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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 125
Gots: 295 | FT: 17
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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 02/08/14.

Pours black, like the depths of the sea. Inky with a dying light brown foam on top. Crested at a half-inch and scuzzed out to a peppered film.

Nice burnt aroma with coffee, unlit charcoal, and dried berries in the nose. Further inspection uncovers dusty cocoa, roasted barley, and hints of nougat creme.

Supercharged roast bitterness is sweetened by notes of blackberry, cocoa, and coffee. Tastes of char and leather with big roasty grain notes and bitter black malts. Slight citric astringency to an otherwise earthy hop profile. Hops bring lots more bitterness. Candy notes insinuate burnt caramel and hard tack. Finishes with salty mineralities and a hop burn. Almost too much going on if it weren't so freakin' good!

Medium-thick body that almost feels like it could use more weight. Carbonation is low-to-medium. Fresh example brings all sorts of spicy, tongue-tingling effects of hops and booze, which is nice and heady. A surefire sipper, in that regard.

This is a pretty damn good RIS from what is turning out to be one of the most solid breweries in the country. Just like I love what Lagunitas or Goose Island brings to the table, I enjoy these Ballast Point brews just as much.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Obsidian body crowned by a large, dense dark tan head, which retains superbly. Thick glass-coating lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet vinous alcohol dominate the aroma. There are hints of vanilla as well. The hop presence is modest.

Taste: Opens with bold roasted coffee, and soon after, bitter cocoa. As the taste progresses, there is a strong wave of vinous warming alcohol. As the taste progresses, the citric hop presence manages to shine, no mean feat in the presence of the dark roasted malt and alcohol. Finishes with a long, lingering note of cold cofee, bitter chocolate, and citric hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, no doubt due to the addition of oatmeal, as mentioned on the label.

Drinkability/notes: A superb example, well-worthy of the effort.

Presentation: Pacaged in a twenty-two ounce bomber with a pry-off crown, seved in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Austin, Texas in June of 2013 for $9.99 plus tax. Enjoy by date of 02/14/2014.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tan minor 1/4 inch head. some lacing.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, hops, cocoa, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste - First sip is smokey malts, coffee and cocoa. Sweet fruits like plum and raisin come out. Added sugars really sweeten things up. Nice hop profile comes out with the chocolate, cocoa and sugars. Alcohol is pretty masked.

Motuhfeel - Lots of sweetness, along with hops coats the tongue. Palate gets more of the same, along with fruits and smokey malts. The aftertaste is chocolate, cocoa and malts.

Overall - Tasty, smooth and easy to drink. Really drinkable, with a nice balance of malts, hops and sugars. Its not a malty alcohol monster that you might think being 10%, moreso a jacked up American stout, but very tasty and worth a drink.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.