Sea Monster Imperial Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black, has a smaller caramel-tan colored head that doesn't sit too long. Body looks good though.
Roasty, toasted oats/ coffee grinds scent with burning. The Alcohol is detected here.
The taste starts out robust with notes of cocoa, coffee and anise, and I notice how thick this is right off the bat. But wow what a burn. I'll let this warm a little/ a burger dinner is almost finished for pairing this. With this brew it's odd, i really enjoy the immediate taste, and pick up more of a creamy, milk-chocolatey fruit-like presence to the tune of raspberries & cherries...however this all quickly turns into the astringent back-end, dominated by a dry, roasted alcohol burn. Worth trying if you're a fan of Ballast Point's offerings, however Im sure most would prefer their Victory at Sea over this double stout. I know I do.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle black with a big light brown cream head. Aroma is hops, some light roasted malt, maybe some light chocolate. Smells a bit watery for the style. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Flavor is roasty toasty malt, light hops, a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Not a whole lot going on here. Feels more like a porter to me. Not a bad beer, but not really true to the impy style.

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4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 02/08/14.

Pours black, like the depths of the sea. Inky with a dying light brown foam on top. Crested at a half-inch and scuzzed out to a peppered film.

Nice burnt aroma with coffee, unlit charcoal, and dried berries in the nose. Further inspection uncovers dusty cocoa, roasted barley, and hints of nougat creme.

Supercharged roast bitterness is sweetened by notes of blackberry, cocoa, and coffee. Tastes of char and leather with big roasty grain notes and bitter black malts. Slight citric astringency to an otherwise earthy hop profile. Hops bring lots more bitterness. Candy notes insinuate burnt caramel and hard tack. Finishes with salty mineralities and a hop burn. Almost too much going on if it weren't so freakin' good!

Medium-thick body that almost feels like it could use more weight. Carbonation is low-to-medium. Fresh example brings all sorts of spicy, tongue-tingling effects of hops and booze, which is nice and heady. A surefire sipper, in that regard.

This is a pretty damn good RIS from what is turning out to be one of the most solid breweries in the country. Just like I love what Lagunitas or Goose Island brings to the table, I enjoy these Ballast Point brews just as much.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,858 ratings.
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