Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 157
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for this beer. I've been saving it for a good time, and Xmas vacation sounds like a good time. '06 vintage, so 5 years on this baby, should be interesting!

Still makes a thwop sound as I crack it, good sign. Pours a nice large 1.5 finger darker colored head that lingers for quite some time and slowly fades with nice lacing, over jet black beer, really no light shining through.

Nose is interesting, it starts with brown sugar, dates, and cocoa. Some dark baker's chocolate, and plenty of dark malts but no roast or black patent that I can detect from the nose at least. Then syrups and fruits, tons of molasses, dates and figs, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some caramel. Hint of vanilla rounds it off. Being 5 years old I don't get much bitterness, roast, hops, or booze.

Taste starts a bit off, light metallic and oxidized flavors, probably due to the age. Then malts galore, dark creamy luscious malts, black patent a bit, plenty of baker's chocolate, and heavy crystal malts. Then syrups again, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, etc. with it comes the fruits again, fig and date soaked in syrup. Booze is fairly rampant too, with a warming and plenty tingly booze. Hints of cocoa, cinnamon, and slightest hint of licorice. Creamy and almost chewy, with a lush malty feel and flavor. It finishes slightly bitter although I think more from the malts than the hops, but maybe hints of earthy hops, and a creamy sticky finish, more cocoa, syrupy flavors, molasses and caramel, brown sugar, nutty malts, more cinnamon and cocoa, and a bit of booze late.

Mouth is heavier bodied, creamy and luscious, decent carb esp for the age, plenty of booze.

Overall pretty good, shows some signs of the age with a little oxidation and hints of metallic flavors. Nice dark malts, not big on roast or bitterness, booze is definitely there. Nice malts and syrupy flavors, and nice fruits, but def a slow sipper even with its age.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a finger of tan head that fades to a bit of a cap. Nothing left on the sides.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, little bit of bittering coffee. Slight bit of caramel. Straight-forward, not overly complex, but nothing to complain about.

T - Roast, chocolate, slight coffee, toffee, caramel, little dark fruit. It's straight forward. Not particularly complex, but enjoyable.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Fitting.

O - Solid RIS, not spectacular but a good drinker and pretty easy to get down at 10%.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown and black color with a dark tan mocha head. Dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, and roast. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roasty and sweet with a molasses backing. Not overly roasty. Nice sweet dark chocolate. Lingering roasted flavors. Decent. Overall, this to me is an pretty average RIS, not overly complex in any way but drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/4 finger of khaki tan head. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: A lot of roast. Coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Kind of sweet. A lot of grains. Silky,

Taste: Even more roast here with some coffee flavors. Raisins and molasses. Caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more roasted flavors.

Overall, a decent RIS, but fairly average. Nothing out of the ordinary. A bit too roasted for me.

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Photo of artdob
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin tan foam that quickly fell into the beer. Beer is black as night without a moon.

S: I smell figs.

T: Slightly burnt character. Fruit coming through - figs and raisins, contributing to underlying sweetness. Overall flavor not as robust as other Imperial Stouts.

M: Initial carbonation was high - so much so, I found it distracting from the flavor.

O: Drinkable brew but with a definite dry finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for bringing this bottle out to try along with the barrel-aged version. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours a really dark brown with a single-finger tan head. Fades into a light cap. The nose brings forward a bit of roasted malt and some chocolate. Not terribly complex--especially compared with the BA version--but nothing off about it. The taste is along the same lines. It's fairly decent but not good enough to warrant a four. Some roast plus a bit of chocolate. Slightly dry with the roast. Medium body. Decent enough in the end, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had right after a 2001 BA Poseidon's at an after-Christmas tasting, both courtesy of Masterski (thanks Alex!). This was a 12oz bottle, consequently small pours for everyone.

It poured dark black and opaque with a lot of tan foam. Pretty similar to the aged BA version in appearance alone.

The smell is not too similar, this is fresher (a plus) but less complex (a minus), and in many ways seemed kindo of pedestrian. Cocoa and roasted malts, maybe just a hint of raisin or plum. These all sound good but together it didn't seem so special without the wine barrel aging.

I felt the cocoa came through the strongest up front, with a lasting roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. A medium body, again not bad but not spectacular.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle provided by Alex to compare with the ba version. This one was greatly outclassed, and that little bottle barely got touched...Dark brown pour, with a small white head, not much to look at...The aroma is so-so with burnt malt, caramel and chocolate...The taste is more burnt notes, just not very good. Coffee, grains, and alcohol.

