Sea Monster Imperial Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
85.7%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 1,858 ratings
Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by OlieIPA on 11-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,174
Reviews:
514
Ratings:
1,858
Liked:
1,593
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
9.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
169
Gots:
431
Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,858 |  Reviews: 514
Photo of soco89ziegler
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doowhat
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aurorabeerealis
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking black color with a slim finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some light clingy lacing. The smell had a sweet cocoa to sticky licorice, light roast of coffee and an ample amount of anise settling nicely underneath my nose. The taste was mainly sweet and roasty. A light vanilla did help to balance out. An even-ed out delicate delivery of balanced vanilla licorice boozy aftertaste lead to a semi - sweet and wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation, what carbonation, is it there? Not really, but for the style and age, I’m not worried. It’s good stuff. Overall, I say this was a pretty good D/IS that I would have again.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black with thick brown/tan head. Smell is chocolate, black jelly beans, and taste is chocolate malty goodness. Feel is AWESOME. Smooth, milky, tHick, outstanDing. A little alcohol warming.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Heavybeer
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a large bottle, this brew is essentially black, with a tan head. The aroma is toasty, with a slightly burnt, almost charcoal aroma. Licorice. The taste is balanced, with intense bitterness....roasted grain, coffee, and peppery hops. Full flavor and creamy texture. Excellent.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaeserTits
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of derekgw123
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dms1767
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

22 oz bottle share, poured into stemmed glass. Great roasted malt flavor, some lingering bitterness. L: Black color. S: Roasty. T: Pleasant roastiness. F: Medium body. O: Outstanding.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.62/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Dark color with almost no head

Aroma of cappuccino and espresso, roast malts, milk chocolate, oats.

Metallic flavor profile with odd bubble gummy flavors, roast malts, metallic oats...licking a bloody steel knife.

Feel is moot at this point. Roasty. Whatever.

This was an absolute gut wrenching, goosebump-inducing, total drain pour of a beer. One of the worst Imperial Stouts ever.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ballast Point Miramar. Pours nearly black with a small dark head that lasts a while. Nose is more chocolate than burnt./roast barley, and has a nice whiff of coffee as well. Taste is on the mellow side, with rounded roast and coffee flavors rather than anything that stands out and slaps you in the face. Overall, a good imperial stout, but maybe not memorable. Would like to try a BA version of this for sure.

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Photo of kidzord
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bundy462
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shanty76
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beagleyx2
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.7% out of 100 with 1,858 ratings
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