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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 123
Gots: 276 | FT: 13
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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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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2.15/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Taking votes to rename this the "Granny Apple Porter". Taste of Apple and pear throughout... Maybe just me. Just being honest. Nice color and initial scent. Drinkable, but not what I was expecting, which was a top shelf traditional imperial stout, from a top shelf brewery. Disappointing.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: as black as brown can be this beer has a two finger head that is thick and creamy.

s: roasted sweetness. some coffee and chocolate.

t: the chocolate dominates over the hops and coffee but not enough to make this a one sided beer.

m: thick rich and creamy with a nice little hop bite on the end. carbonation was spot on.

o: really enjoyed this one, not as much as their victory at sea, but this is still very drinkable and much more easily accessible.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of sweetLew
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There's all kinds of mystery lurking in the deep, use caution before the Sea Monster pulls you beyond the limits of exploration. Strong and sultry, this imperial stout is one well-crafted monster that is dangerously sippable. Numerous shades of black, a moderate tan head, and an understated aroma of chocolate, coffee grounds, and shelled nuts give way to a beguiling flavor. The brewery's skill bursts across the palate; swirls of chocolate, in an array of flavors, are complemented and boosted by mild hints of coffee, nuts, and hop bitterness. The lack of alcohol is what allows all these flavors to succeed, a statement of quality. But alas, Davy Jones' locker calls for those that tangle with the Sea Monster at too great a depth...

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark and menacing as it's poured into my glass. Lots of head too,deep mocha in color.
Aroma has a very pronounced roasted malt aroma almost burnt. I like that.
One can also smell aromas of coffee and vinilla.

Taste is deeply roasted to the point of being burnt, but also has a caramel cream feel too.
Hops are bright and pungent complimenting the maltiness. One also has the additional coffee and chocolate flavors to further compliment.

The finish is smooth and slightly bitter.

I like this beer it's a bit smaller then others and I think it makes it more approachable and drinkable, though one must be mindfull of the alcohol content.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Kendo
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is black. Even when backlit, it's a strong black, with no lighter hues around the edges. Reminds me of a slate chalkboard when backlit. Solid 1-finger chocolate-brown head on top leaves behind nice lacing with each sip.

S: Sweet malt and a hint of coffee over baker's chocolate (more roasted coffee smell as it warms up a bit). Slight hint of hops too.

T: Roasted barley malt, a touch of charcoal/char, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Finishes with good citrusy hop bitterness. Somewhat vinuous, with dark fruits as it warms (plum, raisins). Drinks real easy for a 10% ABV beer. Heat is felt in the belly, but not really noted in the taste. Pretty big hop bitterness at the finish offsets those malty flavors, leaves lingering citric bitterness on the palate.

M: A heavyweight, heft-wise, but that doesn't slow down the quaffing. Decent creaminess - the label says there's oatmeal in this, which makes sense. Carbonation is modest.

O: Good stuff.

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.