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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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1,291 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,291
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 104
Gots: 226 | 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: 1,291 | Reviews: 435 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-25-2012 04:16:35 | More by nquigley16
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KevieJames

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-23-2012 05:13:50 | More by KevieJames
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-20-2012 05:27:57 | More by bh123
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oldedog

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-18-2012 05:20:30 | More by oldedog
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cdayb1

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-16-2012 22:15:20 | More by cdayb1
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jackrodgers77

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-16-2012 15:11:00 | More by jackrodgers77
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-13-2012 16:28:33 | More by mendvicdog
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This pours black with a cap of light tan head.

Nice roasted aroma with leather and dark fruits. Hints of sweet vanilla in the background. Hints of bittersweet coco on the pallet with leathery notes and earthy flavors. Dark fruit in the mix also.

The body is full with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty good. I'd have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:35:51 | More by Bendurgin
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,291 ratings.