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RATINGS: 713   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5312) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Lots of roasty musk and a good dose of coffee and dark chocolate. Pours black with good head and lacing. Medium bitter finish with some caramel sweetness, rich on palate. Creamy texture. Tap at Churchkey.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2015
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, and boozy, with hints of chocolate and leather. Taste/Palate: creamy and sweet; finishes slightly astringent. Best beer I have ever had. Seriously.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (343) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle: Very dense and dark with a thick head & great lace. Very dark roasted nose. Coffee, cocoa but also a huge lift of hops. Looks like bittering hops. Inky. Char. very dense. Dry to off dry. Not sour but very bitter. This beer had massive flavor but it lacks the creamy, chocolate of some other great Imperial Stouts. Itís a different twist and one that uses hops to balance the over the top flavor. Fair showing of hops aromatically.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (70) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Dark brown in color with virtually no head or lacing. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, coco, and booze. No carbonation to speak of with this mostly full bodied brew. Tastes of chocolate, burnt wood, booze, and maybe a little coffee. Overall, a pretty good stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (871) - - MAR 8, 2015
Bomber. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate and a bit of hop bitterness. Pours black with a thin light brown head with good retention and not much lacing. Starts smooth with rich roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Finishes fairly smooth with more dryness than a usual stout and a bit of hop bitterness at the very end. I was a little thrown off by the bitterness, but a nice imperial stout nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (882) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pours a dark black with a well sustaining khaki head with good lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of umami. Taste has the faintest hint of sweetness then you get some dark chocolate and cherry along with some alcohol. Aftertaste has some acidic coffee and roast and a moderately sharp bitterness that lingers into a dry finish. Mouthfeel is semi slick with a medium/full body and moderate carbonation. Very solid imperial stout that was just a bit too bitter but I still really enjoyed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (781) - - MAR 7, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and malt. Taste is dark, bittersweet chocolate, some cherry, and a roasted coffee with an acidic bitterness at the end that clings to the tongue. A medium-full semi-dry mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Black pour with a single finger, tan head. Big time bitterness. Taste has stone fruit sweetness and some yeasty notes I wasnít expecting. Bitter finish and very dry. Lots of roast and smokiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), with light notes of vanilla, cassis, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A simple but fairly solid rendition. Not a lot in the nose other than the usual stouty stuff, maybe a little berry, not terribly "Imperial", just a plain stout nose with a touch more alcohol. Decent balance, and maybe a little watery but fair mouthfeel. All in all pretty rudimentary and unexciting, but no flaws so thatís good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Milk chocolate and dried cranberries become roasted coffee beans and caramel until green hop resins, roasted bitterness and fruity acidity coalesce in the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the darkest brown.
-This is one not of those new world impys. It is not sugar-heavy and is actually based on a blend of specialty malts and fermentation character which leads an intelligent, smooth interplay of fruity acidity and delicate roasted cereal flavors.
-A light alcohol bite accompanies the pleasant acidity and bitterness.
-This is complex and harmonious throughout.

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