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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 126
Gots: 290 | FT: 15
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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a pretty solid black with finger of tan head with great retention. smells of licorice, toasted grains, coffee, chocolate, subtle smoke. the taste is sweet with a note of subtle smokyness. a very light tasting stout with subtle notes of chocolate and licorice, big on the roasty bitterness of the grains. medium body but for the heaviness of the beer it' feels slightly watered down.. low carbonation.

overall this isn't a bad stout at all, but as far as a RIS, i'm not that impressed. it is fairly sweet which is good but lacks a lot of complexity for the style. the abv is well hidden though, which is a plus.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rawfish
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola coloration with tight mocha head, the head rises quite rapidly if the pour is vigorous enough. Pretty good retention and flecks of lacing.

Cocoa, chocolate, espresso laced, deep roast and specialty malts. Slightly earthy with charcoal and peat. Subtle sweetness and a strong fix of alcohol.

Roasted with chocolate, caramel and molasses sweetness, earthy detection of hops mixed with char and a peat smokiness. The finish is quite dry and booze is toned down nicely.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, oats really make their mark here, moderate carbonation with a full body. A bit slick and oily on the palate, full and pleasing, balanced with hidden alcohol.

Easy drinking imperial stout, the oatmeal makes it have excellent texture and palate. At the same time it stands quite balanced with roasted complexity, very nice imperial stout, would get again.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle back in 2010 I think...I've had it a while and there is no date on the bottle.

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip jet black with a good foamy heal, even over a few years. :)

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate...a little booze too.

T: A boozy chocolate/coffee taste that I love...very well balanced as far as I'm concerned.

M: I've had thicker beers in this category, and I was surprised this felt thinner than it should...I really liked this beers.

Not sure what aging this beers has done but I really liked it, I'm thinking this bottle was brewed in 2010...but I'm not for sure.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Bruery tulip.

An opaque seal brown body supports a finger of soft, soapy, buff colored foam which recedes to a delicate island of cream surrounded by rings of fine lacing. Good retention.

An assortment of dark roast notes greets your nose suggesting cocoa nibs, brandy-spiked coffee, roast barley, and toast. A subtle yet unctuous dark sugar sweetness becomes more prominent as the ale warms. The alcohol contributes a few esters perhaps, but is surprisingly tame for the ABV.

Intense palate entry is suffused with malt. A rich sweetness gives way rapidly to a deep char, the near-acridness of which joins with a moderate earthy bitterness contributed by hops. The finish is very long and increasingly dry, though there is a distinctive element of cocoa in the aftertaste which is very pleasing and brings you back for another sip. Alcohol still has some bite, one could imagine this aging for another couple of years to no ill effect.

Medium-bodied, creamy, and still well carbonated with only the slightest hint of astringency despite the prominence of dark specialty or roasted malt.

The aging has tamed the harsher elements of this beast, leaving behind the core of flavor - an excellent example of the style when given sufficient time to develop.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with light brown head. Decent retention.

S: Espresso, charred malt, and alcohol. Some cherry and a bit of vanilla. Big and roasty.

T: Bitter roasted grain and roasted cacao upfront. Espresso and vanilla bean. Aftertaste is a less bitter, slightly sweet espresso and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Wet and slightly sticky.

O: Decent big, bitter, bold RIS.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.