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RATINGS: 704   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 don’t watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreaperguru (245) - 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 (807) - 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 (410) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2491) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Pours a deep, dark brown with a small light tan head. Nose is a bit of chocolate, some light coffee or cafe con leche, bits of caramel, a little booze, and hops. Pronounced grapefruit and slight pine hops. Flavor is like hoppy chocolate with some coffee. Pronounced grapefruit and some pine hops as well. Great balance and no sense of the 10% abc. Medium in body, and very good overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1237) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Pours a pitch black with a nice tan head and some nice lacing on the glass. aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, coco, and some coffee, and some hops in the background. Flavor is of roasted malts, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, tobacco and general hop bitterness. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel, and slightly boozy, bitter, semi dry, roasty finish. overall, a tasty and smooth imp. stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Poured on tap from Beachwood BBQ. It is extrememly dark in the glass with a beige head. It also has a nice lacing. Aroma of alcohol and caramel it also has a sweetness to it. Taste has some coffee and some hazlenut. The 10% alcohol is in the finish but it is also rich.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dougmaher434 (6) - Felton, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012 does not count
I’m not the one to love the Imperial Stout but this one went down quite nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2349) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Draft. Pours motor oil black with a small brown head. Smells of coffee with some alcohol notes. Taste is coffee, chocolate, and alcohol on the finish. Awesome.


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