Sea Monster Imperial Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,855
Reviews:
514
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
168
Gots:
430
For Trade:
14
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as night pour with a nice sized foamy head that settles to a film.

The aroma consists of big leather and dark chocolate. Rubber, apple, booze.

The taste is bitter chocolate with an almost spicy finish. Not digging the ending here. Fruity, boozy and leather abound with each sip.

High carbonation for this monster.

Overall I thought this was pretty good. Not great, but good. The finish was a little harsh and really took over the tasting. Maybe this monster needs to lie down for a little longer to work itself out.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dusty 22 oz. bomber into a teku glass. Neck stamp reads "SM008/AAJPA" which translates to being batch 008. The second half is supposed to be a best by date which is out a year, but there are letters sooo....??? Just gonna guess and say that this is 1-2 years old since its the newer style label.

A - Pours a jet black body with a billowing three fingers worth of khaki foam. Settles into a patchy cap with super sticky lacing and retention that lasts the entire beer. Looks damn good.

S - Dry cocoa powder and a hint of vanilla, finishes strong on dark fruits and cherries. Almost has a sour like quality to it that some infected beers showcase, but its rather tame so I assume it's intentional. Pretty unique, but nothing extraordinary.

T - Starts off with smooth chocolate and vanilla. Seemingly out of nowhere comes a wave of candied cherries. Finishes with some raisin, ash and roasted malts. An almost unpleasant acridity lingers around. A lot of fruit flavors coming out of a non-fruited stout. Its quite nice but the aftertaste takes it down a peg. Mouth feel is full and creamy. Alcohol becomes pretty noticeable after a few sips.

O - I have no idea how old this beer is but I do know it is not fresh. It's pretty unique with its cherry/dark fruit element but I'm not totally impressed with it. I think I'll be saving my pennies for Victory at Sea instead.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,855 ratings.
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