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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 125
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of augustgarage
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.

Photo of AlexFields
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%

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of arfenhouse
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.

Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of blackcloud
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of KalH
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Warwick
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, "Best By 060812"
Pours a cola-like blackness with a tall, bubbly, beige head that holds pretty good retention and leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet with molasses, brown sugar, roasted barley, some fruity currant, maybe some earthy fig. Tastes are complex with roasted malt, anise, currant, molasses, earthy roasty bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, french roast coffee, mild tobacco leaf, and that fig is making an appearance again. Earthy piny hops begin to build and linger with each additional sip. As it warms, booze becomes more apparent, but not hot. Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, full bodied, pleasant carbonation, finishes a little bitter and semi-dry. Overall, it was better than I remember - very good American Imperial Stout.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nquigley16
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of KevieJames
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jackrodgers77
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This pours black with a cap of light tan head.

Nice roasted aroma with leather and dark fruits. Hints of sweet vanilla in the background. Hints of bittersweet coco on the pallet with leathery notes and earthy flavors. Dark fruit in the mix also.

The body is full with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty good. I'd have it again for sure.

Photo of TheHopBuddha
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very black, tan head that doesn't leave much lacing/retention.

S - Roasted malt and coffee along with an edge of sweetness.

T - Tastes like a classic imperial stout here. No frills or gimmicks, just your regular dark chocolate, malt and coffee.

M - Just enough carbonation to get that chewy drink.

O - A no frills imperial stout. Just your regular, everyday stout that delivers.

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.