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RATINGS: 649   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8833) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
Bitter yet balanced. A bitterness based on coffee and hops. Black with red highlights, and lace sheets. Great roast, coffee aromas. A sipper. Another great creation from this brewery. Aged a year

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Honestbrewer2 (16) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Jet black and almost tar-like in appearance. The tan head doesn’t last, which is to be expected with such a strong beer. The aroma has chocolate overtone. A nice dark roast coffee comes through in the taste. Very smooth and great balance for such a big beer. Definitely getting some caramel and alcohol coming through in the aftertaste, but very smooth finish. A very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3406) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
On draft at Tap 25 in Livermore. It pours black with a nice tan head. The aroma has lots of dark fruits, licorice and a little roasted malt. The flavor is pretty much the same with a subdued roasted malt quality compared to other imperial stouts and more fruits and licorice. Nice roasty finish though. Nice balanced impy stout!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate. Great chocolate and coffee flavor that is balanced with just a touch of hops. Great flavor, well balanced beer. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4490) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Courtesy of Guerde. Black color with a small head. Chocolatey aroma. Solid malt and caramel flavor. Light coffee. A bit of dank and pine hop flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1359) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan frothy head that stayed around for a while. There’s also a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like coffee, dark fruit, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Even though there is some sweetness noticeable, it’s mostly roasty and bitter tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, I’d try this again in the future.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Rich black pour with a thin but dense looking tan head, slowly fading into a single ring around the glass. Big roasty aroma. Tons of chocolate, coffee, toast, and licorice notes. Also a bit of burnt sugar, and a vague suggestion of leather. Flavor is very dry and roasty. Slightly burnt toast fades into a stronger touch of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Semi-sweet, but well balanced by the bitterness of the roast, unlike a lot of stouts that overwhelm you with charred malts that taste like they were roasted on the devil’s ass. Slowly fading whisper of alcohol that warms as it warms. Somewhat dry finish, with a mild lasting bitterness. Silky smooth on the palate. Great stuff. Seems more roasty from the bottle than it was on draft.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanfolty (1883) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V Dark brown pour with some head, chocolate with some spicy hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6807) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Darker brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is toffee and cleaner. Medium palate. Taste is chocolate and some lactose.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
dark body wtih minimal head. Another vinous bourbon aroma with some chocolate. The body was better, with more chocolate character and unoffensive bourbon. A tad chaclky, but not too bad for something that had bourbon involved.


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