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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 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 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 (2412) - 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 (3500) - 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 (1392) - 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 IBUís as "forget about it!" - but Iíd say that is a little misleading. While I found the hops to be strong, I didnít 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 palateÖ 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle,This was a dark brown to black pour with hints of chocolate and coffe and very malted,overall a pretty cool beer.CHEERS!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2240) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Molasses, some overpowered roasted malts, chocolate, deep, dark fruit, licorice. I thought the sweet molasses was a bit too much and killed off the roasty notes I like in an imperial. Still, it was a mighty fine beer and would drink it again. (Draught at The Aldgate, Tokyo)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle. Opaque black body below a short, tan, quickly diminishing head. Pleasant, inviting aroma of roasted malts, molasses, resin, dark chocolate and a light note of licorice. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Nice taste starting with reminders of sweet licorice above a roasted bitterness that lingers or bitter coffee with a little cream. My first impression was that the beer is too sweet, but that changed the more I sipped. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle into goblet. Black body pours with about two fingers of tan head that lasts for a bit then dissipates into a spotty film. Aroma is nice bittersweet chocolate, a touch of raspberry, roasted malt, bourbon vanilla extract, pine and a little alcohol. Flavor is burnt sugar and caramel, bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt, smoke, and earth. The finish isnít overpowering with some mild bitterness and burnt notes. Low carbonation with a smooth, full, and lightly oily mouthfeel. Not an obliterating impy which I definitely prefer. Good.


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