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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 1187
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%

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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Photo of bewley


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this delectable brew on tap at the Tin Bucket in North Portland, OR.

It was nice. I had to share it with my wife, who was sharing her dry hopped ale. But I didn't want to pass this over to her. I wanted to keep it for myself.

It's incredibly good, almost too good. I'm going back tomorrow to fill my growler.

OK, good night!

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 04:04:23 | More by bewley
Photo of MattyG85


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says enjoy by 02/22/14.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and roasted caramel malt. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront hints of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee beans, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, oats, biscuit, and yeast. Also some hints of creamy milk and smoke. Big sweet hints of molasses. Slight hints of anise spicing. Dark fruit hints of raisin, currants, plum, prune, dark cherry, and fig. Hints of earthy hops linger in the background. A very good roasty aroma.

Taste: As big and rich as the aroma, a roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, burnt toast, caramel, oats, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and some creamy milk notes. Some licorice anise spicing. Undertones of dark fruit with notes of raisins, plum, currants, cherry, prune, and fig. Solid backing of earthy hops help balance out the sweetness. A very good roasty and sweet stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium/high level of carbonation. Very creamy and silky with a nice bittersweet feel. Alcohol heat is felt somewhat but its far from too hot.

Overall: A very good imperial stout. Has the big chocolate and coffee flavors you expect from the style with a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 06:55:31 | More by MattyG85
Photo of bsp77


4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Almost pitch black with initial foamy brown head that settles to a thin line with spotty lacing.

Smell: Molasses, caramel, chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Chocolate, molasses and oats immediately hit the taste buds, with some coffee rounding out the taste. The finish has a strong anise component, as well as bitter, roasted notes.

Feel: Very thick, smooth, creamy and silky. Finish is semi-dry. Very warming.

Overall: While not quite as incredible as Victory at Sea, this is another great luxuriant brew from Ballast Point. They are obviously good at these types of beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:36:58 | More by bsp77
Photo of artoolemomo


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that shows some retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate black that is opaque. Minimal lacing.

Nose- A combination of caramel that turns into bubblegum that reflects the muted coffee and roasted notes. Some chocolate appears and mitigate the warmer notes. Some caramel from the bottle. Light coffee seems to be the base. Some grain and oatmeal. Some toast.

Taste- Bittersweet chocolate is definitely the dominate note with considerable alcohol following. This is very sweet and could use some aging. Both the coffee and bittersweet coffee notes are rambunctious and they play well with the heat. In my opinion, this beer is way too hot for such a low alcohol content on an imperial. Bittersweet chocolate seems to move into cocoa. Light notes of oatmeal. Some raisins. While every aspect my not impress, most aspects seem to be in their place. It does become a bit sweet on the finish. Some caramel appears with notes of vanilla and oak. This isn't a great imperial stout but it is a good imperial stout. Heavy coffee on the finish with hints of oak and spice.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a bit of thinness to it. Some grittiness
and oatmeal on the finish.

Drinkability- The raisin character is a bit cloying but this is a good imperial for the money. I like it more than Sculpin.

Overall- This is a solid Imperial stout. Very boozy, lots of raisin. I could age a bottle but who would care? Still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 13:57:56 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of beertunes


3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black color with 1-1/2 (+) of light brown head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, but very well-focused and defined. Nice base grains, and a very slight malt sweetness. On the tongue, a sharp alcohol flavor dominated at first but after 15-20 seconds, the burn faded and left a nice blend of grain and malt, with a very slight roast note.

The body was solid, but not quite as full as I like for the style. Drinkability was good, once you got by the alcohol taste. Overall, a very good beer, almost a must try, but certainly worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 18:55:01 | More by beertunes
Photo of morimech


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

Beautiful looking stout. Pours into the glass a dark black with two fingers of mocha colored head that looked like meringue. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Do not know how a stout can looking better than this.

Aroma has plenty of roasted malt but there is a lot of booziness. A bit of chocolate and maybe some earthy, floral hops. Nothing really exceptional here.

A lot of alcohol upfront in the flavor and that is what really dominates the rest of the flavor. Mild roasted malt and chocolate hints is about all I can pick out. Finishes hot.

Big body and nice carbonation. Good creamy texture that is hurt by the thinning effects of the alcohol.

Surprisingly disappointing big stout. Age probably would help this beer out and let it mellow out some. Just too hot fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:26:56 | More by morimech
Photo of jneiswender


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pores this beer out of a bomber bottle into a dimple mug. Served cool.

This beer has a nice cola body and a mocha head.

Smells of burnt toast a d some coffee.

Tastes like it smells.

