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: 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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Surprised to see that I haven't reviewed with beer yet, so here we go.

Slowly opened the bottle to have a faint roasted aroma burst outwards. Pours a very dark, burn mahogany when put up to light. Faint tan lacing. Some sweet but dark malt aromas.

Earthy, dark and roasted flavors are immediately apparent. It almost tastes a little woody, too, probably from the hops. A faint touch of alcohol warmth. Piney hops in after taste. Hidden notes of vanilla and chocolate, molasses? This drinks more like an oatmeal stout than an imperial. Despite that, this beer still tastes good. Definitely a good batch o' stout. Definitely deserving of letting this one breath, and maybe let it age for 6 months to smooth out some of the edges. Definitely not as rough as beers of its size, just in need of a little mellowing.

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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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