Beer #164 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!

Our Robust Series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our most rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses.  Enjoy!

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Summer Beer Tasting: 21 different styles in 26 Beers

My friend Stu returned from California with a nice haul of “West Coast” beers not available in S. Florida.   His philosophy is that good beer is meant to be shared, so he invited a small handful of friends to his backyard for a great beer tasting on Saturday.  

The Beer "Waiting Room"

Above is what I called the Beer “Waiting Room”.  This is a photo before more beer was added as guests arrived. 

I have listed the beers in the Order we drank them.  Our method of picking our next beer was very random.  We would just go to the beer “Waiting Room” stick in our hand and pull out a beer, most of the time not knowing what we were going to pull out.  It actually worked out quite well this way, as you will see the styles did vary and kept palate fatigue at bay.  We were able to taste 21 different beers style from the 26 beers we had.

Stu and the cheese spread as he finished pouring our 1st brew.

   
 
Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale

Beer #1:   Maduro Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Brown Ale

 Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: Brown Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Breckenridge IPA Small Batch 471

Beer #2:  Breckenridge IPA Small Batch 471

Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery & Pub.  Breckenridge, Colorado

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.2% 

Fort Collins Maibock Zum Leben!

Beer #3:  Maibock Zum Leben!

Brewery: Fort Collins Brewery.  Fort Collins, Colorado

Style: Maibock

ABV: 6.3%  

Flying Fish Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA

Beer #4:  Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA

Brewery: Flying Fish Brewing Company.  Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.2%

Cascade Apricot Ale (2009)

Beer #5:  Cascade Apricot Ale (2009)

Brewery: Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub.  Portland, Oregon

Style: Lambic

ABV: 9.0% 

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Beer #6:  Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Brewery: Dark Horse Brewing Company.  Marshall, Michigan

Style: Doppelbock

ABV: 7.5% 

Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

Beer #7:  D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

Brewery: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. Akron, Ohio

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5% 

Marin Brewing Point Reyes Porter

Beer #8:  Point Reyes Porter

Brewery: Marin Brewing Company.  Larkspur, California

Style: American Porter

ABV: 6.0% 

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Beer #9:  Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery. Bend, Oregon

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.75%  

Three Floyds Robert the Bruce

Beer #10:  Robert the Bruce

Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing Co. Munster, Indiana

Style: Scottish Ale

ABV: 6.5 % 

Boulevard Dark Truth Stout (Smokestack Series)

Beer #11:  Dark Truth Stout (Smokestack Series)

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company.  Kansas City, Missouri

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.7% 

Stone Sawyer’s Triple

Beer #12:  Sawyer’s Triple

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.  Escondido, California

Style: Tripel

ABV: 7.6%  

Birrificio Italiano Scires

Beer #13:  Scires

Brewery: Birrificio Italiano.   Lurago Marinone, Italy

Style: Fruit (Cherries)

ABV: 7.5% 

Port Brewing Wipeout IPA

Beer #14:  Wipeout IPA

Brewery: Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port.  San Marcos, California 

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.0% 

Old World Dark Knight Porter

Beer #15:  Dark Knight Porter

Brewery: Old World Brewery Inc.  Phoenix, Arizona

Style:  English Porter

ABV: 6.5%  

Black Lightning Porter

Beer #16:  Black Lightning Porter

Brewery: Lightning Brewery.  Poway, California

Style: Baltic Porter

ABV: 8.5%   

The Beer "Waiting Room" at halftime

After 16 beers it looks like we have more beer waiting than when we started!!!!  

Stu chilling out

 Looks like Stu is enjoying the tasting so far. 

 

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

 Beer #17:  Big Eye IPA

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company.  San Diego, California

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.0 % 

Homebrew: Habanero pepper something or another

Beer #18:  Homebrew (Habanero pepper something or another)

Brewery: Jason’s

Style: Hot pepper

ABV: ??%  

Southampton Saison Deluxe (looks like the bottle got a little banged up)

Beer #19:  Saison Deluxe

Brewery: Southampton Publick House.  Southampton, New York

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 7.4%  

Boulevard Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner (Smokestack Series)

Beer #20: Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner (Smokestack Series) 

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company.  Kansas City, Missouri

Style: Imperial Pilsner

ABV: 8.0%  

Rogue John John Ale #21 (Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels) #22 (Pale Ale Brewed with Juniper Berries and aged in Spruce Gin Barrels)

Beer #21: John John Ale (Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels)

Brewery: Rogue Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay.  Newport, Oregon

Style: Mailbock

ABV: 6.4%

Beer #22: John John Ale (Pale Ale Brewed with Juniper Berries and aged in Spruce Gin Barrels)

Brewery: Rogue Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay.  Newport, Oregon

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%   

The Lost Abbey Judgment Day

Beer #23:  Judgment Day

Brewery: The Lost Abbey.  San Marcos, California

Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 10.5% 

 

Cigar City Gruit Humidor Series batch 02

Beer #24:  Gruit 2010 Humidor Series batch 02

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: Gruit

ABV: 5.5%  

Southern Tier Crème Brûleé Stout

Beer #25: Crème Brûleé Stout

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2%  

Rogue ÜberFest Pilsner

Beer #26:  ÜberFest Pilsner

Brewery: Rogue Brewery / Brewer’s on the Bay.  Newport, Oregon

Style: German Pilsner

ABV: 5.2%Hope you enjoyed these great tasting pics

 

My favorite brews of the day (in no particular order):

Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA

Cascade Apricot Ale (2009)

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Dark Truth Stout (Smokestack Series)

 Point Reyes Porter

My least favorite brews of the day (in no particular order):

Crème Brûleé Stout (Only because I do not like butterscotch) Everyone else loved it.

