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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,386
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 116
Gots: 260 | FT: 13
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

eagles22, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Heretic42, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DM1293, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

coldriver, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into an oversized red wine glass.

A: Robust black, with a nice orange highlight near the head, which is virtually nonexistent, sporadic lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, roasty malts, touch of coffee and something like oatmeal, but not fully, a light twinge of vanilla, bordering on a bourbon barrel note.

T: Powdery dark chocolate, coffee bitterness, crackery malts, a touch of salty carbonic action. Quite easy to put down, actually.

M: I would have hoped the oatmeal would have lent more of a creamy quality, but it's not bad by any stretch. Refreshing, coffee like astringency, even when warm you can't really feel the alcohol, and if you do it's definitely not 10% ABV.

O: Quite the tasty little oatmeal Imperial stout. I'd like to see what six months does to it.

d1ckvanswype, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

StoutFest, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

cfh64, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Cvescalante, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

gtermi, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

KidsDoc, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

cfinch2, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Anaz, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Apearance - Poured 12 ounces into a snifter, producing an opaque black brew with a finger width, light cocoa powder colored head. Good retention. Decent lacing left on the glass, while an ever-present film of microbubbles cover the surface.

Smell - Milk chocolate, oats, roasted aromas. Lightly boozy.

Taste - Starts sweet, with light chocolate notes playing nicely off the oats, then the roast kicks in. Dark chocolate, then hints of anise creep in mid-taste before finishing with a strongly bitter coffee roastiness. Anise character leaves a mild tongue numbness. Sweetens as the beer warms, playing more and more to the milk chocolate character, though the bitterness still plays a nice role.

Mouthfeel - Closer to medium than full in body. Somewhat chalky. Not as smooth or creamy as one would expect for an oatmeal brewed stout. Dry, somewhat astringent finish.

Overall - A fairly good imperial stout. Great flavor, but lacks an ideal body. Something I wouldn't mind drinking again, but for the price? I'd pass.

TheSixthRing, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

smutty33, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mbw314, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jco3rd, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

CrazyHarry, Mar 05, 2013
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2.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle marked "SM 19 enjoy by 02/08/14."

Jet black in color with a head about one finger tall, fading pretty quickly with hardly a trace. Heavy aroma of fusel alcohol. A solvent note is dominant and hides most everything else. Licorice, molasses, and brown sugar are detectable.

Alcohol sting weighs heavily upon the flavor as well. Any chocolate or coffee notes are hidden. Texture is thin and fizzy, and it doesn't help at all to bring this back from the brink. Having had Sculpin and Victory At Sea, I had high expectations for this. Sea Monster is a hot mess, though, and a borderline drain pour. Maybe age will mellow it out and unveil a good stout, but I won't be picking up another bottle to find out.

gr0g, Mar 05, 2013
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,386 ratings.