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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
UPDATED: APR 3, 2010 On draft at Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA): Pours out an opaque black with clear edges, minimal head, lacing formed a "star" shape on the surface. Nose of cocoa nibs, fresh ground coffee beans, toasted barley, tangerine meat, and warm citrus peel. Flavors are similar with added oats and roasted malts. Full-bodied, moderate to fair carbonation. Slight alcohol presence in the finish. Drinkability: Silky, smooth, fairly robust, enjoyable. Pairing: Chocolate mousse cake from the most overrated, expensive restaurant joint in town. Rebuy: Yes. #373 on 02042010, DG.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
22 ounce bottle from the Davis Food Co-Op. Had this several times at RBSG 08, but never rated it. Aroma has leather, tobacco, and coffee hints present. Faint sweetness. Good roastiness. A bit metallic. Lightly transparent dark mahogany body with a smallish light tan head. Scant lacing. Nice, sweet, chewy, chocolatey start. Becomes a bit astringent in the middle--strange. Some tobacco notes are present in the middle with mild roastiness. Finishes a little vinous with some moderately bitter roastiness present. Some sweetness lingers and this does a good job of coating the tongue. Pretty good, with the exception of the astringency hiccup in the middle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, piney hops, and some burnt malt/grain. Poured dark brown/ruby/mahogany in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, pine, slight chocolate, and bitter coffee. Medium body. Thinish, then dry texture. Slightly soft to average carbonation. Roasted malt, piney hop, and bitter coffee finish is dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3014) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Aroma is standard, roasty, chocolate (more roasty than chocolate), nothing inspiring. The appearance is a deep brown/black color, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, molasses, cream, roast, much sweeter thanthe aroma implies. The finish is a mix of sweet cream, followed by a roasty flavor, followed by a resiny bittering. Actually, one of the best qualities of this beer. Medium/thick to thick in body, slick mouthfeel. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle pours a good black with a thin tan head. The head lasts well, and laces great. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, coffee, and hints of vanilla. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is good. Milky and robust. Get chocolate and coffee, very good. Alcohol is hidden well. The texture is thick. Has a good mouthfeel and a full body. A pleasing finish with a nice aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2736) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Tap at Capone’s. Pours out black with a small lacing tan head. Aroma is of roast, strange herbal notes, chocolate and coffee. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a nice citrus hop bitterness stays throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Thanks Daknole for the surprise. 22 oz. bottle from Dakine. Nice black body with a rich chocolate head. Head fades away rather quickly. Soy and chocolate aroma. Not really anything sticking out and blasting my nostrils with any type of goodness. Some roast is coming through as well. Too plain for a highly rated imperial stout. Fairly nice sweet chocolate flavor with that soy cutting through. Subtle roast complimenting the whole thing. Nothing spectacular in terms of palate. Nice chocolate goodness coming through. One the goodness spectrum this would be mid to high goodness. A fairly steady imperial stout, but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep almost black with amber notes and a medium creamy bubbly lighter tan head. Aroma of vanilla, sweet grainy malt, roasted malt and a touch of coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, smoke, caramel along with lots of roasted malt and hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with an off white head. Malty chocolate sweetness, some light molasses, bitter roasted malt, and some dark fruit tones. Coco and some light pine with a bitter dry warming finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy dense tan head. Aroma: Roasty cereal like malts and a touch of vanilla. Taste: Burnt and roasted malt, real vanilla. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Thick and silky. Overall: Pretty awesome, very balanced, and very flavorful.

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