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

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Ratings:
157
Reviews:
138
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque black with disapearing white head. Coconut in the coffee and chocolate malt that just didn't work. much more drinkable when warmed up to full room temperature. Carbonation pushed the fomer taste into the mouth. Whole thing didn't work that well. Bit of a disapointment, but thanks Joe McPhee.

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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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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Bottling, tasted Dec 2007

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a mocha head that sticks and laces better than I would have expected

Smell: Mocha dominates, but there are undertones of dark fruit, chocolate and grapefruiy pith

Taste: Opens with a rich chocolate and fruit flavor that builds in pithy intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the balance between the chocolate, dark fruit and pith linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced; not the biggest impy stout, but certainly quite flavorful

Thanks, PretzelCity, for the chance to re-visit a few years later

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a deep black (not pitch black) color stout with a good foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with some bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by some nice rich chocolate notes with some bitter notes at the end. Body could be slightly fuller but the creamy texture and the chocolate notes are well balanced.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, November 2001. Aged roughly 3 years. Absolutely stunning!!! The opaque black body reveals only minor glints of ruby at the sides and base of the glass, and its frothy dark-tan head seems to hold on forever. The lacing, however, is limited; but that's to be expected in a high alcohol brew. The nose suggests bourbon, cocoa-ish malt, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol-soaked summer fruit. The body is full and rich with a smooth and creamy feel, and it very subtly tingles the tongue before it slides dextrinously away. Rich notes of bourbon dominate the flavor amidst a solid layer of leafy and somewhat pine-like hops and slick, dark chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. And despite the richness of its malt, the alcohol become apparent at mid-swallow and lingers into the aftertaste. Notes of fig and prune appear as well. Well done, and this is certainly a beer to cellar for at least a year. Still, worth trying even fresh!

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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 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 Kegatron
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep dark black with a 1/2 finger of creamy, burnt mocha colored head. Frothy bunching around the edges throws a monstrous cascade of lace and brown oils up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is big and grainy smelling, with some roasted chocolate and coffee mix in for good measure. Maybe a touch of dark fruits thrown in as well. I'm really trying to pull more out of here but it's just not happening.

The taste fortunately gives up a bit more, with lots of big roasted oat character, along with some thicker and sticky notes of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Coffee and roasted bitterness strongly pull up the backend of the profile, lingering in the mouth for a good long bit. This is actually quite good as it gets more up to room temp, maintaining a nice balance between the sweet and bitter characteristics. The mouthfeel is starts out a bit thin but them creams up more as it warms. The final result is still a touch light in the feel but the ABV is very nicely hid.

This one actually grew on me quite a bit as I worked through the glass. I wish that the nose and body had provided some more substance but for the most part, this was a solidly enjoyable Imperial Stout.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spawned on: November 2005. Darkest mahogany with fairly generous dark cherry highlights through the bottom edge of the glass. Definitely not a black hole. The peanut butter colored head is a fraction less than two fingers, but is densely creamy and looks as though it'll last for quite a while. Nice lace display... that could be thicker and longer lasting.

The nose is fabulous. If I didn't know that Poseidon's Imperial was aged in wine barrels for six months, I might have been able to guess. Along with a thunderous amount of charred malt, bittersweet chocolate fudge and ground espresso beans is a vinousness that gives the beer almost a port wine vibe. Powerful and complex enough for any two stouts.

I'm nearly as impressed when beer comes in contact with taste buds and I've only had one mouthful so far. If things improve once it reaches room temperature (it's almost there now), this will be one of the better RISs that I've had in the past six months at least. Anyone who drinks beer of this style any warmer than barely cool is missing out on an entire world of flavor.

The flavor is essentially the aroma in liquid form. Fish B.C. must have used a few tons of malt (chocolate and caramel) and roasted the beejeezus out of it. This is one of those stouts that tastes more like roasted barley than either chocolate or coffee, although they're present as well. I'm especially enjoying the dark caramel and dark brown sugar that have emerged now that I've reached the bottom of the bottle.

Pacific NW hops, Columbus (bittering) and Cascade (flavor) make valuable contributions. In fact, the finish is suprisingly citric and is almost as hoppy as it is malty. The vinousness that I appreciated in the nose is still present, but isn't a major part of the flavor profile. Even though I love bourbon, it's nice to see a wine barrel aged stout for once.

The mouthfeel is the only characteristic that is less than world-class. There's nothing at all wrong with it, but it needs to be a fraction bigger and a fraction more plush to impress me as much as the flavor does. Incidently, there's no hint of the 8% ABV. I wonder why this twelve ounce bottle isn't 10% like the big-bottled Poseidon?

