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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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1,277 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 102
Gots: 224 | 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: 1,277 | Reviews: 435 | Display Reviews Only:
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joewsorenson


4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-13-2012 01:36:41 | More by joewsorenson
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Sicem99

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-12-2012 23:19:01 | More by Sicem99
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CEDAMA

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-12-2012 05:10:09 | More by CEDAMA
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%

05-11-2012 00:00:03 | More by pavpav12
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

05-10-2012 19:52:25 | More by Lawnboy33
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jnolan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-10-2012 03:05:54 | More by jnolan
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warnerry

Michigan

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

Bottle about a year old.

A - Pours deep brown, borderline black, with one finger of brown head. Head doesn't stick around very long, nor does it stick to the glass very much.

S - Quite a bit of dark fruit aroma on a big chocolate base. Decent amount of roasted. Aroma has some sweetness as well, but not overwhelming.

T - Roasted malt comes through more in the taste, while the chocolate isn't quite as strong as in the aroma. Still plenty of dark fruits, some cherry, coffee and a lingering light char taste. A bit of booze in the taste as well.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel with some bitterness throughout. Pretty smooth.

O - A solid stout, but doesn't really stand out in any particular way except for the very reasonable price. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:51:21 | More by warnerry
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, as in black, contrasts with an almost white, kinda marshmellowy head. Its got a hop bite for so dark a stout, and the coffee's like the end of a long-sitting pot of coffee. It's tough for me to juxtapose this--a kind of creamy, burnt coffee stout with a hop linger--against the super delish (but outstandingly vanilla-ey) Victory at Sea. Perhaps it's not fair, but this one doesn't hold a candle to that one. It's okay, but a relative letdown.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 18:04:30 | More by marvin213
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mater

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2012 14:09:33 | More by mater
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-30-2012 02:07:10 | More by kaelingirl
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ambruns1979

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-29-2012 04:30:12 | More by ambruns1979
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BoRaeCho

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-28-2012 08:31:27 | More by BoRaeCho
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dmbsteve

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.
S-smells of dark fruits and sweet malts. Some roasty notes too.
T-alcohol up front. Bittersweet chocolate. Not very complex tasting.
M-low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy, but not super thick body.
O-Dissapointing. A couple other Ballast Point brews I've had gave me high hopes for this one. I would not buy this again. Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:03:08 | More by dmbsteve
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heresy22

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-27-2012 04:16:19 | More by heresy22
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on-tap at The Sidecar in Philadelphia.

Appearance is black with short tan head to it. Taking a whiff and I smell coffee, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Its` taste has more of the coffee and roasted malts, well balanced, some more chocolate. Really, the balance is very well executed, not over-powering in any aspects of the flavor. Mouthfeel is full, a clean finish. I waited too long to try this, an excellent imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 01:31:33 | More by mltobin
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whatthehull

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - Deep almost sludgy black/brown, half finger tan head and some sticky lacing

S - creamy sweetness, vanilla bean, sugar, tons of roasted malts, coca, milk chocolate, light but nice coffee, sweet yeast, sweet malts, awesome crisp earthy hop note, very sweet berries and cherries and a nice slight alcohol note

T - Deep dark berries, a really nice coffee note, creamy smoothness, super awesome fruity hop note, nice milk and dark chocolate, french vanilla bean, overly sweet yeast note, huge sweet malt, huge roasted malt and grains, awesome very slight but makes the stout booze, nice wood, slight anise, some serious earth and a hint of cherry

M - Full bodied, well balanced, full complexity, low acidity and a wonderful long finish

D/O - I love this stout. I believe a bit underrated. Never had it on tap, heard it is a 1000x better, but I am loving it out of the bottle. Nice and robust, but not overwhelming. Creamy delicious and refreshing. Not a huge beer but bigger than a lot of stouts

Final Thoughts - Only $7 a pop and a great 10% abv and just and all around top notch stout

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 22:57:14 | More by whatthehull
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2012 18:58:05 | More by Nightrain87
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cask Republic into an oversized snifter.

A: Opaque black body with a finger of creamy light brown head. Great retention and lacing. Excellent.

S: Chocolate malt, spicy alcohol, and some dark fruits. Solid.

T: Roasty dark chocolate, some coffee, plenty of dark fruit, and some vanilla. Char, booze, and dark chocolate on the finish. Nice.

M: Medium body, lively carbonation. Good.

O: This one was intense and enjoyable, but didn't quite get beyond "good" into truly "great." I'd gladly drink it again, but I won't be buying bottles.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 03:10:22 | More by woosterbill
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-26-2012 02:17:12 | More by whatname
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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fairly limited release here on the east coast, I grabbed a bottle as soon as I saw it. Looks good, nice and dark. Plenty of roasted malts, but nothing too bold or intense. For lack of a better term, it's just kinda thin I think.

I'll give it another try in the future, but for now my review is just "meh"

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 20:06:17 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black Color brown highlights. Faint nose of chocolate and coffee. Mild charcoal and licorice. Faint nail polish.

Much lighter than expected and highly carbonated. Lots of chocolate sweetness throughout especially upfront. Faint caramel as well as a very subdued smokiness. Dark fruits come out as the beer warms. Black coffee and hop bitterness provide good balance. Mildly tannic. Medium body.

Well crafted and a good beer but doesn't stand out amongst the crowd. Could benefit from a bigger and creamier body. Liking the tanning quality though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 01:15:46 | More by jtierney89
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jhb138

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-24-2012 01:14:19 | More by jhb138
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jasinviso

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-23-2012 01:56:43 | More by jasinviso
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capolo2k


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-20-2012 04:58:59 | More by capolo2k
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SaneMan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-17-2012 15:31:48 | More by SaneMan
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.