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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Opaque black with a thin brown head. Very silly body with necessarily medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: dark chocolate, fresh coffee, carob, black malt, brown malt, dark crystal fruit notes, a bit of silage, and subtle alcohol.

Taste: black malt, dark crystal malt, brown malt, dark chocolate, nutty oats, balanced hop bitterness, grassy silage notes, hints of licorice.

Great balance between sweetness, silkiness, hop bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness/acidity. Rich and complex, with many flavors, not melding, but all playing perfectly off each other. Excellent beer -wouldn’t change a thing!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dirtyjoe (4) - Santee, California, USA - APR 26, 2013 does not count
Full bodied and creamy especially on nitro. Complex flavor profile with notes of chocolate and coffee.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Aromas of chocolate and vanilla, with bitter notes. Taste is very well balanced, and long.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Not as good as Victory At Sea, but still very good Imperial Stout. Black as night. Deep dark roasted coffee flavor. Median thick mouthfeel. Lacing less than I would like for this heavy of a beer. Some reviews say too hoppy. However, imperial stouts are hopped heavily by tradition to preserve them on the long voyages to market "back in the day" so do your research jack wagons. Great IPS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Pours pitch black with a tiny tan fizz. Smells roasty, coffee, hints of chocolate. Taste is roast, coffee, licorice, and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout finishes with a crisp dryness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2008
22oz bottle. This is my vote for the best stout of 2008. Pours dark brown black with a thin, light brown head. Smells dark and malty sweet with some chocolate and slight roast. Tastes deep and dark malty sweet, dark but sweet chocolate and some alcohol. Beautiful. Full, syrupy, but super smooth body, good carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bomber thanks to MrBunn and indirectly to GorditoAbd...Pours incredibly black with the thinnest of dark tan head. I first off get a snootful of chocolate, plums, booze, vanilla and a hint of tobacco. Flavor is just outstanding and match the nose to a tee, but the booze is better hidden than I first thought. Smooth and creamy and Deeeeeeelicious.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, California, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Bomber poured into my chalice style glass- huge roasted aroma- so inviting. Appearance is perfect, dark brown/black, big brown one finger froth head. Taste is so wonderfully balanced; chocolate toffee with candied or roasted oats. So delicious and the palate is creamy, chewy and thick. Me Gusta!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bomber with many thanks to gorditoabd for throwing this in for our "Monster Trade." I watch the pour closely and see that some light pierces the dark brown liquid as it pours, but once it is in the glass... light’s out. A slow forming head rises up near the end of the pour and fades away to a film fairly quickly. Aromas are roasty... lots of heavy malt and chocolate with a little bit of booze and dark fruit. Flavor is MUCH better than expected. I would rate this as one of the better impy stouts that I’ve tried in the last year... and that list includes a lot of over-hyped junk. The alcohol makes its presence known with a nice warmth and burn in the aftertaste, but the real draw here is the chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal and plum wine body. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. This doesn’t push the envelope at all, but is damn solid.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2012
This doesn’t smell as great as it tastes. Lots of thick chewy characters, but not too alcoholic in the flavor. Just a slightly off aroma.


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