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Swordfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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BA SCORE
85
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 04-03-2011

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Photo of scootpolute
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Jet-black body with a nice carmel, tan head...OK lacing.

Smell: Immediate hop-hit! Also coffee + chocolate, grapefuit, orange, and pine notes present.

Taste: Hops and alcohol are the stand outs...strong...Some hints of mocha, but kind of over-killed by the alcohol...Not much going on other than some strong hop-hits, with a burning aftertaste from the alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, a little thinner than I expected by the apprearance. Not bad with carbonation...The strong alcohol makes this more of a sipping beern not a very refreshing beer.

Overall: I was expecting more for paying 7.99 for a bomber granted the beer has 7.5%, I think the beer is 'trying' to do more than it 'does.' (combining a IPA with a porter-like beer), but just kind of 'misses-the-mark' for me...This beer is worth $4.99, not $7.99...
not impressed :~(

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet and murky. Dark brown in the glass with a slight foamy cap. Dark fruit, brown sugar, a little molasses. Quite bitter in the aftertaste. Not particularly fragrant, and the hops are more earthy than flowery. A touch of pear cider and burnt caramel.

Overall, it's kind of flat and muddy. Tastes like a double red with raisins. Nothing really wrong with it, but the murky flavors are not very drinkable. Too bitter to be a pleasant fruity ale, and too insipid to be a hoppy quaff.

Photo of harrymel
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date: unk

A: pours a black ale with limited transparency. A two finger head of mocha head sticks around for quite some time, finally retiring to a thick quilt of the same. Rope lacing.

S: lots of malt up front, dry roasted malts, some resiny hops. Honestly not a whole lot up front here.

T: The hops are subdued and make this taste more like a well crafted stout with some extra hops. The hops are piny and resiny, but then as I taste the hops, the malts come back through to own this one, nutty and chocolaty, the malts are a bit overdone for the style IMO.

M: Medium body with a creamy feeling, the carb is moderate to lo. Dry finish.

O: This is a decent shot at a newer style. I don't think it's quite well done provided the lack of hop exploration here. Worth a try, but not something I will pick up again.

Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip. Poured a barely translucent black with just a slight reddish tint. The beer had a half-inch of khaki head that had OK retention and good lacing.

The aroma was malty sweet, with some yeast spiciness and just a trace of hoppiness. For this style the amount of hops was pretty low. On the tongue the malt was again dominant, with some roastiness, yeast spice and an amount of hops that was surprisingly low for the style.

The body was solid without being heavy, it was clean and had just a slightly lingering finish. Drinkability was pretty good, the beer went down fairly easily. Overall, a decent, but not great example of a style that I'm not a big fan of. Try one if you see it, but you don't have to seek it out.

Photo of mscudder
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark, opaque, black color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Hops and malty at the same time. Very floral in both clover and hops, but also very aromatic in toasted and roasted malt and freshly baked dark bread. Some notes of dark molasses as well.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Very hoppy up front with some subtle brown sugar-like sweetness. Nice malty backbone with flavors of roasted coffee, freshly baked dark bread, black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, with some pretty good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but is a little too hop forward for my tastes. I like my beers more on the malty side. Hop heads should like this beer though…

Photo of beerloserLI
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out black and smells of slight roasted malt.

The taste is nice and clean with a sharp malt taste up front. A little bitter at the end but not much of a hop punch that you may find in a black ipa. A much more mellow finish.

If you enjoy dark ales it's worth a try.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Gil.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head and some moderate lacing.

S: Herbal hops and pine up front, a little bit of grapefruit and orange peel, too. Finally, at least a respectable amount of hop character. But, the victory is short lived. The roast really takes over and dominates the rest of the nose.

T: The flavor offers up some of the same attributes. Herbal, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange peel with a ligh malt sweetness and bread note. Still pretty roasty with some malt bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Nowhere near as awful as some of the other Northwest IPAs I had, but not something I'd care to come back to.

Photo of Kevlee722
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent Black IPA. Lots of roast and the smell draws you in. slightly less than average mouthfeel, 60 IBU though bitterness seems less than that perhaps four months has made a difference. Lacey, dark appearance. More roasted malt than anything. Not as good as the smell would lead you to believe.
Liam's bottle.

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Swordfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.