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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout
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89
very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 36
Gots: 2 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque black with disapearing white head. Coconut in the coffee and chocolate malt that just didn't work. much more drinkable when warmed up to full room temperature. Carbonation pushed the fomer taste into the mouth. Whole thing didn't work that well. Bit of a disapointment, but thanks Joe McPhee.

Sammy, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.2%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.2%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for bringing this bottle out to try along with the barrel-aged version. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a really dark brown with a single-finger tan head. Fades into a light cap. The nose brings forward a bit of roasted malt and some chocolate. Not terribly complex--especially compared with the BA version--but nothing off about it. The taste is along the same lines. It's fairly decent but not good enough to warrant a four. Some roast plus a bit of chocolate. Slightly dry with the roast. Medium body. Decent enough in the end, but nothing remarkable.

Thorpe429, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Bottling, tasted Dec 2007

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a mocha head that sticks and laces better than I would have expected

Smell: Mocha dominates, but there are undertones of dark fruit, chocolate and grapefruiy pith

Taste: Opens with a rich chocolate and fruit flavor that builds in pithy intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the balance between the chocolate, dark fruit and pith linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced; not the biggest impy stout, but certainly quite flavorful

Thanks, PretzelCity, for the chance to re-visit a few years later

brentk56, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spawned on: November 2005. Darkest mahogany with fairly generous dark cherry highlights through the bottom edge of the glass. Definitely not a black hole. The peanut butter colored head is a fraction less than two fingers, but is densely creamy and looks as though it'll last for quite a while. Nice lace display... that could be thicker and longer lasting.

The nose is fabulous. If I didn't know that Poseidon's Imperial was aged in wine barrels for six months, I might have been able to guess. Along with a thunderous amount of charred malt, bittersweet chocolate fudge and ground espresso beans is a vinousness that gives the beer almost a port wine vibe. Powerful and complex enough for any two stouts.

I'm nearly as impressed when beer comes in contact with taste buds and I've only had one mouthful so far. If things improve once it reaches room temperature (it's almost there now), this will be one of the better RISs that I've had in the past six months at least. Anyone who drinks beer of this style any warmer than barely cool is missing out on an entire world of flavor.

The flavor is essentially the aroma in liquid form. Fish B.C. must have used a few tons of malt (chocolate and caramel) and roasted the beejeezus out of it. This is one of those stouts that tastes more like roasted barley than either chocolate or coffee, although they're present as well. I'm especially enjoying the dark caramel and dark brown sugar that have emerged now that I've reached the bottom of the bottle.

Pacific NW hops, Columbus (bittering) and Cascade (flavor) make valuable contributions. In fact, the finish is suprisingly citric and is almost as hoppy as it is malty. The vinousness that I appreciated in the nose is still present, but isn't a major part of the flavor profile. Even though I love bourbon, it's nice to see a wine barrel aged stout for once.

The mouthfeel is the only characteristic that is less than world-class. There's nothing at all wrong with it, but it needs to be a fraction bigger and a fraction more plush to impress me as much as the flavor does. Incidently, there's no hint of the 8% ABV. I wonder why this twelve ounce bottle isn't 10% like the big-bottled Poseidon?

This is great beer and is easily the best Fish Brewing Company offering that I've enjoyed to date. I wish now that I had one of the 750s because the bottom of the bottle is approaching much too quickly. Poseidon's is incredible, so don't hesitate to reel one in if the opportunity presents itself.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a deep black (not pitch black) color stout with a good foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with some bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by some nice rich chocolate notes with some bitter notes at the end. Body could be slightly fuller but the creamy texture and the chocolate notes are well balanced.

Phyl21ca, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage of this one unknown. Found recently on a shelf at one of the local outlet. Pours a dark brown/black with a thick and nice tan head that quickly reduces to a nice single layer of small bubbles.

Nose of sweet dark chocolate, sweet espresso and black licorice.

Mouth follows nose nicely with a nice creamy mouthfeel, good body and really nice balance. Dark unsweetened chocolate gives way to pleasant bitter coffee and licorice flavors. Complex and layered.

Finish is dark chocolate and espresso with a somewhat unique sweet dark chocolate that follows a hit of espresso/chocolate and some bitter grapefruit hops.

All very pleasant and complex. Surprised there is not more hype and/or discussion about this one. Good.

GRG1313, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was finally able to track this one down and get to try it last night. I have been sitting on a few of them and it was nice to finally get to enjoy one of them. It was a 2007 release in a 12oz bottle which I poured into an Imperial pint glass after letting it warm up to cellar temperature.

