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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4632) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Draft via sixtel on tap at home. Poured a good looking pitch black body under an average sized deep beige head that is creamy but with a few lasting large soap style bubbles. The aroma is dark chocolate and vanilla extract, burnt espresso and burnt toast Plus a little bit of dark fruit adding a touch of sweetness. The body completely hides the 10% except for maybe a slight touch of heat on the very end of the swallow. The body is fuller and silky smooth with light carbonation. Flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of vanilla extract and dark chocolate, burnt dark toast, slight charcoal and some old old old black coffee with cream. Good stuff and Iím surprised itís not more roasty and alcohol laden for the big ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Pours black, cresting tan foam subsiding to edges of glass. Nice chocolate/coffee aromas turning toastier mid-palate yet not entirely in pace with colors suggestiveness. Still retains interest, sweetness and heat kept at bay despite %, making it a decent nod.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3417) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours dark brown with a creamy medium mocha head...good lacing and retention. Aroma has dark fruit and some subtle cocoa. Flavor follows suit...heavy on the dark fruit with some cocoa, roastiness, and ash coming late. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and the finish is very roasty and a bit dry...slightly boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Aroma of cocoa, iron, and malt. Pours black but not thick with a light tan foamy head. Tastes of roast malt, anis and mocha. Thin mouthfeel that reveals the alcohol. Not what I hoped but good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (4921) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Skyview Tasting, Nov. 11, 2011, shared by Guerde. A middling quality of imperial stouts. Black of course. Thin palate, and lots of roasted malt, with little else there. Charred finish. I have to think there are better batches than this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreaperguru (251) - santee, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours a jet black color with virtually no head.The aroma was of coffee and hints of chocolate.The flavor was of creamy chocolate and roasted coffee.The body was full with a creamy mouth feel and a bitter aftertaste.Overall a good beer from Ballast point.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robL (22) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Dark, heavy, boozey, and intense! The aromas of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate hit you upfront. But there is little sweetness to the initial taste. Malts and hops come forward as it warms, as does the alcohol. Very drinkable for an imperial stout. A great slow-sipping warmer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pour is black and head is huge and brown. Nose is bitter chocolate and leather. Some fruity notes as well. Taste is bitter and sweet with a nice twang at the end. Decent long aftertase, heavy and smooth body. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (808) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
On tap at brewery tasting room. Black pour with thin head and thinner retention but at least some. Nose of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Taste lines up pretty much the same with a little bitter bite. Pretty good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Overall a very good beer, though it is not exceptionally remarkable among other imperial stouts. Aroma and taste of dark fruits with a bit of tang, a little sweet and cloying-masks the alcohol rather well. Appearance is very dark, little off-white head and smooth.


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