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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1560) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Lagunitasfan: With an unseasonably cool day for Mississippi in late March, it was a great Sunday afternoon to split an imperial stout with the wife, and this more than held up its end of the deal. Poured deep dark chocolate with a nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and plum. Flavor is really nice, huge malt bomb, with nice low carbonation and well-disguised alcohol, ending with a resinous hop note.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 25, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Not bad, not great. Pours an oily brown-black with a thin off-brown head. Aroma is bitter and hoppy with some caramel notes. Flavor is bitter chocolate, coffee, very hoppy. Not bad but I probably wonít get it again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/black with traces of red and a beige head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, a trace of smoke and a slight vinous character. Flavor shows the same with additional notes ofcaramel and vanilla. Overall body is moderate and somewhat sweet with a roasted finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me Poured black and very thin with aromas of in order of hops,coffee,and and some faint chocolates with the taste being more like a black IPA than an RIS maybe it needs time but I really donít think this one would age well i looked forward to getting this and drove out of my way just to be dissapointed come on man

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
nice stout pours Berkeley dark brown almost black. Smell is of rich chocolate and espresso. Taste is dark chocolate, burnt coffee, roasted malts and some bitter hops. All in all a decent stout and would definitely drunk it again. Nothing even close to the bourbon barrel aged version but much better than the rum oak chip version.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours a jet black with off-white head. Aroma of roasted grains and plums. Flavor was velvety-smooth malts (probably the oats added to the texture), toffee, plums and cherries, and a satisfying hop finish. Well balanced and tasty and the alcohol was well hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
In short: A creamy and very sweet chocolaty and fruity stout. Slightly below average for the style.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed about 6 months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose is of a freshly baked fruit dessert (raisin pie comes to mind first) and vanilla. Taste is has a lot of chocolate /cacao, a lot of vanilla, burnt sugars, raisin pie, fruit cake, strong lactic notes (milk chocolate). Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but sweetness is not. Body is very creamy. The beer is not aggressive, it is in fact very smooth for a 10% brew but it is a bit straightforward and too sweet so the first glass is kind of fun but I got tired of it by the end of the bottle. Overall I thought it was good, but not very good. Very much average for the style, if not slightly below average. Another very sweet chocolaty stout that Americans will rave about. If I was running a food/beverages company in the USA I would have a winning marketing strategy to make big $. I would remove all the "No sugar added" labels from my unsweetened products and put a "Lots of sugar added" label on all the my other products and watch the money pour in.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
This has a burnt roasted malt nose. Bitter dark chocolate with a dryness to it, this counters the malt sweetness. Makes for a interesting balance. Smooth silky palate. Hides the alcohol. Maybe a little vanilla, too. The burnt taste stays thru the nose to finish. I like it, would like to see how it ages after a few months.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3137) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2011
pretty good, has a distinct strong taste of malts that has a spicy, cola like flavor that is constant. the rest of the hops is also very peppery and gives a flavor that is constant. decent all the way around.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2011
The aroma is sweet and toasted with hints of peat and earth. The burnt malt also gives it both chocolate and coffee. The appearance is brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a decent beer but nothing too special.


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