One of the worst stouts of the night we had, I wouldn't go out of the way for it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 3/26/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, charred malt, sweet molasses, vanilla, booze. Flavor is similar with very sweet, heavy roasted and sweet malts, molasses, sweet dark fruits. Heavy palate and somewhat boozy (I was surprised to see the 8% abv). Meh, a little boring for me and I wasn't a fan of the flavor profile.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin brown head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice chocolate cocoa aroma alongside, dark fruits, grains, malts, slight booze, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon from the barrel. There was also some faint maple notes in the background as well.

T/M: the choclate flavors are a bit more potent on the palate with some roastiness but it also had vanilla bourbon accents and slight coffee notes. The brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slight boozy, and silky finish.

D: it drank really good and was very tasty but what I really liked about the beer is that the booze didn't over power the overall flavor making it hard to enjoy.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Derek said that this one was 4 years old? Either way, cheers for sharing!

Midnight pour with a finger of tan head that left some lace spots as it dropped to a film. Coffee, tobacco, chocolate and dark fruit on the nose has it kicking it old school. Flavour follows faithfully, with the roast all in balance, and a bit of smokiness alleviating it slightly. Moderate acidic bitterness, and restrained hopping. Body is lighter than many examples of the style, and I feel closer to the original intent of the style. Makes it more drinkable, which is dangerous for a well-concealed 10%!

Pretty much a classic RIS, and in my mind it seems closer to the original template of they style than a lot of the bigger more sought after examples you'll find on BA. Its certainly well done, and I hope my scores justify that, but on a personal level, the more of these big imperials I have, the more I appreciate the smaller stuff.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark Imperial Stout, I could see the darkness from the bottle, It was darker than the brown bottle.

when the bottle popped open, a smell of grape juice came out very strongly, and small raisins.

Her taste was very malty, but with a dark rich coffee flavor coming out with a moka kind of aftertaste.

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Photo of aahynick
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

about 60 degree F into a brandy snifter
A- deep opaque black. Fine light tan head.

S- mld citrus aroma with rich chocolate and molasses notes.

T- mild black patent bitterness with lingering smokiness

M- medium body with decent smoothness

D- very nice but a little expensive for the quality level

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into pint glass.

A- Dark brown, nice cascading head, somewhat coffee w/cream-colored and 3 fingers. Settles and sits like a pancake.

S- Roasty, chocolatey. Slight dark fruit twang. Hmmm. Chocolate is most dominant.

T- Smoky, bitter coffee, nice roast to this one. Dark bitter chocolate. Well-composed, harmonious.

M- Lighter than expected, but not too thin. Manages to avoid being too sweet and cloying or thick... unusual but good.

D- High for the style. The nice smoky/bitter coffee and chocolate flavors are well thought-out and the beer is 'light' enough to not weigh down the tongue. Good stuff.

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Photo of morimech
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage of this 12oz bottle. Date not notched on label. Label states 8% ABV.

Very dark in color with some noticeable sediment coming out of the bottle. One inch of head forms and hangs around for a little while. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. This RIS smells very good. Hints of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and bourbon. This is not barrel-aged but it sort of smells like it has spent sometime in a barrel. I really enjoyed the flavor as well. Not overly sweet or over hopped like some of the Best of Beer Advocate RIS's seem to be (looking right at you Darklord and Darkness). Nicely balanced. The malt comes through nicely with hints of chocolate and coffee, slightly roasted and smokey. Booziness is there but well intergrated into the flavor. Bitterness is moderate to slightly less than moderate. The body is not as full as other RISs but has nice carbonation and texture. Turned out to be one of my favorite RIS beers. I liked the flavor of this one.

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Photo of wildvikes
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, with very little head. None, actually.
Aroma is chocolatey, with a noticeable alcohol note, very rum-like.
Flavor is chocolate malt, mild coffee bean and slightly smokey with some alcohol warmth to it. Not as thick as it appears, but not too watery, either. Very drinkable, but still a sipper to enjoy slowly. Alcohol on this undated batch is 8%.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/12/10 notes. 2006 vintage, 22 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a dark black with no head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, a bit smokey, roasted malts, oak, and a little booze.

t - Tastes chocolate, smokey, a little bit of coffee, and roasted malts.

m - Has a bit of a watery feel to it. Light to medium body and low carbonation. Quite easy to drink for 10% ABV.

d - I thought this was a pretty nice stout that has held up well. Some nice chocolate and smokey, roasted malts. Would try again.