Well carbonated

I have to say that I was happy with the beer but not blown away by it either. Seemed to lack another dimension.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:19:36 | More by jneiswender
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz, 2011 bottle.

Pours a dark, still near black with a massive creamy and dense khaki head, thick sheets of lace and long lasting retention. Nose of mocha, baker's chocolate, berry, cocoa powder and pine but generally muted. Rich, silky body, soft carbonation, coats the palate through the finish. Minimal bitterness or roast in the flavor, sweet milk chocolate, cappuccino, pine and chocolate powder on the finish. Warming on finish, but no booze on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:17:32 | More by yourefragile
Photo of superspak


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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, raisin, toast, dark bread, light char, brown sugar, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, light char, light raisin, floral, and roasted earthiness. Slight coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, coffee, light char, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with some light hop balance; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with slight hop/fruitiness balance; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:58:39 | More by superspak
Photo of stephens101


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a prominent, sturdy and tacky, dark tan head. Color is dark brown with some red hues at the light.

Smells of simmering wood and bubblegum sweetness at the forefront. Cocoa nibs and dark milk chocolate notes are noticed next, followed by a hint of molasses and licorice. Has a rich and fulfilling aroma to say the least.

Milk chocolate, dry roasted coffee beans, bubblegum, distant grape, ripe plum and oak to the tongue.

High carbonation leads to a wide-open mouth-feel. Medium to heavy in nature and has a creamy middle. Viscous as warranted with a pleasant warmth.

It's not quite winter, but this brew puts me in the mood for the cool down. I only wish I had better access to it, but I guess there always has to be an excuse for a road, and this is the best excuse I can think of right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:43:55 | More by stephens101
Photo of BergBeer


3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured form the bottle into a snifter

A: Opaque black with a thick mocha head. Looked a bit thing coming from the bottle but clings thick to the glass

S: Getting lots of dark fruit, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, fig, currant, licorice, booze, dark grapes, and coffee. Smells great.

T: Roasted malt buckles to taking a bite from a dark chocolate bar, followed by espresso, fig, raisin, coffee, all culminates to a surprisingly thick hoppy finish

M: Sticky and envelops the whole mouth. Booze is present through out and goes down pretty hot. Definitely a sipper.

O: Good brew. Wish it was a bit smoother and the booze is way to overpowering consider Victory at Sea is pretty close ABV but doesn't bring nearly the heat this one does. Pretty good American stout. Surprised by the amount of hops in this guy and it's definitely deep and complex. It was a little much having the bomber to myself and there are just too many other great versions of this style. With that being said though i wouldn't mind picking up another one in the future. Hopefully the one I'm aging now will be a bit less boozy!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:05:11 | More by BergBeer
Photo of ERRL710


4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 02/14/14 served in my snifter

A- Deep and dark with quickly dissipating head in a beautiful light mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, dark fruits, espresso, some chocolate, with alcohol on the tail end.

T- Just as the nose. Starts off with dark fruits but quickly settles into a nice espresso slightly hopped bitterness. I also get a nice mocha flavor on the caboose of this as well. Alcohol is well hidden, but blends perfectly with the minuet amount of hops in this beer.

Over all delicious, first glass is almost down after this review, drinks quick, and sits nice. Highly recommend for any stout lover. Nice intro to Imp stouts if you haven't danced before.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:52:35 | More by ERRL710
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black with nice head retention and sticky lace left on the glass. Impressive!

S - Sweet, chocolate, hops, roasted grain. Nothing to not like

T - Like the smell, sweet, chocolate, sugar lingers in aftertaste. Warm alcohol undercurrents.

M - Full bodied, dry.

O - Very tasty. Alcohol is hidden, but it packs a punch no doubt. So smooth. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:57:23 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of cjgator3


4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Poured into a snifter, pours a dark black color with a tan colored head. The taste and aroma is dark and roasty with a substantial amount of hops to balance things out. Very similar to a Victory Storm King in my opinion. Very tasty and definitely recommended! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 23:45:20 | More by cjgator3
Photo of TBoneJones


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black, has a smaller caramel-tan colored head that doesn't sit too long. Body looks good though.
Roasty, toasted oats/ coffee grinds scent with burning. The Alcohol is detected here.
The taste starts out robust with notes of cocoa, coffee and anise, and I notice how thick this is right off the bat. But wow what a burn. I'll let this warm a little/ a burger dinner is almost finished for pairing this. With this brew it's odd, i really enjoy the immediate taste, and pick up more of a creamy, milk-chocolatey fruit-like presence to the tune of raspberries & cherries...however this all quickly turns into the astringent back-end, dominated by a dry, roasted alcohol burn. Worth trying if you're a fan of Ballast Point's offerings, however Im sure most would prefer their Victory at Sea over this double stout. I know I do.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 22:40:45 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of BMMillsy


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle black with a big light brown cream head. Aroma is hops, some light roasted malt, maybe some light chocolate. Smells a bit watery for the style. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Flavor is roasty toasty malt, light hops, a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Not a whole lot going on here. Feels more like a porter to me. Not a bad beer, but not really true to the impy style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:39:12 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of thecheapies


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 02/08/14.

