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
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1,851
Reviews:
512
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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168
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429
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14
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
2010 vintage

A: Opaque, dark brown color with no foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted malt is dark and smoky. Umami outdistances cocoa amongst the identifiable qualities. Yeast contributes fairly clean breadiness, but only slight fruit. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with flavors of roasted grain, umami, chocolate and mild wood smoke. Acidity is muted into the middle where bitterness develops and accentuates the chocolate and coffee flavor qualities. The finish sees an early departure of the precocious bitterness that makes way for soft and comforting vanilla. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, dense but slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer has aged to its undeniable benefit over the course of three years. While not as intense as fresh Sea Monster, it bears no sharp edges. The prominent (and out-of-place) acidity has been dulled considerably with time, while a previously undiscovered thread of vanilla is shown the light of day. What little oxidation this beer suffered has apparently contributed more than it detracted. A meat-and-potatoes American imperial stout has become something sublime.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$7.49
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Enjoy by: 2/14/14

What descriptors could I use to describe the color? As black as the deepest depths of the blackest seas? That'll work, I suppose. The mocha head rises slowly and peaks at a thick cap well after the pour. Foam eventually fades to a ring and swirlings but leaves velvety lace down the glass with each drink. Carbonation creeps up the glass and keeps the head intact through the entirety.

Unique. Deep roast hits off the bat before heavy handed dark berries takes over in the middle along with a heavy dose of baker's chocolate. The dark berries are overripe blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Coffee and cream bring up the rear, with the cream note is a nice lactic sweetness. A moderate pine/resinous hoppiness mop things up.

Baker's chocolate and those overripe berries mingle upfront and push all the way through. Mid palate they are joined by lactic sweetness (cream) and light roast coffee. The berry fruitiness along with a touch of booze adds a welcomed peppery bite. Solid resinous hoppiness lingers on the swallow. This beer is just wave after wave of big flavor. All work well together.

Ballast Point really nailed the mouthfeel. The body is surprisingly easy going, with weight that is on the heavy side of the spectrum but with leanings to the middle. Active carbonation adds to the lighter feel for a sense of high drinkability in a 10% beer. The finish is fairly dry and the mild alcohol fumes seem to scrub the tongue clean every drink.

Sea Monster is a stout with layer after layer of depth. Big bittersweet chocolate, berries, roast, coffee, hops, the list goes on but with all that depth it remains an easy drinker, relatively speaking. For the price you can't go wrong.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,851 ratings.
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