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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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (10035) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Taste is boozy chocolate with great body. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4470) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Tap at TND. Pours a deep almost black with smaller bubbly deep tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavor was a Match of the aroma. Well done bourbon barrel treatment to an already excellent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
On tap at Naja’s. Super excited to try this one. Dark dark brown color with a thin bubbly brown head. A lot of bourbon and coffee in the aroma. Dark chocolate and bourbon in the flavor, with a bitter finish. For a stout aged in bourbon barrels it had a good amount of carbonation. A medium mouth feel, nothing too big. Quite a tasty treat

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Tap at Naja’s Place. Pour is pitch black with a smallish tan head that left a very nice lace ring around my glass. Aroma is black malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. flavor is awesome! Heavily roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, finish mild bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malt. Very nice way to end an awesome afternoon at Naja’s Place December 30 2010.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
This one was great. Pour is a black opaque color with thin head. Taste is a marvelous array of chocolate, deep dark fruits, and toasted malts. Smooth, not harsh. Long dark fruity finish. Excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2010
Ok. So this was listed in Hamiltons as Bourbon Barrel aged at 7% ABV? Anyway, sweet malty dark fruit nose. Good body. Again sweet dark fruit and coffee with a bourbon finish. Not to heavy. Really well done. Easy to drink and shows you can make an excellent beerby ticking all the boxes and without turning everything up to 11.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Poured from a carbonator capped water bottle straight from the barrel. Perfect carb, nose is rich with chocolate and dark fruits, mellow on the bourbon, nice vanilla from the oak. Colby really is the man with the art of barrel aging.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4305) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Draft at O’Briens. Pitch black pour, bubbly tan head. Roasted malts, dark fruit, raisin, plum, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Flavors work very well together. Nice beer, complex and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Draft at DTJBs. Dark brown, minimal head; nose is big bourbon and wood notes, hints of vanilla and roast; flavor is deep and delicious chocolate and light coffee malts with highlights of anise, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, finishes sweet and boozy; full body, modest carbonation, alcohol warmth; an amazingly balanced and full-flavored BA (2008) stout, absolutely delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2208) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2010
Draught. Poured a deep brown. Malt aromas. A very alcoholic beastly creature.


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