background. Taste follows the aroma, roastiness being the dominant aspect. Fairly dry and smokey roastiness, a little like smoking a pipe, some cola sweetness as well and an acidic roasty twanginess. Mouthfeel is medium but is cut by a spicy, active carbonation and finishes fairly dry with some alcohol warmth showing. A good beer, the level of smokey dryness caught me off guard the first sip or few, but really drinks fairly easily and is even somewhat refreshing, light, from the lighter feel.

hoppymeal, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks dude.

Pours out black with a big and billowing tan head which makes for a slow pour. Head is pretty thick and creamy. Retains a pretty solid lace and leaves a ton of stick on the sides.

Smells of chocolate and coffee and some roasted/toasted malt. There is a whiff of fruity hops in there, too. Different, but enticing.

Tastes like it smells, with a pleasant chocolaty sweetness, some coffee and a good dose of fruity hop flavor. I'm surprised at how prominent the hops are, but pleasantly surprised I must say. Through the finish there is more prominent bitterness which is espresso-like as well as roasty malt-ish.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium-bodied yet feels light in the mouth. Smooth and an easy drinker.

This is lighter and hoppier than I expected, but it's pretty solid and tasty. It's finally starting to warm up outside so I'm not sure I wanted a big, heavy stout today anyway. The prominence of the hops make me think it's more like a porter, but it was tasty so who cares what the style is.

number1bum, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of warmstorage
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, from BevMo in Mission Valley, San Diego.

Appearance: Deep inky black, with a medium brown head that maintains and leaves a thick curtain of lacing.

Aroma: roasty toasty and slightly sweet.

Taste: big roasty robust stout, a little creosote, distinct bitterness but not in a hop pronounced sort of way. Full and thick and roasty, like a big stout should be.

Mouth: Thick and full and slightly slick. Nice for the style.

Overall: Not necessarily all it's been cracked up to be, but well worth drinking, and something I'd probably buy again given an opportunity.

warmstorage, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep dark black, with a creamy head, ample retention, with spotty lacing.

S: Weak scents. Touches of malt and a tad of cocoa.

T: Flavors not at all big and bold. Nice oatmeal malts with tinges of chocolate and coffee.

M: Smooth yet flat, needs more body.

D: So so, not a favorite of mine.

Overall: Ballast Point is grossly underated as a brewer, but this is not their best offering. Glad I had a chance to try but once is enough for me.

tpd975, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very anxious to try this one for sure. I had seen a bit about it for a week or so before I finally just sucked it up and ordered me a couple to try it out. Well that was a while ago, and one has been sitting in my fridge ever since. I finally decided last night to crack it open and see what was going on. Pulled it out of the fridge and let this great looking twenty-two ounce bomber warm up to around 50 degrees before serving it inside my fluted Brooklyn pint glass.

A - Poured into my glass a very deep dark brown, essentially black with a very light bit of dark brown color showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass, giving it just the slightest bit of brown coloration to it. Did not look terribly thick on the pour, as sometimes with a big stout you will see it appear as though it is sludge like in the glass, however this was not the case on this one. A very nice and large chocolate brown colored head rose up over the top to a height of around three inches. After a minute of so this had settled down nicely and what was left was a nice thing pillow of lace across the top about a half-inch high, which stayed with it throughout the session. Very nice side glass presentation as well. Thick webs of brown dripping down the sides throughout the session. Overall a very nice looking glass of beer here, not the thick oil like monsters you see sometimes, but rather a little bit lighter, but still black as night.

S - The aroma was a little shocking at first as there is a good amount of bittering agent in here, and it was picked up on by me right away. Lots of bitter dark chocolate coming through on here, along with a good deal of licorice in the smell. Deep roasted coffee now coming through as well, really pushing to the forefront here and dominating the aroma full on. It was really quite full, and was morphing in and out f several different styles at times. Really quite interesting. Io started to pick u lots of roasted malts now, even a touch of smoke coming through as well. Finally, as it was almost near room temperature you could start to detect the slightest bit of grassy hops now. Really quite complex, but to b honest, the smell reminded me more of a Baltic Porter then an Imperial Stout, but the aroma was still quite pleasing.

