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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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czechsaaz

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

This is my second shot at this beer. first one was a 750 that I got at Bottleworks a few years ago. This one is a 12 oz. bottled in November 2004 so it's almost a year old.

Huge aromatics on this sucker. Plum, dried fruit, tobacco (no shit) roast malt and a fair amount of alcohol.

Off the lovibond scale of darkness. Black as can be, no light gets through this. Head, not really, but a small amount of brown around the rim of the glass.

Tons of dark roast malt flavor. Underneath is a ton of malt and quite a bit of bittering hops. Finishes malty sweet and big. Lots of fermentation character of fruit, esters and chocolate.

Body, well, pretty much huge. Carbonation level is pretty low, probably a combination of age and high alcohol.

I'm totally enjoying this with a portion of Chimay aged cheese. Nice sipping beer. Drinkability is a little unfair. Couldn't take it often, but works just right for a savouring beer.

09-29-2005 01:52:15 | More by czechsaaz
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

07-17-2005 06:27:24 | More by Sammy
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

Thanks go out to weefisheads for the chance to sample this beer. Split the 750 ml bottle with fellow BA cmaruschak.

Presentation: Label says that it's Batch no. 4, bottled 11/02, and oak aged. I am very intrigued.

Appearance: Motor oil thick and black with a fluffy tan head. Black edges (no light getting through this one) and minimal carbonation noted.

Smell: Oak, alcohol, dark fruits, and that classic chardonnay smell (from the oak). All blends well and smells kind of "musty".

Taste: Oooo...this is so good. Sweet cocoa, oak, vanilla, brushes of alcohol, dark fruits, and a powdery, roasted finish. This is a big, complex beer and age has done it well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and thick. Slightly creamy with a dry, wonderful finish.

Drinkability: A sipper to be sure. Powerful stuff but oh so good!

Notes: This is the best oak aged beer I've had to date. That being said, this has at least 2 1/2 years of age on it. Most oak aged beers that I've had have been fresh and to me, the oak dominates and subdues the finer nuances of the beer. After this one, I think any beer I buy from now on that is oak aged will sit in my cellar for at least 2 years.

Poseidon is a fish worth catching!

03-26-2005 19:37:32 | More by mattcrill
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Batch 5, 2004.

Flat black topped with a modest sheet of buttery tan.
Intially charred and smoky on the nose with a backing green, minty hop notion, but vanilla, hazelnuts, toasted oak, bourbon, and fudge crawl out once it sits for a couple moments.
Taste is a reflection of the aroma. Big, black, and burnt up front. Full of espresso and charcoal. Sweetness gradually takes residence, with molasses, liquorice, caramel, and smoked prunes. Woody as it goes along, with a lightly tart oak nuance, waving havelnuts, and a more persuasive vanilla essence. Some tannic elements as this gains vinousness, and brings to mind Pinot Noir. Ends with molten fudge drizzled, bourbon-spiked red wine cut with electric, leafy, wintergreen hops.
Medium-full in the mouth, sedate, but steady carbonation.
This is deep, complicated, heady stuff, but vastly drinkable as well. A real gem.

03-14-2005 19:47:33 | More by cokes
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

November 2001 vintage
Pours motor oil, visous black with a moderate ecru head. no light refraction. Thick seen of lace on the glass.
Aroma chocolate, light coffe bens and distinctive vinous, red wine notes.
Flavor of chocolate covered red grapes is best description. Hints of roasted coffee on the finish. The aging of these in the barrels really adds a great subtle flavor to this chocolatey stout. Some dark fruity notes appear as it warms. Excellent representation of style and beautiful beer.
Mouthfeel is sweet and vinous and full-bodied with a big malt and liquor backbone. Alcohol fuel note on the back end.
Drinkability is good. Smooth and thick with varying degrees and sweet, roast bitter and alcohol tannins. Well done

02-05-2005 19:08:46 | More by CRJMellor
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bnuttz

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +10%

Pour a dark almsot opaque black out of my 12 batch no. 5 bottle. minimal head, which is usually the case with these 10% abv brews. Smells charred and smoky, with some chocolate and alcohol presence peaking through. Tastes smokey, something I'm not really used to imperials. Coffee and charcoal dominate the flavors. Warming alcohol is not far behind. Finishes with a small hop presence, not citrusy in the slightest, most likely english. I have to give this brew a 5 for flavor, one of the most interesting Imperial Stouts that have graced these lips. Mouthfeel is dead on for an impy, nice and full bodied. I have to dock this one for drinkability a bit, simply because I think its still a little green and could definitely use some aging. Overall one of the best imperial stouts I have come across.