Appearance - The look of this was just brilliant from the very beginning. Poured a jet black, completely opaque, and black as night, thick looking liquid into my glass, exactly the way it should have. A nice two inch high head of chocolate colored foam rose up out of the depths to come over the top of it. Excellent retention allowed it to hang around for a good five minutes or so before it retreated down to just a thin layer of tan across the top of the glass. Very nice side glass lace left silky smooth and cascading films over the side of the glass. It really was holding up to its reputation on looks alone.

Smell - The aroma was full of burnt malt smells. Hints of some light smokiness came over me first and were not at all unwelcome. I let it sit to let the flavor come out and some nice dark fruits then began to emerge. Lots of sweet aromas in here too, with hints of molasses and sugar all over it, some caramel and toffee like aromas coming through as well. Towards the end I started to get some coffee mixed in with it as well, pretty good here I have to say.

Taste - The flavor followed along the aroma very well, really starting to show off what it could do. The first flavor to hit was toffee and molasses which let you know right away that this was going to be a sweet stout. It rolled around for a little while with hints of plums and figs coming in and out of the picture. Rich molasses soaked burnt coffee coming into the picture, offering just the slightest touch of bitterness to it as it starts to finish up. Nice sweet creamy finish to it now with a good touches of smokiness to it as well. Really nicely done here with a good bitter and smoke filled taste lingering for a good while after.

Mouthfeel - The only slight knock I have against this one is that it felt a little bit light to me. Not really bad, just with the amount of flavor and depth this one had, I thought it could have been a little thicker. Lots of carbonation in this one, which was probably why it felt that way, but nonetheless very nice indeed with a good smooth creamy feel.

Drinkability - For an 8% ABV RIS this had outstanding drinkability. I found myself taking increasingly larger sips as it went through and really pushing it down towards the end. Everything was remarkably well done and it really came across quite nicely. I could have easily had another one of these.

Overall this is a very good stout. I would have no issues with buying more of these. It had an interesting mix of smoke flavors and a nice sweet stout taste which came across very well. I would have to recommend giving this one a try as it is an excellent representation of the style.

mikesgroove, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A beautiful looking pour from a 12 oz bottle. The beer is black and viscous with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: The smell is a bit of a let down, especially considering my hopes for this beer. There is a fair amount of alcohol and acidity to the nose which sort of overpower even the coffee and chocolate.

T: There isn't any improvement in the flavor, I'm afraid. A strong bitterness to the beer and an almost medicinal astringency. Behind that, the chocolate and coffee flavors do come out, but I'm having trouble getting past the faults.

M: At least the mouthfeel is nice. This is a full bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation.

D: Just too much unwanted and unpleasant bitterness in this beer to overlook it. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle, but as for now, I don't think I'll have this beer again.

womencantsail, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, November 2001. Aged roughly 3 years. Absolutely stunning!!! The opaque black body reveals only minor glints of ruby at the sides and base of the glass, and its frothy dark-tan head seems to hold on forever. The lacing, however, is limited; but that's to be expected in a high alcohol brew. The nose suggests bourbon, cocoa-ish malt, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol-soaked summer fruit. The body is full and rich with a smooth and creamy feel, and it very subtly tingles the tongue before it slides dextrinously away. Rich notes of bourbon dominate the flavor amidst a solid layer of leafy and somewhat pine-like hops and slick, dark chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. And despite the richness of its malt, the alcohol become apparent at mid-swallow and lingers into the aftertaste. Notes of fig and prune appear as well. Well done, and this is certainly a beer to cellar for at least a year. Still, worth trying even fresh!

NeroFiddled, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep dark black with a 1/2 finger of creamy, burnt mocha colored head. Frothy bunching around the edges throws a monstrous cascade of lace and brown oils up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is big and grainy smelling, with some roasted chocolate and coffee mix in for good measure. Maybe a touch of dark fruits thrown in as well. I'm really trying to pull more out of here but it's just not happening.

The taste fortunately gives up a bit more, with lots of big roasted oat character, along with some thicker and sticky notes of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Coffee and roasted bitterness strongly pull up the backend of the profile, lingering in the mouth for a good long bit. This is actually quite good as it gets more up to room temp, maintaining a nice balance between the sweet and bitter characteristics. The mouthfeel is starts out a bit thin but them creams up more as it warms. The final result is still a touch light in the feel but the ABV is very nicely hid.

This one actually grew on me quite a bit as I worked through the glass. I wish that the nose and body had provided some more substance but for the most part, this was a solidly enjoyable Imperial Stout.

