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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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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 111
Gots: 256 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Brutmasta
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Pours super dark with some reddish hues in the light, thick two finger tan head that does not leave quickly. Wow, this smells really good. Excellent roasted malt, maple syrup, and fudge tones. Biscuits, molassis, there are some foliage undertones im really surprised to find in here. Mouthfeel is dry, but very smooth, it's a pleasure to drink. Very good stout, will be buying again!

Brutmasta, May 25, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Dark heresy chocolate coloring, creamy khaki head stands a good 2 digits high. Head retention is solid with a generous film lace coating.

S: Sweet chocolate and cocoa with marshmellow on the opening aroma mixes with some charred grain sweetness. Aroma level is light to medium, more sweet then bitter and roasted.

T: The flavor is sweet chocolate and coffee roast. Smooth charred grain and caramel sweetness mixing a smooth roast bitterness is supported with some milky creamer and vanilla notes. Beautifully warming chocolate roast with some end notes of black licorice and sweet plums.

M: milky dark chocolate roast which was smooth and silky from the oatmeal. Soft carbonation. Leaves a lingering roast bitterness for a good time afterwards.

O: Overall flavor is dark and sweet, roasty and lingering, clean yet bitter and respectful keeping me interested throughout the whole experience. Flavor alone makes this highly worthy a try.

beerthulhu, May 25, 2012
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance – Black with a trace of ruby red if you hold it up to a bright light. Somewhat translucent. Nice head that dissipates quickly, and leaves a thin lacing.

Smell – Bitter roasted malts with just a touch of coffee, molasses, and currants.

Taste – Slightly bitter malts, oatmeal, and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Feels a little thin, but surprisingly creamy nonetheless. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability – A pretty good beer that goes down well, but has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, May 22, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, May 21, 2012
Photo of jpro
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

22oz bottle from Common Market on Commonwealth. Into a Maudite snifter...

A: Pours black with a light khaki head. No lacing, although some retention is managed.

S: Black patent malt aroma, with some alcohol - not super roasty, charry or chocolately, really.

T: Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and a touch of alcohol.

M: Full and viscous, yet with a higher carbonation. Nice.

O: A very drinkable and satisfying imperial stout. Hard to believe its 10% - a very good beer.

jpro, May 21, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev -0.5%

PhatAtUT, May 20, 2012
Photo of MaChiNe
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev -0.5%

oldvines, May 13, 2012
Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Irrationalist, May 13, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.1/5  rDev +2%

A: pours black with a finger of dense tan head that fades to a small pool
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, roast malt and a bit of hop bitterness
T: takes awhile to build but tastes of chocolate, some coffee, roastyness, a little burnt sugar, carob, and some slight pine hop flavor. swallow brings an oily hop finish and some residual chocolate and roast flavor that lingers. currant flavor starts to come out as the beer warms.
M: medium body that has a slight wateriness to it with moderate carbonation. kind of thin for the style but still drinkable and not offputting. pretty smooth and slightly creamy
O: good complexity and flavor, mouthfeel could use a bit of work but a very solid beer.

SHODriver, May 13, 2012
Photo of joewsorenson
4/5  rDev -0.5%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
Photo of Sicem99
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Sicem99, May 12, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

CEDAMA, May 12, 2012
Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +24.4%

pavpav12, May 11, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Lawnboy33, May 10, 2012
Photo of jnolan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jnolan, May 10, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

warnerry, May 10, 2012
Photo of marvin213
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

marvin213, May 05, 2012
Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mater, May 05, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

kaelingirl, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ambruns1979, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of BoRaeCho
4/5  rDev -0.5%

BoRaeCho, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of dmbsteve
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

dmbsteve, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of heresy22
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

heresy22, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of mltobin
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

mltobin, Apr 27, 2012
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.