Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 99   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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Taster at the brewery. This was awesome. Super aroma, lots of vanilla, some bourbon notes. This beer picked up alot of flavor from the barrel for only being there for 3 months. I could have smelled it foever. this was spectacular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
This was the winner of the day for me, 3 breweries and a stop at knb and pizza port and this one took the grand prize. It smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate malts. The taste is amazing it starts off tasting somewhat like angels share but then comes back to molasses and brown sugar. Awesome bourbon and oak flavors very balanced. I heard whispers that it will be bottled but not sure what quantity or when/where it will be sold (source: ballast point employee; i was dropping eves).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at Capone’s. Poured thick jet black with minimal tan head that goes away quickly. Nose is cacao, roasty dark malt, oaky bourbon. Tastes rich, pretty thick and complex on the palate, with the wood and bourbon not overpowering the beer, but rather helping the base product along. I gave the regular Sea monster a score of 4.3, and I see this as a few tenths better, and so damned smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2011
Co-rate! Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Taste is boozy chocolate with great body. One of my favorites from the event.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On nitro @ Capones. Aroma of vanilla creme, slight caramel, and cherry cordial. Pours black with a foamy film. Taste is creamy and delicious. Vanilla, cherry, chocolate and roast coffee. Very smooth.

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