Black Dolphin | Marshall Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by sneezye on 01-20-2014

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Bierlerner:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich, and layers upon layers of different chocolate notes. Some earthiness with hints of roast and coffee. Smoooth booziness from the barrel aging. Medium body with a slight chewiness. I love this beer and cannot get enough of it. It really is one of Marshalls best.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shirtless_mike
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ryankfife
2.24/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no date, grey wax. Pours hazy brown with a medium sized light khaki head; lots of fine carbonation bubbles. Smells of mostly dark fruit and bourbon with some apple, roasted malt, and vanilla. The taste follows exactly with bourbon, dark fruit, apple, roasted malt, and vanilla; medium intensity. Fairly strong tartness and light bitterness. Somewhat thin body and high carbonation for the style. Overall, it's fruit-forward like an English Barleywine and lacks the balance expected from a BA stout. May improve with some cellaring.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Appearance is black with a one finger head that doesn't leave lacing. Aroma of bourbon with strong notes notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, and vanilla. The barrel dominates the aroma. Taste is well balanced. The bourbon hits right away with a smooth middle of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla before the bourbon and a floral hop finish. Medium-light carbonation (better carbonation at room temp) and medium body. No alcohol aftertaste.
Overall, a real surprise. It was on sale significantly cheaper than similar beers from other breweries. The bourbon barrel didn't overwhelm the stout and the malt stood up to the chocolate and coffee. Nice gem from Marshall.

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Photo of Larry6767
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't like russian imperial stouts. This one is different. This one is special. I was extremely shocked by how impressive a beer this was. They knocked this one out the box.

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Photo of MorganSaunders
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick & black with a thumb of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing & slightly above average head retnetion

S: Vanilla, figs, caramel, a little bit of booze & Bourbon notes

T: Follows the nose, some figgy & chicory notes underneath up front, abit of leafy hops as well. Carob, some roasty notes, vanilla, oakyness & a bit more caramel, plus a touch of iron as this warms. Finishes dry/oaky, with a kiss of booze, caramel, vanilla, molasess & figs

MF: Chewy, smooth, subtle carbonation, carbination picks once warm

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, probably the best beer I've had from Marshall, either this or El Cuy Cuy. Marshall, make more of this!

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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brahmar
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Basoos1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - poured dark brown. Appears thin on the pour. A thin layer of medium brown head formed and reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Not an overly bold nose. Some woody notes from the barrel compliment chocolate and roast aromas.

T - a big wordiness dominates the palate that lingers all the way to the finish and leaves behind an astringent aftertaste. Some lighter roast and chocolate and a hint of vanilla are also present. The woody/barrel presence completely overshadows the base beer, leaving this as a fairly one dimensional beer.

M - too thin. Medium body that falls well shy of the excited mouth feel for the style. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of dangelop
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Makebelieve81
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of infinitebruner
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

April 23, 2015

Draft, snifter

A – Pours black with a thick, luscious, tan to light brown head. Foam sits on top forever.

S – A lot of chocolate, coffee roastiness, and dark bread. A touch of sweet fruit, like raisin.

T – Coffee, chocolate, light vanilla with some raisins in the background. A ton of hop bitterness comes in waves and carries through the finish, lingering on the aftertaste. Earthy, herbal hop flavors are low but noticeable.

M – Somewhat silky, very smooth. Sweetness leads, but is quickly taken over by the bitterness, which is out of balance. Not quite harsh, but getting there.

O – I really like this for the flavor profile and the smoothness, but the bitterness is overwhelming. Still, not a bad beer at all. Just intense, in a not-so-great way.

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Photo of EricTKole
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ohbeer89
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm rating the look low on this because, dammit, a beer named "black dolphin" should actually BE black. Smell: Much hoppier than expected. Some bourbon notes coming through, along with the usual roasted barley flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and maybe some vanilla, although that's probably coming from the bourbon barrel. Taste: a lot of dark chocolate and earthy flavors. surprisingly little from the barrels except tannins from the oak. Starts hitting more areas of the palate as it warms, but overall stays much closer to a classic British Imperial stout than to his roid-raging American Cousins. Feel: Astringent on the back of the tongue. Coats more as it warms. Overall: Not bad, but why waste good bourbon barrels on a beer that's on the nice side of mediocre for the style. Marshall has some catching up to do with the boys across the river in West Tulsa.

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Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartzMimic
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle blackish brown with the slightest chocolate head. The aroma is very subtle, with slight cake-like notes of chocolate, vanilla, and woody bourbon. The chocolate, bourbon and vanilla blend together well. Medium mouth, but not terribly thin. This stout must warm to be appreciated. I applaud Marshall for not allowing the bourbon to overpower the stout. thats the best thing about this beer.

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Black Dolphin from Marshall Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 79 ratings