Kegatron, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for this beer. I've been saving it for a good time, and Xmas vacation sounds like a good time. '06 vintage, so 5 years on this baby, should be interesting!

Still makes a thwop sound as I crack it, good sign. Pours a nice large 1.5 finger darker colored head that lingers for quite some time and slowly fades with nice lacing, over jet black beer, really no light shining through.

Nose is interesting, it starts with brown sugar, dates, and cocoa. Some dark baker's chocolate, and plenty of dark malts but no roast or black patent that I can detect from the nose at least. Then syrups and fruits, tons of molasses, dates and figs, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some caramel. Hint of vanilla rounds it off. Being 5 years old I don't get much bitterness, roast, hops, or booze.

Taste starts a bit off, light metallic and oxidized flavors, probably due to the age. Then malts galore, dark creamy luscious malts, black patent a bit, plenty of baker's chocolate, and heavy crystal malts. Then syrups again, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, etc. with it comes the fruits again, fig and date soaked in syrup. Booze is fairly rampant too, with a warming and plenty tingly booze. Hints of cocoa, cinnamon, and slightest hint of licorice. Creamy and almost chewy, with a lush malty feel and flavor. It finishes slightly bitter although I think more from the malts than the hops, but maybe hints of earthy hops, and a creamy sticky finish, more cocoa, syrupy flavors, molasses and caramel, brown sugar, nutty malts, more cinnamon and cocoa, and a bit of booze late.

Mouth is heavier bodied, creamy and luscious, decent carb esp for the age, plenty of booze.

Overall pretty good, shows some signs of the age with a little oxidation and hints of metallic flavors. Nice dark malts, not big on roast or bitterness, booze is definitely there. Nice malts and syrupy flavors, and nice fruits, but def a slow sipper even with its age.

jlindros, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The color is black as the Vatican's secret files, a vast darkness that will allow no light, and the head is a thin affair, but gives the cocoa-brown hue I would expect, nay demand, for the style.
Aroma: molasses meets the nose to start, dark, thick, treacly, a malificent morass of devilish decadence...dark chocolate, whiskey, with dark fruits, and a full red wine character shining through, as well.
A wicked coating grips the lips, and drips down the throat...damnably thick and rich, viscous and motor-oily. A melted-down candy bar, loaded with liquor, thick, rich, dominant... so painfully full, it threatens any other pretenders to this style...well, almost any other, I'm still partial to a few others, but this is a significant accomplishment on it's own. Damnitty-damn-damn!
She's a bad mamma-jamma!
Oh, it's thick, massive flavor, dripping with the syrupy, deep dark goodness, a big fat, almost oppressive mouthfeel.
Later into the drink, it becomes more approachable, but still a powerful dominant thing upon the palate. yum...lip-smackin', delicious...dee-lightful.
What a nice, and thoroughly amazing brew. Very fine. Highly recommended.

feloniousmonk, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/12/10 notes. 2006 vintage, 22 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a dark black with no head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, a bit smokey, roasted malts, oak, and a little booze.

t - Tastes chocolate, smokey, a little bit of coffee, and roasted malts.

m - Has a bit of a watery feel to it. Light to medium body and low carbonation. Quite easy to drink for 10% ABV.

d - I thought this was a pretty nice stout that has held up well. Some nice chocolate and smokey, roasted malts. Would try again.

mdfb79, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Marked as bottled in November of 2005 (I think as it was purchased June of 2006), Sampled September 2007
Pours with a somehow dense appearing, initially three-finger thick, light brown colored head that sits atop a a simply black colored brew. The aroma smells of dark malts with notes of chocolate being initially most apparent. This is joined by a concentrated note of burnt fruit aromatics that lean towards cherries, figs and prunes. Roast malt notes of blackened grain, a burnt acidity as well as some rich, almost peat-like, salty smokiness. Dusty, toasted / roasted grain notes and deeply browned bread crust round out the finish of the aroma. I really like how the concentrated, roast fruit notes intermingle with the harder black malt notes; this really serves to hold the burnt grain notes in check and makes for a nicely balanced aroma.

Sweet, but this is held quite well in check by the menagerie of dark malt notes. The dark grain adds a touch of acidity to the beer, which in combination with the malt sweetness, accentuates a nice fruit character. Roasted fruit notes of prunes, dried figs raisins and a somehow significant, yet at times fleeting cherry character are all quite noticeable and play a prominent role in the flavor profile. The sweetness adds a sort of cola like note to this beer at times as well. The finish is all about the roasted grain; slightly astringent, burnt, with a sharp, burnt grain acidity and an espresso like finish; these notes are note dominating in any way and in fact provide a nice, balancing finish that prepares one for another sip of this brew. This is surprisingly light feeling (I have a feeling it has lost some heft over the years) for an Imperial Stout, though it does have a significant heft to it and it does tend to coat the palate quite well. Hints of salty smoke character are also found in the flavor, more towards the finish, but definitely at a fairly subtle level. The roast malt character manifests itself up front as a chocolate note coupled with a smooth chocolate liquor like thing.

