The Tongue Monster | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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The Tongue MonsterThe Tongue Monster

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
Photo of notchucknorris
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost black with a slightly reddish hue when held to the light. Really nice light brown head that sticks around a while.

S: Lots of bourbon upfront with a bit of soy sauce. As it warms, the soy sauce smell disappears and some sweeter aromas come out. Toasted coconut, chocolate, caramel and tootsie roll.

T: Nice and sweet to start with flavors of caramel and a bit of dark chocolate. The middle brings the tongue buckler with some nice citrus hops. There's also a hint of roasted malt in the back. Nice creamy mouthfeel. This is a win in my book for Ballast. I hope they make more.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Ballast Point Old Grove in a snifter. This is a blend of Sea Monster and Tongue Buckler aged in Bourbon barrels for 8 months. Sounds interesting. Considering the Bourbon Barrel Aged Tongue Buckler I recently had resembled a Barrel Aged American Barleywine (and it was only aged for a few months in the barrel). I expect this blend of Tongue Buckler and Sea Monster aged for eight months to be like a barrel aged blend of American Barleywine and Imperial Stout.

A: Black with an impressive one inch of light brown froth. Retention is great; the head takes a few minutes to recede. Some lacing is left behind.

S: Caramel and coconut with dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. An aromatic blend of excellent components. Tongue Buckler contributes notes of grapefruit and pine. Light booze and a decent amount of oak. Very good.

T: Chocolate and caramel up front with a firm upper moderate bitterness. Hop notes resemble grapefruit and pine. I get a fair amount of coconut midpalate with vanilla and drying oak. Bourbon is pervasive and insistent. The finish is a bit aggressive, but not overly so considering the potency of the two components, with an upper moderate bitterness blending with evident alcohol and a touch of astringent character. Chocolate, bourbon, caramel, and oak linger.

M: Full in body with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy, creamy, lightly tannic, and silky.

Overall: This is a bit aggressive but very good. I'd say this experiment was a success.

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The Tongue Monster from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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