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RATINGS: 641   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 donít watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Tastes like it was brewed downwind from an outdoor barbecue cookoff. Roasty as all hell, yet sweet and coffee-centered, with a wonderfully smoky fade that is both dripping with IBUs and mocha goodness. Pours dark, dark brown that eventually reaches black, with a dark brown head that blurbles for a few moments before receding. The aroma is the only stumbling point, roasty with mild chocolate, but rather bland for the blackened wonder youíre about to drink. Makes me want to eat a steak. (5/22/09)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (563) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Pours dark black with a medium chocolate head, lots of carbonation and lots of lacing. Aromas is somewhat muted dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. The mouth-feel is thick, smooth and carbonated, almost chewy. The taste is very burnt bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The bitterness lingers forever. Itís very good but not an every-day drinker. Another very good beer from Ballast Point.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2011
pitch black pour with a finger and a half tan head. wonderful chocolate nose with a slight boozy note. very nice roasty, chocolate flavor. not much coffee flavor till the finish, where a malty bitterness lingers. not bad, but overpriced to buy again

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2004) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, espresso, & dark chocolate; Flavor of rich roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, and hops; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, good drinkability - but a bit thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (883) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2011
/Somehow this beer us very dark but also sprightly. The roasted melt stays more int he background with enough complementary hops to keep the coffee root beer sweetness from running away with things, Modest dark tan head.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2309) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Pours a solid black color with a huge fluffy off white head that shows remarkable staying power. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, earthy hops, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of coffee and chocolate as expected. Dark caramel, citrus hops, and alcohol battle for supporting roles. Ashy roast and citrus bitterness leave there mark on my taste buds long after every sip. Surprisingly thin body really surprised me, I was expecting much more than this one delivers. Oily chocolate type mouthfeel with a medium to low level of carbonation. Very flavorful brew that I quite enjoyed, but this really could use a bit more body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours as dark as Iíve ever seen a beer. Very good lacing. Pretty typical aroma/taste of roast coffee and hints of chocolate. Creamy mouth texture is not at all watery and super easy to drink. This strikes me as a potentially dangerous 10%; Iím not picking up any alcohol at all. If only they could have upped the flavor intensity of this beer it would be a gem. Very satisfying nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
Pretty basic offering of a stout, it has a dark malty undertone and decent chocolate/coffee like finish, overall not bad, good offering

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle pours a jet black with a thick tan head. Scent is dark chocolate, hops and coffee. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, chocolate with a bitter hoppy finish. Reminds me of a stronger Happy Ending stout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
Sampled at Dark Lord Day. Thanks for the share. Very dark black with small head. Kind of light body with typical stout flavours. Not very roasty. Would have again.


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