Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
On tap at 101 Bottles. Pours a dark black with a thick dark head to match. The aroma is of dark malts, chocolate, and coffee. The complexity here is great and the coffee like flavors are ones i really enjoy in stouts. There is little hop bitterness here but it works well in this beer. It's well balanced and the alcohol is masked pretty well too. This is my first beer from Ballast Point and certainly won't be my last.
04-13-2012 13:57:30 | More by Rhynes2
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Poured into a Green Flash snifter. No freshness date.
A- Pours a solidly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that has good retention time and eventually becomes a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbles of surface foam. Thin wisps of lacing.
S- Very earthy. Seems like a lot of hops as well as malts were used since there's a roasty aroma as well as some herbal grassy notes on top.
T- A great, even flow of dark roasted malts with a subtle yet amply bitter finish. Notes of molasses, dark chocolate and caramel. Alcohol definitely makes its presence known but isn't imposing.
M- Certainly thick and robust but still smooth and slick. Medium-high carbonation is a bit of a surprise for an Imperial Stout but is definitely welcome since it works well within the construct of the beer.
O- Me rikey very, very much.
04-13-2012 01:22:20 | More by Immortale25
2.88/5 rDev -28.4%
22 fl oz/650 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a narrow-mouthed Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose Victory At Sea I was rather impressed with. I also quite like their Sculpin IPA.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and above average retention for the high ABV. Colour is a predictable solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible - either because there really aren't any or because of the nontransparency. Opaque. It's standard fare for the style, but I'm looking forward to drinking it.
Sm: Coffee, mocha, cream, chocolate (not very rich at all), dark malts, and caramelized malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Not horribly complex or subtle, but generally inviting. No yeast is detectable.
T: Chocolate (not rich or exquisite), coffee (the dominant note), cream, and a dark malt foundation. No mocha comes through in the taste. Tame caramelized malts. Has a troublesome balance that never feels quite right. Full-bodied. Not subtle or complex. Some layering. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Kind of simple for an imperial stout. I expect complexity, subtlety, and richness from a good imperial stout. This is somewhat disappointing - especially from Ballast Point. That said, it's not bad. It's pleasant to drink and enjoyable. Of course, it isn't refreshing.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream (but not enough). A touch too thin, actually. The rolling smoothness is pleasant across the palate and suits the flavours nicely. All things considered, I'd prefer it more dry and coarse. Adequately carbonated.
Dr: Most of Ballast Point's beers are named after a specific fish. Like the taste, this one's title is generic and bland instead. A disappointment from Ballast Point, but a minor one. I wouldn't get this one again, even to age it. I'll be sticking to Victory At Sea in the future. Drinkable for the well concealed ABV, but lackluster for the style and something of a sipper.
A poor candidate for aging given that its starting quality is limited.
Drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet, but I'd recommend a snifter as the ideal vessel for this beer.
Would pair well with chocolate, full flavoured nuts, or toast.
04-07-2012 04:58:54 | More by kojevergas
4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from tap at the Lazy Boy, White PLains, NY. Poured a thick foamy tannish head on top of a deep rich black. Nice roasted malt and coffe aroma, slight sweet notes. Taste is immediately very hoppy for a stout...really surprising but delicious. The hops meet a mellow roasted coffee and sweet malt flavor; almost a bit of dried fruit. Really well balanced and unique, and deff worth picking one up!
04-05-2012 12:22:34 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep, dark black, with a thin off-white head.
Has a rich, oaty aroma, with hints of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Smells quite tasty!
Mmmm, starts oaty with dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, and undertones of alcohol. Grows bitter as it finishes, like baker's chocolate.
Mouthfeel is quite creamy and smooth, especially considering the ABV of this brew. Finish is just bitter enough to keep it interesting.
An excellent Imperial Oatmeal Stout, this is one I would recommend you try and which I would have again. The oats give this a nice taste and a beautiful creamy feel, with a pleasant finish. Try it if you can!
04-02-2012 01:45:45 | More by TheHoppiest
4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured out of a bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A – Poured out black with no light showing. Solid finger of brown head that receded down to a nice cap. Spotty lacing.
S – Roasted malt, oats, coffee, milk chocolate and bitterness.
T – Has a very nice roasted malt and chocolate taste in every sip. Pick up some subtle vanilla notes that also give it a bit of sweet flavor. Has a lot less coffee flavor then the smell would suggest. Solid pack of bitterness neat the end. Warms your throat on the way down with a breathy alcohol kick.
M – Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Still feels fairly creamy on palate.
O – Very good solid imperial stout. Nice easy drinker even for the ABV. Flavorful and the tastes get better if you let it warm up. More chocolate and vanilla comes out at room temp. Nice job here from the BP boys.
03-24-2012 00:59:38 | More by GallowsThief
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
A - Pours a very dark brown, not overly viscous. Tan colored head that dissipates slowly with lots of lacing along the sides.
S - Lots of dark fruit present--raisins. Lights amount of licorice and sweet chocolate.
T - Taste starts pretty bitter, decent amount of coffee before fading into sweet chocolate and a kick of the dark fruits. The beginning of the taste gets a little bit muddled at the beginning. Like there's some competition between the sweetness and the bitter coffee.
M - It's full, a touch on the thinner side of an imperial stout, though.
Overall - It was a decent imperial stout. Like I said, it's a touch muddled and it seems like they weren't able to find a balance between sweet and bitter here. It's lighter body, however, makes it pretty decent to drink on a warm spring evening.
03-24-2012 00:19:50 | More by BeerBuckeye
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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