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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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1,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 102
Gots: 223 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 1,274 | Reviews: 435 | Display Reviews Only:
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

04-07-2013 20:52:37 | More by tfsimpkins
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-05-2013 21:46:25 | More by beercanman
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crob3888

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-05-2013 03:42:38 | More by crob3888
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color; perhaps not the thickest-looking pour I've seen from a big RIS. The head is a two finger khaki shade. It retains nicely given its gravity, and manages to leave some lacing on the glass, as well.

S: The first thing noticed is some dark fruit sweetness. Vague citrusy hops and savory notes hide behind the fruitiness, also, along with some molasses and chocolate. Typical for the style, but well made.

T: It opens quite savory on the palate, with a distinct (yet not unpleasant) umami note. The first sip seems to finish with strong booze, however this is soon replaced with citrusy hops, oatmeal, touches of roasted malt, and the slightest 'ping' of chocolate buried in there somewhere. The more I sip this, the more I realize how robustly hopped this one is - and it does a good job of balancing the excessive sweetness without creating a harsh imbalance.

M: This one lacks in body. I do notice the smoothness from the oatmeal - unfortunately it's hidden by excessive carbonation. Once the carbonation fades some, its syrupy and wet finish is revealed. As a result, it's not quite as drinkable as it could have been given its thinner texture.

O: If I have to nitpick - and I always do - the underwhelming body prevents this from achieving elite status in the imperial stout world. An enjoyable product regardless of its niggles. From what I remember of Victory at Sea, I'd personally put this one on the same level.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:52:39 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Buff0910

Alabama

3/5  rDev -25.4%

04-04-2013 20:27:51 | More by Buff0910
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California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-03-2013 14:16:19 | More by mctizzz
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-01-2013 22:41:31 | More by drummermattie02
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iparaez

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-01-2013 06:53:34 | More by iparaez
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-29-2013 01:32:44 | More by randylangford
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aranton

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-26-2013 22:11:15 | More by aranton
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Silas

California

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

03-26-2013 02:17:22 | More by Silas
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-25-2013 19:13:45 | More by drewone
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jswalker

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-25-2013 03:13:06 | More by jswalker
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-24-2013 22:08:55 | More by eagles22
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lear456089

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-23-2013 06:11:33 | More by lear456089
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-23-2013 04:32:21 | More by CasanovaCummins
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jefftuck47

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-23-2013 04:11:42 | More by jefftuck47
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-23-2013 01:07:37 | More by acurtis
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-22-2013 00:13:18 | More by Axnjxn
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

03-21-2013 18:54:54 | More by Brushkanna
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Heretic42

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-21-2013 01:54:13 | More by Heretic42
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DM1293

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-19-2013 23:46:08 | More by DM1293
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coldriver

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-19-2013 23:35:52 | More by coldriver
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d1ckvanswype

Florida

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into an oversized red wine glass.

A: Robust black, with a nice orange highlight near the head, which is virtually nonexistent, sporadic lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, roasty malts, touch of coffee and something like oatmeal, but not fully, a light twinge of vanilla, bordering on a bourbon barrel note.

T: Powdery dark chocolate, coffee bitterness, crackery malts, a touch of salty carbonic action. Quite easy to put down, actually.

M: I would have hoped the oatmeal would have lent more of a creamy quality, but it's not bad by any stretch. Refreshing, coffee like astringency, even when warm you can't really feel the alcohol, and if you do it's definitely not 10% ABV.

O: Quite the tasty little oatmeal Imperial stout. I'd like to see what six months does to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 20:12:51 | More by d1ckvanswype
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StoutFest

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-14-2013 01:50:08 | More by StoutFest
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.