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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged) - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 27
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Derek on 11-14-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5th beer in the Bottleworks Cellar Tasting for Seattle Beer Week. This is batch 3 (2001).

Pours black with an inch of tan head.

Smell is oak, fruity, creamy, smokey.

Taste is tobacco, bitter ash, coco, and espresso. Impressed with how well this held up, and how well the wine barrel plays in.

Super rich and complex. Great.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter. Batch 3 from November 2011.

Appearance - Pours black with a great mocha head. Good retention. Nice thick collar. Good wisps.

Smell - A touch of acidity. Lots of wine notes. Chocolatey with dark fruits. Oxidized, but it adds a nice dimension.

Taste - Everything comes together perfectly here. Really rich chocolate. Wine is distinctive, but less acidic. Leaning more towards the fruit flavor of the wine. Still very oxidized, but again I think it plays very well.

Mouthfeel - No booze. The body has dropped off, but it seems to just make it easier to drink.

Overall - Impressive on its own, but truly phenomenal considering its age. Fantastic beer.

Photo of Auracom
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Enormous thanks to Gregg for sending this one to me. Batch 3 bottled in November 2001, aged in Washington Cabernet barrels. Cracked at DLD on April 27th, 2013 and poured into a snifter.

A - I tried Moscatel BA Dark Lord right before cracking this, and they coincidentally look very similar. A red-ruby hue surrounds a flatter macassar ebony coloring. Just a ring of a head here, probably died off like 7 years ago. Not a lot of heft to this.

S - Oloroso sherry, cherry pit, prune skins (or like a prune jelly, if such a thing exists), sultana raisin, cigar smoke, fig, a hint of american oak, and residual brown sugar.

T - Obvious cabernet presence, with further touches of barrel, slight mocha leaning much more to the bitter side, lots of oxidation.

M - Medium body, dry and semi-short finish.

D - Worthy for a completely unique and historical reference. Graceful aging, to say the least. I doubt I'll ever try it again and that's pretty saddening.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe( bucketboy )for bringing this one out. Never even heard of this before tonight but glad we were introduced Appearance- black with a quarter inch of tan head Nose- roasted nuts, cherry wood,cocoa powder Taste- wow....huge roasted flavor of almond,walnuts covered in chocolate, taste of dark fruit is suttle. Slightly vineous with bitter after taste. Reduced grape reduction with warm caramel on top Ridiculous

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, David. 2001 vintage, cab barrel aged.

Black as pitch with a tall brown head that retains shockingly well for a beer this old.

Quite a bit of -bals left here. The nose is roasty, chocolatey, very complex and balanced. Notes of acidic coffee, buttery oak and vinous dark fruit. This has held up nicely.

Chocolatey, vinous palate. Chocolate truffles in particular. Some vanilla and a slight buttery note. A little caramel. Nice mellow roastiness and dark fruit in the finish. Full, silky body. Excellent, this exceeded my expectations.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the hookup, Dan! 3-16-12, NitanyBeerFan's kitchen, epic pre-tasting. Batch 2, Nov. 2000.

L - Coats the sides of the glass with milk chocolate wisps, strands of separated cobweb foam clustsers, nicely amber rimmed medium bodied deep walnut. Looks a touch thin for a stout, but not surprising considering the cab barrel aging.

S - Dark burnt sugar malts, , bing cherry liqueur, 70% cocoa powder, cab finish with a hit of oak. A touch of chalk hints toward oxidation, but just enough that it makes it seem older but not deleterious at all. Just under vibrant after 12 years.

T - What a delicious beer, cleaely pristinely cellared. Black cherry liquer, bitterswet chocolate, cabernet grapes on the front with a lovely cab vinous oak finish. Really delicious, my favorite of the night (beating out Beatification b2 by a fair margin). Still hop finish to hold it together. So good!

M - surprisingly assertive bubbles, slick on the tongue in a mout-coating way. I expected smoother for such a vintage, really has held up eautifully.

O - I really loved this beer. Just a touch of the cabernet, may not have guessed it right off, but the vinous ptesence makes itself known in a delightful way. So damn good, so well cellared, wish I had another bottle. Win! Seek this out if you have the chance.

