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Swordfish - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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85
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 39
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 04-03-2011)
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a nice, fluffy, foamy, tan head that slowly settled down and some lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor's like nose; fairly dry, bitter and carbonic tang up front, with the bit of malt/fruity sweet in back. Body and carbonation good, although there's a little astringency in the finish. Also the finish is quite long, boozy, and resinous.

Photo of hackmann
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black body with a two finger tan and creamy looking head that leave some massive lacing on the glass.

Aroma: nice hoppy presence that reminds me of soft pine; roasted grains in the mix, a touch of semi-sweet chocolate

Flavors: the hoppy notes come through with a tasty mix of pine and citrus rind; the toasted malts are present with roasted grains, bitter chocolate bite, toasted … slightly burnt caramel, I think you can even throw in coffee … medium roast coffee

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, nice bitter style (it does have a 65 IBU), the malts are doing their job for some balance, lingering roasted notes on the aftertaste, a touch of 99% dark chocolate bitterness, not heavy like a stout – closer to a porter in mouthfeel

To the Point: to me it is a tasty dark ale and perfect on this cold fall day here in Michigan.

Photo of beerloserLI
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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 adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in March 2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, orange, herbal, and floral. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, roasted malt, pine, orange zest, herbal, floral, biscuit, char, grass, nuttiness, and cocoa. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, pine, biscuit, char, herbal, and grass on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of all flavors; with very balanced roasted/hop flavors which I really like. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an very excellent Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of flavors; very good malt balance and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is almost black with a big tan head leaving heavy lace.

Smell is softly hoppy, pine and citrus.

Taste is pretty good, for a porter. I'm not getting as much hops as I like in this style. Sweet, soft malt, a coconut note here reminiscent of barrel aging. Bought from a cooler at Freddie's, it could certainly be not fresh. The hops are there in the pine resin category, but well integrated, not dominating or pungent.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium-heavy bodied, slicked by the oils, like graphite powder.

Drinkability is pretty good. A tasty beer. Would like to try it fresh to see if it's got more hop punch or as intended. I order CDAs when I want a lot of hops. If I had been in the mood for an American style porter, this would be a fine choice as is.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of clinging lace.

Smell- Citrusy hop aroma with notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste- Chocolate with a bit of roasted malt at first that is quickly overtaken by a bitter hop flavor. The hops blend in nicely and do not overpower the other flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall- A nice example of the black IPA style. One of the better ones that I have tried.

Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at Arrowhead in mid May for $6.99. Bottled in March 2012.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is true to CDA style, nice citrusy hops with some chocolate and slight roastiness.

Taste holds true to the nose, chocolate malts form a nice backbone, roastiness is slight. Citrus and resiny hops finish strong and become the dominant theme but not overwhelming and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall i like this brew. CDA's tend to present a lot of flavor and in some cases not blend well. But this brew is well crafted and something i would try again.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of shand
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This beer pours out black with some ruby highlights. It's crested by two fingers of off-white head. The aroma is roasty and malty, with some grassy and floral hops on top. It really doesn't smell all that cohesive. The taste works better with a full amount of roastiness and coffee flavor working well with a balanced amount of floral and slightly citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick, and the drinakbility is good. Overall, it's a slightly above average black ale. It could use a little more aggressiveness in hop flavors and a more cohesive nose, but it's a good beer overall.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Dark stout-like appearance, two fingers of sand-colored large-bubbled frothy foam for a head. Medium levels of retention, no real lacing left behind on the glass surface. Smells of intense floral hopping most of all, with lesser amounts of herbals, citrus peel, and a roasted malt backbone with garnish levels of burnt brown sugar aroma... Amazing nose for a Black Ale, the only thing missing IMHO would be a slight boost to the pine-resin to ablate the small amount of booziness that is present.

The flavor starts out with that charred blackened malt character and pulls back gradually from bittered char into semi-roasted semi-sweetness accompanied by more floral tones and grapefruit pith. Sadly, the complexity of the nose does not quite exist in the flavor. There is a medium-light boozey heat on the finish of this brew. The texture is rather nicely creamy and smooth on the medium body.

This beer stands out in my memory for the amazing nose. If only the other parts of it were just as well-done....

Photo of hopsolutely
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours an almost opaque black, with reddish amber hues only when held up to light. An impressive coffee coloured head with reasonable lacing. Mouthfeel is oily yet crisp, while the lingering bitterness in the finish is thoroughly enjoyable but overwhelms other impressions.

A rather simplistic aroma of roasted dark malts does not do the fantastic hop bomb in the flavour the justice it deserves. Sweet tropical fruits meld with coffee and dark tones. Complex yet well balanced, with a delightful bitterness at the end.

Perhaps not typical for a "Cascadian Dark Ale", but definitely one I'll seek out to purchase again.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never heard of this beer or this brewery, but I was at the store and thought I'd take the plunge.

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: First of all, the webby lacing was ridiculous! Additionally, the brew was black, although it didn't look that way as it poured out of the glass, and the mocha, sawdust-looking head settled after a while. Nice!

S: Dark malt, with a fairly bright and hoppy citrus component poking through. This was somewhat understated, yet still present.

T: This was tasty. It was sort of a West Coast IPA/Porter Black & Tan. Lots of dark malt, but with an equal amount of citrus. There was nothing musty or syrupy here... just a nice example of the style.

M: Creamy, fresh, and not a sweet bone in this one's body (pun not intended). Like I stated before, the lacing was ridiculous.

O: I love surprised like this. I'm generally not a huge fan of this style, but I like to branch out every so often. I'm glad I did!

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of coldriver
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a dark cola with nice head and lacing. Citrus and pine hops aroma with dark fruit and a hint of roasted pork. The flavors don't really "pop" with this one - pine, citrus, raisins, and chocolate are present, but are as someone else mentioned, "murkey". Mouthfeel is creamy smooth to the extreme - in fact I'll describe it as a bit flat. Overall a bit dissapointing, not offensive but pretty blah.

Photo of Rizalini
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip. Bottled in Feb 2012, opened in May 2012.

A - Pours alost black, but more of an extremely burnt cyan. A nice 1 finger of creamy mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Piney citrus aroma. Very excited about the freshness this one is portraying. Some faint notes of nuttiness and chocolate. Maybe a slight peanut butter aroma?

T/M - The taste is not as aggressive as I would've imagined, but still good. Once again there's the peanut butter flavor I was smelling, with a dry/bitter finish. Smooth and creamy, medium mouthfeel.

O - Overall, this is not a bad cascadian dark ale. I've had better, but I've definately had worse. The taste just falls a little flat for me, but thats it.

Swordfish from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.