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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas. The bourbon aroma is overwhelming and in a good way. Tastes of bourbon and and SMG (sweet malty goodness). A little bit of alcohol burn, besides that it's fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap(nitro)@the new Scripps Ranch Brewery: Pure black color with a generous cocoa froth head. Aroma is light sweet dark chocolate. Flavor starts rich dark chocolate followed by a lightly bitter coffee and cream finishing long and dry with a hint of whiskey. Full body and smooth with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Direct from the barrel at the Brewery opening. Poured viscous and black with a moderate creamy dark tan head. Rich dark malts with hints of chocolate, coffee , dark fruits, herbal notes and bourbon in the aroma. Flavor is also rich with roasty malts, more of the chocolate, a bit of molasses and coffee with nice bourbon and oak notes from the barrel aging. Full body and gently creamy carbonation. This alone was worth attending the opening for.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2006
On tap at the 10 th Anniversary party. Had it on nitro. A beautiful black pour with a creamy white head. It was very smooth and tasty, definitely a well down imperial

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (989) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8781) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2069) - Lakeside, California, 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4220) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Draft at O’Briens. Pitch black pour, bubbly tan head. Roasted malts, dark fruit, raisin, plum, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Flavors work very well together. Nice beer, complex and delicious.


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