Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Deep black in color with nice tan head. Vanilla, coconut and caramel aroma. Boozy tones over those nice bourbony flavors and with a sweet roastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2013
black with a thick brown foam. Lots of cocoa and coffee on the nose along with some wood and vanilla notes. Nice body to support the bourbon flavors. Coffee and roast finish this one off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. I continue to be a big fan of Ballast Point’s big beers. This was rich and flavorful, with the bourbon helping the sea monster to be its very best. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at Capone’s. Poured thick jet black with minimal tan head that goes away quickly. Nose is cacao, roasty dark malt, oaky bourbon. Tastes rich, pretty thick and complex on the palate, with the wood and bourbon not overpowering the beer, but rather helping the base product along. I gave the regular Sea monster a score of 4.3, and I see this as a few tenths better, and so damned smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Nitro pour at Capone’s Black Friday event. Poured a great looking pitch black silky body underneath a smooth velvety light beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, roastiness, slight chocolate, and a touch of heavily roasted coconut. The body is so smooth and sliky with minimal carbonation and a touch of heat on the end. Flavor is roasty overall with an iniital burst of bourbon, vanilla, slight dark chocolate, burnt toast and a lingering aftertaste that is just phenomenal. Another great beer and the nitro pour really adds to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (5752) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Nitro pour at Matty C’s. Amazing lineup for a one day event. Pours a dark brown almost black with creamy, swirly latte head. Really a cool looking beer from above. Aromas of milk chocolate, light coffee roast, sweet malts, whoppers, and a touch of JB. Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On nitro @ Capones. Aroma of vanilla creme, slight caramel, and cherry cordial. Pours black with a foamy film. Taste is creamy and delicious. Vanilla, cherry, chocolate and roast coffee. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Pours unclear black coffee in color with a big creamy beige head. The aroma brings sweet and even more spicy boubron notes, almost sweet resiny malts even. The flavor brings sweet vanilla boubron, really smooth to the point where alcohol only presented itself as spicu, quite nice. The body is decently creamy and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (7458) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Nitro Draft at capones with Vinny. Pours a deep brownish black with perfect cappuccino head. Aroma is light roast, smoked malts and bourbon. Mouthfeel is super creamy with notes of chocolate, roast, lots of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Little carbonation. It makes it very spirit-like. Jim Beam may not have been the best aging choice. Very fruity.

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