01-29-2005 23:13:12 | More by bnuttz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

12-21-2004 10:17:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Black, opaque, reddish hints. Low light brown head. Extremely vinous aroma among explosive red wine character. Complex fruitiness (blackberries, berries, grapes) expressed over a leafy/branches tray. Bourbon undertones peaking through a toasted pumpernickel bread and blueberry jam breakfast. This smells terrific. But, upon tasting, I don’t know how well the barrel blends with the beer itself. I get more and more envy to try the base beer as this one may be a bit overly sweet, vinous and balsamic tart, almost like a red wine. This may be a bit too much combined with the roastiness, tobacco and herbal finish. Acidity just doesn’t mix very well in the end. Rather high carbonation, liquorous mouthfeel, medium body. Still very good and challenging. Thanks Sham!

11-30-2004 05:05:33 | More by Rastacouere
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marc77

California

4.28/5  rDev +7%

750ml bottle, batch #3. Bottled Nov. 2001, purchased Jan 2002 and cellared since. Jet black, with complete absorbance. Lofty, dense, steadfast light bister head leaves sticky, coating lace. Buttered chocolate liquor upfront in aroma is offset by agreeable, vinous notes of unripe fermented blackberry. Swirling releases hints of burnt cookie dough soaked in oaky bourbon. Trace minty ethanol hints meld well. Very enticing, and utterly unique aromawise. Initially in flavor is an impression of lightly tart, cherry infused dark chocolate fudge. Notes of coffee liquor and treacle ensue and bolster dark caramel malt sweetness. Subdued citric hops arise mid palate, lending an orange zest twang. Unwavering chocolate dripped prune undertone. Drops in flavor and thins late, but this allows the pleasantly tannic oak tones to surface along with moderately drying hop bitterness. Lightly bodied for an imperial, but acceptly viscous in mouthfeel. As the beer warms, softer, simpler milk chocolate notes augment and cuddle with the mellow ethanol warmth. Finishes with burnt caramel hints yielding to trace notes of cassis and vanilla. A complex and intriguing imperial. Quite delicious. It appears age has treated this fine brew well. I'm rather glad I have a 750ml, since a 12 ounce would be only a tease.

11-10-2004 01:40:27 | More by marc77
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

This opaque brew pourded with a huge brown head. Fruity nose with a hint of alcohol. Some burnt qualities noticed up front. Strangly acidic from begining to end. Not as filling as some of the other imperial stouts I've sampled recently. Which made this highly drinkable.

10-11-2004 06:33:34 | More by MrNuggets
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -18%

This came in a 750 ml bottle from batch #4 of November 2002. This poured out an opaque thick black with a very tall dark brown head. The picture perfect head falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace in its wake. The smell was sweet with a bit of tartness and alcohol mixed in. Towards the end of the second glass the alcohol seemed to be the dominated scent. I couldn’t detect any of the usual coffee or chocolate smells associated with RIS. Flavor reminded me of medicine upon first sip, with alcohol mixing with an odd tart flavor with a good amount of bourbon like qualities. There was a slight fruity sweetness that helped offset some of the odd flavors. The mouthfeel was quite good though with a full body and a slick feel. This got old be the end of the first glass let alone the whole bottle. I would try this again in the future but this was definitely not one of the better RIS I have had.

09-21-2004 14:58:58 | More by meathookjones
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

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!

08-07-2004 03:33:58 | More by NeroFiddled
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RedDiamond

Oregon

5/5  rDev +25%

Batch No. 4, November 2002.

Poseidon’s Imperial Stout is a stellar achievement in its marriage of old wine and aged beer. This tremendous full-bodied brew is matured in oak wine casks before being bottle fermented in champagne magnums. The result is an exquisite creation of profound dimensions and balances.

Poseidon delivers a sublime aroma that mixes notes of sherry wine, dried cherries, and toffee malts. It is crowbar black with a head resembling espresso froth. The mouthfeel delivers the taste in waves of tart fruit, woody tannins, chocolate bean, coffee roast, and warm-bellied alcohol. The taste is like the embers of an old flame – warm, smoky, radiant and soothing.

This is the best comfort food ever poured from a bottle. A genuine masterpiece of a beer and Fish’s finest moment.

05-09-2004 21:11:43 | More by RedDiamond
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

2001 Vintage

Half of all bourbons on the market today do not taste as much like bourbon as Poseidon's Imperial Stout does. Laden with oaky vanillans and a smooth, distillate palette, this is as close to whiskey as I've tasted any beer come -- bourbon-aged or not.

There is some minimal malt bitterness and ripe plums underlying the bourbon, maybe even hints of chocolate, but this is, at its worst, a low-alcohol bourbon and, at its best, a plum-infused low-alcohol bourbon.

It manages, however, to be wonderfully integrated. The alcohol is apparent in that this so closely resembles whiskey, but it is never intrusive and doesn't interfere with the taste in any way.

