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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a prominent, sturdy and tacky, dark tan head. Color is dark brown with some red hues at the light.

Smells of simmering wood and bubblegum sweetness at the forefront. Cocoa nibs and dark milk chocolate notes are noticed next, followed by a hint of molasses and licorice. Has a rich and fulfilling aroma to say the least.

Milk chocolate, dry roasted coffee beans, bubblegum, distant grape, ripe plum and oak to the tongue.

High carbonation leads to a wide-open mouth-feel. Medium to heavy in nature and has a creamy middle. Viscous as warranted with a pleasant warmth.

It's not quite winter, but this brew puts me in the mood for the cool down. I only wish I had better access to it, but I guess there always has to be an excuse for a road, and this is the best excuse I can think of right now.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured form the bottle into a snifter

A: Opaque black with a thick mocha head. Looked a bit thing coming from the bottle but clings thick to the glass

S: Getting lots of dark fruit, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, fig, currant, licorice, booze, dark grapes, and coffee. Smells great.

T: Roasted malt buckles to taking a bite from a dark chocolate bar, followed by espresso, fig, raisin, coffee, all culminates to a surprisingly thick hoppy finish

M: Sticky and envelops the whole mouth. Booze is present through out and goes down pretty hot. Definitely a sipper.

O: Good brew. Wish it was a bit smoother and the booze is way to overpowering consider Victory at Sea is pretty close ABV but doesn't bring nearly the heat this one does. Pretty good American stout. Surprised by the amount of hops in this guy and it's definitely deep and complex. It was a little much having the bomber to myself and there are just too many other great versions of this style. With that being said though i wouldn't mind picking up another one in the future. Hopefully the one I'm aging now will be a bit less boozy!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 02/14/14 served in my snifter

A- Deep and dark with quickly dissipating head in a beautiful light mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, dark fruits, espresso, some chocolate, with alcohol on the tail end.

T- Just as the nose. Starts off with dark fruits but quickly settles into a nice espresso slightly hopped bitterness. I also get a nice mocha flavor on the caboose of this as well. Alcohol is well hidden, but blends perfectly with the minuet amount of hops in this beer.

Over all delicious, first glass is almost down after this review, drinks quick, and sits nice. Highly recommend for any stout lover. Nice intro to Imp stouts if you haven't danced before.

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Sea Monster Imperial Stout from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,855 ratings.
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