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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1574) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Sampled at O’Briens - RBSG ’08. Cloudy, muddy dark brown with a small, fading head. Caramel, mocha, wood and hint of tart/sourness in the nose. Like the aroma, the flavor starts with notes of mocha, caramel, wood, light tobacco and ends with a bit of saltiness and medium tartness/sour acidity - which works well. Medium to light bodied (perhaps the bugs dried this up a bit) with soft carbonation. Well-done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 ~RBSG 08~

On tap at Toronado. Pours black as night, creamy small head, and very little lacing. Nose of coffee, chocolate, roasted notes, floral hops and caramel. Lots of roasted malts in the flavor, with coffee and thick chocolate. Some toffee, too. Alcohol is subdued but definitely makes an impact. Full-bodied, tangy mouthfeel, creamy and very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Deep attractive pour with a thin tan head. The nose is complex and rich with chocolate, coffee, whisky and oak. The flavor goes a lot more sour and alcohol, losing most of the original Sea Monster. Dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
On tap at Toronado San Diego during RBSG ’08. Pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet yet tart with a slight malty, coffee note and a little oakiness. Full bodied and slightly dry.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odeed (1801) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
(SAMPLE FROM THE BREWER @ BALLAST POINT.)black body with not much head.slightly funky flavor and aroma.with some roasted malt falling in behind.im not sure if this is infected or if the funk is on purpose.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008
On cask @ Hamiltons. Very interesting beer. Light nose of bourbon mixed with cherries. Flavor is strangely fruity, tart and somewhat odd. The bourbon is fairly nice, but there is a sweet cigar like flavor in there that is also a little distracting. Pretty good, but not quite up to what I would have hoped for.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Pours black with a medium, yet well retained light brown head. Smells of light roast, mild bourbon, dark malts, andcream. The flavor was a little more tart than I was expecting, with alot of dark fruits and malts mixed in. The whiskey isnt overpowering, in fact its quite subtle. Really just didnt stand out for me. Wasnt bad, but was too unusual, and didnt have any of its characters blend well. Still drinkable though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2008
From a Growler Craig from BP Brought to RBSG today. Really nice version of this beer. Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is full of bourbon and sweet notes. Taste is sweet with lots of bourbon and a viscous mouth feel. Its been too long since Ive had Sea Monster to do a direct comparison. This is nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Draft at O’Brien’s. Black, small off white head. Bittersweet oatmeal stout with some mild bourbon barrel, subtle coffee, and a bit of a twang- barrel oxidation or unclean lines?Medium/full body, smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11879) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Sample at the Linda Vista location. This beer pours brownish-black with a thin and bubbly light brown head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon and chocolate, along with some malt in the background. Rich body with flavors of whiskey and malt primarily, and notes of chocolate and hops supporting. The finish is oaky and malty with a lingering alcohol aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


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