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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.


3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Deep attractive pour with a thin tan head. The nose is complex and rich with chocolate, coffee, whisky and oak. The flavor goes a lot more sour and alcohol, losing most of the original Sea Monster. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bartzilla (551) - 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?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, 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.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tap at Old Grove. Nose is less hot than the regular version - wet wood and vanilla. Flavor is bifurcated - bourbon barrel/vanilla and then a very clear taste of Imp. Sea Monster. Wish the flavors had married better.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap at Stone Bistro. Black in color with a medium-sized frothy tan head and good lacing. Aroma is lots of bourbon along with typical imperial stout coffee, chocolate, and roast. Flavor is chocolatey and roasty with some coffee, vanilla, and wood, but the Jim Beam really dominates and overwhelms the beer a bit. Hot and boozy with and a bit thin on the body for the style. Decent, but a bit underwhelming compared to what I expected.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
indigentone (10) - Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2013
On cask at rock n brew in manhattan beach. Pours black with a thick tan head which was gone quickly. Slight lacing but not terribly interesting in that regard. Cask temperature helped get t the aromas quickly. Obvious liquor and chocolate. Barrel was prominent. Aroma and flavor similar but a bit more bitter than i expected. Palate was ok but not what i would expect from a beer this big. Certainly a good beer and worth imbibing


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