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RATINGS: 630   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3798) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2011
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, a little coffee, dark chocolate, some resin, and some citrusy hops. Flavor nice for an imperial stout, strong of the dark notes, but the resin and hops don’t mix well. Thick texture. A pretty good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2011
The liquid thickness fills my glass with brown darkness rendering a beige head of foam. Smells like brown sugar, roasted malt and pine needles with some light fruity notes (figs, plums?). Medium body with a very bold flavor profile that is in no way smooth: Bitter chocolate, sweet malt, a little caramel and vanilla, fruity and finishing in over hopped bitterness that seems to be way too common for American imperial stouts. The 10% is well masked but I would have liked the bitterness cut back a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2011
Dark brown; red highlights; big beige head. Aroma - roasted barley. Flavor - Real bitter, roasty, a tinge of fruity sweetness. Gets better as I drink it. Sea Monster is right.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2011
on tap at Tylers Apex. 03/13/11. Good aroma, bitter sweet, dark choclate and coffee. Brownish black color, ok head, that faded quick. spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor, Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, Tasty, bit on the bitter side, not enough of the sweetness for my preference in the flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (2886) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 16, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, average and mostly diminishing dark brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, lots of roasted malt, some coffe and piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, roasted malt, some coffee, piney hoppyness. Finish is average to long, malty and lightly sweetish, roasted malt and some coffee and piney hoppyness. Not so sweet IPAwith nice hoppyness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1180) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2011
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Rerate: bomber shared with my other brother and Eric. Strength in difference is the strong coffee/chocolate aroma carrying nicely into the taste, with a rich roast presence making it a great sweet/roasty/bitter blend. Perhaps the original was an older bottle? This is a nice one. Original rating: 650ml bottle bought home from FLA by ck1 - thanks bro for sharing your 36 hour scamper! Pours a dark black with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, some hoppiness, brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is very sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla with a hint of coffee. Alcohol somewhat present, and getting stronger as if warms. Finishes with some hops - mildly thick. Not sure where they were going with this one. An American Strong? A bit thicker would be better as a stout. 8-4-7-4-13.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
Cask at Get Real NY. Coffee aroma with some chocolate, roasted malts. Bitter coffee, some vanilla. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
On tap at Vintner. Dark black color with a tan head on it. Smell is hoppy and full of roasted malts and chocolate notes. Taste smooth and easy to drink. Not really thick, but it is clearly an impy stout. Good stuff, but I am probably prejudice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a little bit of light red showing at the edges with a beige head. Contrary to the aesthetic of this stout, it was surprisingly thick on the palate with some nose booze tones. Flavors of cocoa, fudge, chocolate pudding with mild roast and even some yeast tartness. Anise spice, oats, oak and a little bit of acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2011
22oz bomber courtesy of peteinsd. thanks, peter! pours a dark, cola-brown with a thin, creamy, khaki head with light rentention and sticky, drippy lace. aroma is damn nice with big, dark, roasted malts, black coffee, and milk chocolate with notes of molasses, earthy hops, and oatmeal cookies with a hint of toffee as it warms. flavor is wonderful with bold mocha coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate up front backed by raw oatmeal, rum balls, and burnt pecan sandies with hints of cinnamon and vanilla on the back end. palate is full bodied, smooth as silk, and very easy drinking with moderated carbonation and a long, bittersweet, roasty finish. overall, a great imperial stout.


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