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RATINGS: 632   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 donít watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1776) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Tap at Fiddlers.

I guess I need to take a break from imperial stouts. This is a perfectly good one but it leaves me cold. Dark pour, nice brown head into a snifter. Roasty coffee, some berry notes. Smoke, coffee, pretty aggressive hopping. Itís alright, but just alright. Really, Ballast Point, itís not you, itís me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Big Texas Beer Fest. Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma is alcohol, chocolate, blackened toast, and dark grain. Taste is more toast, a little coffee, and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltser85 (241) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - APR 29, 2014
Pours jet black with a tan head. Aroma was roasted malts with bitter chocolate hints and slight coffee along with some dark fruits like cherry or currants. Taste was similar. Not overly complex and somewhat disappointing. Body seemed thin. This was at a little above cellar temp freshly opened. Fast forward two days resealed in the fridge. This beer is now much more medium to medium full bodied. The roast and coffee notes have rounded and are not as sharp which has allowed the bittersweet chocolate to give almost a milk chocolate notion. Cherry flavors have given way to unmistakeable currants. This beer is much better at 40 degrees and above when its been allowed to breathe....for like 2 days.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1228) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2014
Draft at vine and barley in FL. Cocoa and coffee notes with a hint of tobacco and wood. Medium full body. Mouthfeel is great. Hints of vanilla also. Loved it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3734) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is roast, liquorice, chocolate, molasse. Flavour is mild chocolate and roast, some liquorice and caramel. Thinner then expected.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3754) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014
BTBF. Dark brown color. Sweet chocolate aroma. Malty sugar, light roast. Flavor is dry, chocolately, super dry finish. More dryness...wow.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2158) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
Loads of anise in the nose and taste. Also in the nose is marshmallow, a bit of coffee, and dark chocolate. Appearance is dark, thin head, spotty lacing. Mouthfeel is oily, nice carbonation feel, the warmth is in the back, at the end. Pretty smooth and restrained considering it is 10% It is a nice sipper.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Experiment_Ale (918) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2014
At the Big Texas Beer Fest on 4/5/2014. Draft pours black with grey thin cream head. Aroma is roasty toasty smooth chocolate malt, marshmallow, vanilla. Taste is really smooth chocolate malt, big and bold roasted malt, very nice and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Awktoberfest (289) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
This is a great beer! So easy to drink. Near the top for imperial oatmeal stouts. Definitely grab again. My daughter picked it out based on only the angler fish on the bottle and although not overly hyped like the under performing sculptin ipa this came through! Good beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BadAprilia1000 (243) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours a thick black with a chocolate head. Aroma is of anise, coffee, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, and a little boozy. Taste is of sweet milk chocolate turning into caramel macchiato, with espresso, to a bitter bakers chocolate finish. Very smooth. Very velvety on the palate. Great beer.


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