Sea Monster Imperial Stout | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Sea Monster Imperial StoutSea Monster Imperial Stout
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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 SavageHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that shows some retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate black that is opaque. Minimal lacing.

Nose- A combination of caramel that turns into bubblegum that reflects the muted coffee and roasted notes. Some chocolate appears and mitigate the warmer notes. Some caramel from the bottle. Light coffee seems to be the base. Some grain and oatmeal. Some toast.

Taste- Bittersweet chocolate is definitely the dominate note with considerable alcohol following. This is very sweet and could use some aging. Both the coffee and bittersweet coffee notes are rambunctious and they play well with the heat. In my opinion, this beer is way too hot for such a low alcohol content on an imperial. Bittersweet chocolate seems to move into cocoa. Light notes of oatmeal. Some raisins. While every aspect my not impress, most aspects seem to be in their place. It does become a bit sweet on the finish. Some caramel appears with notes of vanilla and oak. This isn't a great imperial stout but it is a good imperial stout. Heavy coffee on the finish with hints of oak and spice.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a bit of thinness to it. Some grittiness
and oatmeal on the finish.

Drinkability- The raisin character is a bit cloying but this is a good imperial for the money. I like it more than Sculpin.

Overall- This is a solid Imperial stout. Very boozy, lots of raisin. I could age a bottle but who would care? Still a solid beer.

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Photo of BeStoutMyHeart
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of 45nDown
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Imperial stout...Don't think so. Good out meal stout but a double imperial...NO Nice try.
It just fell short on all levels. This company can do better.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WritersBlock
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of beertunes
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black color with 1-1/2 (+) of light brown head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, but very well-focused and defined. Nice base grains, and a very slight malt sweetness. On the tongue, a sharp alcohol flavor dominated at first but after 15-20 seconds, the burn faded and left a nice blend of grain and malt, with a very slight roast note.

The body was solid, but not quite as full as I like for the style. Drinkability was good, once you got by the alcohol taste. Overall, a very good beer, almost a must try, but certainly worth your time.

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Photo of morimech
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking stout. Pours into the glass a dark black with two fingers of mocha colored head that looked like meringue. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Do not know how a stout can looking better than this.

Aroma has plenty of roasted malt but there is a lot of booziness. A bit of chocolate and maybe some earthy, floral hops. Nothing really exceptional here.

A lot of alcohol upfront in the flavor and that is what really dominates the rest of the flavor. Mild roasted malt and chocolate hints is about all I can pick out. Finishes hot.

Big body and nice carbonation. Good creamy texture that is hurt by the thinning effects of the alcohol.

Surprisingly disappointing big stout. Age probably would help this beer out and let it mellow out some. Just too hot fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pores this beer out of a bomber bottle into a dimple mug. Served cool.

This beer has a nice cola body and a mocha head.

Smells of burnt toast a d some coffee.

Tastes like it smells.

Well carbonated

I have to say that I was happy with the beer but not blown away by it either. Seemed to lack another dimension.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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 1,866 ratings
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