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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (911) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On cask at Hamilton’s during RBSG 08. Pours black with a small tan head that sticks around forever. Roasty coffee aroma with chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Flavor is kind of odd, with a tart oaky sourness dominating over the less prominent roast and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Goes down easy, but the tartness seems out of place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
On tap At O’Brien’s in San Diego on 08/01/2008 on the RBSG Friday Pub Crawl. Dark black body with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with light oak hints. Slightly sour oak flavor with light roast. Medium light body wtih moderately low carbonation, slightly watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Veddy intelesting, say Chinaman. Certainly wasn’t expecting the sour notes to come through. Rich, creamy, weird, delicious. There’s been some discussion in the forum about how this isn’t bourbon, but it’s a whisky and it’s going to impart different flavors and yadda yadda. It says this is from a Jim Beam barrel and Jim Beam is a Bourbon Whiskey. How’s that for a wrinkle in the solution, eh?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
RBSG: At the production facility tasting room. Poured a very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Mild vanilla and whisky aroma over a sweet roasted malt. The flavor had a light whisky taste with a mildly tart roast. The finish is semi-dry with a roasted bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2008
On tap at O’Brien’s. Poured deep, murky brown with not much head sticking around. The aroma was sour and oaky upfront, leaving a heavy impression.. molasses and lesser dark chocolate fell behind.. too sour. The flavor had molasses and light soy surrounded by sour oak and cut whiskey.. lots more barrel on the finish.. aiight. Dry and again quite sour on the palate with low carbonation and medium body. I was hoping for more with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at OBrians. Pours pitch black with a lacing tan head. Hard roasted malty and mild barrel wooden accent. Light fruity berry touch towards a mild acidic note. Nice dense caramel malt base with a nice roasted flavour and mild acidic note into the finish. Lingering softfruity and roasted malt finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2008 (On tap) I was disappointed by this one; it seemed to be lacking complexity. The dominant flavour of this beer is sour...the sourness easily overpowers any bitterness or sweetness present. One can taste the malt, but it is not particularly strong or dominant. No strong hop aroma is evident. The texture of this brew is a bit thin, especially relative to the powerful flavor. There is a rich coarseness, which I like. The carbonation, however, seems more characteristic of a fountain soda than a beer, and seems mis-matched with this brew. Overall, strange, and not as good as I had hoped for. Also, I’ve tried this beer in two separate locations, and it had a fairly different character both times, although my review adequately describes both batches. Could there be a problem with consistency too? At any rate, I would not recommend this one highly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Sampled at O’Briens - RBSG ’08. Cloudy, muddy dark brown with a small, fading head. Caramel, mocha, wood and hint of tart/sourness in the nose. Like the aroma, the flavor starts with notes of mocha, caramel, wood, light tobacco and ends with a bit of saltiness and medium tartness/sour acidity - which works well. Medium to light bodied (perhaps the bugs dried this up a bit) with soft carbonation. Well-done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 ~RBSG ’08~

On tap at Toronado. Pours black as night, creamy small head, and very little lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, roasted notes, floral hops and caramel. Lots of roasted malts in the flavor, with coffee and thick chocolate. Some toffee, too. Alcohol is subdued but definitely makes an impact. Full-bodied, tangy mouthfeel, creamy and very good.

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