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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2371) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2009
2 ounce taster at the brewery. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla and chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma; lots of chocolate, mellow whiskey, some green apple, roasted malts and vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden. The palate is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bourbon. Overall: A very fine BA stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pint at brewery with mspindler and joetheyounger on release day. Good stuff, so I took the plunge and got the $25 growler fill. Pours not quite opaque pitch black -- some light does shine through. A finger and a half of frothy brown head slowly dissipates. Rather mellow aroma of milk chocolate and cocoa, toasty malts, wood, and some light booziness. Flavor is initially lightly sweet with dark malts and cocoa. Then more whiskey tones and some black coffee toward the finish. The year spent in various barrels (then blended) has done a lot to mellow this out. One of the smoothest impy stouts I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. A black beer with a brown shine under a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with roasted malt. The flavor is sweet and acidic from the strong notes of hard roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Had on tap with DuffmanSW and mspindler for my birthday extravaganza. Very good beer. Hints of coconut and vanilla, very smooth and mild bourbon taste. Not too over powering like most barrel aged stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
On tap @ Ballast Point Old Grove...Pours dark black with a light brown head.. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon.. Taste is vanilla, dark chocolate and some coconut.. Better than the non barrel aged version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in San Diego. Pours a black body with a reddish tint around the edges. Thin, khaki colored head that dissipates into just a light lacing. Aroma is pretty subdued, but there is some light woody whiskey notes, vanilla, dark sour cherries, and a light sweet chocolate. Flavor is more pronounced than the aroma. Lots of sour cherries and a nice, sweet whiskey taste. Some toffees and chocolates with a distinct dry, woodiness. Finishes slightly sour and more sweet than anything else with a light whiskey taste. Very smooth, silky, barrel aged feel with a slick finish before a light warming booze. Overall, I always appreciate an aged beer, but this one was just average. None of the big, bold flavors I really look for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Pours black with a light tan head with a soft webbing. Nose is whiskey, and light vanilla. Nice whiskey flavors without the alcohol burn. Sweet tone and lactose. Really smooth. Lacks some of the stout flavors but still really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draught at Verdugo. Black with no real head and some tan bubbles. Aroma of caramel, wood, bourbon, and light vanilla. Light chocolate male flavor with lots of booze and light wood. Medium-full, smooth carbonation, and hot palate. I wasn’t wild about the regular sea monster, ands though this smooths out the rough oat flavor, the booze is just too much. This just needs much less barrel time or a lot more malt to stand up to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tap at Old Grove. Nose is less hot than the regular version - wet wood and vanilla. Flavor is bifurcated - bourbon barrel/vanilla and then a very clear taste of Imp. Sea Monster. Wish the flavors had married better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
5 oz. taster at the brewery. Pours black with a brown tint and no head. Aroma is heavy with whiskey, oaky vanilla, and some typical stout-like coffee/chocolate in the background. Flavor is boozy with alot of whiskey. It cuts the sweetness of the beer nicely. The barrel aging stands out in this beer more than any I’ve had, so if you’re in to that kind of thing (which I am) then you’ll love this. feels a little lighter bodied and less carbonated than the regular version.

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