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Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our Sea Monster Imperial Stout explores the darkest reaches of the traditional oatmeal stout. This bold, rich brew first lures you in with roasted coffee notes, then grabs hold with hints of bittersweet chocolate and currant. Backed with a perfect hop balance, youll soon discover this is one monster of mythic proportions.

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (2206) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Aromas of clay, cocoa, cherry, chocolate cake batter, light booze, bourbon. Flat black with a mostly lasting beige head. Dry, raw cocoa, burnt cherry, char, booze, bourbon, vanilla. Full bodied, chewy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1121) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Aromas of chocolate, coconut, wet barrel, bourbon, barrel wood, dark malts, dry oats, caramel and hints of leather. Pours black with a very thin brown foam and almost non existent lacing. Taste brings smooth, decadent chocolate, chocolate syrup, dark wort syrup, and dark grain malt. Mid palate offers spectacular barrel notes with plenty of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, caramel and leather. Finishes with almost a lactose characteristic and mild bourbon booze. Overall, this takes the base beer to the next level. Tons of chocolate, coconut, vanilla and bourbon overtones. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Tap, black pour, tan head, nose is boozy, taste is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wow

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (15016) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
On tap at Brouwers Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours black with a medium creamy tan head. Nose brings out intense whiskey notes, with subdued vanilla and a touch of roast. Flavour is insanely whiskey-dominated - theres nothing left of the base beer here. Something weird about this that makes it difficult to drink - maybe some aniseed / mouthwash. Quite boozy and barrel-heavy. Difficult to drink much off. Off the mark to me.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Pours dark clear brown with tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of woodsy and coffee notes. Tastes of bourbon with light coffe and cream. Ends the perfect kind of coffee bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Tap at Churchills for SDBW. Pours ink, low foam. Nose is bigger, sweet bourbon, sweet cherry, mild tomato paste. Taste is stickier, sweet cherry, thicker butterscotch candy, Drinkable but sweet and boozy. No finesse.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Draft. From notes. Loads of bourbony oak with chocolate and vanilla. I could easily drink this every day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas. The bourbon aroma is overwhelming and in a good way. Tastes of bourbon and and SMG (sweet malty goodness). A little bit of alcohol burn, besides that it's fantastic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
indigentone (10) - Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2013
On cask at rock n brew in manhattan beach. Pours black with a thick tan head which was gone quickly. Slight lacing but not terribly interesting in that regard. Cask temperature helped get t the aromas quickly. Obvious liquor and chocolate. Barrel was prominent. Aroma and flavor similar but a bit more bitter than i expected. Palate was ok but not what i would expect from a beer this big. Certainly a good beer and worth imbibing

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2013
(Draught) deep black, fine tan bubbles. Nose of graham cracker, cream, bourbon, light alcohol, rich, milk chocolate. Taste of rich milk chocolate, bourbon, a bit creamy and smooth. Well carbonated c


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