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 (7084) - 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 (2945) - 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 (1441) - 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.
kathouse (1288) - Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with a nice tan foam. Aroma is a little piney, a little citrusy, and a little coffee. Flavor is full bodied, chocolate, and very smooth. The oats are a great addition to this beer. Smooth finish is refreshing and just a touch dry. Alcohol is not detectable. Hops are barely detectable. Good beer.
Tmoney99 (12050) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in snifter. Poured a black color with an average to large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, sweet malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet roasted dark malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Very good beer.
b3shine (6761) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft for the Ballast Point release at Dutchís. Looks good; pitch black with nice lacing. Smells good too. Roasty. Tastes very good; dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is decent, but could use some aging. Overall, a nice, unique spin on imperial stouts (not as sweet and heavy).
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
coffee, dark fruits, and boozey aroma. Taste is a little boozey with some roasted notes. Surprisingly, I was a little underwhelmed with this beer. I love victory at sea, but this one just didnít zap as much. Very easy to drink for the ABV, but didnít knock my socks.