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 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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Photo of bmwats
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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Photo of sprague808
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of prock180
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bnes09
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black allowing no light to penetrate. Pours a weakfish cinnamon colored head with fairly poor retention and a few lace spots. Pretty standard for the style.

Roasted, almost burnt aroma. Charcoal and smoked sausage come to mind. Hint of coffee and burnt wheat toast.

Flavor follows the nose pretty close. Lots of dry, bitter, roasted character but more on the grainy side. Hops are there too with an assertive grapefruit, pine and herbal jolt to the taste buds. Minimal sweetness here, just a touch of molasses. Well balanced malt and hop character.

Full bodied for sure. Dense, yet not syrupy. Slight grainy texture on the tongue. Super dry finish.

A good example of a double stout. Closer to a Russian imperial stout in my opinion but it could go either way. Just enough complexity and well balanced. Standard, yet solid.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of NickHalden
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a tan head that fades after a minute in the glass. Some lacing along the glass as well. The smell that hits me is the roasted malt and dates. The taste of this beer starts off strong with a mix of bitter and sweet. The taste of dates, dried fruit, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and port are what hit my tongue with a aftertaste of some alcohol. Overall this beer isn't bad but compared to other Imperial Stouts this isn't my favorite. Actually reminds me of a Belgium Strong Ale rather than a Imperial due to the heavy fruit and port taste. Would not mind having another in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of drpimento
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bit warm with a small, soon to fade, tan head and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is a bit mild, roasty, toasty, malt, hint of molasses and dates. Flavors very close to supreme, but a tad sweet for me. Really good balance, if it weren't for the slightly oversweet. Tang does help to make up for the sweet, but the sweet clashes slightly with the bitter giving odd sharpness in the mouth. Body/carbonation is good but for that odd bitter/sweet thing. Finish is like flavor and the odd bitter/sweet thing ends up dominant. I would have another tho at the end the alcohol does rattle my noggin.

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Photo of MikeRusso
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle approximately 2 years old.

A: Jet black pour, opaque and solid. Big, dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving thick fluffy chunks of lacing. Good retention.

S: Interesting aroma. Get a lot of molasses with some anise maybe? Mild chocolate and char too.

T: Lots of coffee initially, followed by a fair amount of sweet chocolate and molasses to back it up. Very mocha-ish. Decent chunk of anise in the middle. Chocolate and coffee turn acrid and bitter into the finish very quickly. Big wave of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste, maybe some hoppiness in there too?

M: Heavy and thick.

O: Different IS for sure. Surprising molasses and an unusually strong anise component as well. Pretty complex and fairly balanced brew. Quite bitter, I will say. A little sharp too, even though this is 2 years old. I had a bottle of this fresh before and I remember it being quite harsh so it's not surprising. Probably needs another few years to fully mellow out. It's not bad but not my favorite.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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