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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
Ranking:
#3,200
Reviews:
514
Ratings:
1,859
pDev:
9.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,859 |  Reviews: 514
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of letitbebroke1
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of generallee
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 10%. It also has a freshness date and short description.

Appearance: The Sea Monster pours slow, thick and black as night. A tall tan head forms over the opaque brew. It's head quickly settles down and forms a ring of lacing that hangs on the edge of the glass.

Smell: This one found my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. In the glass I get big roasted notes, burnt toast, heavy malt, coffee, caramel and toffee.

Taste / Palate: The Monster brings big lingering roasted and heavily toasted, almost burnt maltiness. The middle adds some caramel and raison like dark fruity sweetness. This fades back into pleasing roasted malt and hop bitterness.

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Photo of JakeWright
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Furlinator
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jonathaniler
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,859 ratings
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