Black Dolphin | Marshall Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
75 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States
marshallbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sneezye on 01-20-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
22
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of SheaDawg
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alarmclock314
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gruss004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting high grav stout. Black with a thick tan head. The smell has a faint whiff of dried or fermented fruit. The flavor is VERY intense, like Prarie Bomb intense. Super complex. Chocolate malt and hops bitterness. I get an odd apple flavor on the back of my tongue through the middle and finish. Not entirely my cup of tea, but I would have again.

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Photo of rawfish
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OKCNittany
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Decker
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +12.5%
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 Sweffin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Crusher
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of infinitebruner
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BeerSamurai34
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome stuff but definitely needs more age.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ohbeer89
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brahmar
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MartzMimic
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.93 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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