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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A new entry to the Minnesota market. And a cold spell in April feels like the perfect time for a stout. Tasted 18 April 2014.

Pours black and thick. Half-finger of medium-tan head, dense. Good retention and lacing. Lovely.

Smell is rich, potent, and chocolatey. Has a fluffy sweetness behind that, reminds me of oats or lactose. Nice.

Taste is really good, though not quite on the level of the smell. The character of the smell is there, but there's also a sharp pinch of bitterness and char.

Feel is outstanding. Chewy and thick, but fluffy. The carbonation is like fuzz, bringing a gentle buzz to things, making the flavors dance. Perhaps the best texture in a stout that I've encountered.

This is my kind of stout. Thick, rich, and flavorful, with sweetness and chocolate backed by full, chewy roasts. Yum.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no reddening around the edges and a finger of coffee colored head. The nose has a roasted malt character that takes on coffee and burnt toast notes, plus strong alcohol and a hint of dark fruit. It has a dark chocolate taste with char, coffee, berries, grapes, and bitter hops on the back end. There's a burning sensation from the alcohol, which is 10% by volume and very much apparent in the beer. It may not sound like it all works together, but it does. Goes down silky with a medium body.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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