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RATINGS: 637   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwa5879 (631) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Black pour with very thin layer of oatmeal head. Strong boozy scotch pine and corn aroma with some iron metallics, maple, and molasses. Low carbonation, thick frothy mouthfeel, assertive dry finish. Taste is dark fruits and rich chocolate, hints of bourbon and strong charred oak, bitter vanilla too. Nice strong imperial stout with great complexity at first but stumbles a bit on the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcclainc50 (171) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a light tab head. Slight aroma of barley and chocolate. Too thin for a stout, very watery. Chocolate notes with a bit of barley and oat in the flavor. Not worth trying again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtdewa1 (294) - rome, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Dark black pour, medium white head. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is malts, barley and dark chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth, a little thin for a stout. Overall good but had better.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2003) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2014
15.02.2014, 0,65l bottle sampled @ RBNG14:
Small slightly brown mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and balanced, dark malts, coffee, licorice, grass, alcohol, hay. Taste is slightly sour-ish and dry, dark malts, sour coffee, grass, licorice, caramel, alcohol, hints of almond essence and cardboard. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough, a little disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1735) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2014
$8 in San Diego 650ml. No stand out for the style but good nevertheless. The high abv hits reasonably hard but the coffee and roast of the stout keeps some presence (a good thing). Good balance throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1807) - 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. It’s alright, but just alright. Really, Ballast Point, it’s not you, it’s 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 (250) - 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 (1253) - 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 (3771) - 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.


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