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Photo of pastradul
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in a stone IRS tulip.

very dark brown. A nice mocha head on it, only about a half an inch or so, then it dissipates relatively quick.

the aroma is sweet malt and mocha.

the mouth feel is medium to high body with a good amount of carb.

the taste is similar to the nose. Starts of with a sweet almost milky taste that transtions into a mocha coffee finish.

A good drinking Stout! very happy that I got the bottle, think I will go back to get some more to age.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No date notched on the side as should be.

Deep black color with a lovely foamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells nicely of hops and Oreo cookies. Chocolate malt and a little cream as well.

Quite roasty with some nice bitter hops, dark chocolate and coffee. The bitterness really appeals to me in a this style. A bit of a chocolate cookie crumb taste. Quite tasty.

A bit thin for the style and extremely dry. The carbonation is soft and slightly creamy for a split second, then the dryness takes over.

Very drinkable, especially at this ABV. Goes down easy and is a solid beer. Not sure if I would buy it again, but I wouldn't turn anyone else away from it. Worth a try.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.74/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A beautiful looking pour from a 12 oz bottle. The beer is black and viscous with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: The smell is a bit of a let down, especially considering my hopes for this beer. There is a fair amount of alcohol and acidity to the nose which sort of overpower even the coffee and chocolate.

T: There isn't any improvement in the flavor, I'm afraid. A strong bitterness to the beer and an almost medicinal astringency. Behind that, the chocolate and coffee flavors do come out, but I'm having trouble getting past the faults.

M: At least the mouthfeel is nice. This is a full bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation.

D: Just too much unwanted and unpleasant bitterness in this beer to overlook it. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle, but as for now, I don't think I'll have this beer again.

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Photo of Bulkman
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes....had this about a week ago.

12 oz. pour into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass with a 1 finger head that doesn't last, but leaves good lacing. Color is black.

Heavy chocolate & coffee aroma, with nutty overtones & a hint of black licorice.

Strong coffee, dark chocolate & toffee flavor with a lasting bitterness.

Heavy body, coats the tongue with alcohol warmth.

Drinkability is better than the style normally represents, with no biting alcohol presense, just a smoothing warmth. I'd have this again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/29/2009 on tap at Stone. The beer is black with a one finger brown head.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of rich dark and milk chocolate. It's reminiscent of a truffle, with dark fruit notes. I get a touch of coffee, but just a touch. Booze is also at a low level. The chocolate component is very nice.

The beer opens with a balance of dark and milk chocolate and a welcome dash of coffee that lingers in the background. Bitterness is at a moderate level, and sweetness is at a low moderate level. Very nice.

The beer is full bodied with low medium draft carbonation and a creamy, silky mouthfeel. This is a 4.5 drinkability if you're in the mood for a big rich drink. On a day such as this the beer is a 4.0 for me.

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

12 oz. Deep brown/black pour, adequate dark cream head, with descent lacing. Roasty aromas, malt and coffee with some mocha, molasses. Taste compliments nicely, with some licorice and slight hop bittering. Almost creamy mouthfeel, especially as it warms. Drinkability is good, especially as it warms. Alcohol very limited presence. Very nice example of the style, not earth shattering, but worth revisiting if available. Solid brew.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New review on 22 oz 2006 Vintage 9.03.09

A - Not much head nor lace. As brownish black as you can get.

S - Burnt coffee, chocolate, of course malt.

T - Smoke, cocoa, licorice.

M - Round, good balance and carb. Nice coating.

D - Still a big beer to try and session. Would tire easily. Better experience than last time, though.

3.13.08 Review below...

Appearance 3, Smell 4 Taste 2.5 Mouth 4 Drink 3

A- Dark, nice, light mocha thin head. Lacing thin but persistent.

S - Burnt coffee, chocolate, of course malt.

T - Astringent, bitter, no sweetness or roundness, not pleasant.

M - Good coating, carb, etc.

D - Man, for $7 a pop for a 12 oz, My stout is exponentially better!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage of this one unknown. Found recently on a shelf at one of the local outlet. Pours a dark brown/black with a thick and nice tan head that quickly reduces to a nice single layer of small bubbles.

Nose of sweet dark chocolate, sweet espresso and black licorice.

Mouth follows nose nicely with a nice creamy mouthfeel, good body and really nice balance. Dark unsweetened chocolate gives way to pleasant bitter coffee and licorice flavors. Complex and layered.

Finish is dark chocolate and espresso with a somewhat unique sweet dark chocolate that follows a hit of espresso/chocolate and some bitter grapefruit hops.

All very pleasant and complex. Surprised there is not more hype and/or discussion about this one. Good.

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3.99 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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