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Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 102
Gots: 223 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 1,275 | Reviews: 435 | Display Reviews Only:
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Raziel313

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

06-24-2014 11:16:35 | More by Raziel313
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whatsajessica

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-15-2012 04:58:34 | More by whatsajessica
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rsths13

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.4%

06-24-2013 00:05:17 | More by rsths13
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MikeRusso

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.4%

10-09-2013 02:05:51 | More by MikeRusso
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bifrost17

Washington

3/5  rDev -25.4%

10-25-2012 06:20:55 | More by bifrost17
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rspauldi

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.4%

06-02-2014 20:42:30 | More by rspauldi
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Buff0910

Alabama

3/5  rDev -25.4%

04-04-2013 20:27:51 | More by Buff0910
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

02-19-2012 04:48:46 | More by whartontallboy
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-16-2012 16:01:59 | More by gafferjohn
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.4%

09-13-2013 00:40:55 | More by MNBeer1017
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Chopman50

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-03-2012 03:13:20 | More by Chopman50
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b-one

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

06-19-2013 01:58:39 | More by b-one
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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.4%

08-24-2013 03:27:01 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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TwoForty

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.4%

11-02-2013 22:26:22 | More by TwoForty
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-28-2013 03:24:47 | More by Mark5252
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-02-2013 19:56:03 | More by vinny21bal
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TwoBeers

Nevada

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-04-2014 17:33:53 | More by TwoBeers
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 4/3/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, Parmesean cheese, and mild coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, charred malt. This was just a boring beer for me and not very "imperial" in terms of robustness in the palate. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:03:02 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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JoshVandy

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650mL bottle shared with Emmaus217 on April 24, 2011.

A- Poured vigorously into a Bruery snifter. A thin dark brown body that turns to a black in the glass with a 2 fingered light tan head. Decent lacing.

S- Hops and alcohol find my nose first, followed closely by a nice chocolate and roasted malt undertone.

T- Hops make their presence known here as well, with a chocolate and roasted malt mid section, followed by dark fruits and a touch of alcohol heat at the end. Tastes a lot like a more mellow Night Stalker, which isn't a bad thing, just different.

M- A little thin in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. Surprisingly creamy given the thin body.

O- A decent, hoppy imperial stout from Ballast Point, though a bit one dimensional from a taste a smell perspective. The alcohol is more noticeable than I like in my stouts as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 20:48:21 | More by JoshVandy
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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fairly limited release here on the east coast, I grabbed a bottle as soon as I saw it. Looks good, nice and dark. Plenty of roasted malts, but nothing too bold or intense. For lack of a better term, it's just kinda thin I think.

I'll give it another try in the future, but for now my review is just "meh"

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 20:06:17 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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irs

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:37:46 | More by irs
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Liberty Tap House. Review from notes.

A: The beer was dark brown/black with a very small tan head on top with decent retention. Not much lacing though.

S: Surprisingly hoppy, lots of pine and a bit of citrus. Underneath there was a little bit of chocolate and roast, but the hops dominated the aroma.

T: Again, very hoppy. Too much so for my taste in an imperial stout. They dominate the flavor profile and mask anything else present. Was able to detect a bit of roast and chocolate, but very faint in comparison.

M: Medium bodied, but slightly thin for an imperial. Moderate carbonation.

O: A bit of a let down, too hoppy for my liking, but I guess that isn't entirely surprisingly looking at Ballast's other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 01:33:18 | More by mdaschaf
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dmbsteve

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.
S-smells of dark fruits and sweet malts. Some roasty notes too.
T-alcohol up front. Bittersweet chocolate. Not very complex tasting.
M-low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy, but not super thick body.
O-Dissapointing. A couple other Ballast Point brews I've had gave me high hopes for this one. I would not buy this again. Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:03:08 | More by dmbsteve
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womencantsail

California

3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark-ish brown color with some red highlights and a short lived tan head.

S: Roasted malts make up the bulk of the aromas of this beer. A slight coffee note, licorice, some burnt sugar, and a slight acidity.

T: The burnt sugar and roasted malt dominate the flavor of this one. There is a touch of chocolate and coffee, along with a fair amount of licorice. Somehow, it doesn't really come together and is on the astringent side.

M: The body is medium, a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout, with a medium level of carbonation.

D: This is a really disappointing effort from Ballast Point. I'd stay away from this one and stick with a Victory at Sea or any of their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 00:12:48 | More by womencantsail
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Uno's Chicago Grill during a Bella Vista Event.

Sea Monster pours out your average stout black with a deep black space look with a creamy mocha shaded cap that left some sticks here and there. Upon smelling this I am reminded of Dragon Stout from Jamacia, that is rotted fruit, although this is less offensive. Extreme warmingh brang out light chocolate, earthy hops, licorice and rotting fruit. a whiff of alcohol, not a great smeller. The taste is not to far off from that. That rotting smell seeps into taste, old dark fruit. Dragon stout light with some chocolate with warming. Vanilla bean, light hops, alcohol, this is a bit disjointed. Feel is there, a bit chewy, approaching full bodied, I just cant get past that rot gut. Carbed up but smooth with a nasty aftertaste. Im glad I did not buy a bottle of this, I'll stick with the Ballast Point IPA's, they know how to do them.

I had the barrel aged version of this on tap two years ago and that was significantly better. A monster indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 04:00:28 | More by BARFLYB
Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.