Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged) | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)
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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Derek on 11-14-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch No. 1. Bottled 11/1999.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, char, and licorice aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa powder, earth, char, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity and roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but at around 16 years old you definitely can tell this one is past its prime.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way past prime, 1999 vintage.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of vissai
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Mbrown44
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Smurf2055
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

5th beer in the Bottleworks Cellar Tasting for Seattle Beer Week. This is batch 3 (2001).

Pours black with an inch of tan head.

Smell is oak, fruity, creamy, smokey.

Taste is tobacco, bitter ash, coco, and espresso. Impressed with how well this held up, and how well the wine barrel plays in.

Super rich and complex. Great.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter. Batch 3 from November 2011.

Appearance - Pours black with a great mocha head. Good retention. Nice thick collar. Good wisps.

Smell - A touch of acidity. Lots of wine notes. Chocolatey with dark fruits. Oxidized, but it adds a nice dimension.

Taste - Everything comes together perfectly here. Really rich chocolate. Wine is distinctive, but less acidic. Leaning more towards the fruit flavor of the wine. Still very oxidized, but again I think it plays very well.

Mouthfeel - No booze. The body has dropped off, but it seems to just make it easier to drink.

Overall - Impressive on its own, but truly phenomenal considering its age. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Auracom
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Enormous thanks to Gregg for sending this one to me. Batch 3 bottled in November 2001, aged in Washington Cabernet barrels. Cracked at DLD on April 27th, 2013 and poured into a snifter.

A - I tried Moscatel BA Dark Lord right before cracking this, and they coincidentally look very similar. A red-ruby hue surrounds a flatter macassar ebony coloring. Just a ring of a head here, probably died off like 7 years ago. Not a lot of heft to this.

S - Oloroso sherry, cherry pit, prune skins (or like a prune jelly, if such a thing exists), sultana raisin, cigar smoke, fig, a hint of american oak, and residual brown sugar.

T - Obvious cabernet presence, with further touches of barrel, slight mocha leaning much more to the bitter side, lots of oxidation.

M - Medium body, dry and semi-short finish.

D - Worthy for a completely unique and historical reference. Graceful aging, to say the least. I doubt I'll ever try it again and that's pretty saddening.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of joel66
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joe( bucketboy )for bringing this one out. Never even heard of this before tonight but glad we were introduced Appearance- black with a quarter inch of tan head Nose- roasted nuts, cherry wood,cocoa powder Taste- wow....huge roasted flavor of almond,walnuts covered in chocolate, taste of dark fruit is suttle. Slightly vineous with bitter after taste. Reduced grape reduction with warm caramel on top Ridiculous

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, David. 2001 vintage, cab barrel aged.

Black as pitch with a tall brown head that retains shockingly well for a beer this old.

Quite a bit of -bals left here. The nose is roasty, chocolatey, very complex and balanced. Notes of acidic coffee, buttery oak and vinous dark fruit. This has held up nicely.

Chocolatey, vinous palate. Chocolate truffles in particular. Some vanilla and a slight buttery note. A little caramel. Nice mellow roastiness and dark fruit in the finish. Full, silky body. Excellent, this exceeded my expectations.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the hookup, Dan! 3-16-12, NitanyBeerFan's kitchen, epic pre-tasting. Batch 2, Nov. 2000.

L - Coats the sides of the glass with milk chocolate wisps, strands of separated cobweb foam clustsers, nicely amber rimmed medium bodied deep walnut. Looks a touch thin for a stout, but not surprising considering the cab barrel aging.

S - Dark burnt sugar malts, , bing cherry liqueur, 70% cocoa powder, cab finish with a hit of oak. A touch of chalk hints toward oxidation, but just enough that it makes it seem older but not deleterious at all. Just under vibrant after 12 years.

T - What a delicious beer, cleaely pristinely cellared. Black cherry liquer, bitterswet chocolate, cabernet grapes on the front with a lovely cab vinous oak finish. Really delicious, my favorite of the night (beating out Beatification b2 by a fair margin). Still hop finish to hold it together. So good!

M - surprisingly assertive bubbles, slick on the tongue in a mout-coating way. I expected smoother for such a vintage, really has held up eautifully.

O - I really loved this beer. Just a touch of the cabernet, may not have guessed it right off, but the vinous ptesence makes itself known in a delightful way. So damn good, so well cellared, wish I had another bottle. Win! Seek this out if you have the chance.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan for this. Pours black with a large, dry, thick head. Nose is mellow yet expressive -- roasted malt with little suggestion of bitterness, dry baker's chocolate, lightly sweet vanilla, wood. Flavor is quite sweet upfront and throughout, begins with chocolate and vanilla, unfolds into cherries and other dark fruits. Sweet dark cherries dipped into an earthy dark chocolate is a decent way of summing this up. Oxidation is pleasant and avoids overly paper/cardboard flavors. Feel is rich but a touch thin. Interesting how this has developed after so many years, 8 years I think? A light coffee bitterness creeps in on the finish, as does anise and a lot of earth. Ultimately this is a bit sweet for me as I like drier stouts, but it remains cohesive and interesting after all these years.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged) from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 45 ratings