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RATINGS: 805   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sea Monster Imperial Stout is a new version of an old favorite. This hearty stout is black as the abyss and clocks in at a whopping 10% ABV, a real monster. The flavors of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate are complamented by a velvety smoothness from the addition of un-malted barley and oats. Colombus and Amarillo hops help to balance out the huge malt character of this flavor bomb. Be careful the alcohol is well hidden and will sneak up on you if you don’t watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.

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dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle poured into glass. Looked over my old notes and realized I’d skipped this one. Really smooth with a nice dark chocolate flavor. Subtle hints of coffee and barely. ABV is masked very well here as well.

4.1
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Location/Date:Catching up on Ratings, November 2011.

Appearance:Pours a black opaque.
Aroma: Aroma very roasty.
Taste: Taste of coffee, malt, and roastiness.
Palate: Medium body, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: Ballast Point always makes a nice beer, this is no exception.

3.8
Thisis12ptfont (1208) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Aromas of roasted barley and coffee beans. Deep solid black with a small foam rim. Flavor is surprisingly smooth bringing notes of espresso, molasses, burnt caramel and toffee. A very pleasant flavor of rich cocoa follows through on the finish. Overall, it’s very smooth and well done. For 10% alcohol they mask it extremely well. A rating.

3.8
magsinva (1413) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from App vintner - pours pitch with a milk chocolate head. Aroma is big with notes of chocolate, coffee, and hops. Taste is sweet with a nice astringent minor bitter finish. Overall, quite good!

3.7
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bomber I picked up in NYC. Pours near black with small light tan head.Aromas of loads of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and some hops. Flavors of roast, chocolate, piney hops, light coffee, and some licorice and dark fruit. Nice stout.

3.9
crajun (1255) - , Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2017 re rate 2/2017. bottle dated 1/15. stick with original rating below. coffe roasted/hops linger a little too long. could be thicker. solid....................................Very good not great stout. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Black pour. Taste was similar to aroma Smoother than some impys and I noticed the hops more than in other imps. Well balanced. Some alcohol

3.9
rosenbergh (11681) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
650 ml bottle. 17. BB 07/07/12. (Bierkraft) Brooklyn, NY.
Black colour with small tan head. Mild chocolate and roasted malt in full aroma. Flavour is strong with roasted malt, mild sweetness and chocolate. Rich and full. Balanced.

3.7
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2012
a very good imp stout shared with friends on a home brew day. a heavy bodied black stout. roasted gummy malt flavor with touches of baker’s chocolate. while it has a have feel it does not have the booze and harshness that makes this impossible to drink. Well done.

4
johnbuck100 (306) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bomber forget where I got it. Thick creamy oily texture. Attractive black pour with beautiful caramel lacing. Nice malt stout, wish they piled on even more hops, but a nice imperial stout offering from Ballast Point.

4.1
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle pours black with generous tan head. Aroma malts/roast. Taste follows aroma with roast, malts, slight cocoa and licorice, Excellent full mouth feel, coats the palate. Finish slight roast and coffee.

Very well balanced imperial stout with no real flaws, but neither does it have anything to set it apart and make it special.


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