Daughters Of Poseidon | Baxter Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black India Pale Ale brewed with Oysters

Added by Jason on 04-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 97
Photo of humuloner22
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this on a trade. Interesting concept here. Not sure if it was actually brewed with oysters or just the oyster shells that a lot of breweries do.

Appearance: Think porter.

Aroma: Malty, not much in the oyster character. Pretty benign brew.

Taste: Not bad, but pretty much a black IPA or PA. Not a ton of things going on, which is a bit disappointing considering the marketing of the can. It is what it is. Some bitter notes but i don't know if its from the roasty malts or some hop presence.

Overall: This is not a bad beer, but it isn't as daring as I thought it would be.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Curios looking can staring at me from the shelf at Lucia's Bodega. You had me at DC Brau, and it wasn't until I got home that I saw the brewed with oysters on the side. Somewhat hazy dark brow with faint ruby at the edges and a huge fluffy frothy tan head that slowly recedes leaving a sticky mess on the sides of my glass. Earthy pine with hints of coffee, caramel and chocolate, with a hint of salty brine. The flavor is rich and malty with big caramel and chocolate notes offset slightly with an earthy pine that is not big enough to cut through the malt. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish is at times a little harsh. Gritty ashy texture in the mouthfeel makes me feel like I've inhaled some dust and drank some water to wash it away. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation. No easily identifiable date markings on the can so I can't tell if this is an older sample or this is supposed to be a malty black ipa. I could drink this, but I would call it a hoppy porter and ignore the grit.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

From the 16 oz can. Sampled on November 2, 2014.

Before I get into the beer I should comment on the graphics and label. Love it! Great artwork. A lovely piece of work.

The pour is very dark brown to just about black with a long lasting tan head. Attractive to look at.

The aroma has a good toasted malt character but there is evidence of black licorice in the mix. Clean hop note. Inviting.,

Medium to full body.

Like the aroma the taste brings out a dark malt and licorice quality. But there is a decent earthy hop bitterness that brings everything into the fold at the end.

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Photo of kellyej
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

This beer--a collaboration between Baxter and DC Brau--pours a deep black color with a brown foamy/wispy head, sort of like cola. The nose has notes of floral, citrus, and toasted broad. The mouthfeel is smooth throughout the middle with a dry/bitter finish. The taste hits with a roasty hoppiness upfront and then fades into notes of dark chocolate, pine, coffee.

Overall, a solid beer. Unfortunately, I did not pick up on any oyster notes.

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Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a black-brown-dark gray in color. Forms a moderate sized tan colored head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is roasty-toasty malts along with some nondescript hops and a slight metallic tang. Taste is sort of skunked out. Mostly its darker malts, but the malts are strong. Then there is a mix of pine and citrus hops, but, its not as if this is hoppy beer, either. A bit of that metallic taste on the back end. On the lighter side of medium in body. Mild to moderate bitterness. An okay brew. Not sure what the oysters add to this other than a gimmick factor.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Pours a near black with a nice dense finger of light toffee colored head, solid retention, awesome lacing.

S - Nice chocolate minerally nose, light coffee and caramel notes. A wee bit yeasty

T - Chocolate malt, slightly bitter, lots of minerally flavors. Piney bitterness lingers a bit, minimally yeasty at the finish. Aftertaste is a wee bit roasty/bitter

M - Medium bodied+, decent carbonation, super smooth

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beaut of a can. Cola colored liquid with a thick tan head. Bright citrus aroma jumps out of the can with an odd seaweed/tidepool in back. Hops simmer down a bit once the beer is in my glass.

Smooth mouth fell up front then dry, roast smoke then a briny finish. Citrus hops are there but they meld subtly with the roast malt. With some much going on (hops vs. roast malt vs. brine) I thought this would be a mess but it has a definite, well executed direction.

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Photo of portia99
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a near black color with a thick finger of frothy mocha head that slowly fades away leaving behind some soapy lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malt up front, more like a brown ale at the base. Grassy and citrusy hops kick in next mixed with a mildly boozy aspect, rather earthy and dirty, slightly metallic. Oysters...not so much.

T - Roasty and super earthy/dirt-like at the base...almost like sliding into 2nd base head first and coming up with a mouthful of infield dirt. Mild bitterness, roasty with a bit of charcoal and hints of coffee. Metallic and grassy hop bitterness. Perhaps a bit salty which could be attributed to the oysters, but only very loosely noticeable.

M - Medium to full bodied, creamy and a bit foamy carbonation that stays lower than mid level but still manages to tingle the tongue a bit too. Very roasty with mild hop character overall.

O - Artwork on the can in enticing...not a favorite style of beer to begin with, but I was intrigued enough seeing it on the shelf to give it a try. Pretty much hangs in there with most other black IPA's...not offensive but not something I would run to either. Might not finish the glass...save room for something else. If you like black IPA's - have at it, otherwise nothing special to go out of your way for.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a small layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Smoke, roasted coffee, earthy, chocolate, and citrus hops.

Taste: Picking up some resiny pine with add llama the other aromas and a some pale malt sweetness too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and ashy bitterness.

Overall: Even though local Maine oysters were used that I couldn't taste, this beer was pretty stellar.

