RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 dont watch out. Like most scary monsters, it can be a little intimidating, but have no fear.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Pours brownish/black with thick tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt and that is it. Weak aroma. Flavor of chocolate. Way too thin. Was expecting more. Big let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Dark mahogany bordering black pour with a thin creamy khaki head. Aroma of roasted coffee, cocoa, and a little dark fruit. Flavor shows bittering hops and coffee bean, dark chocolate, and a dash of caramel for sweetness. Medium mouthfeel for the style...good but would skip over it next time at the store.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2011
This was a very legit imperial stout but I dont think it crested into the top rankings of them. Good chocolate, finishing a little thin with the roasted flavors. Decently dark, but not intense, and a rather moderate mouth feel. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 2, 2011
bottle. nice smooth doughy dark chocolate, with a healthy dose of molasses, and a touch of vanilla. creamy. sweet. booze well hidden. some light figgy plummy dark fruits. pretty solid. enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1467) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Decent tan head with sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is thick and massive malt, oat, a touch of roast/char, and earthy hops. Taste is coffee, chocolate, noticeable bitter hops, a raisin/malty sweetness toward the back, and alcohol. Ive had this in bottles and via tap multiple times and it usually comes across as a bit rough. I believe this particular bottle is the most recent batch and it seems a bit smoother but I think it could use a few years in the bottle to even out. Ill have to remember to grab one and stash it away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (953) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Big malty, chocolate, woody aromas coming off a dark, garnet body with a thick light brown head. Dark and milk chocolate flavors swirl around each other followed an espresso flavor with a woody, bitter bite. While the body is surprisingly thin for a stout, theres a creaminess that fills the mouth which makes up for it. The 10% ABV is almost completely hidden making this dangerously easy to drink. The chocolate and husky, woody flavors linger long after the beer is gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Wine 101 in Wake Forest, NC. Dark brown, nearly black, pour with a creamy khaki head. Surprisingly understated aroma of mostly dark chocolate with faint roasted coffee and floral hops. Very nice roasted malt flavor (even if the malt is slightly bitter). Dark chocolate, burnt espresso, and smoke are the dominant flavors. The mouthfeel is almost creamy in texture. Nothing mind-blowing, but a very well done Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (796) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Tastes like it was brewed downwind from an outdoor barbecue cookoff. Roasty as all hell, yet sweet and coffee-centered, with a wonderfully smoky fade that is both dripping with IBUs and mocha goodness. Pours dark, dark brown that eventually reaches black, with a dark brown head that blurbles for a few moments before receding. The aroma is the only stumbling point, roasty with mild chocolate, but rather bland for the blackened wonder youre about to drink. Makes me want to eat a steak. (5/22/09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Pours dark black with a medium chocolate head, lots of carbonation and lots of lacing. Aromas is somewhat muted dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. The mouth-feel is thick, smooth and carbonated, almost chewy. The taste is very burnt bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The bitterness lingers forever. Its very good but not an every-day drinker. Another very good beer from Ballast Point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2011
pitch black pour with a finger and a half tan head. wonderful chocolate nose with a slight boozy note. very nice roasty, chocolate flavor. not much coffee flavor till the finish, where a malty bitterness lingers. not bad, but overpriced to buy again

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