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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
On tap at Toronado San Diego during RBSG ’08. Pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet yet tart with a slight malty, coffee note and a little oakiness. Full bodied and slightly dry.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
(SAMPLE FROM THE BREWER @ BALLAST POINT.)black body with not much head.slightly funky flavor and aroma.with some roasted malt falling in behind.im not sure if this is infected or if the funk is on purpose.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008
On cask @ Hamiltons. Very interesting beer. Light nose of bourbon mixed with cherries. Flavor is strangely fruity, tart and somewhat odd. The bourbon is fairly nice, but there is a sweet cigar like flavor in there that is also a little distracting. Pretty good, but not quite up to what I would have hoped for.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours black with a medium, yet well retained light brown head. Smells of light roast, mild bourbon, dark malts, andcream. The flavor was a little more tart than I was expecting, with alot of dark fruits and malts mixed in. The whiskey isnt overpowering, in fact its quite subtle. Really just didnt stand out for me. Wasnt bad, but was too unusual, and didnt have any of its characters blend well. Still drinkable though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2008
From a Growler Craig from BP Brought to RBSG today. Really nice version of this beer. Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is full of bourbon and sweet notes. Taste is sweet with lots of bourbon and a viscous mouth feel. Its been too long since I’ve had Sea Monster to do a direct comparison. This is nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Draft at O’Brien’s. Black, small off white head. Bittersweet oatmeal stout with some mild bourbon barrel, subtle coffee, and a bit of a twang- barrel oxidation or unclean lines?Medium/full body, smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Sample at the Linda Vista location. This beer pours brownish-black with a thin and bubbly light brown head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon and chocolate, along with some malt in the background. Rich body with flavors of whiskey and malt primarily, and notes of chocolate and hops supporting. The finish is oaky and malty with a lingering alcohol aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
I really like this. Sea Monster is a bit bland for my taste on it’s own, but when aged in the JD whiskey barrels, this stout really comes around. Great thick, creaminess with a moderate sour taste from the JD. I’m a big fan.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
On tap at brewery. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate and whiskey aroma. Bright palate. Tangy citrus, milk chocolate, roasty, and mildly whiskey taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Tap at 11th anniversary. Opaque black with a thick tan nitro head. Heavy hazelnut and bakers chocolate aroma. Mocha, chocolate flavors up front. Prominant vanilla, liquor character combines with rich malty sweetness. Nutty sweetness lasts in the finish, with hints of coffee and the last vestiges of the barrel characters. Mouthfeel is heavy, slick, and smooth.


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