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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,363 Ratings
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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%

Texasfan549, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Yabev15, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

thegerm87, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

juliusseizure, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev -0.5%

RoryOMoore, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A- pitch black with a nice finger of mocha head, leaves very nice lacing, looks nice

S- espresso and mocha, sweet dark malts, plum, raisin, a touch of hops and alcohol, a touch of toastyness, as the beer warms the aroma becomes more prevalent, I wish the aroma was more pungent however, it's not until it's room temp that you can appreciate it, and even then it is still a touch subtle.

T- taste is a pleasant, chocolatey mocha up front with a bit of toastyness and a bite of sweet dark fruit, bit of hops on the finish to round out the sweetness, but not overly bittering.

M- nice and creamy, a bit in the medium to light aide for the style, but very drinkable for the alcohol content, also had medium to low carbonation for the style which works very well.

O- a good stout, I really like the cranny texture and mocha and coffe flavors, I am not a huge fan of the sweetness and dark fruits, but that is me overall, I would have perfected if it was straight coffe and mocha thought.... But I suppose that is what victory at sea is all about.

PeterIngemi, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

jpd7374, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of rand
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a cask at The Linkery SD, into a tulip

A:  Dark brown to black with a frothy, 1-inch head that never really recedes.  Lacing everywhere.

S:  Rich unsweetened chocolate and espresso dominate the bouquet, strong alcohol volatiles warm the nose. 

T:   Espresso jumps out in front, nicely matched by bittersweet chocolate.   Dark roasted malts lend a fruity, almost raisiny aspect.   Hops meet strong alcohol to dry, but the sweet malts dominate the long finish.

D: A sipper.  Like lightly sweetened espresso with alcohol, this goes down nicely but should be savored. Paired nicely with cheesecake. 

rand, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Peyton5410, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Chopman50, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of ixodus
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with brown hues, heavy lacing, tall khaki head that sticks around.

S: Milk chocolate, plums, figs, raisins, caramel, and vanilla. Fruit forward and sweet. Alcohol hidden well.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa upfront quickly followed by dark fruits, plums, raisins, and figs tied together with a nice roasty background. Alcohol presence is there but doesn't hinder anything.

M: Medium bodied, a little on the watery side with soft carbonation.

O: Overall a decent stout. A lot of dark fruit in this one but it's not a dark fruit bomb per say. The body needs improvement as it's a little on the thin side for an Imperial Stout. It's just missing that high viscosity.

ixodus, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GuisseppeFranco, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sea Monster pours flat black, with a very small, light tan head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be. Notes of oak, vanilla, roasted malt and pine.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy, smooth with mild carbonation. The rich flavor is loaded with roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and dark fruit. It finishes moderately bitter with a hoppy flavor of fine. Once gone the roasted malt, some medicinal flavors and alcohol lingers on the palate.

This beer aged for months in my cellar before I decided to drink it. Even with time to mellow the alcohol heat is still present. Still, it's tasty with a nice mouthfeel.

WanderingFool, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Gatch, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

charliepapa, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

HungarianCount, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

robL, Feb 24, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours almost jet black with a slight brown hue. Minimal amount of head that dissipated quickly.

S - Faint cocoa and coffee roast aroma.

T - Bitter roasted malt with some toffee and cocoa towards the end.

M - Low carbonation and medium to light bodied. Slightly watery.

O - Good, but not great. The watery body was a little odd and detracts from the decent flavors.

bbb099, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

THECPJ, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

John11486, Feb 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ChumleyX, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

whartontallboy, Feb 19, 2012
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.