Gruit 2010 Humidor Series batch 02

Sawyer’s Triple

 

Here are some of the beers we did not get around to tasting:  Which is good news as Stu says he will have another BIG tasting soon to finish these and many more!!!!!!!!!

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary, Imperial Helles Bock

SKA Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA 

Cascade The Vine, Northwest Style Sour Ale

Allagash Musette   

Terrapin Side Project Volume 11 Boom ShakaLager  

AleSmith X   

AleSmith Anvil   

Lagunitas Lucky 13    

Cigar City 110K + OT Batch #3 (The Other West Coast IPA)

Cigar City Hunahpu’s   

Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager  

Thirez EXTRA Farmhouse Ale   

Hebrew R.I.P.A on RYE   

Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout 2008   

Plus many others, including some home brews (see below for pictures of the beer which missed the cut)

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Beer #117 Ballast Point Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Ballast Point Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Name:  Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter

Style:  American Porter

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company website

Country:  USA

Region:  San Diego, California

ABV: 10.0% Abv

How served: 22 oz capped bomber poured into a Petrus glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with:  Fresh blueberries and strawberries.  Wow, you couldn’t ask for a better beer pairing, you get fresh fruit with coffee and chocolate.

Tasted on:  Wednesday June 2nd, 2010. 

Note:    The nose is just about all iced coffee.  The taste is coffee and chocolate (mocha), I didn’t get much of the vanilla, it was there, but only mildly for me.   Not to sweet, not to bitter, just right.  The mouth feel was big and very smooth.  The 10% was very well hidden.  This is one heck of an amazing porter. 

On the Label:  Two of the world’s oldest beverages join forces to conquer your palate.  Victory at Sea embodies the art of masterful brewing by infusing a velvety Imperial Porter with pure vanilla flavor and specially selected, hand roasted coffee.  The addition of cold brewed coffee to the beer lends a subtle roasted flavor, blending perfectly with rich vanilla and caramel undertones.  By uniting two San Diego brewing traditions, Caffé Calabria freshly brewed coffee and Ballast Point beer, we have successfully created an artisanal masterpiece.

Our Robust series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our moat rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses.  Enjoy!  Get the Point!

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Beer #66 Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA

Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA

Name: Dorado Double IPA

Style:   Double IPA

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  San Diego, California

ABV: 9.1%

How served: 650ml (22oz) capped bottle poured into a Duvel glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Homemade vegetable soup, tomato based with shrimp, scallops & tilapia.   

Tasted on:  Monday January 18, 2010.

Note:  This is my second different beer from Ballast Point Brewing, the other being Sculpin IPA.  Both were simply amazing.  I could drink this beer anytime, anywhere & pair it with most meals.  This bottle is  a few months old, so it might have lost some of its “hop” bite, which might have made it more balanced.   If you haven’t tried this beer yet & it’s available where you live, BUY IT & enjoy. 

On the Label: Robust Series* Limited Release.

“On a quest to make delicious beers, our brewers have continually sought out creative new ways to accentuate the delightfully aromatic and flavorful qualities of hops. Hopheads rejoice!  Dorado Double IPA takes hops to a new level. Marsh Hopping, First Wort Hopping, Kettle Hopping and Dry Hopping, create an award winning beer that embodies San Diego’s reputation for making world class IPAs.  Our bottled Robust Series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our most rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses. Enjoy!  Get the Point!  World Beer Cup 2006 Bronze Metal Winner.”

Beer #20 Sculpin India Pale Ale

Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale

Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale

 

Name: Sculpin India Pale Ale

Style: American IPA

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region: San Diego, California.

ABV: 7.0%

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.  

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: nothing

Tasted on: Sunday November 15, 2009

Note: This bottle says “Limited Release”, but it isn’t a onetime only release.  Wow!   What a nose on this beer & it has the taste to match.  It is as good as it gets when it comes to IPA’s.  The 7% ABV is very hidden, so be careful if you plan on drinking a few of these bombers in one sitting as it is very drinkable.

 “The Sculpin IPA is a testament to our humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart.  Founded in 1992, the Mart continues to be a catalyst for the San Diego brewing scene setting the trend for handcrafted ales.  Inspired by our customers, employee and brewers, the Sculpin I.P.A. is bright with aromas or apricot, peach, mango and lemon.  Its lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.  This delicious Ballast Point Ale took the Bronze Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Pro Am category.  The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting.  Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the most tasty.  Something that has a sting but tastes great, sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.”  “Get the Point!”

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