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Photo of Pahn
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a huge offwhite head with almost eternal retention. Pours a dark brown and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops and some cocoa-like dark malt. Pretty good.

Taste: Roasted malt and somewhat earthy, citrusy hops up front. Some cookie flavors evoked by the creamy mouthfeel and dark malts. Dry, salty finish (placebo? ...no, it's pretty salty).

The malt flavor has a real burst aspect to it (hoppy and husky up front then a *surge* of sweeter, more characterful malt flavor) that's giving me good sense memories of great stouts past. Really like how the super creamy feel + sweetish malts play off the dryness and saltiness at the end. 8% ABV is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Stunning mouthfeel for a black IPA. Starts with some juicy/watery hop earthiness but then smooths wayyyy out to coffee milkshake creaminess (creamier than good nitro stouts), then dries up and leaves a salty aftertaste. Medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Wow factor, as they say.

Overall: Unique, well crafted beer. Not entirely sure what the oysters did, but I suspect they helped. I already was a believer in DC Brau. This beer raises Baxter's profile for me a bit as well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, black in color, low carbonation, opaque

Smell: earth, pine and citrus fruits

Taste: earth, pine, dark chocolate, and citrus fruits

Mouthfeel:sweet start with roasty bitter middle and finish, medium bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: An ok to slightly above average black IPA. I did not get much of the brininess that I was expecting from the oysters. I could have this again or just as well pass.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Black IPA brewed with Oysters? Different, so yeah I'll try.

A: Deep brown, nearly black, with a two finger creamy khaki head that fades to a solid chunky lace.

S: Coffee and roast, a touch of chocolate, and a tad of earthiness. Doesn't scream hops to me, more a porter on the nose than IPA, but that is ok.

T: A lot going on, with some chocolate and roast, a bit of pine, and citrus hop character I didn't pick up on the nose. Perhaps a touch of saltiness from the oysters, but that might just be in my head...

M: Medium bodied and smooth with a creamy carbonation and mild bitterness. Easy drinking at 8% with no alcohol burn.

O: The oysters made me buy it and I"m not really sure they add much to the beer. However, it is a decent black IPA and worth a go.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown-black some highlights at the edges. Small slightly off-white head. Left tons of lacing.

S - Not much there, some roasty notes. No real detectable hops. Maybe some earthy hops, but this could've just been a mild.

T - Ah there's the hops I was looking for. Roasty notes quickly balanced by earthy, herbal hops, then the coffee, dark malts re-establish their presence. Nice back and forth.

M - Medium to thick body, low carbonation. Coats the palate and lingers. Nothing crisp about this brew. Admittedly, I am not experienced with the oyster brews. I imagine this might be the desired quality?

O - A fine brew. Nice to see a collaboration between DC Brau and Baxter. Probably wouldn't seek out again, but happy to have enjoyed.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Daughter's of Poseidon pours a dark, dark brown with a creamy head on top. As the foam slowly fades away it leaves behind spots and lines of lace on the glass.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is soft and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, light coffee, roast malt, a little smoke, nuts, and pine. It finished dry and mildly bitter.

This is an easy drinking beer. I'm not getting anything from the oysters, except perhaps the creamy body and dry finish.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near black dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fairly quickly dies down to a nice cap

S: Nice and roasty with some darker malts, chocolate, and coffee. Also get some citrus and pine from the hops. Nicely balanced

T: Starts off with some roast and bittersweet chocolate with notes of coffee. Some of the hoppiness shows up mid-palate, lending some pine and citrus/fruity notes. Finishes with a light bitterness and more roast

M: Medium bodied with some moderate prickly carbonation. The oysters help to smooth it out a little, but it's still a little over-carb'd

O: A solid black IPA with a nice oyster twist. Feels a little bit more like a decently hopped porter than a black IPA, but to each his own. Solid value at $10 for a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ACBF pour

A-Pours dark brown. Head is also brown.

S-Hops are citrusy and fruity and they balance out the dark malt bill quite effectively. Slightly burnt maltiness.

T-Grapefruity hops and some dark, bitter malt. Dark chocolate. I do get a slight saltiness lingering in the aftertaste. It's overall a tasty Black IPA.

M-Medium bodied with zesty citrus. Decently bitter. Feel is somewhat velvety. No alcohol.

O-I was intrigued by the idea and ended up enjoying it. Will probably look forward to grabbing some cans next time I see them.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Full 12oz. poured into a nonic pint glass at Meridian Pint.

Faint tan chestnut head half a finger presented, with thick lacing of sheets down the glass. Deep walnut brown body to match up and slight opaque character. Pretty solid.

Aromas of clean grapefruit and mild roast and some slight tropical indistinct fruit. Very small at first, but subsequent sips and warmth it really opens up. Char character on this is much toned down and no hint of brine or salt. Still as black IPAs come this is giving the goods.

Real nice palate. Finally some charing roast comes out with minimal bitterness on the finish. Finally some brine like character comes out that really seems to effect the carbonation and playfulness on the palate. Almost a hint of salt. Rich and warm, much grapefruit/citrus like flavors to match, that intensifies as it warms.

Overall the oysters don't jar me , and this comes out like a solid black IPA that I could have again easily. Real nice job on this one.

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Daughters Of Poseidon from Baxter Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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