This has held up amazingly well so far. I have a feeling it has mellowed some, but it is not showing any signs of oxidation yet. Really I like how well balanced this beer is; this is still rich and thick, definitely a sipping brew, but it is not so much so that it is a challenge. This is quite good, quite tasty and definitely something I am enjoying on this warm fall night.

Purchased: Papago Brewing Co., Scottsdale AZ

Gueuzedude, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black, with a full off-white head, leaves great lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate liquor, brown sugar sweetness.

T: Dark chocolate really comes to the forefront in this beer and dominates the flavour. Light mocha coffee is a secondary characteristic. One of the hoppier RIS's out there, there is a burst of herbal bitterness at the end of this beer.

M: Very silky and oily, resiny, medium-bodied and creamy, light on the tongue at a high alcohol brew.

D: One of the sweeter RIS's that I have had. A nice beer, would have again if it were easier to find.

Halcyondays, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9/14/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bomber, no sign of vintage or freshness date on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very black in color pour. 1/2 inch off white head which settles at a light ring. Lacing is decent leaving minor streaks, patches and spots.

Smell- Deep and lightly smoked malt, dark chocolate and minor coffee notes. Nice scent.

Taste- Burnt to a crisp deep malt flavor. Smoked flavors, but not into the Rauchbier realm. Deep roasted dark chocolate taste with some burnt espresso notes as well. Dark, very dark flavored beer. Besides that...it has a pretty large hop profile. Quite bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- About the average found carbonation per style. Hop bitter aftertaste as stated above. Thick, but not really chewy.

Drinkability- Actually goes down very easily. Listed as 10%, but the bottle says 8%. Probably older vintages used to be higher. Very drinkable per the abv. If you like dark and hoppy, go get one.

GClarkage, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been sitting on this bottle since 2006 and just cracked it open tonight.

Poured like a burnt motor oil with a deep brown head. The nose had more of a prominent roasted, chocolate smell after two years than my other tap review. This thing aged well for ABV but not as much for the taste. On the pour I could really smell the alcohol and the taste was really strong too. Of ourse after two years I am sure the ABV was not 10% anymore. Taste was coffee, hints of chocolate and roastiness. I was hoping the age would bring the flavor out more but it just brought the ABV out.

barleywinefiend, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber from Liquid Solutions.

A: The stout has a dark brown color resembling more of a brown ale than a stout. The beer is not oily thick, looking like a standard dark ale. The head is a small white band.

S: The nose is an acrid, burnt malt. Chocolate and caramel notes come out as well.

T: The stout is strong on the burnt malt profile. Dark coffee beans and roasted grains shine throughout the beer. Some chocolate and caramel notes come through midway through the sip. The coffee and grains are somewhat thin the more I sip on the ale though, losing the malty flavor and leaving burnt element.

M: The mouthfeel seems to fall a little short on the flavor side, there are no wine-like elements, nor is there a truly memorable aspect of the flavor.

D: The beer is good but not great. I am quite surprised to see that this ale is sitting on the top 100 domestic beers list.

akorsak, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/4 finger of khaki tan head. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: A lot of roast. Coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Kind of sweet. A lot of grains. Silky,

Taste: Even more roast here with some coffee flavors. Raisins and molasses. Caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more roasted flavors.

Overall, a decent RIS, but fairly average. Nothing out of the ordinary. A bit too roasted for me.

mothman, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a tall brown head.

The smell is sweet and spicy and smells like Mexican chocolate with Chile pepper and cinnamon in it. Bit of vanilla and grain scent and some cherry in the ethanol fumes.

The taste starts out sweet and bitter with a milkshake thick texture. Sweet and coffee bitter like Starbucks Coffee Liqueur. Good but not complex.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Well this is an OK beer but it seems to be lacking in complex flavors, worth a try I suppose.

Zorro, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.2%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy tan head, which left some nice sticky lacing and small islands. The nose is malty, nice tones of toffee/chocolate/coffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, and some toffee/chocolate/coffee. Medium body, alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, a pretty nice tasty stout, glad to had had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Mar 19, 2008
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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.