Beer #164 Ballast Point Sea Monster

Ballast Point Sea Monster


Ballast Point Sea Monster


Name: Sea Monster

Style:  Imperial Stout

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company.  website

Country: USA

Region:   San Diego, California

ABV: 10.0 % Abv

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a De Struise Brouwers glass.

My Overall Opinion:  Amazing

I paired this beer with:  Nothing today.   I had this as an after dinner drink.

Tasted on:  Monday April 4th, 2011

Note:  This beer has been sitting in my cellar for well over a year.  Most of the bitterness from the hops in this beer has disappeared and the coffee notes have mellowed a bit.  In my opinion I liked this brew aged better than fresh.  As a result I upgraded my Overall Opinion from a Very Good to an Amazing because of the aging.

This beer poured a near black with a fluffy 2 finger tan head which hung around until I was half way finished with my glass and left a minimal lacing on the glass.  The nose was all coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.  The taste initial tasted reminded me of a Kahlua and Cream as the rich thick sweetness of this oatmeal stout and the coffee hit me first.  Then the chocolate kicked in and this beer morphed into a delicious mocha drink, delicious! This beer had a medium to think creamy mouthfeel which was silky on the tongue.    This beer is a great as an after dinner drink and the 10% abv was very well hidden.  Like most beer of this style make sure you don’t drink it too cold.  Let this warm up to 50-55 degrees before you drink this and you will not be disappointed.  I’m looking forward to having this one again!

On the Label:  From the deep dark depths of our Brewmaster’s imagination comes this rich and monstrous oatmeal stout.  Our Sea Monster embodies all that the true dark beer aficionado will appreciate; roasted coffee notes, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and currant flavors all brought together by a perfect hop balance.

 Don’t fear the Monster!

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