Despite such huge flavor, Fish Tale leaves this beer inexplicably one-dimensional. It's hard to believe, given the absolute uniqueness and craft of this brew, but the deep bourbon flavor goes no where and we're left, not with a stout, but with some facsimile of those extreme beers that certain bigger breweries are going for nowadays. At 10% abv, however, an impressive distillate quality is not enough.

It lacks hops, it lacks malt, and I'd rather not suck on used oak chips.

On the nose and on the palette Poseidon's Stout is a dead ringer for bourbon and pulls off this mimic act better than any brewery could ever hope to. As much as I love bourbon, however, this beer grows dull and tired near the bottom of a pint and a complete snooze by bottle's end.

Relax, relax.
ng

04-16-2004 02:16:50 | More by ngandhi
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Crosling

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -8%

After a rather troubling evening I feel like the only thing that can provide me solace is this bottle of imperial stout. This was chosen on the drive home. I hope it turns out to be a good choice.

Pours brown from the bottle but looks black in the glass. The head is creamy and thin and leaves some lacing.

The nose is very nice but only if you know what you are smelling. Molasses and chocolate with a sharp astringent burnt grape and cherry character. The oak fairs well in the aroma as well and the barrels also gave the aroma some sherry characteristics.

I don't really like the flavor. The bordeaux barrel aging did nothing for this beer but eliminate all of the traditional imperial stout flavors. No chocolate, no coffee, no roastiness but a shitload of sweet molasses. However, this is still pretty damn good. The burnt dark fruit flavors take over...everything in this beer is wine, wine, wine and more fucking wine. Which was enjoyable at times but not at others. One thing I didn't get that I was certainly hoping for was hints of the oak aging asI didn't get much.

03-27-2004 07:19:37 | More by Crosling
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.8/5  rDev +20%

This was simply awesome! Awesome 750ml bottle with a crown. This poured out as black as a starless siberian night with a lovely brown head of foam that stuck around for the long haul. Aromas were intense and complex. They consisted of aged French Bordeaux, Deeply roasted malts, alcohol, vanilla, sherry/port wine, subtle floral hops, and more! The taste was a lovely blend of light red wine flavors, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and a lovely alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied>thick and perfectly chewy and the drinkability was simply amazing! I'd love to try some more beers from this brewery!

02-27-2004 21:08:01 | More by francisweizen
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erica

California

4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

Wow.
I really loved this beer. It was very dark, black I guess, with a big but quickly disapating tan head that was quite pretty. It smelled pretty good, and then i was told it doesn't smell pretty good, it's amazing, and I said no it smells pretty good. Smells winey, roasty, coffee-like. Almost like a flavoured coffee maybe. So then I took a sip, and it became amazing. The flavours just exploded in my mouth. Extreme red wine, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and a dry finish. It was heavy on the wine taste, which I found to be most enjoyable, unlike a lot of other BAs it seems. Mouthfeel was good, it was not thin or syrupy at all, and drinkability was good as well because the whole of the beer, just looking at it, smelling it and tasting it, it went down real well.

02-26-2004 17:19:47 | More by erica
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aracauna

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -8%

(Nov. 2002 bottling) Nicely black with a large, dense and creamy chocolate milkshake head. The aroma is vinuous, a little chocolate and a lot of fruit. The flavor is also vinuous and a little tart not quite vinegar. The wine flavors dominate the imperial stout, which is sad. There's a chocolate there, but not a whole lot of roast malt, coffee or char. Nice sweetness. I'm not sure the wine flavor from the cabernet cask meshes very well with the imperial stout flavors. Whiskey barrels are perfect for this, but perhaps wine barrels are better suited for Belgian strong ales and maybe barleywines.

02-13-2004 06:38:51 | More by aracauna
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BierReise

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured thick and black with maybe the biggest head I've seen on an Imperial Stout. Can definitely smell the Cab coming through in the nose. Very interesting blend of wine and malt in the flavors. Also detect some chocolate in there as well. Body is full and smooth. Cascade seems to be buried in the wine flavor which I found a bit overpowering.

01-15-2004 21:18:56 | More by BierReise
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Batch #4, Bottled November 2002. Pours a dark brown into my Duvel tulip...thickly. In the glass it is black. The low head that formed was the color of espresso foam and clings mostly around the edges of the glass. When some of the head cleared I noticed that blackness has a wonderful reflective sheen to it...like obsidian. The sheen and head color boosted my appearance rating to a five. The complex dry aroma contained, cherry, chocolate, mild smoky/toasty malts, coffee, some alcohol, and subtle winey-ness. Intriguing but not as powerful as I was expecting. The taste... smokey, semi-sweet chocolate, and somewhat winey. A prominent zingy/tart sensation continually stimulated the outside edges of my tounge... but its hard to describe as a flavor. There were some fruit like flavors in there as well. A great hop character rounds it all out. All in all very unusual. Mouthfeel was full and smooth. The drinkabilty is good, alcohol is very well hidden and integrated into the flavors. Very enjoyable and certainly unique.

