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Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our Sea Monster Imperial Stout explores the darkest reaches of the traditional oatmeal stout. This bold, rich brew first lures you in with roasted coffee notes, then grabs hold with hints of bittersweet chocolate and currant. Backed with a perfect hop balance, you’ll soon discover this is one monster of mythic proportions.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Tried from tap at Ballast Point’s 11th anniversary celebration. Bourbon barrel on nitro. The most popular with the crowd. Pitch black color. Great tan microbubble head (of course with nitro), but reduced aroma from the nitro. When tasted, the aroma is more apparent..some bourbon, sweet malt, and some vanilla. Sweet. delicious. Super easy to drink. No roastiness. My second favorite of the event.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2007
On tap @ Stone for "Meet the brewers of CA" night (on nitro) - IMO, the best beer of the evening. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy light tan head that lasts to the finish. Nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak/bourbon. Flavor was exactly the same. No one component overpowered the other. A very smooth, medium to full body beer. My wife really liked this one too. An excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap at the brewery’s 10th anniversary celebration. Love the nitro display for this pour. Aroma of roasty malt, coffee and a hint of bourbon. Flavor follows nose with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
On tap at the 10 th Anniversary party. Had it on nitro. A beautiful black pour with a creamy white head. It was very smooth and tasty, definitely a well down imperial

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 15, 2006
Tap at 10th Aniv. Poured like tar but disaponingly watery when sipped. Way too much bouron and oak in the flavor, i think they even poured some bourbon into this. Lots of fruits and mollases too. I drank this side to side with the Marlin Porter witch was much better. Not very Stoutlike flavor lots of fruit, vannilla, bourbon and honey, and lacking in roasted malts, smokeyness, chocolate ,hops and a strong body. Its a low quality stout with some bourbon poured into it. The aroma and appearance fooled me though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Direct from the barrel at the Brewery opening. Poured viscous and black with a moderate creamy dark tan head. Rich dark malts with hints of chocolate, coffee , dark fruits, herbal notes and bourbon in the aroma. Flavor is also rich with roasty malts, more of the chocolate, a bit of molasses and coffee with nice bourbon and oak notes from the barrel aging. Full body and gently creamy carbonation. This alone was worth attending the opening for.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap(nitro)@the new Scripps Ranch Brewery: Pure black color with a generous cocoa froth head. Aroma is light sweet dark chocolate. Flavor starts rich dark chocolate followed by a lightly bitter coffee and cream finishing long and dry with a hint of whiskey. Full body and smooth with moderate carbonation.


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