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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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90
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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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Tom-Peters

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-30-2012 19:55:10 | More by Tom-Peters
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

08-28-2012 02:47:46 | More by mcsauter82
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 10.00. Best by 12/7/12. Served in a Sweewater snifter. 

Pours dark murky brown with a finger and a half of light tan head. Substantial sheets of lacing. 

Smells of cocoa, roasty malts, earth, sugar faint smoke. 

Taste is an awesome dose of roast malt, cocoa, coffee, smoke, bitter dark fruit skins, sugar and a nice booze kick. Nothing out of balance and it goes down mighty easy for a 10% brew. 

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel. Long sweet malty aftertaste. 

One of the better straight up imperial stouts that I've tried. Creamy, roasty and easy to drink. I'll definately buy/drink this again if the opportunity arises. 

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 22:58:09 | More by ThickNStout
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 6/8/12
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Ballast Point's Sea Monster is a solid imperial stout with adequate flavors of roasted malt, dark berry esters, and mild chocolate. I would be interested in trying out a newer bottle of this beer, as the hops mentioned on the bottle seemed to have dissipated by the time I drank it, and I wonder what else may have been missing. One to try if seen and affordably priced.

Pours a >2cm head of dark tan foam, with small to medium-sized bubbles that result in a fairly dense-looking texture. Retention is slightly above average, the head eventually fading to a thin ring around the beer with a few sparse islands of wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is present, a few small strands wrap around the glass. Body is a dark brown to black in color, opaque, though some carbonation can be seen near the top of the body.

Aroma is of roasted malt, dark fruit esters such as blackberries, very modest chocolate, and some malt sweetness behind everything. A bit disappointed that I'm not picking up any of the hops mentioned on the bottle, a bit of pine resin could be very interesting in this.

Flavors are fairly well-balanced between the roasted malts, some charred toast, blackberry esters, some sweetness, and thin chocolate. Again, not detecting any hops, which is a bit disappointing. Ethanol is noticeable, somewhat, from the mid-palate onwards. Certainly not bad flavors, above average.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with mid-level carbonation, resulting in a fairly smooth, thick mouthfeel with a bit of foaming across the palate due to the carbonation. Finishes semi-dry, with a bit of stickiness around the edges of the palate. Ethanol burn is felt slightly on the throat and in nostrils, but this is not a particularly significant detractor.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:43:47 | More by falloutsnow
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Shnanign

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-25-2012 23:27:05 | More by Shnanign
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-25-2012 21:23:02 | More by beerpadawan
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.

A - pitch black with a soft, brown head that has decent retention

S - musty, wet dog

T - roasted malt, caramel, faint coffee, bittersweet chocolate

M - smooth, well carbonated, full bodied

This is a nice offering. The flavor is rich and complex, and the ABV is well hidden. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. The only down side to this beer was the nose. It didn't have any of the trademark aromas associated with the style. In fact, it was quite off-putting. The flavor made up for all of that however. I will have this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 15:00:22 | More by tdm168
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-24-2012 21:25:50 | More by brewdude1982
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up about a year and a half ago while on a trip to Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 8/17/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour, looks a touch thin on the pour; color is deep and dark coffee brown, near black; starts with a full one finger, dark tan and creamy looking head that fades to a thin, uneven and nearly; body is dark, pretty much opaque;

Smell: A tad weak, not what I would expect from an "Imperial Stout..." It's got some nice roastiness going on in there and bit of a bitter, piny hoppiness, just not big and robust with a lot of warm chocolate malts -- smells more like a porter.

Taste: Taste is better than the smell lets on, so that's positive; has a nice earthy and roasty bitterness, like expresso beans, and there is; piny hoppiness is in there as well, with perhaps a touch of citric acid; the nice bonus is that there is some chocolate in there; overall, if it was a porter, I'd probably give it a better score. Alas, it's posing as an Imperial Stout.... so that's going to bring that down a little bit.

Mouthfeel: This beer has some ups and downs to it, but mouth is solid -- pretty creamy, body leaves a little weight to be desired; a moderate; there is a nice coating left behind, it's semi dry and a bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall: I give it a B, but it's a generous B.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:01:29 | More by bamadog
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LaChupacabra

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-15-2012 16:01:16 | More by LaChupacabra
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GoBIG

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.4%

08-13-2012 00:45:18 | More by GoBIG
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Newbiebeer

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-09-2012 21:34:13 | More by Newbiebeer
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VaTechPhilly

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-08-2012 23:45:52 | More by VaTechPhilly
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-08-2012 16:49:22 | More by HopBrain
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-07-2012 22:51:30 | More by ShemRahBoo
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YumYumGumGum

Virginia

3/5  rDev -25.4%

08-06-2012 18:41:17 | More by YumYumGumGum
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stantheposterman

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-06-2012 17:58:17 | More by stantheposterman
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty thick on the body and profile. I alost thought there was going to be coffee on this one, but there ended up being none; from what I could tell at least. This is precisely what I want from an easy drinking example of the style that isn't trying to be showy. It covers all of the bases, but doesn't have to show off to get the job done.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 21:39:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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ThinkRedEsq

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-05-2012 03:19:42 | More by ThinkRedEsq
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Greywulfken

New York

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

A: typical black body and tan head, milky looking with laces

S: dark (chocolate) malts and bitter espresso

T: initially I was struck by a vanilla, creamy taste; this was soon overtaken by the bitter espresso sweetened with molasses; alcohol creates a boozy background

M: thick, sticky' slightly coating; tiny bit of abv sting

O: after being very impressed with their Sculpin IPA, I found this to be simply "good" - not a bad stout, worth a try for the curious, but nothing really exceptional where I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:54:37 | More by Greywulfken
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3Hops

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-02-2012 18:31:55 | More by 3Hops
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pepelemofo

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-01-2012 05:47:37 | More by pepelemofo
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-27-2012 10:56:23 | More by Stinger80OH
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-26-2012 20:10:22 | More by bonbini26
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WDJersey

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-26-2012 04:03:22 | More by WDJersey
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.