T - The flavor was very interesting, and I have to admit just a touch off. I have been trying lots of stouts lately, and most of the big ones have come across my table in the last month or two, so I was really expecting a good deal from this one, however to me, it just seemed to have fell a touch flat. It was a really good Baltic Porter in my opinion. The first flavor to come across was a rich bitter coffee flavor, very un-sweet. This was laced with a good bit of bakers chocolate, really darkening it up and giving it a touch of the richness of the chocolate, but still staying quite bitter now. There was a touch of hops in here as well, really pushing through towards the end and coming across clear as day, which is not really what I would want from a big stout. No taste of alcohol in here at all, none, which is quite nice. There was a touch of an off wood like flavor, but not too strong and this was wiped out again with a good touch of coffee to finish it off. Now this was not the nice sweet coffee like flavors you would see in a coffee or oatmeal stout, this was a rich bitter , black espresso type of flavor. Overall, it was ok, but I am not blown away by this at all.

M - The feel was a little thin to me to be honest. Not as full bodied, as I would have liked to have seen in a stout, rather it was much more like a porter then anything else. Had a very nice carbonation profile and the flavors were rich enough, it just seemed to be lacking a touch in the thickness. I really wish it could have come off a bit fuller as it really would have made all the difference here and kept this one from being a bit more then ordinary to something that could have really stood out.

D - As far as the drink ability of this one, here I would have to say it was outstanding. Really, a very easy drinker that one could easily throw down more then one bottle of in a sitting with ease. There was just this really nice light quality to it, no obvious alcohol content and a really vibrant profile in the flavor. I would have liked to have had another bottle next to it as I easily could have hit this one as well.

Overall, I would have to say this one was not half bad at all. Now don't get me wrong there are much better double stouts out there, but this does have a bit of a charm to it, a little bit extra that the others perhaps just did not have. I would have liked to have seen this one be a little fuller as I feel that the thinness in the profile really hurt it a bit, however other then that I would say to go out and give this one a try, and it would be worth it.

mikesgroove, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this bottle.

a - pours black with a two-finger tan head, not much retention or lacing

s - bittersweet chocolate and deeply roasted malt dominate, some black cherry and other dark fruits, hints of alcohol

t - bittersweet chocolate and cherry up front, burnt malt and more chocolate on the midpalate, evolves into a more prominent bitterness on finish with substantial dryness, not much alcohol on the palate

m - medium-bodied, not too full, even with the oatmeal, moderate carbonation, finish is pretty dry

d - somewhat drinkable for an impy stout, the alcohol is not overwhelming at all, but the finish is pretty dry

Pretty good impy stout overall. Nothing outstanding, but well above average. Well worth trying.

WeisGuy, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a nice clean/clear dark brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slight roast, big on toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, very nice malt profile, there's a slight roastyness to this brew, with some big tones of toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very smooth drinking. Very drinkable, one of the best Double/Imperial Stout's I've had to date, highly recommended. Thanks Bill for sending one my way.

Wasatch, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for this bomber...received as part of the NABBIF.

Wow! I think I saw some demons fly out of the bottle when I poured this one. Dark as sin. Black as the lungs of a coal miner who smoked two packs a day for the last fifty years. No light can penetrate this bad boy...like the depths of the ocean where this Sea Monster lives. Two fingers of dark caramel colored head float on top. Lacing rings the top of the glass reminding me of the jagged rocky cliffs over looking the ocean. By the way, this one is dark, just incase you don't know already.

The aroma is a roasty blend of coffee, and chocolate malts. There is a hint of burnt wood lingering in the background.

The flavor consists of bitter, black coffee; dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, then more coffee. I also get just the slightest taste of oak at the finish.

Very smooth and creamy full bodied brew. A tad drying in the aftertaste, but that just makes me want more. The taste combined with the not-too-high abv makes this one pretty darn drinkable to me. Thanks, Damian, for this great beer.

Imstillthegman, Feb 14, 2008
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.

m1ked, Feb 06, 2008
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.

d0ggnate, Feb 03, 2008
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.