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RATINGS: 806   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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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mezr (158) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
From a 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Inky black with a moderate brown head that dissipated over the next two minutes. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink this. Aroma is first chocolate, then a mellow roasted coffee takes over. Hint of caramel. Lightly bitter, full body and thick on the palate. A little sticky. Very nice, but just short of great. If only a couple of it’s traits would have been more aggressive, especially in the aroma, this would have easily been a 4+ for sure. That said, it’s very enjoyable and I think would be easy to drink for someone who is not accustomed to imperial stouts. 10% ABV, but no hint of alcohol at all. I’ve read other reviews that said this was rather boozy. But those were likely other versions of this beer that are brewed in whiskey and rum barrels as special editions. Trust me ... the alcohol is completely hidden, which to me, in a beer, is a good thing.


4.1
Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 1, 2017
From Dec 2007 I purchased this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquor. Thanks Joey! This beer pours from 22oz bottle a pitch black with a nice 2 finger head of tannish foam. It's a very appealing sight in my Sam Adams glass. The smell is very sweet. I'm getting a big caramel malt nose along with some chocolate and some roasted malt. The taste...Yummy. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and all are there in ridiculously high abundance. The more I sip on it, the more I notice the coffee and roasted malt flavour. This is a very compelling Imperial Stout to drink. The relatively low abv for the style really helps when it comes to drinkability. It has a medium to medium full mouthfeel and it's fairly lightly carbonated. The finish has an ever so pleasing mix of coffee and chocolate that you *just* don't want to see end. This is the my first experience with a Ballast Point brew and oh, I just noticed that the label says it is 8%bv. The alcohol is hidden *very* well. This is a winner in my book and if you're a fan of coffee and chocolate in an American Double/Imperial Stout, I can only recommend it highly. This is damn good stuff!

3.8
Ronritter (875) - 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 (1212) - 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 (5571) - 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 (1749) - 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 (2039) - 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 (2661) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2017
Dark black. Chocolate. Kinda bitter like cocoa nibs. Good not great imperial stout.

3.7
wilnatp (717) - 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 (1935) - 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 (2182) - 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.


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