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RATINGS: 621   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Bomber from liquor depot Tampa. Pours a deep, dark brown with a small light tan head. Nose is a bit of chocolate, some light coffee or cafe con leche, bits of caramel, a little booze, and hops. Pronounced grapefruit and slight pine hops. Flavor is like hoppy chocolate with some coffee. Pronounced grapefruit and some pine hops as well. Great balance and no sense of the 10% abc. Medium in body, and very good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Charred oak, grapefruit peel, tar, nose. Black, thin yellow head, poor retention. Flavor is charred oak, bark. Strong licorice undercurrent that is more prominent when warm. Medium body. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Subtle espresso finish. Not overly done, quite drinkable, but not distinctive.Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Appearance: black decadence. Dark khaki tan head. Swirls creamy espresso crema along the edges, but not much else.
Nose: rooty, roasty, and earthy. Hit of heat and tart meaty black fruits in the back. Charcoal bricks. Smoke and tar. Mildest up front, building in the middle, with a crescendo finish. Leather tannins.
Palate: meaty and chewy dark fruits up front – prunes and dates. Tar and char all around the sides. Burnt woods and charcoal underneath. Bakers chocolate in the breath. Smoked pitted dark fruits. Ash and cooled embers. Bark. Faint nip of tartness in the middle. Leather tannins along the edges.
Final Thoughts: big, sticky, and heavy, Sea Monster Imperial Stout was a sipper to be sure. Forget the fridge, you could almost take this beer off the shelf and pour directly into your glass, a chalice or snifter of some sort, please and thanks.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Pours brownish/black with thick tan head.  Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt and that is it.  Weak aroma.  Flavor of chocolate.  Way too thin.  Was expecting more.  Big let down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Dark mahogany bordering black pour with a thin creamy khaki head. Aroma of roasted coffee, cocoa, and a little dark fruit. Flavor shows bittering hops and coffee bean, dark chocolate, and a dash of caramel for sweetness. Medium mouthfeel for the style...good but would skip over it next time at the store.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
This was a very legit imperial stout but I don’t think it crested into the top rankings of them. Good chocolate, finishing a little thin with the roasted flavors. Decently dark, but not intense, and a rather moderate mouth feel. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 2, 2011
bottle. nice smooth doughy dark chocolate, with a healthy dose of molasses, and a touch of vanilla. creamy. sweet. booze well hidden. some light figgy plummy dark fruits. pretty solid. enjoyed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1333) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Decent tan head with sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is thick and massive malt, oat, a touch of roast/char, and earthy hops. Taste is coffee, chocolate, noticeable bitter hops, a raisin/malty sweetness toward the back, and alcohol. I’ve had this in bottles and via tap multiple times and it usually comes across as a bit rough. I believe this particular bottle is the most recent batch and it seems a bit smoother but I think it could use a few years in the bottle to even out. I’ll have to remember to grab one and stash it away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Big malty, chocolate, woody aromas coming off a dark, garnet body with a thick light brown head. Dark and milk chocolate flavors swirl around each other followed an espresso flavor with a woody, bitter bite. While the body is surprisingly thin for a stout, there’s a creaminess that fills the mouth which makes up for it. The 10% ABV is almost completely hidden making this dangerously easy to drink. The chocolate and husky, woody flavors linger long after the beer is gone.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Wine 101 in Wake Forest, NC. Dark brown, nearly black, pour with a creamy khaki head. Surprisingly understated aroma of mostly dark chocolate with faint roasted coffee and floral hops. Very nice roasted malt flavor (even if the malt is slightly bitter). Dark chocolate, burnt espresso, and smoke are the dominant flavors. The mouthfeel is almost creamy in texture. Nothing mind-blowing, but a very well done Imperial Stout.


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