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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 127
Gots: 304 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: OlieIPA on 11-28-2008

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.
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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!

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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.

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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!

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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