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RATINGS: 708   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2719) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.8
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1805) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2416) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark cola with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, tangy citrus, bittersweet chocolate, barley and oats. Taste of roasted malts, barley, oats, tangy citrus and bittersweet chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3519) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smooth tan head. Nose is coffee, bittersweet chocolate and hay. Creamy medium body with a sharp tang. Taste is Cuban espresso, bitter black licorice and prune. Finishes with burnt sugar and pine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1394) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Sample along side their porter, and this was certainly a much bigger beast than its brethren. The brewery chalkboard listed IBU’s as "forget about it!" - but I’d say that is a little misleading. While I found the hops to be strong, I didn’t see it as being overtly overbearing, nor hiding the high gravity or strong smoky coffee flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Black as the darkest depths, great khaki head retention, pine resin and grapefruit zest in the nose, figgy, robust chocolate and espresso roast flavor. Silky, velvety palate… Awesome brew!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Pitch black with a decent tan head. Aroma-cocoa, oatmeal, coffee. Taste- coffee, molasses, oats, chocolate, oily. Medium body, dry, chalky finish.


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