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Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 donít watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015
A very nice imperial. Dark brown pour, frothy tan head. Palate more like storm king - on the regular stout end, but flavor is imperial. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. Decent finish. Very drinkable 10% alcohol well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (529) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2015
On tap at hearthstone pub. Pours opaque dark brown, nearly black with a small tan head. Flavor and aroma are coffee, cocoa and booze. Almost tasted oak aged to me, even though itís not. A very fine stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2171) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle at Tommyknocker. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with coffee, roasted malts, hops, chocolate, nuts, raisins, oak and a bit of licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, hops, licorice, coffee and nuts. Exquisite imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1315) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle from from choice beverages. Pours a black with a medium tan head. The aromas are oil, chocolate, coffee. The mouthfeel is dry, roasty and bitter. Great beer. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate, malty nose and taste is baked chocolate, some malty sweetness, no currant. High ABV is hidden. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (3537) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted coffee, caramell dark chocolate, salty, licorice dark fruit vanilla aroma. Roasted coffee and licorice, salty, fruity, vanilla, caramell flavour with some ashy and earthy notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (907) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, oak, and maple syrup. Smells good. Taste is bitter chocolate, syrup, and oak. Has a nice roasted malt backbone. Lingering bitter chocolate taste. The alcohol is hidden, but definitely warming. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Body is medium and carbonated. Finish is very bitter and dry. Itís a sipper, but a really good one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2041) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 24, 2015
Impenetrably black with a rocky covering of mocha coloured head that seems to be reluctantly subsiding in my glass. There are the traditional stout aromas of coffee, molasses and dusty dark chocolate, but this carries with these an aroma of maple leaves and mellow green hoppiness. In fact, the flavour offers up green spruce, oranges and orange lobes, nectarine and even kiwifruit. The body is medium and mostly disguises the heavy hitting alcohol. It is an iron fist in a velvet glove, but there are hints, because the glove wearer looks like Mike Tyson and is sniggering before walloping you in the face. The finish is juicy but also offers licorice, molasses and sweet coffee. Youíre a brute, but I love you.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (2041) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2015
bottle shared with a friend, poured a dark brown colour with a tanned head, roasted malts, dark coffee hits the nose first, iím getting ash, cacao, long lasting bitterness in the back, vanilla, toffee, ok mouthfeel, but a bit to boring

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (5046) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
650 ml bottle. Dark amber/brown body with a thin beige head that fades. Aroma has quite mild, dark malt, gentle roast, dark chocolate and hint of coffee. Flavor is sweet, smooth, light roasted dark malt, chocolate, coffee, balanced good bitterness and warming alcohol. Fine body and good aftertaste. Delicious.


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