MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012Hopmaestro (1625) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2017
Black pour w/ bubbly tan head. Smells like fresh, rich espresso, sweet alcohol & a hint of bitter hops. Tastes include sweet, dark cherries, coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Creamy texture from the oatmeal. Slight alcohol on the finish. More sweet upfront than I remember. A good brew!
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. StevieT (1997) - 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. gregwilsonstl (2452) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Dark black. Chocolate. Kinda bitter like cocoa nibs. Good not great imperial stout. wilnatp (692) - 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. jefcon (1827) - 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.
MetalNHopHead (1886) - 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 (5838) - 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 (1475) - 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 (3567) - 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 (2168) - 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.