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RATINGS: 767   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 donít watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 4/4/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color; perhaps not the thickest-looking pour Iíve seen from a big RIS. The head is a two finger khaki shade. It retains nicely given its gravity, and manages to leave some lacing on the glass, as well. S: The first thing noticed is some dark fruit sweetness. Vague citrusy hops and savory notes hide behind the fruitiness, also, along with some molasses and chocolate. Typical for the style, but well made. T: It opens quite savory on the palate, with a distinct (yet not unpleasant) umami note. The first sip seems to finish with strong booze, however this is soon replaced with citrusy hops, oatmeal, touches of roasted malt, and the slightest ípingí of chocolate buried in there somewhere. The more I sip this, the more I realize how robustly hopped this one is - and it does a good job of balancing the excessive sweetness without creating a harsh imbalance. M: This one lacks in body. I do notice the smoothness from the oatmeal - unfortunately itís hidden by excessive carbonation. Once the carbonation fades some, its syrupy and wet finish is revealed. As a result, itís not quite as drinkable as it could have been given its thinner texture. O: If I have to nitpick - and I always do - the underwhelming body prevents this from achieving elite status in the imperial stout world. An enjoyable product regardless of its niggles. From what I remember of Victory at Sea, Iíd personally put this one on the same level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4465) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Pours a jet black. Aromas of espresso/chocolate and roasted malts. Taste dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt with a nice bitter bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Larry_Duffman (298) - - MAY 1, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours black with a tan head and little lacing. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, leather, and alcohol. The taste is chocolate, molasses, coffee, and alcohol. Itís thick and syrupy with a bitter and booze bite to it. This drinks strong and heavy. I thought it was a very nice sipping beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (2202) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
Ooh, kinda pours like a Guinness with a slow rising brown head, decently solid, but not cream stout style like them English things. Hoppy aroma of barley, or perhaps barleyey aroma of hops. Hmmm. Flavour is a sharp hit of coffee with an oily sharp hop finish. Big and a good punch in the face, well made, like a big olí soup of molasses with cigarette butts mixed in. I like me a good kick in the face once in awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5615) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa and leather. Flavors of dark pit fruits. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frax (47) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2016
22 oz bottle from Shawís, poured in a goblet, dark brown with a thin tan head with sticky lacing. Dark chocolate aroma, full bodied. Mostly chocolate on the palate with a bitter cocoa finish. Overall on the sweet side, alcohol not overly apparent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3634) - NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Black pour. Nice aroma of creamy cacao, roasted malt and mild hop. Smooth taste of soft chocolate, mild licorice, roasted creamy malt and some vanilla. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2853) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2016
Bomber. Poured a deep brown to black with little head. Chewy oatmeal and coffee an bitter chocolate. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
darb85 (197) - Canton, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2016
Citrus, and oak nose. Inky black/brown with thick one finger head. Sweet cocoa with cedar finish. Very well balanced. Great mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1383) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2016
Aroma is roasted malts, caramel ,licorice, fig, and toffee. Taste is rich dark malts, caramel, and light tart. Finishes with some light tartiness and some oats. Almost chewy in mouthfeel. Appearance is black with a medium brown head that retains quite well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
N3lson1 (833) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2016
Drank from a glass, poured from a twenty two ounce bottle. Pours black, was hoping it had more head. Very alcoholic taste.

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