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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 113
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

QuakeAttack, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

TheHoppiest, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -0.5%

TasteTester, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of rhino54
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

rhino54, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaidenjb, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of chunkeemunkee
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

chunkeemunkee, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of megamass
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

megamass, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mcorwin, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of zillo043068
3/5  rDev -25.4%

zillo043068, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of GallowsThief
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GallowsThief, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBuckeye, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

brentusaurus, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

rhabdovirus, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JWRitchie76, Mar 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

teleman, Mar 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

emaciated, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

jpajpajeff, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of IKR
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with a fair-sized medium beige head.

Smell: Predominately coffee with some mild brown sugar notes. I also get some faint fruity overtones as it warms.

Taste: Coffee and some roasted malt notes for the most part.
The beer finishes fairly dry with some slight hop and roasted malt notes. The alcohol presence is very subtle for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Fairly thin bodied for an Imperial Stout with a generous level of carbonation for the style.

Overall: Fairly drinkable as a result of it's taste profile and fairly light body for an IS, but I can see how the thin body can be undesirable for those looking for a thick chewy prototypical Imperial Stout body.

IKR, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of irs
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not what I would expect from this FANTASTIC brewer, especially when Victory at Sea was so amazing. You'd think their imperial porter would be the imperial stout's little brother, but its hard to believe these two even came from the same mother. Maybe this bottle just didn't get treated right?
It starts off right, head is nice, thick. There is no color, just light absorbing blackness. But there isn't much nose, its ok, but not what I would expect, boozy, dark chocolate and coffee, but thinner than I would expect. Same for the mouthfeel and taste. And there is a bitter astringency in the aftertaste that I don't like, nor expect in a big impy. Not that this feels as big as it should either. Overall, I would say this was a good accomplishment if it came from a less accomplished brewer, but this is among the weaker of Ballast Point's offerings.

irs, Mar 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

whatsajessica, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

brez8791, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

hagbergl, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of fox227
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark like a stout, a thin tan head, that has good retention.

S: Milk chocolate galore! I also smell some alcohol, but not much else.

T: Taste follows nose, I suppose. There's a sharp boozy character that rounds out the chocolate, and a bitterness that precludes this being on the sweet side. Overall, not bad. Had better.

M: Rather thick and dry, as per the style, but lots of bubbles tickle my tongue on each sip - not a flat Impy Stout for certain.

O: I rarely buy beers because the label looks so cool, but this is a beer worth trying, but it's rather on the lower end of quality Imperial Stouts, meaning that it's good, but not BEER GEEK Nectar of the Beer Gods good.

fox227, Mar 11, 2012
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.