Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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.

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Tide (4752) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Draught at Ballast Point taproom. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, rum, chocolate, oak, a bit of coffee, nuts, dark fruits and toffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, rum, chocolate, oak, dark fruits, a bit of coffee and toffee. Excellent imperial stout.

kaser (6471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Black draft pour at Flying Saucer in STL. Tan head. Rich coffee and toffee aroma. Flavor is cocoa, coffee, Carmel and rich. Pretty good. Not getting the barrel aged part much.

Emeister84 (2715) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Aromas of clay, cocoa, cherry, chocolate cake batter, light booze, bourbon. Flat black with a mostly lasting beige head. Dry, raw cocoa, burnt cherry, char, booze, bourbon, vanilla. Full bodied, chewy.

Thisis12ptfont (1244) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Aromas of chocolate, coconut, wet barrel, bourbon, barrel wood, dark malts, dry oats, caramel and hints of leather. Pours black with a very thin brown foam and almost non existent lacing. Taste brings smooth, decadent chocolate, chocolate syrup, dark wort syrup, and dark grain malt. Mid palate offers spectacular barrel notes with plenty of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, caramel and leather. Finishes with almost a lactose characteristic and mild bourbon booze. Overall, this takes the base beer to the next level. Tons of chocolate, coconut, vanilla and bourbon overtones. Great stuff.

DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Tap, black pour, tan head, nose is boozy, taste is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wow

mcberko (20447) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours black with a medium creamy tan head. Nose brings out intense whiskey notes, with subdued vanilla and a touch of roast. Flavour is insanely whiskey-dominated - there’s nothing left of the base beer here. Something weird about this that makes it difficult to drink - maybe some aniseed / mouthwash. Quite boozy and barrel-heavy. Difficult to drink much off. Off the mark to me.

JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Pours dark clear brown with tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of woodsy and coffee notes. Tastes of bourbon with light coffe and cream. Ends the perfect kind of coffee bitter.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Tap at Churchill’s for SDBW. Pours ink, low foam. Nose is bigger, sweet bourbon, sweet cherry, mild tomato paste. Taste is stickier, sweet cherry, thicker butterscotch candy, Drinkable but sweet and boozy. No finesse.

jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Draft. From notes. Loads of bourbony oak with chocolate and vanilla. I could easily drink this every day.

DTM (870) - Vacaville, 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

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