flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with a tan head. Rich roasted caramel apple aroma. Deliciously sweet roasty smoked caramel apple flavor. Thick with medium carbonation. Really enjoyed this one!
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours heavy dark black with a reddish head. Aromas of liquorish chocolate nib some coffee burnt hop resin and some smoked pine. Flavor is bitter and creamy flavors of bitter cocoa alcohol some hop resin. Body is creamy and full finishes very bitter
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from peteinSD, thanks man. Aroma has notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, peat and stinky hops. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small foamy tan head that almost fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is medium/heavy sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery with an average carbonation. Overall an average impy that needs a larger malt profile to balance out those Colombus hops.
DrSilverworm (8867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Opaque black color. Nice, thick foamy light brown head. Good lace. Light carbonation. Big body, great chewy texture. Very nice roasty chocolate coffee aroma, very good through the finish, with enough aftertaste to make this a great sipper for savoring the delicious bittersweet flavor. I really enjoyed this.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from thome50, I believe. Strange aroma with raisins, soap. Taste has a bunch of coffee ashes, some figs, plums, and astringent in the finish. Taste is similar to aroma. Blerg!!! This is not my thing, but John Rothman really likes it.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of dcschiller. Poured black obviously. taste was bitter chocolate and malt. Coffee was present, but not over bearing. It had a hop bite, but again, not too much. The 10% was not noticable at all. Very velvety smooth mouthfeel. I liked this a lot. Thanks Dave
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into an Engish pint glass from a 650ml bottle undated.
A: Pitch black body with a dense tan head that leaves a mess on the glass, good retention.
S: Faint roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a slight raisin smell. Rather bittersweet.
T: Intense, lots of flavor going on here. Dark chocolate up-front with a raisin fruitiness into a roasted coffee and a slightly smokey finish. Bittersweet.
M: So thick I could chew this.
O: Bold and intense, but I recommend splitting a bottle.
blipp (7182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malty aroma with dark fruits and dark chocolate. The flavor has roasted malts, light fruity hops, and chocolate sweetness. Pretty good.
keepersj12 (2956) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As the label suggests, coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts balanced by just the right amount of hops to make it all come together perfectly. A great beer from one of the best breweries.
Chad9976 (1469) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout was a beer I didnít know much about but when a friend from San Diego offered to send me one in a trade, and I noticed it rated highly, I thought I was in for something special. But what I got was a surprisingly average beer for the style (and the brewery) which I ultimately liked, but didnít love. I think most drinkers will feel the same way.
I received a 22oz bottle from a friend (thanks, Ryan!). I split it with a friend and poured my half into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Jet black opaque body with no other colors visible. Forms a large, dark khaki colored, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Surprisingly mild with more of a traditional pub-style stout aroma of sweet malts and some black licorice. No alcohol presence, though.
Taste: Iíve had plenty of "big deal" imperial stouts by now so Iím pretty familiar with what can be done with the style, and Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout leans heavily in the direction of the types I donít like as much (notice I said "as much"). It begins with a mild sweetness, closer to a foreign extra stout than an American-style or Russian imperial brew. Licorice, a caramel syrup sweetness and a sharp dryness all come through in the middle. The finish is quite distracting, though, with a strong presence of pure booze with rubbing alcohol-like flavor and warmth. It becomes more tolerable the more I drink, but never fades away completely. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean with just a subtle dry combination of roasted malts, sugary residue, and alcohol. Is it tasty? Yes, and itís quite enjoyable, but I couldnít help but feel so much more couldíve been done.
Drinkability: Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout weighs in at 10% ABV and you can definitely tell from the overt alcohol presence. The mouthfeel seems thinner and more carbonated than youíd expect. While there is noticeable sweetness, itís not sticky and cloying, nor does it have the texture of carbonated molasses. But itís a hefty, dense brew and I definitely felt the alcohol, so Iím glad I split the bottle with a friend. This beer almost demands to be paired with a rich dessert to take some of the edge off. As a standalone dessert or sipper it satisfies for sure, but itís a little challenging. Recommended for experienced imperial stout drinkers only.