Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sea Monster Imperial Stout ~ Ballast Point

Appearance: black decadence. Dark khaki tan head. Swirls creamy espresso crema along the edges, but not much else.

Nose: rooty, roasty, and earthy. Hit of heat and tart meaty black fruits in the back. Charcoal bricks. Smoke and tar. Mildest up front, building in the middle, with a crescendo finish. Leather tannins.

Palate: meaty and chewy dark fruits up front – prunes and dates. Tar and char all around the sides. Burnt woods and charcoal underneath. Bakers chocolate in the breath. Smoked pitted dark fruits. Ash and cooled embers. Bark. Faint nip of tartness in the middle. Leather tannins along the edges.

Final Thoughts: big, sticky, and heavy, Sea Monster Imperial Stout was a sipper to be sure. Forget the fridge, you could almost take this beer off the shelf and pour directly into your glass, a chalice or snifter of some sort, please and thanks. 


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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