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
Ratings:
1,851
Reviews:
512
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
168
Gots:
429
For Trade:
14
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Photo of Furlinator
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 02/22/14

Pours opaque black with slight cola brown on the edges. A 1/4 inch of khaki head quickly settles to just a ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

Smell is fairly weak. Faint coffee, hints of plum and cherry and just a touch of alcohol.

Taste is stronger than the nose would imply. Dark fruit and faint black coffee up front with slight hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

An above average Imperial Stout with rich flavor and slight alcohol bite.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Bottle has been aged since early 2012.

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and a faint dark cola brown highlight. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film (made up of larger bubbles) surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some lighter notes of dark fruit sweetness as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts with some light notes of dark fruit sweetness (tastes like black currants) along with some light flavors of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers of a moderate amount of time. Very light hints of alcohol in the finish as the beer warms up.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer has a lot of flavors that remind me of a Baltic Porter which is a good thing since I am a pretty big fan of the style but might not be quite heavy enough in the body of an Imperial Stout (just my opinion). Very nice flavors and the 10% ABV is very well hidden in the beer, making it an easy beer to sip on for quite a while. Very enjoyable now that the weather has started to turn cooler in the evenings.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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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%

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Company - Sea Monster Imperial Stout, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a dark oil brown and settles black with a nice soapy head. Good lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and coffee with notes of oatmeal and currant. The currant gives a nice fruity touch that makes the aroma quite unique.

Taste - Currant and coffee with a blast of dark chocolate. Very bitter. Oatmeal is there, but very subtle.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Sits throat hot and boozy as hell, but in a good way. Moderate carbonation. Dry and drinkable.

Overall - Good solid imperial stout, but a little lacking in creaminess. If you like bitter dark chocolate, this is a win. The currant is a nice touch that sets this one apart from a lot of others.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface of the brew. Some slight lacing, entirely retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted coffee beans, black licorice, peat, clove, and bitter unsweetened dark chocolate.

T: Black licorice, dark chocolate, cloves, coffee....

M: Thick, hearty, grainy. Almost no residual aftertaste. Pure and pristine.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark and intimidating, with only a slight head, and little lacing. Nose is a symphony of roasted and bittersweet components. Black licorice, peat, and clove. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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