12-29-2003 04:12:57 | More by HiroProtagonist
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woemad

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +18%

750ml bottle (Batch #4, bottled 11-02) purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane for $9.59. This has been hidden away in my closet/beer cellar for about 2 months. I decided to bust it out to ensure that my mug was obtained by a good beer. When I posed the question in the forum as to whether this, Monkfish or a Stone Imperial should be my mug catcher, this came in 1st - barely (actually the leading suggestion was for a double blind tasting, but then I'd have to share!).
The pour yielded a black as crude oil viscous looking liquid, with a dark head that is somewhere between tan and brown. This head was HUGE. My very easygoing pour was broken into three segments due to the amount of head I was getting (that doesn't sound so beer-related, does it..;)
The aroma of this beer was like its head- BIG. The first impression is like that of a well-aged bottle of port.Beyond the portliness is a cornucopia of scents that all imperial stouts should have: dark fruits dipped in dark chocolate, roasted black coffee, a little bit of molasses.
The taste of this beer is wonderful. Dark, velvety chocolate, ripe cherries, dark roast coffee saved for special occasions, notes of oakey port - all accompanied with a warming alcohol sensation that says "I may be wonderful right now, but if you don't respect me, tommorow morning's gonna be UGLY.". This beer is a sensualist's dream. Monks would feel oblidged to commit acts of self-flagellation to atone for the decadence of this beer.
This is possibly the most viscous beer I've ever had. I mean that in the best sense, of course. This is gloriously thick. I may set aside some to pour over tommorow's waffles.
Had to grade down a little on drinkability. Who in their right mind would make this their session beer? It's just too overpowering for that.
I'm glad I decided to buy 2 more of these today (with more in the future, no doubt). One of them will be split with my brother for Christmas - or is that too good for him?

11-18-2003 03:02:01 | More by woemad
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beerguy101

California

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Oak aged version. Eclipse black color. Smallish head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. A VERY full-bodied stout. Thick, viscous and oaky. A big bold stout. Very smooth tasting. Touches of wood, smoke, dark fruit, red wine, chocolate and coffee. An incredibly complex beer. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

10-09-2003 01:52:19 | More by beerguy101
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Batch #4. Bottled in November 2002.

This beer has an ink black appearance with a hefty, well-retained, fluffed up and somewhat cloud-like light cocoa brown head. Beautiful. Aroma consists of sweet molasses, oak graininess, bourbon, cabernet and a little charcoal. Not quite as harsh as I was looking for, but very pleasing in a non abrasive sort of way. The feel of this beer in my mouth is silky beyond belief. One of the creamiest beers I've ever had. On the flip side though, the body is a little light for an Imperial. Medium-full tops. Flavor profile follows suit with the nose. Pleasing, but not very coarse. However, there is a lingering bite that is a bit obtrusive and fitting. Seems like a stinging alcohol spiciness blended with some hop bitterness. Otherwise, the first thing that strikes me with the flavor is the winey sweetness. Bourbon, dry cedar, vanilla bean, baker's chocolate and bitter hops blend with a subdued roastiness to create an enjoyable tasting experience. Quite enjoyable.

08-03-2003 03:26:17 | More by Bighuge
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jcalabre

California

4.72/5  rDev +18%

Batch 3, Nov 2001: Thick black pour w/ a tall, long lasting, tightly bubbled tan. head. Smoothly, chocolatey flavor w/ notes of wine. The aging in casks really comes into to play here. Hints of chocolate covered fruit (like raspberries) abound in the taste. Absolutely fantastic.

05-23-2003 14:37:02 | More by jcalabre
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Gusler

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +14.5%

Batch #4 Bottled November 2002:

WOW! What a beauteous site is that pitch-black Imperial Stout setting in my “Chalice, the only glass suitable for such a treasure in my humble opinion. The head is majestic in size, luxuriant in texture, the color an eye-appealing chocolate, and as it slowly evaporates, a silky sheet of lace is left to fondle the glass. The aroma of deep roasted grains, caramel, Starbucks coffee, sweet milk chocolate, with a noticeable oak tone, almost bourbon like, all rolled up in this wonderfully sniffable nose. Thick bittersweet malt start, the top thick and almost chewy, finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops pointful in their spiciness, the aftertaste is dry as they get. The 10% ABV makes itself known in a light alcohol bitterness and in the quite noticeable “Belly Warming”, WOW! What a treat, especially designed for the lovers of the “Dark Side”, and definitely not meant for the palate challenged.

04-17-2003 16:38:24 | More by Gusler
Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.