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Sea Monster Imperial Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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:
#3,272
Reviews:
514
Ratings:
1,861
pDev:
9.7%
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 02/08/2014 printed on the label

A: A black beer showing some deep garnet highlights on the edge. The head looks like the crema on a freshly brewed, well made expresso with deep rich browns and creamy, compact bubbles. The head fades to a ring around the glass after a minute and leave a light lacing.

S: Licorice, roast and lots of dark fruit with a medium alcohol sweetness. Some chocolate with a moderate malt sweetness.

T: Roast and caramel malt sweetness at moderately-high levels. There is a slight charcoal to burnt sugar note with some roasted malt bitterness as well. A medium-high malt bitterness and some alcohol countering the malt sweetness but balance the beer is tilted slightly towards the sweet side of things. The finish is off-sweet with a lingering roast flavor.

M: Full bodied and warm from the alcohol with a medium level of carbonations.

O: The taste is right up there with so of the best Stouts I've had with rich, layers of dark flavors. This will definitely help one shake of a chill on a cold March's night. The alcohol is a bit propionate in the flavor profile but it's in balance with the other strong flavors and not out of place for the style.

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

"Roar!" ...ok, sea monsters can't yell. But if they could they would. They would be greatly demonstrative with their attitude, their appearance, and their character- should I be scared to approach this beer?

Sea Monster opens up with the standard "stout" appearance. Deep and darken brown- appearing espresso-black through the middle. Its onyx color carries a dense blanket of tarnish foam that easily endures the session, shedding with lacing rings at each sip.

Its bold roast aromas once again harks to espresso- its earthen roast, burnt toast, grilled nuts and fruit are all supported with the scent of singed toffee and mild smoky chocolate. As the stout breathes, it releases subtle vinous nuances in the form of grape, dark berry and currant along with a spicy rum note.

Its taste leads with caramel, vanilla and heavy whipping cream for a sweeter start up. As the roast, charred toast, espresso, walnut and bittersweet chocolate folds in, the middle palate becomes sultry and robust. Its trailing fruit taste seems of grilled blackcurrant, grape and blackberry as the spicy alcohols carry- again a rummy finish with a long roasty-sweet aftertaste.

Full and smooth, the beer's body is creamy like malted milkshake. Its carbonation woven tightly into it lingering sweetness for a silky and velvety feel. Its roasty-bitter finish dries the palate and is assisted by alcohol warmth and trailing sweetness.

Sea Monster is rather a sea pup- It talks a big game, but is at its heart a friendly and endearing stout with a sweet side.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,861 ratings
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