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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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4.2
illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
I really like this Imperial Stout. Just a well balanced, great tasting RIS. Definately is my go to on this style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
Une robe plutôt noire sur laquelle flotte un simple anneau de mousse. Un nez plutôt simple en effets maltés et plutôt odorant en verdures houblonnées. De la résine et des élans citronnés. Enfin, des grains plutôt timides qui vont et qui viennent à travers l’évidente américanité des cultivars. Une impression de réglisse à travers ce doux parfum d’alcool? Au goût, des saveurs maltées qui vont vers la réglisse avec des flaveurs de pin et des notes citronnées. Quelque chose comme une BIPA? En bouche, un liquide qui présente un corps huileux avec un pétillement très modéré. Une finale montée par une amertume de houblons et par celle des grains rôtis.

4
JStax (7124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The beer pours a dark brown, near black with a khaki colored head of foam. The aroma has lots of mocha, dark chocolate, and coffee notes. Taste is the mocha and chocolate again, coffee doesn’t really come through like it does in the aroma. Another very good beer from Ballast Point.

3.2
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
Bouteille de 660ml partagée par Patrick. Bière noire-brune avec une mousse beige. Le nez est fruité à prime abord avec des notes de cerises. Il y a du houblon fruité. La bouche est aussi de cerise, de houblon, c’est malheureusement fade, elle a peu de goût. La finale est insipide. L’alcool est mordillant. Décevant. 6/10

3.8
mansquito (6787) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Somewhere: Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is loads of fresh coffee combined with adequate amounts of chocolate, along with some nice juicy hops. Taste is only somewhat sweet. Body is rather sticky. Coffee dominates in both the taste and the aftertaste, but the complexity of this beer is apparent throughout. This is easy drinking considering the high alcohol, which, I should add, is not really noticeable.

3.7
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
650 mL bottle. Looks about right, and the head sticks around for a bit. Some chocolate milk in the aroma, but this stout is not as heavy as others on the chocolate and coffee flavours. Still distinctly an IS though, but the chocolate appears as chocolate covered fruit. Very smooth body. A little booze in there. Nice.

3.8
Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Surprisingly light, fruity and easy in the mouth. Especially after the heavy, raisiny, slightly hot nose. Long chocolate, fruitcake and a little brandy burn at the back.

3.8
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Aroma is chocolate coffee bitterness and a bit of roasty-ness. Appearance is ink black and coats well with tan head. Taste is A little on the sweet side bit well balanced an dangerously delicious. Palate is balanced as well. Another solid offering from this solid brewery.

3.2
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2012
(bottle) dark black with tan head. Aroma of alcohol, roast malts. Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, pine hops and alcohol.

3.7
Theydon_Bois (20450) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Tap at Rattle’N’Hum, Manhattan - 29/05/12. Dark black with a small to medium dirty tan head. Dark malt, chocolate, coffee and a touch of spice on the nose. Taste follows nice with a touch of hops, pine and raisens/dark fruits. Top end of medium bodied with minimal carbonation and a little warming alcohol in the finish.


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