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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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 4/4/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color; perhaps not the thickest-looking pour I’ve seen from a big RIS. The head is a two finger khaki shade. It retains nicely given its gravity, and manages to leave some lacing on the glass, as well. S: The first thing noticed is some dark fruit sweetness. Vague citrusy hops and savory notes hide behind the fruitiness, also, along with some molasses and chocolate. Typical for the style, but well made. T: It opens quite savory on the palate, with a distinct (yet not unpleasant) umami note. The first sip seems to finish with strong booze, however this is soon replaced with citrusy hops, oatmeal, touches of roasted malt, and the slightest ’ping’ of chocolate buried in there somewhere. The more I sip this, the more I realize how robustly hopped this one is - and it does a good job of balancing the excessive sweetness without creating a harsh imbalance. M: This one lacks in body. I do notice the smoothness from the oatmeal - unfortunately it’s hidden by excessive carbonation. Once the carbonation fades some, its syrupy and wet finish is revealed. As a result, it’s not quite as drinkable as it could have been given its thinner texture. O: If I have to nitpick - and I always do - the underwhelming body prevents this from achieving elite status in the imperial stout world. An enjoyable product regardless of its niggles. From what I remember of Victory at Sea, I’d personally put this one on the same level.


3.8
Ronritter (840) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Bomber pours black medium tan head Aroma of roasted malts cocoa and light booze taste is chocolate with vanilla and a little bit of booze on the Finish

3.6
pictoman (1174) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2017
Poured from the tap. Black with tan head. Light roast malt, coffee, powder cocoa. Light-medium body.

3.4
stevoj (5369) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Bomber from Albertsons. Oily black pour with a beige fluffy head, fades to skin. Aroma is straight​ up roasty, taste brings a little sweetness, chocolate, gentle lingering bitterness. Pretty mild for a 10% beer..

4
Hopmaestro (1694) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2017
Aroma is full and rich from roasted malts, licorice and dark chocolates. Taste is medium sweet, but yet a slight spicey roasty cloak. The sweetness and roastiness plays well together and I would say that this is great if you’re looking for a more "standard" Imperial Stout.

4.1
StevieT (2015) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2017
From a bottle. Oh damn son, this is a mighty fine drop that will sneak you on you and steal your ship.

3.7
gregwilsonstl (2578) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Dark black. Chocolate. Kinda bitter like cocoa nibs. Good not great imperial stout.

3.7
wilnatp (722) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Tap at Nomad for MNUFC game. Chocolate and milk and toffee on the nose. Slightly bitter overpowering the roast and sweet.

3.8
jefcon (1911) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Draft. A nice, slower down stout. Like a chocolate or oatmeal, but with a decided west-coast hopping. Smooth throughout. caramel finish.

3.8
MetalNHopHead (2086) - 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.

3.9
Holmen1 (6160) - 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.


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