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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Photo of draheim
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep brownish black w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is dark and roasty. Dark fruit, blackstrap molasses, bitter chocolate.

Taste is likewise a rich, balanced blend of roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate. Clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Coats the palate without being thick or chewy. Carbonation just right.

Overall a really nice, straightforward imperial stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown in color, pretty much black, leaves a slight finger of tan head at the top, and a tiny bit of lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: A little bit of chocoloate and slight hint of espresso and malt, but very subtle nose on this beer nothing to crazy.

T: Very robust taste, lots of bitter from coffee and hops, slight hint of brown sugar and chocolate on the tail end.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, very little carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer at all, not one of my favorite stouts but it was tasty and warming,
Ballast Point seems to know what it is doing with all its brews.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is chocolate easter eggs....more milk chocolate than bitter dark cocoa....light hint of dark fruits...

Taste is again milk chocolate forward...some dark fruits....a little molasses perhaps...

Body is creamy smooth..velvety....big enough...a little sharp with the booze on the finish

This is a quality Impy Stout that I am enjoying but would put a notch below the big hitters. it is just not as full flavored as some (Darkness, Dark Lord, etc). A bit of boozy but I want that in a beer like this....

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 2/1/14.

A: Pour down the middle leads to a touch under a finger of head. Pitch black. Poured not quite like motor oil. Head is a mochoa brown. Rapid dissipation, moderate lacing.

S: Big ole beer. Chocolate, toffee out the ass, heady aromatics of dark fruit and dark chocolate. Presence of alcohol. Slightly woodsy, nutty and toasty.

T: Big, rich dark fruit right at the front. Figs, raisins, dates, etc. Slowly fades into bittersweet chocolate, with some hits of coffee bitterness. Finish is darkened fruit and cocoa powder with leafy/herbal bitterness.

M: Appropriately big. Full bodied and chewy. The carbonation is fine, but present enough to keep this one from being a syrupy mess.

O: Good, but not stellar. While this one has a better body, the Victory at Sea smokes it in every other comparison. Still a good brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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