Sea Monster Imperial Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout
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Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout

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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Apearance - Poured 12 ounces into a snifter, producing an opaque black brew with a finger width, light cocoa powder colored head. Good retention. Decent lacing left on the glass, while an ever-present film of microbubbles cover the surface.

Smell - Milk chocolate, oats, roasted aromas. Lightly boozy.

Taste - Starts sweet, with light chocolate notes playing nicely off the oats, then the roast kicks in. Dark chocolate, then hints of anise creep in mid-taste before finishing with a strongly bitter coffee roastiness. Anise character leaves a mild tongue numbness. Sweetens as the beer warms, playing more and more to the milk chocolate character, though the bitterness still plays a nice role.

Mouthfeel - Closer to medium than full in body. Somewhat chalky. Not as smooth or creamy as one would expect for an oatmeal brewed stout. Dry, somewhat astringent finish.

Overall - A fairly good imperial stout. Great flavor, but lacks an ideal body. Something I wouldn't mind drinking again, but for the price? I'd pass.

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Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of gr0g
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle marked "SM 19 enjoy by 02/08/14."

Jet black in color with a head about one finger tall, fading pretty quickly with hardly a trace. Heavy aroma of fusel alcohol. A solvent note is dominant and hides most everything else. Licorice, molasses, and brown sugar are detectable.

Alcohol sting weighs heavily upon the flavor as well. Any chocolate or coffee notes are hidden. Texture is thin and fizzy, and it doesn't help at all to bring this back from the brink. Having had Sculpin and Victory At Sea, I had high expectations for this. Sea Monster is a hot mess, though, and a borderline drain pour. Maybe age will mellow it out and unveil a good stout, but I won't be picking up another bottle to find out.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of evanforbeer
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber
Nose: licorice, chocolate, bourbon, cherry
Taste: fairly sweet/fruity, with chocolate, licorice, molasses, bourbon, cherry, vanilla, crackery dark malt, finishes roasty barley with coffee and cherry
Feel: rich, faint carbonation, drinkable and sweet
Very delicious, a little on the sweeter end compared to the richer coffee/cocoa-heavy imperial stouts. I would buy again, I'd have to be in the mood for something sweeter

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours from the tap a thick black cocoa color with a great aroma dominated by cocoa nib notes. So tasty too, with this essence of cocoa mixing and playing nice with the roasty notes. Smooth and thick, this flavor can last for days. This is a tasty one.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: near opaque, jet black, thin but creamy head
S: medium nose, chocolatey, roasted-burnt malt, some heat but nothing bad or distracting, predominately aged quality, some medicinal
M: very drinkable, creamy velvet with some heat in finish, some tannin sharpness in finish
T: well-balanced, nice roasted/burnt malt with good hop bitterness

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a pretty solid black with finger of tan head with great retention. smells of licorice, toasted grains, coffee, chocolate, subtle smoke. the taste is sweet with a note of subtle smokyness. a very light tasting stout with subtle notes of chocolate and licorice, big on the roasty bitterness of the grains. medium body but for the heaviness of the beer it' feels slightly watered down.. low carbonation.

overall this isn't a bad stout at all, but as far as a RIS, i'm not that impressed. it is fairly sweet which is good but lacks a lot of complexity for the style. the abv is well hidden though, which is a plus.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rawfish
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola coloration with tight mocha head, the head rises quite rapidly if the pour is vigorous enough. Pretty good retention and flecks of lacing.

Cocoa, chocolate, espresso laced, deep roast and specialty malts. Slightly earthy with charcoal and peat. Subtle sweetness and a strong fix of alcohol.

Roasted with chocolate, caramel and molasses sweetness, earthy detection of hops mixed with char and a peat smokiness. The finish is quite dry and booze is toned down nicely.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, oats really make their mark here, moderate carbonation with a full body. A bit slick and oily on the palate, full and pleasing, balanced with hidden alcohol.

Easy drinking imperial stout, the oatmeal makes it have excellent texture and palate. At the same time it stands quite balanced with roasted complexity, very nice imperial stout, would get again.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,871 ratings