From Ballast Point’s Limited release series comes their take on the traditional Oatmeal Stout! Originally brewed as an American Stout, the Sea Monster Imperial Stout comes in at a strong 10% ABV with a 65 IBU. The Sea Monster boasts a strong dark roast coffee flavor that is complimented nicely with hints of both dark chocolate and currant. A silver medal recipient at the 2014 Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival for Imperial Stout & Porter, it’s definitely worth a try!
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black or opaque color. Sea Monster is left with a small thin, chocolaty head.
Aroma: Strong coffee aroma that is complimented with notes of dark chocolate, caramel and a hint of currant. Aroma could be stronger for such a bold beer.
Flavor: Sea Monster begins with a strong dark roast coffee flavor. The coffee then gives way to a slightly bitter dark chocolate/ malty flavor that cuts the coffee very nicely as so it is not overpowering. There are also tones of molasses and toffee with a pleasant currant cherry aftertaste that kills the strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated. Starts bitter and bold ending with notes of coffee and toffee with a nice currant berry aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
Overall: While Sea Monster can still be considered a “dessert beer” is it not as sweet as Ballast’s other popular imperial stout Victory at Sea. The dark roast coffee is strong but not overpowering and soon gives way to a smooth, less bitter, dark chocolate taste with hints of malted milk balls, and molasses. These flavors are then cut with the light but noticeable currant aftertaste that leaves the drinker with a pleasant dark cherry
chocolate aftertaste that is not at all too bitter. Fans of Victory at Sea should definitely give the Sea Monster a try to spice things up! Also try the Sea Monster with Ballast Point’s suggested food pairing of Flourless Chocolate Cake or Aged Gouda! Cheers!
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