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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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1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 105
Gots: 229 | 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: 1,299 | Reviews: 435 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
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TheHopBuddha

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-06-2012 03:49:24 | More by TheHopBuddha
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AverageWhiteGuy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2012 00:02:53 | More by AverageWhiteGuy
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very black, tan head that doesn't leave much lacing/retention.

S - Roasted malt and coffee along with an edge of sweetness.

T - Tastes like a classic imperial stout here. No frills or gimmicks, just your regular dark chocolate, malt and coffee.

M - Just enough carbonation to get that chewy drink.

O - A no frills imperial stout. Just your regular, everyday stout that delivers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:38:23 | More by cvm4
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2012 06:44:07 | More by jmccraney
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Murrhey

Montana

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

Poured on-tap in a 7oz glass at Playground in Santa Ana, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger tan head. Medium retention, nice fluffy lacing.

S- Chocolate and toffee, but subtle. Nice roasted smell.

T- Extremely strong flavor. Booze and coffee with heavily roasted malts and barley. Hides the alcohol very well.

M- Heavy bodied, almost chunky it is so thick.

O- Very stong. This beats the hell out of my tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 01:19:07 | More by Murrhey
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color-only traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin creamy beige head that hardly died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose; as the beer warms up, hints of alcohol become noticeable.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with hints of chocolate, coffee beans and alcohol, the latter of which is only present in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer seems to be a little thin for such a big stout and seems a little like a Baltic Porter, but it is relatively easy to drink considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 20:28:41 | More by metter98
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-09-2012 05:57:40 | More by Beerbuddy21
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beerhan

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-06-2012 04:27:33 | More by beerhan
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-04-2012 00:35:02 | More by Satchboogie
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Fantalek

New York

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

11-03-2012 22:30:33 | More by Fantalek
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

2.18/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bomber into a mug

A: Very dark brown with a 2cm mocha/tan head that thins but lingers in a ring for awhile, id like it to be darker though.

S: I really can't smell that much the aroma is very weak. I can smell some malt, which surprises me as the one thing that stands out not much else to say.

T: okay idk if i got a flat bottle or what (the bottle says best by 07/07/12) but this follows the nose with the malt thats pretty much all I can taste. This tastes like a super dark red to me nothing like any IS i have ever tasted. Its not bad but its not to style at all.

M: Really light for an IS esp with this high of an abv. It goes down easy but i wouldn't describe it as smooth at all.

O: So id be willing to try this again fresher just to give it a fair shot, but straight up this bottle was pretty bad and I was throughly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:47:55 | More by Pinknuggets
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2012 02:15:51 | More by baybum
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-01-2012 21:05:41 | More by ste5venla
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DeezGunz14

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-31-2012 23:37:44 | More by DeezGunz14
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Ryan1423

Alaska

5/5  rDev +24.4%

10-30-2012 03:45:37 | More by Ryan1423
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CubsJedi

Michigan

2.13/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Taking votes to rename this the "Granny Apple Porter". Taste of Apple and pear throughout... Maybe just me. Just being honest. Nice color and initial scent. Drinkable, but not what I was expecting, which was a top shelf traditional imperial stout, from a top shelf brewery. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 05:40:59 | More by CubsJedi
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.