Sea Monster (3 Sheets Rum Oak Chip Aged) - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On draught/cask at Bierkraft
the only downside to this is there is a whole lot of rum in the nose and the body that prevents this, in my opinion, from being overly drinkable. I did not find the rum offensive or overpowering (like so many whiskey -bal selections).
Dark dark pour, nice dark tan head. The cask carbonation is an ideal level for this particular stout.
Nose - chocolate, roast, slight coffee, a TON of rum right off the bat.
I have never had the regular version of Sea Monster so I can't judge against that, but this is a wonderfully complex flavor that mirrors the nose to a 't'. The rum initially overwelms the malt and it is only after that flavor subsides that the chocolate and coffee notes are evident. There is run in the front, middle, and a nice booze bite at the end. I would agree with another reviewer who notes that the rum works well with the sweet flavors in the beer, though I at times found it too overpowering.
Really excellent -bal. I have to think this is miscategorized as an American/Double IPA as the base is, of course, a stout. In case you were unaware of that fact prior to purchase - yeah, it's a stout.
Serving type: cask
03-14-2011 21:22:06 | More by CooperEllis
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was a fantastic version of Sea Monster that I was lucky enough to come upon at Neighborhood.
A: Pretty much black with a nice dark brown foam head.
S: Similar to regular Sea Monster- chocolate, roasted malts and coffee but with a touch of sweetness from the rum thrown in.
T: I love the regular version of Sea Monster, but this is so much better. I don't know if it was a result of being in a cask or a byproduct of the aging with the rum soaked oak chips, but the mouthfeel (which was the only real problem I had with original Sea Monster) was nice and thick. Taste-wise, this one is a lot more complex. A hit of rum at first and then that deep roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee flavor that original Sea Monster has. In the middle, the rum returns and works really well with the sweeter flavors in the beer without being too overpowering. A fantastic beer.
Serving type: cask
02-27-2011 20:51:10 | More by notchucknorris
Sea Monster (3 Sheets Rum Oak Chip Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.