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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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rawfish

California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola coloration with tight mocha head, the head rises quite rapidly if the pour is vigorous enough. Pretty good retention and flecks of lacing.

Cocoa, chocolate, espresso laced, deep roast and specialty malts. Slightly earthy with charcoal and peat. Subtle sweetness and a strong fix of alcohol.

Roasted with chocolate, caramel and molasses sweetness, earthy detection of hops mixed with char and a peat smokiness. The finish is quite dry and booze is toned down nicely.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, oats really make their mark here, moderate carbonation with a full body. A bit slick and oily on the palate, full and pleasing, balanced with hidden alcohol.

Easy drinking imperial stout, the oatmeal makes it have excellent texture and palate. At the same time it stands quite balanced with roasted complexity, very nice imperial stout, would get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:05:53 | More by rawfish
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gshak

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-08-2013 22:31:39 | More by gshak
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Azrael


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-07-2013 05:22:38 | More by Azrael
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-03-2013 00:47:06 | More by bonez05404
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MinnTwins

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-01-2013 05:13:09 | More by MinnTwins
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-30-2013 03:28:23 | More by calcnerd
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DmanGTR

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-28-2013 18:01:00 | More by DmanGTR
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unionturf

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle back in 2010 I think...I've had it a while and there is no date on the bottle.

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip jet black with a good foamy heal, even over a few years. :)

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate...a little booze too.

T: A boozy chocolate/coffee taste that I love...very well balanced as far as I'm concerned.

M: I've had thicker beers in this category, and I was surprised this felt thinner than it should...I really liked this beers.

Not sure what aging this beers has done but I really liked it, I'm thinking this bottle was brewed in 2010...but I'm not for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 05:20:50 | More by unionturf
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-23-2013 20:23:44 | More by dcguitar
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MikalMick

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-22-2013 19:25:26 | More by MikalMick
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-17-2013 06:46:38 | More by spycow
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dc4three

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-16-2013 01:21:24 | More by dc4three
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Pando

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-15-2013 03:59:29 | More by Pando
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augustgarage

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Bruery tulip.

An opaque seal brown body supports a finger of soft, soapy, buff colored foam which recedes to a delicate island of cream surrounded by rings of fine lacing. Good retention.

An assortment of dark roast notes greets your nose suggesting cocoa nibs, brandy-spiked coffee, roast barley, and toast. A subtle yet unctuous dark sugar sweetness becomes more prominent as the ale warms. The alcohol contributes a few esters perhaps, but is surprisingly tame for the ABV.

Intense palate entry is suffused with malt. A rich sweetness gives way rapidly to a deep char, the near-acridness of which joins with a moderate earthy bitterness contributed by hops. The finish is very long and increasingly dry, though there is a distinctive element of cocoa in the aftertaste which is very pleasing and brings you back for another sip. Alcohol still has some bite, one could imagine this aging for another couple of years to no ill effect.

Medium-bodied, creamy, and still well carbonated with only the slightest hint of astringency despite the prominence of dark specialty or roasted malt.

The aging has tamed the harsher elements of this beast, leaving behind the core of flavor - an excellent example of the style when given sufficient time to develop.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 21:03:52 | More by augustgarage
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-11-2013 23:04:29 | More by AlexFields
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-10-2013 07:44:08 | More by chippo33
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-09-2013 23:21:12 | More by mscudder
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Pecan

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-08-2013 04:44:26 | More by Pecan
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arfenhouse

California

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with light brown head. Decent retention.

S: Espresso, charred malt, and alcohol. Some cherry and a bit of vanilla. Big and roasty.

T: Bitter roasted grain and roasted cacao upfront. Espresso and vanilla bean. Aftertaste is a less bitter, slightly sweet espresso and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Wet and slightly sticky.

O: Decent big, bitter, bold RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 08:46:25 | More by arfenhouse
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-06-2013 03:12:10 | More by TheRuss9585
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blackcloud

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-03-2013 22:41:12 | More by blackcloud
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KalH

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-03-2013 18:13:55 | More by KalH
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Warwick


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-02-2013 06:17:32 | More by Warwick
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barnzy78

Illinois

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

22oz bottle, "Best By 060812"
Pours a cola-like blackness with a tall, bubbly, beige head that holds pretty good retention and leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet with molasses, brown sugar, roasted barley, some fruity currant, maybe some earthy fig. Tastes are complex with roasted malt, anise, currant, molasses, earthy roasty bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, french roast coffee, mild tobacco leaf, and that fig is making an appearance again. Earthy piny hops begin to build and linger with each additional sip. As it warms, booze becomes more apparent, but not hot. Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, full bodied, pleasant carbonation, finishes a little bitter and semi-dry. Overall, it was better than I remember - very good American Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:02:56 | More by barnzy78
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arash1000

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-27-2012 06:31:00 | More by arash1000
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.