This is great beer and is easily the best Fish Brewing Company offering that I've enjoyed to date. I wish now that I had one of the 750s because the bottom of the bottle is approaching much too quickly. Poseidon's is incredible, so don't hesitate to reel one in if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was finally able to track this one down and get to try it last night. I have been sitting on a few of them and it was nice to finally get to enjoy one of them. It was a 2007 release in a 12oz bottle which I poured into an Imperial pint glass after letting it warm up to cellar temperature.

Appearance - The look of this was just brilliant from the very beginning. Poured a jet black, completely opaque, and black as night, thick looking liquid into my glass, exactly the way it should have. A nice two inch high head of chocolate colored foam rose up out of the depths to come over the top of it. Excellent retention allowed it to hang around for a good five minutes or so before it retreated down to just a thin layer of tan across the top of the glass. Very nice side glass lace left silky smooth and cascading films over the side of the glass. It really was holding up to its reputation on looks alone.

Smell - The aroma was full of burnt malt smells. Hints of some light smokiness came over me first and were not at all unwelcome. I let it sit to let the flavor come out and some nice dark fruits then began to emerge. Lots of sweet aromas in here too, with hints of molasses and sugar all over it, some caramel and toffee like aromas coming through as well. Towards the end I started to get some coffee mixed in with it as well, pretty good here I have to say.

Taste - The flavor followed along the aroma very well, really starting to show off what it could do. The first flavor to hit was toffee and molasses which let you know right away that this was going to be a sweet stout. It rolled around for a little while with hints of plums and figs coming in and out of the picture. Rich molasses soaked burnt coffee coming into the picture, offering just the slightest touch of bitterness to it as it starts to finish up. Nice sweet creamy finish to it now with a good touches of smokiness to it as well. Really nicely done here with a good bitter and smoke filled taste lingering for a good while after.

Mouthfeel - The only slight knock I have against this one is that it felt a little bit light to me. Not really bad, just with the amount of flavor and depth this one had, I thought it could have been a little thicker. Lots of carbonation in this one, which was probably why it felt that way, but nonetheless very nice indeed with a good smooth creamy feel.

Drinkability - For an 8% ABV RIS this had outstanding drinkability. I found myself taking increasingly larger sips as it went through and really pushing it down towards the end. Everything was remarkably well done and it really came across quite nicely. I could have easily had another one of these.

Overall this is a very good stout. I would have no issues with buying more of these. It had an interesting mix of smoke flavors and a nice sweet stout taste which came across very well. I would have to recommend giving this one a try as it is an excellent representation of the style.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The color is black as the Vatican's secret files, a vast darkness that will allow no light, and the head is a thin affair, but gives the cocoa-brown hue I would expect, nay demand, for the style.
Aroma: molasses meets the nose to start, dark, thick, treacly, a malificent morass of devilish decadence...dark chocolate, whiskey, with dark fruits, and a full red wine character shining through, as well.
A wicked coating grips the lips, and drips down the throat...damnably thick and rich, viscous and motor-oily. A melted-down candy bar, loaded with liquor, thick, rich, dominant... so painfully full, it threatens any other pretenders to this style...well, almost any other, I'm still partial to a few others, but this is a significant accomplishment on it's own. Damnitty-damn-damn!
She's a bad mamma-jamma!
Oh, it's thick, massive flavor, dripping with the syrupy, deep dark goodness, a big fat, almost oppressive mouthfeel.
Later into the drink, it becomes more approachable, but still a powerful dominant thing upon the palate. yum...lip-smackin', delicious...dee-lightful.
What a nice, and thoroughly amazing brew. Very fine. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9/14/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bomber, no sign of vintage or freshness date on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very black in color pour. 1/2 inch off white head which settles at a light ring. Lacing is decent leaving minor streaks, patches and spots.

Smell- Deep and lightly smoked malt, dark chocolate and minor coffee notes. Nice scent.

Taste- Burnt to a crisp deep malt flavor. Smoked flavors, but not into the Rauchbier realm. Deep roasted dark chocolate taste with some burnt espresso notes as well. Dark, very dark flavored beer. Besides that...it has a pretty large hop profile. Quite bitter in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- About the average found carbonation per style. Hop bitter aftertaste as stated above. Thick, but not really chewy.

Drinkability- Actually goes down very easily. Listed as 10%, but the bottle says 8%. Probably older vintages used to be higher. Very drinkable per the abv. If you like dark and hoppy, go get one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy tan head, which left some nice sticky lacing and small islands. The nose is malty, nice tones of toffee/chocolate/coffee. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, and some toffee/chocolate/coffee. Medium body, alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, a pretty nice tasty stout, glad to had had a chance to try it.

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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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
3.99 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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