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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
1st rating of this brew. Sampled at the Home Brew Mart Location. Tried after the barrel aged Porter. Pours midnight black with a creamy tan head. Nose held a touch of Bourbon with a boozy punch. Finish also held alcohol with some toffee, chocolate, and toasted malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Tap at Hamilton’s. Deep black beer with a thick creamy tan head. Lightly smoky with a soft cocoaish character and a bit of light lactic tartness. Warming intensifies the tartness quite a bit. Flavour is quite oaky and vineous. Lots of light vanilla and a bit of tannic character. Soft cocoa and a light roastiness. Dusty and fairly herbal. Flavour becomes quite vineious as it warm. Not very stouty at all. Lots of lactic character. It’s a very strange beast. The whisky and woodiness are very subtle considering how tart the beer is.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
On-tap at the Linda Vista location. Pours dark brown/black with a good size, light brown head, sheet lace. Smells of sour malts as well as roasty malts and some sweetness from the wood and bourbon. Tastes of sour malt with some wood flavor on the back half. Not much sweetness or vanilla from the wood. The flavor is a bit of a miss for me as well.Medium body, good carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 Rerate; still thought the barrel aging was a bit too much but liked it better. 3.5 to 3.7. On tap; black in color with a light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, wood and roasted malt/cocoa. Flavor was a bit of a miss; not terrible, but just not as quality as it could be. Flavor was dominated by alcohol, bourbon/whiskey and a sourness. Roasted malt present, but the beer seemed to be dominated by the aging.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ztaproom (2) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008 does not count
My new favorite. I had it on draft and on cask in the same day at The Tap Room. It went perfect with cheesecake

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9065) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Draft... RBSG ‘08... This beer rocks!... Pitch black with a creamy, khaki head and terrific retention. Slowly leaves thick, creamy lacing on the glass. The aroma is a churning eddy of buttermilk and coffee with traces of chocolate and bourbon. Full-bodied and velvety with very restrained carbonation. Mostly acidic flavor provides a gentle note of sourmash. A touch chocolaty and not very sweet. Finishes chocolaty and tangy with a hint of bourbon. I like the subdued whiskey in this 30% barrel-aged blend.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2008
On tap @ O’Brien’s @ RBSG. Black with a thin, loose light tan head. Roast, light oaky bourbon character, but a very mild aroma for a barrel-aged beer. Odd funky taste mixed with oak and a very light roast and sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Draft. Almost black beer with a big off-white head. Bourbon aroma with rich malt. Bourbon flavor with a slight sourness and a bunch of caramel malt. Medium bodied. Tartness lingers with rich malt and bourbon. Tartness holds the beer back.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
BRSG08. Pours black with a nice tan head. Date/prune, smoke, syrup aroma and taste with a creamy body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (871) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Sampled at the brewery for RBSG 08. Pours an inky black, with a small tan head. Sharp malt aroma, a little boozy smelling, with hints of chocolate, coffee, wood, and bourbon. Very sharp taste, not at all mellow for a BA, with notes of coffee, a bit of sweet malt and alcohol. Lingering sharpness. Tasty, but I prefer the normal Sea Monster.


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