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Platypus Venom Imperial Stout - Marin Brewing Company

Platypus Venom Imperial StoutPlatypus Venom Imperial Stout

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very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.93%

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration City Beer Store for their 6th Anniversary.

(Beer added by: KevSal on 05-26-2012)
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Reviews by rlee1390:
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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, and while pouring, one finger brown head.

S-Very roasty, even a tad burnt with the malt, Slight coffee, Dark chocolate and slight vanilla.

T-Very roasty, almost too burnt, most everything else follows exactly from the nose.

M-Medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-A decent stout, however the burnt malt was too much for me, and I like some burnt notes in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 21:10:38 | More by rlee1390
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pitch-black pour with a very tall and very dense dark brown head. Head fades slowly with nary a trace of lacing. Good retention however.

S: Hmph. It smells like chocolate mint. Reminds me of a mint hot chocolate actually. Nice.

T: Again with the chocolate mint. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but there is a pretty distinct, albeit light mintiness to this. Kinda like Andes mints. Not overpowering, just a nice mix of chocolate and mint from start to finish. No real sign of booze at all. Lingering anise between sips, but still that mintiness creeps in. I think it's the anise that's giving me the minty impression. It's not bad, nothing like Stone Belgo Anise or anything. The sweet chocolate balances it decent I think. Honestly interesting, albeit simple.

M: Pretty heavy and smooth. Borderline creamy.

O: Pretty simple for such a big stout, but tasty nonetheless. Lots of chocolate and mint; sweet overall. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 06:50:46 | More by Dope
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-11-2014 05:37:16 | More by Gobzilla
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3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. Not a lot of head. Some khaki bubbles well up and form a decent collar.

Smell - Licorice. Just tons and tons of licorice. Chocolate and more licorice.

Taste - And it tastes like licorice too. Way too much. Some chocolate in the middle before a licorice finish blending with a bitter nuttiness that isn't all that pleasant. Thankfully, there's licorice to mask it.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy with a funny unpleasant bitterness. A little sweet.

Overall - Way too much licorice. More than any other stout I've had, really.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:40:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-29-2013 20:18:23 | More by jeff1973
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-27-2013 00:07:35 | More by laxer8811
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

02-27-2013 19:39:07 | More by nkeckhar
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.4%

01-13-2013 02:46:25 | More by chippo33
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at City Beer Store.

A: opaque black with slight head and scattered lacing. Imposing and pretty.

S: Huge black-sweet licorice and sickly sweet fruit.

T: Interesting. It's not bad, but still smacks of cough syrup. More sweet-faint than imposing bitter. Raw molasses, sharp anise, and chewy blackstrap.

M: Boozy-thick. Which is not what you want to not remind you of cough syrup.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a great one. It was a little too syrupy and oddly sweet for me. Might conceivably have again but not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:06:56 | More by AgentMunky
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-24-2012 23:07:16 | More by cfh64
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle sent to me by FunkyMacGroovin. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Platypus Venom (what a great name for a stout, or anything really) pours a solid black. Three plus fingers of light coffee colored foam caps the beer. Head retention is very good, but there's only a little bit of lacing left stuck to the glass. The nose is very licorice forward. There's also a vaguely minty herbal quality to it. The only traditional stout aroma there is the licorice, which isn't necessarily my favorite, especially when it's prominent. The flavor is still anise heavy, but not as much so. That minty, herbal note is there too, though it's got a little bit of a more earthy edge to it. Additionally, a not-too-bitter dark chocolate flavor is a very welcome addition. The body is full, and it has just a hint of the silkiness I usually associate with a full on oatmeal stout. The carbonation is suitably understated. Platypus Venom is a little too licorice centric to be one of my favorite stouts, but it's still a solidly brewed beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 05:14:41 | More by axeman9182
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Platypus Venom Imperial Stout from Marin Brewing Company
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