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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Derek on 11-14-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 28
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 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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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 vissai
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Mages64. This was a long time want, thanks! I think this was the 2001 vintage.

A: Foreboding black with a big tan head of froth. Good retention and scatted lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and cardboard with grape and plum. Oak accompanies a light vanilla presence and roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate blends with grape, plum, and oak. Malt is modestly roasted and there's a firm earthy bitterness. Oxidation is strong, lending notes of sherry, soy sauce, and cardboard (light).

M: Full in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy.

Overall: It was great to finally try this. There are still some nice things going on, but I think at this point the oxidation has taken hold of the beer and it will soon consume the finer notes.

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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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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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Photo of mrmanning
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Andrew! Opaque oily pour, creamy mocha ring, with nice spotty, dotted lace. Huge oak, woody, vanilla, cabernet aromas, with mild roasted malt and lots of deep rooted dark fruit. Flavours are tannic, vinious, and I picked up english style hops as opposed to the american bad boys that are in this thing. Lots of vanilla, wood. Very subtle, and certainly a sipper, but good for the strength. I’d like some more please.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mages64

A: The beer pours black in color with a big, tan head on it.

S: The wine notes really come through quite strongly on this beer. Lots of red fruits and grape aromas along with the expected roasted malts and chocolate. There is a touch of vanilla as well as some oak.

T: A light booziness to the flavor, but otherwise quite good. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavors along with tons of wine, berries, and a bit of molasses. Some lightly charred oak with a light tannic feel to it.

M: A really sticky feel on the tongue with a very long finish. Quite nice.

O: Much better than the regular Poseidon, and better than the BA Leviathan I tried previously.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex, the King of Obscurity, for this 9 year old beer I've never heard of...Awesome pour that is totally black with at least two full fingers of medium tan head that settles to a nice cap with good lacing...Complex aroma of oak, red wine, and chocolate. Great balance...The taste is almost as good but loses a lot of the wine character except for the finish.
Enjoyed this. If you like winey stouts this for you.

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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 Jredner
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2002.

The body is deep black and holds a head that is initially two fingers thick, but compresses to a tight, creamy mocha color that is about index finger sized. Once settles the head is quite lasting.

Aroma is chocolate, mild sour notes, lactose, pineapple, cocoa, malted milk balls and vanilla. The fore presents a big blast of red wine followed by tart fruits, pineapple, mild sour tartness, vanilla and oak which really starts in the middle and goes into the finish. There are note of coarse sweet cream and chocolate in the far aftertaste. Very enjoyable beer that mellowed out nice and smooth.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one side by side with the non-BA version.

A - Black beer with a two finger tan head that faded to a cap with some nice lacing. A pretty impressive looking beer.

S - Oak, roast, chocolate, some vinous notes, oak, vanilla. There's some slight oxidation but it's not ba at all. Has a lot of things going on that all work well together.

T - A little sweet, with chocolate, barrel, some bourbon, roast. Tastes quite nice and balanced. Really have no complaints on this one other than the slight bit of oxidation.

M - Smooth, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Great beer, past it's prime, but really hasn't lost much that I can tell. The vinous qualities, although not as present in the taste, give it a uniqueness that sets it apart from most other barrel aged RIS.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this as part of a post-Christmas tasting in Chicago, courtesy of Masterski (thanks Alex!). This was bottled in 2001, and has been on my WANTS list for some time.

It pours with more foam than I feared it would be capable of, due to age and barrel treatment. Dark brown-black color with a thick tan foam.

It smells a little old, maybe a touch oxidized, but I like that and it also has a lot of refined or melded things going on, cocoa and oak barrel, mellowed out roast, and a sweet presentation throughout.

Sweet tasting but only lightly sweet, with chocolate and roasted malts matching each other well. The cabernet character is there too, I loved it. Nice thick body, very substantial mouthfeel, it tastes and feels of quality.

Very happy to have had this, and could have gone for more. The age is showing, would have loved to try it a little fresher.

I can now remove this from my WANTS list, but I'd be happy to try it again any time.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Year 2000, Batch #2

A: Cola colored, translucent red around the edges. A thin head caps the beer. Easily the lightest colored imperial stout I've tried.

S: Smoke, molasses, BBQ meat and a whiff of empty red wine barrels.

T: More smoke, dried cocoa, dark cherries, bold Merlot, still musty oak barrels on the way out. Overall a satisfying smoky/earthy taste lingering on. Not a hint of oxidation.

M: Prickly carbonation, lightly viscous body but working well with light carbonation.

O: Superbly held together, no errors in blending and amazingly balanced 11 years after the original bottling. Amazing wine and wood use. Really a perfect blend standing the test of time.

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

Thanks to bgramer for this rarity. Batch #3, bottled November 2001 - over 9 years old! Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - This stuff looks superb. Pours with two fingers of light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is pitch black.

S - Oak, roasted malts, chocolate, light peppery red wine, a kiss of honey, and a touch of oxidation that imparts some light sherry and a bit of paper. Extremely mellow, with no trace of the 10% ABV.

T - That has a bit more apparent oxidation that imparts a fruity note that is complementary. Lots of caramel and sweet chocolate malts, and only a faint touch of vinous character. Finish is tannic and slightly astrigent.

M - Sticky, chewy, full bodied texture. Nice pleasant, moderate carbonation. Very sticky in the finish.

D - This beer wasn't mind-blowing, but it was still very good. It's probably starting to decline, but it's eminently drinkable as there's almost no booze character. It was also much, much better than the fresh, regular Poseidon's that we had side-by-side. Why did they stop barrel-aging this?

I'm not sure if the quality is more of a tribute to the beer itself or to Bottleworks' pristine cellar conditions and foresight. However, it gives me a lot of hope for the Merlot Leviathan, assuming I can get my hands on one.

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

Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, coffee malt, small hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex for sharing a bottle I really didn't think I'd ever come across. Tasted at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours near black with a pretty good tan head and a than cap as that falls down. The nose is really quite complex with a nice amount of the red wine place some nice fruit and sweet malt plus a bit of chocolate. The taste is really nice and I love the red-wine character in this one. Really complex and smooth. The mouthfeel is pretty full and has held up well over time. Really quite drinkable and tasty; I'm really glad I got to try this.

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