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: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very black pour, with a nice brown head.

For a 10% ABV, hard-hitting Imperial Stout, there's almost no detectable aroma...or I've lost my sense of smell...or specifically, I can't smell stouts...or these stouts are rigged for silent running in the odor department.

The flavor is that of a solid Imperial Stout. I don't know how to describe it better than that. It's textbook. Textbook can be a little boring, but better textbook than flawed.

Overall, it's a beer that I would gladly drink again, but not one I'd hound down.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking for an impy stout, black with a nice two finger brown head that settled to a nice creamy cap and left sticky lacing.

Aroma is rather more reserved than I expected, but has some burnt, roasty, coffee notes.

Flavor is far more bold, although I'm catching a little bit of metallic astringency. Otherwise it's a roasted malt bomb, tons of roasty and burnt flavors, tons of black coffee, some unsweetened baker's chocolate.

Drinkability is somewhat limited IMO. I don't think the alcohol is all that well hidden. Maybe let this one age.

Overall it's still an enjoyable imperial stout.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,855 ratings.
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