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Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Sea Monster Imperial Stout is a new version of an old favorite. This hearty stout is black as the abyss and clocks in at a whopping 10% ABV, a real monster. The flavors of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate are complamented by a velvety smoothness from the addition of un-malted barley and oats. Colombus and Amarillo hops help to balance out the huge malt character of this flavor bomb. Be careful the alcohol is well hidden and will sneak up on you if you don’t watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8295) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with a short brown head, some retention. Dark caramel and chocolate malt, coffee grounds, nougat aroma impression. Lightly nutty with subtler herbal cola / vanilla. Full bodied, rich and chewy and malty. Lightly sweet chocolate malt approach turning more to black malt / char late. Savory burnt toast / bread crustiness late, the finish is dry and bitter and quenching.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
samsmith33 (435) - - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle to Snifter. Aroma: Coffee. Toasted grains. Appearance: Dark black , medium white head, oily sheen after head fades. Taste: alcohol, burnt toast, Not great....The Ballast Point IPA is better, and its rare that i would prefer any IPA to a stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2148) - SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2015
650ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Roasted, hoppy aroma, licorice, chocolate, coffee, caramel, spruce, ash. Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Heavily roasted taste, licorice, coffee beans, chocolate, hops, ash, caramel. Quite rich, but the finish is very astringent, almost harsh. (2014-12-28)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fantomasus (239) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Confused. I thought I had tried this before (draft) and loved it. Maybe not. Maybe the lower rating because this is a bottled in 2013 tried in 2014. Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is weak but pleasant: bread, floral, and leather. Palate is okay. Kind of lame.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (372) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2015
from beer tastings...from dusty...very very mellow nose....taste is beautiful....mellow berries coffee chocolate licorice and leather.....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle shared with my dad, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of chocolate, dark cocoa, roast, hints of caramel, toffee, some slight spicy notes into some nice coffee tones. Taste is a mix of chocolate, coffee, roast, hints of slight dark fruit into a bit of caramel, some earthy tones, finishing slightly roasted, bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3271) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Backlog rating. 22oz bottle at Caspar tasting at Chriso’s, London. It pours a deep dark brown color with a small mocha head, Aroma is roasted coffee beans, chocolate, wood, black pepper, vanilla. Taste is roasty with dark chocolate, espresso, leather, vanilla, wood. Some dark fruit notes too. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty RIS

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (922) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2014
Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, malt, hop, cocoa, chocolate. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2673) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2014
22oz. bottle. Aroma of dark, roasty malts, sweetened coffee, dark chocolate, faint prune, toffee and molasses, tinge of green, floral hops in the background as well. Solid ebony in color with a very fine, lasting, khaki head and matching lace. Flavor profile is sweet, roasty, alcoholic and moderately bitter, with suggestions of chocolate cake, espresso, raisin and earthy, spicy hop. Effervescent, generously warming and lightly acidic on the palate, body is very full. Fairly average for the style, certainly not bad, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (3635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2014. Roasted and malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Malty beer with some chocolate and roasted notes.


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