MetalNHopHead (2261) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Yes, like many creatures in deep, blackened waters, Sea Monster can creep up on you. The most impressive aspect of this 10% ABV beer is how smooth it is and how well the alcohol is hidden. Ballast Point’s Stouts tend to be fairly traditional in how bitter and roasty they are, but Sea Monster prefers the surprise attack. While you do get some finishing bitterness from high-alpha American hops, the majority of the flavor profile consists of dark chocolate and coffee with just a bit of cream. Not as complex as some of the other big Stouts, but marvelously balanced and pretty tasty. Holmen1 (6635) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017
Fra flaske (kveldens nest siste) på Mi2 Cardinal feb-17: heftige saker mot slutten av en flott Mi2-kveld med nesten bare höjdare! Så og si kullsort, og med flott skum som varer. Mørk kaffe, 80% sjokolade og brent malt. Litt furunål balanserer. Tørr ettersmak. Life is indeed good. tandembrauer (1663) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2017 Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma of dark bread, licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, alcohol. Tastes very bitter. Medium bodied, smooth mouth feel. Holmen2 (4288) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2017
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 27.02.17. Very dark brown. Pale brown head and lacing. Aroma of ropasted barley, vanilla, sour coffee, sea weeds and green apples. Taste of dark malt, roasted barley, coffee, pine bitterness, creaosote and seaweed. HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
A- Cocoa, slightly roasty, watery.
A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, beige head.
T- Tobacco, char, roasty, bitter, cocoa.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- Honestly, I expected better. Especially after having all the Victory at Sea beers. This seemed pretty traditional as far as Imperial Stouts go. Okay, but just not exciting. The taste was at least much more diverse than the aroma.
coachd (971) - Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Semi sweet aroma, milk chocolate, coffee bitterness, some oatmeal, some booze. Jet black with a light brown head. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. Aftertaste is bitter as well. This is hoppy for an imperial stout; not particularly well balanced. Palate is too thin for my tastes. This is okay but I was expecting better from Ballast Point. Sigmund (8020) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2017
650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is10.0%. Black colour, large tan head. Pleasant aroma of roast malts, oats, chocolate and mild coffee, hints of fruity hops. Roasty flavour, notes of roasted barley, strong coffee, dark bitter chocolate, liquorice, hints of fruity hops, moderate bittering hops. . ChiGuy68 (626) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Tasted on tap at Crown Liquors in Chicago. It poured jet black with a light brown head leaving heavy lacing that streaks as you enjoy. Subtle chocolate hop aroma. Smooth and creamy taste with chocolate notes and a well hidden 10% ABV. mbgrayson (818) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Pours very dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is malty with hints of chocolate. Taste is similar, with a fairly low level of sweetness. Not as complex as some, this is still a very good imperial stout. Thumbs up! UXO (1896) - CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
Appearance: opaque black with deep ruby highlights, one fat finger of fluffy medium beige head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: cocoa, coffee, boozy dark fruit and red berries, hint of vanilla, pale malt, lightly earthy. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter, light metallic. (7/10) Palate: medium-full body dropping off to watery, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter and warming finish. (3/5)
Not bad, but falls a little short. There’s a slight metallic tinge instead of a clean high ABV heat, and the body seems to fall off just a touch to a slightly watery finish. I’m starting to think that oatmeal - somewhat counterintuitively - makes for a thinnish (imperial) stout. Bottom line, not as good as I was hoping for, but not bad. (15/20)