Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 122
Gots: 267 | 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:
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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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at The Hopping Pig in San Diego.
Pitch black color with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
One finger off-white/cream colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Lots of coffee upfront on the nose, with notes of cocoa/chocolate, roasty notes.
Taste likewise is predominantly of coffee, right from the beginning all the way to the finish. Some chocolate notes towards the middle along with a nice roasty bitterness that balances the sweetness. A very well-balanced imperial stout in terms of taste. Very flavorful and easy to drink.
Wish it were a bit more full-bodied.
Overall, this is a really good imperial stout.
Definitely worth a try and comes recommended.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No real reason to hold onto this too long. Picked up a month ago at Vintage Estate for 10 bucks.

A - Pour is very attractive I get a nice 1/2 inch of deep mocha head with excellent lacing and some pitch black liquid on par for the title "sea monster"

A - It is mild and yet balanced I mostly get mocha like coffee sweetness blended with some bakers chocolate and a touch of roast. Some mild anise or molasses too.

T - It's a fairly sweet stout yet it's not really rocking me. I guess for the ABV I expected a touch more roast or body since it's drinking rather lite. Mild cocoa nibs, possible mocha like coffee roast (like a mocha-chino) and a bit of bakers chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium and kind of chewy but it kind of tastes like Great Lakes "Blackout Stout" but with a higher ABV. Kind of sad...

Overall for 10 bucks I guess I wanted a bigger, thicker, fuller stout but it is very sweet and highly drinkable. Not worth buying again for that price (also considering around here they want 14 for it since it's a "limited release")

Photo of Jaldama
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Brutmasta
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours super dark with some reddish hues in the light, thick two finger tan head that does not leave quickly. Wow, this smells really good. Excellent roasted malt, maple syrup, and fudge tones. Biscuits, molassis, there are some foliage undertones im really surprised to find in here. Mouthfeel is dry, but very smooth, it's a pleasure to drink. Very good stout, will be buying again!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark heresy chocolate coloring, creamy khaki head stands a good 2 digits high. Head retention is solid with a generous film lace coating.

S: Sweet chocolate and cocoa with marshmellow on the opening aroma mixes with some charred grain sweetness. Aroma level is light to medium, more sweet then bitter and roasted.

T: The flavor is sweet chocolate and coffee roast. Smooth charred grain and caramel sweetness mixing a smooth roast bitterness is supported with some milky creamer and vanilla notes. Beautifully warming chocolate roast with some end notes of black licorice and sweet plums.

M: milky dark chocolate roast which was smooth and silky from the oatmeal. Soft carbonation. Leaves a lingering roast bitterness for a good time afterwards.

O: Overall flavor is dark and sweet, roasty and lingering, clean yet bitter and respectful keeping me interested throughout the whole experience. Flavor alone makes this highly worthy a try.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Black with a trace of ruby red if you hold it up to a bright light. Somewhat translucent. Nice head that dissipates quickly, and leaves a thin lacing.

Smell – Bitter roasted malts with just a touch of coffee, molasses, and currants.

Taste – Slightly bitter malts, oatmeal, and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Feels a little thin, but surprisingly creamy nonetheless. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability – A pretty good beer that goes down well, but has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

22oz bottle from Common Market on Commonwealth. Into a Maudite snifter...

A: Pours black with a light khaki head. No lacing, although some retention is managed.

S: Black patent malt aroma, with some alcohol - not super roasty, charry or chocolately, really.

T: Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and a touch of alcohol.

M: Full and viscous, yet with a higher carbonation. Nice.

O: A very drinkable and satisfying imperial stout. Hard to believe its 10% - a very good beer.

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MaChiNe
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SHODriver
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of dense tan head that fades to a small pool
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, roast malt and a bit of hop bitterness
T: takes awhile to build but tastes of chocolate, some coffee, roastyness, a little burnt sugar, carob, and some slight pine hop flavor. swallow brings an oily hop finish and some residual chocolate and roast flavor that lingers. currant flavor starts to come out as the beer warms.
M: medium body that has a slight wateriness to it with moderate carbonation. kind of thin for the style but still drinkable and not offputting. pretty smooth and slightly creamy
O: good complexity and flavor, mouthfeel could use a bit of work but a very solid beer.

Photo of joewsorenson
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sicem99
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of CEDAMA
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jnolan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle about a year old.

A - Pours deep brown, borderline black, with one finger of brown head. Head doesn't stick around very long, nor does it stick to the glass very much.

S - Quite a bit of dark fruit aroma on a big chocolate base. Decent amount of roasted. Aroma has some sweetness as well, but not overwhelming.

T - Roasted malt comes through more in the taste, while the chocolate isn't quite as strong as in the aroma. Still plenty of dark fruits, some cherry, coffee and a lingering light char taste. A bit of booze in the taste as well.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel with some bitterness throughout. Pretty smooth.

O - A solid stout, but doesn't really stand out in any particular way except for the very reasonable price. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of marvin213
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, as in black, contrasts with an almost white, kinda marshmellowy head. Its got a hop bite for so dark a stout, and the coffee's like the end of a long-sitting pot of coffee. It's tough for me to juxtapose this--a kind of creamy, burnt coffee stout with a hop linger--against the super delish (but outstandingly vanilla-ey) Victory at Sea. Perhaps it's not fair, but this one doesn't hold a candle to that one. It's okay, but a relative letdown.

Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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