Pours black, like the depths of the sea. Inky with a dying light brown foam on top. Crested at a half-inch and scuzzed out to a peppered film.

Nice burnt aroma with coffee, unlit charcoal, and dried berries in the nose. Further inspection uncovers dusty cocoa, roasted barley, and hints of nougat creme.

Supercharged roast bitterness is sweetened by notes of blackberry, cocoa, and coffee. Tastes of char and leather with big roasty grain notes and bitter black malts. Slight citric astringency to an otherwise earthy hop profile. Hops bring lots more bitterness. Candy notes insinuate burnt caramel and hard tack. Finishes with salty mineralities and a hop burn. Almost too much going on if it weren't so freakin' good!

Medium-thick body that almost feels like it could use more weight. Carbonation is low-to-medium. Fresh example brings all sorts of spicy, tongue-tingling effects of hops and booze, which is nice and heady. A surefire sipper, in that regard.

This is a pretty damn good RIS from what is turning out to be one of the most solid breweries in the country. Just like I love what Lagunitas or Goose Island brings to the table, I enjoy these Ballast Point brews just as much.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:28:43 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Obsidian body crowned by a large, dense dark tan head, which retains superbly. Thick glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet vinous alcohol dominate the aroma. There are hints of vanilla as well. The hop presence is modest.

Taste: Opens with bold roasted coffee, and soon after, bitter cocoa. As the taste progresses, there is a strong wave of vinous warming alcohol. As the taste progresses, the citric hop presence manages to shine, no mean feat in the presence of the dark roasted malt and alcohol. Finishes with a long, lingering note of cold cofee, bitter chocolate, and citric hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, no doubt due to the addition of oatmeal, as mentioned on the label.

Drinkability/notes: A superb example, well-worthy of the effort.

Presentation: Pacaged in a twenty-two ounce bomber with a pry-off crown, seved in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Austin, Texas in June of 2013 for $9.99 plus tax. Enjoy by date of 02/14/2014.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 13:52:58 | More by Pegasus
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West Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tan minor 1/4 inch head. some lacing.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, hops, cocoa, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste - First sip is smokey malts, coffee and cocoa. Sweet fruits like plum and raisin come out. Added sugars really sweeten things up. Nice hop profile comes out with the chocolate, cocoa and sugars. Alcohol is pretty masked.

Motuhfeel - Lots of sweetness, along with hops coats the tongue. Palate gets more of the same, along with fruits and smokey malts. The aftertaste is chocolate, cocoa and malts.

Overall - Tasty, smooth and easy to drink. Really drinkable, with a nice balance of malts, hops and sugars. Its not a malty alcohol monster that you might think being 10%, moreso a jacked up American stout, but very tasty and worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:56:51 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of bobhits


2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The pour is a touch thin for an imperial russian but still big black dark beer with a tan cap of foam. Nice lacing and given the short time the head is retained I'm a bit surprised.

Light and subtle nose that brings out the dark malts with some coco nibs. Hard to really discuss with much detail as it is faint.

The flavor starts out very dark and over roasted fading into dark chocolate and then we get to a tart sharp alcohol and something else bite and then the after taste is lingering coffee. I'm seeing others getting fruits and perhaps that's what I'm getting in the middle of this beer, but the end result is this beer comes off hot and hard to drink...and I like my scotch neat and smokey as hell.

This is a big stout but it doesn't really take on any of the desirable elements some can bring on. It's carbonated and has body but the carbonation isn't right for the style and the body somewhat suffers from this. Add in my complains above and I find it a bit difficult to enjoy drinking it.

The more I drink the less impressed with this one I am. It's not awful but this is a pretty competitive style and when there are beers like Narwal that per oz are about half this one in price I think Ballast Point might have to consider upping their game or dropping their price.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 07:43:51 | More by bobhits
Photo of Doogermeister


3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had high expectations for this beer and I have to say I wasn't entirely let down. The beer pours the usual black of a stout with a small head. The smell is similar to old Rasputin and has actually a similar taste. Not too much to say here but if you are in the mood for a new stout give this one a try

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 05:18:12 | More by Doogermeister
Photo of TheBrewo


