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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of beertunes
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -8.8%
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 +12.8%

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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 yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz, 2011 bottle.

Pours a dark, still near black with a massive creamy and dense khaki head, thick sheets of lace and long lasting retention. Nose of mocha, baker's chocolate, berry, cocoa powder and pine but generally muted. Rich, silky body, soft carbonation, coats the palate through the finish. Minimal bitterness or roast in the flavor, sweet milk chocolate, cappuccino, pine and chocolate powder on the finish. Warming on finish, but no booze on flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, raisin, toast, dark bread, light char, brown sugar, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with light fruitiness; and good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, light char, light raisin, floral, and roasted earthiness. Slight coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, coffee, light char, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with some light hop balance; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with slight hop/fruitiness balance; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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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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