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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.


3.5
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29845) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. A black beer with a brown shine under a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with roasted malt. The flavor is sweet and acidic from the strong notes of hard roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Draft at hamiltons: pours dark with glimmers of red light. The head atop is stable, thin, and light brown/tan. Nose was boozy with vanilla and chocolate but nothing too vibrant. Flavors are on the tart side of lactic and a little roasty. The mouthfeel is a little wet and certainly boozy...it may be a bit cold, but I don’t think the bourbon barrel added anything too good here...other than booziness and maybe a slight vanilla character. Bitterness is firm to strong and always in the background...just seems a bit wet to me and boozy in a unrefined way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Black color with tan foam. Dark chocolate, wet wood tannin, tobacco aromas. Medium to full bodied. Lightly tart wet wood bug, dark roast malt, dark chocolate flavors--good bugs

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5624) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Nitro Draft at capones with Vinny. Pours a deep brownish black with perfect cappuccino head. Aroma is light roast, smoked malts and bourbon. Mouthfeel is super creamy with notes of chocolate, roast, lots of bourbon.

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.

3.4
   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2354) - New York, USA - APR 25, 2010
Draught. Poured a deep brown. Malt aromas. A very alcoholic beastly creature.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3478) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is mildly astringent with hints of roasted malt. The flavor has chocolate, toast, caramel and light notes of wood. It has a dirty, roasted/tobacco finish. Just Ok.


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