4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We unleash the beast from a bottle of their 2011 stock, pouring a brew of the darkest browns into our Founders snifters. It holds a massive and active three finger head of hot cocoa colored bubbles on a rough pour, showing insane retention. Thick and reticular sheets of lacing are left around the glass they pop away. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be robust. The aroma gives chocolatey and coffee malts, with a lightly charred, smoky backbone. Tinny metallics, wax, lavender florals, chalky yeast, fumy booze, licorice, mildly citric hops, candied malted milk balls, milky creaminess, molasses, dark cherry sugars, oily brown malts, and toffee sweetness fill the space between. Our first impression is that the sweetness is deliciously deep with chocolates through the malts, with a wonderfully smooth and creamy feel. As we sip, the taste begins with chocolate wafer cookies, salty molasses, vegetal seaweed, milk and dark chocolate syrups, roasty coffee and brown malts, light char, light leathers, parsnip rootiness, chalk, black cherry sweetness, bittered coffee acidity, and faint banana fruitiness. The middle comes to a peak with enhanced sweetness of toffee and brown sugar, coffee cake breadiness, green leafy vegetals, mild vinegar acidity, alcohol, black coffee bite, and spice of black pepper and jalapeno heat. The end comes with cloying coffee and chocolate malt sweetness, coconut fruitiness, chocolate fudge sugars, pseudo-oaky depth, curiously cooked caramel Belgian maltiness, vanilla pudding, boozy bite, plums, dates, figs, and dark cherries. The aftertaste breathes of coconut milk, roasty coffee, brown, and chocolate malts, red cherry sweetness, lactic acidity, alcohol, gritty chocolate nibs, dusty gravel, phenolic plastics, and white sugar. The body is full, and the carbonation is medium, but prickly. Each sip gives smooth and silky slurp, froth, and cream, with nice following smack and pop. The mouth is thickly coated with slick oiliness, leaving savory salivation and light astringent chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, the thing we liked best about this brew was its flavoring. This exhibited a nice blend of chocolates, vanillas, booze, and fruit, going both with and atop a hearty, roasty, sweeter malt base. The aroma begins things in a similar fashion, with evenness that betrays the inherent abv hidden within. The flavoring does the same, with much of the aforementioned flavors masking anything offensive. This feel lends general softness and slurpability, aiding drinkability, as if it needed it in the first place. This is a hearty brew, and it would definitely be best to find a companion to share it with. Yet another impressive, and varied offering from Ballast Point, who seem to be able to execute any style with their own unique flair and ease.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:44:31 | More by TheBrewo
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as night pour with a nice sized foamy head that settles to a film.

The aroma consists of big leather and dark chocolate. Rubber, apple, booze.

The taste is bitter chocolate with an almost spicy finish. Not digging the ending here. Fruity, boozy and leather abound with each sip.

High carbonation for this monster.

Overall I thought this was pretty good. Not great, but good. The finish was a little harsh and really took over the tasting. Maybe this monster needs to lie down for a little longer to work itself out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 06:15:49 | More by kaseydad
Photo of davey101


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dusty 22 oz. bomber into a teku glass. Neck stamp reads "SM008/AAJPA" which translates to being batch 008. The second half is supposed to be a best by date which is out a year, but there are letters sooo....??? Just gonna guess and say that this is 1-2 years old since its the newer style label.

A - Pours a jet black body with a billowing three fingers worth of khaki foam. Settles into a patchy cap with super sticky lacing and retention that lasts the entire beer. Looks damn good.

S - Dry cocoa powder and a hint of vanilla, finishes strong on dark fruits and cherries. Almost has a sour like quality to it that some infected beers showcase, but its rather tame so I assume it's intentional. Pretty unique, but nothing extraordinary.

T - Starts off with smooth chocolate and vanilla. Seemingly out of nowhere comes a wave of candied cherries. Finishes with some raisin, ash and roasted malts. An almost unpleasant acridity lingers around. A lot of fruit flavors coming out of a non-fruited stout. Its quite nice but the aftertaste takes it down a peg. Mouth feel is full and creamy. Alcohol becomes pretty noticeable after a few sips.

O - I have no idea how old this beer is but I do know it is not fresh. It's pretty unique with its cherry/dark fruit element but I'm not totally impressed with it. I think I'll be saving my pennies for Victory at Sea instead.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:29:46 | More by davey101
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Anyone else getting flashbacks to Finding Nemo? Anyway, this stuff pours a a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of steadfast tan foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, deep molasses, light cocoa, and a vague sense of dark fruits, primarily figs. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more roast than before and a hint of bitter coffee near the finish, lingering on momentarily. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though a bit on the thin side, this was a solid stout, the most enjoyable of the beers that have been introduced the Chicagoland market thus far that I have tried. Hope remains.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:39:31 | More by TMoney2591
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.