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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4, Bottled November 2002. Pours a dark brown into my Duvel tulip...thickly. In the glass it is black. The low head that formed was the color of espresso foam and clings mostly around the edges of the glass. When some of the head cleared I noticed that blackness has a wonderful reflective sheen to obsidian. The sheen and head color boosted my appearance rating to a five. The complex dry aroma contained, cherry, chocolate, mild smoky/toasty malts, coffee, some alcohol, and subtle winey-ness. Intriguing but not as powerful as I was expecting. The taste... smokey, semi-sweet chocolate, and somewhat winey. A prominent zingy/tart sensation continually stimulated the outside edges of my tounge... but its hard to describe as a flavor. There were some fruit like flavors in there as well. A great hop character rounds it all out. All in all very unusual. Mouthfeel was full and smooth. The drinkabilty is good, alcohol is very well hidden and integrated into the flavors. Very enjoyable and certainly unique.

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Photo of woemad
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (Batch #4, bottled 11-02) purchased from Huckleberry's in Spokane for $9.59. This has been hidden away in my closet/beer cellar for about 2 months. I decided to bust it out to ensure that my mug was obtained by a good beer. When I posed the question in the forum as to whether this, Monkfish or a Stone Imperial should be my mug catcher, this came in 1st - barely (actually the leading suggestion was for a double blind tasting, but then I'd have to share!).
The pour yielded a black as crude oil viscous looking liquid, with a dark head that is somewhere between tan and brown. This head was HUGE. My very easygoing pour was broken into three segments due to the amount of head I was getting (that doesn't sound so beer-related, does it..;)
The aroma of this beer was like its head- BIG. The first impression is like that of a well-aged bottle of port.Beyond the portliness is a cornucopia of scents that all imperial stouts should have: dark fruits dipped in dark chocolate, roasted black coffee, a little bit of molasses.
The taste of this beer is wonderful. Dark, velvety chocolate, ripe cherries, dark roast coffee saved for special occasions, notes of oakey port - all accompanied with a warming alcohol sensation that says "I may be wonderful right now, but if you don't respect me, tommorow morning's gonna be UGLY.". This beer is a sensualist's dream. Monks would feel oblidged to commit acts of self-flagellation to atone for the decadence of this beer.
This is possibly the most viscous beer I've ever had. I mean that in the best sense, of course. This is gloriously thick. I may set aside some to pour over tommorow's waffles.
Had to grade down a little on drinkability. Who in their right mind would make this their session beer? It's just too overpowering for that.
I'm glad I decided to buy 2 more of these today (with more in the future, no doubt). One of them will be split with my brother for Christmas - or is that too good for him?

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Photo of beerguy101
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oak aged version. Eclipse black color. Smallish head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. A VERY full-bodied stout. Thick, viscous and oaky. A big bold stout. Very smooth tasting. Touches of wood, smoke, dark fruit, red wine, chocolate and coffee. An incredibly complex beer. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4. Bottled in November 2002.

This beer has an ink black appearance with a hefty, well-retained, fluffed up and somewhat cloud-like light cocoa brown head. Beautiful. Aroma consists of sweet molasses, oak graininess, bourbon, cabernet and a little charcoal. Not quite as harsh as I was looking for, but very pleasing in a non abrasive sort of way. The feel of this beer in my mouth is silky beyond belief. One of the creamiest beers I've ever had. On the flip side though, the body is a little light for an Imperial. Medium-full tops. Flavor profile follows suit with the nose. Pleasing, but not very coarse. However, there is a lingering bite that is a bit obtrusive and fitting. Seems like a stinging alcohol spiciness blended with some hop bitterness. Otherwise, the first thing that strikes me with the flavor is the winey sweetness. Bourbon, dry cedar, vanilla bean, baker's chocolate and bitter hops blend with a subdued roastiness to create an enjoyable tasting experience. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3, Nov 2001: Thick black pour w/ a tall, long lasting, tightly bubbled tan. head. Smoothly, chocolatey flavor w/ notes of wine. The aging in casks really comes into to play here. Hints of chocolate covered fruit (like raspberries) abound in the taste. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Gusler
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #4 Bottled November 2002:

WOW! What a beauteous site is that pitch-black Imperial Stout setting in my “Chalice, the only glass suitable for such a treasure in my humble opinion. The head is majestic in size, luxuriant in texture, the color an eye-appealing chocolate, and as it slowly evaporates, a silky sheet of lace is left to fondle the glass. The aroma of deep roasted grains, caramel, Starbucks coffee, sweet milk chocolate, with a noticeable oak tone, almost bourbon like, all rolled up in this wonderfully sniffable nose. Thick bittersweet malt start, the top thick and almost chewy, finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops pointful in their spiciness, the aftertaste is dry as they get. The 10% ABV makes itself known in a light alcohol bitterness and in the quite noticeable “Belly Warming”, WOW! What a treat, especially designed for the lovers of the “Dark Side”, and definitely not meant for the palate challenged.

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Photo of Wildman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured as dark as the night and formed a huge, flowing foaming head much like a Guiness. It slowly subsided leaving only trace lace. The aroma was a heady concoction of malt, chocolate, coffee and plums. The flavor was a heavy taste of malt, chocolate, coffee, raisins with a touch of vanilla. The finish was a touch bittersweet, like the chocolate with a vinous quality to it. A fine imperial that hides it's alcohol content well. Now if it was only easier to come by.

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Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 157 ratings