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4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan for this. Pours black with a large, dry, thick head. Nose is mellow yet expressive -- roasted malt with little suggestion of bitterness, dry baker's chocolate, lightly sweet vanilla, wood. Flavor is quite sweet upfront and throughout, begins with chocolate and vanilla, unfolds into cherries and other dark fruits. Sweet dark cherries dipped into an earthy dark chocolate is a decent way of summing this up. Oxidation is pleasant and avoids overly paper/cardboard flavors. Feel is rich but a touch thin. Interesting how this has developed after so many years, 8 years I think? A light coffee bitterness creeps in on the finish, as does anise and a lot of earth. Ultimately this is a bit sweet for me as I like drier stouts, but it remains cohesive and interesting after all these years.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in 2008 and most recently shared with youradhere yesterday.

A: Poured a jet black with great carbonation and a tannish head

S: Roasted, chocolate, booze, licorice, tobacco, wood and funk

T: Charred, chocolate, tobacco, wood, hot and booze and funky soured notes medium way through and finishing funky, wood, booze, roasted and some cabernet

M: Big bodied with lots going on, even after 10+ years it still has killer taste! Wine like feel, good carbonation.

O: Wow. Still very drinkable RIS. Amazingly good and this is a quality beer. I can't think of a single RIS that would hold up to the test of time. Top notch beer.

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Mages64. This was a long time want, thanks! I think this was the 2001 vintage.

A: Foreboding black with a big tan head of froth. Good retention and scatted lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and cardboard with grape and plum. Oak accompanies a light vanilla presence and roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate blends with grape, plum, and oak. Malt is modestly roasted and there's a firm earthy bitterness. Oxidation is strong, lending notes of sherry, soy sauce, and cardboard (light).

M: Full in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy.

Overall: It was great to finally try this. There are still some nice things going on, but I think at this point the oxidation has taken hold of the beer and it will soon consume the finer notes.

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4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mages64

A: The beer pours black in color with a big, tan head on it.

S: The wine notes really come through quite strongly on this beer. Lots of red fruits and grape aromas along with the expected roasted malts and chocolate. There is a touch of vanilla as well as some oak.

T: A light booziness to the flavor, but otherwise quite good. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavors along with tons of wine, berries, and a bit of molasses. Some lightly charred oak with a light tannic feel to it.

M: A really sticky feel on the tongue with a very long finish. Quite nice.

O: Much better than the regular Poseidon, and better than the BA Leviathan I tried previously.

Photo of Chyren
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(from notes)

Okay, I only had the opportunity to taste about 4 ounces of this stuff while at a Fish Brewing beer tasting. Those of us who stuck around long enough were surprised with a single 10-year old bottle of this amazing stout.

It poured out so black, and thick, and you could just feel the gravity emanating off this stuff. I swear that it spewed Hawking radiation, that's how black it was. The nose was incredibly rich like chocolate and roast and sweet clean caramel smoke. The taste reflected the nose, and it was bitter, but so thick and smooth the bitterness seemed tamed by the silk consistency. I don't think I've ever tasted a beer that so clearly aged in all the right ways. It is as if the harshness of taste and scent became things somehow only remembered by the drink and shown to the drinker, because it had become something so much more mature and complex and ultimately pleasurable. Anyways...

Words cannot describe this beer; perfect in every way is a good start though. I was lucky enough to be there to quaff the very last droplets of this rare libation. Now it no longer exists except within the fading memories of heavy drinkers.

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one side by side with the non-BA version.

A - Black beer with a two finger tan head that faded to a cap with some nice lacing. A pretty impressive looking beer.

S - Oak, roast, chocolate, some vinous notes, oak, vanilla. There's some slight oxidation but it's not ba at all. Has a lot of things going on that all work well together.

T - A little sweet, with chocolate, barrel, some bourbon, roast. Tastes quite nice and balanced. Really have no complaints on this one other than the slight bit of oxidation.

M - Smooth, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Great beer, past it's prime, but really hasn't lost much that I can tell. The vinous qualities, although not as present in the taste, give it a uniqueness that sets it apart from most other barrel aged RIS.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee malt, small hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged) from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.