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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Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

06 vintage. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Darkest possibly shade of brown, nearly black. Some amber highlights when backlit. Nice dark tan head struggles to form through the viscous liquid. Aromas of cocoa powder, graham crackers, iced coffee, and prune/raisin fruitiness. Flavor is loads of roasted barley but not in an acrid way. Lesser notes of caramel, dark chocolate, graham crackers, raisins, figs, and prunes. Slightly acidic, solid roasted bitterness, dry without much astringency. Hugely flavorful but not crushingly thick-bodied. Very easy to drink. Damn good RIS.

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Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2006 vintage I believe, courtesy of dave12285 poured into a tulip.

Pours dark opaque black with only the faintest hint of light showing through the edges when held up to light. The head is small and tan, fading quickly to a tiny ring and leaving no lacing.

The aroma is fairly one-dimensional, with the dark, sweet roasted malts dominating the nose altogether. It's definitely sweet with some chocolate, licorice and dark fruits.

The taste let me down a bit as it seems to be a watered down version of the aroma. The sweetness isn't nearly as deep, with the chocolate malts and licorice present, but in less amounts. The finish is chalky with a bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light, almost watery, with low carbonation and much less body than I would expect from an RIS.

The nose had me looking up but this stout ended up a little too bland and watery to be great. It's a decent example of the style but nothing to bring me back for another one.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The stout appears an opaque dark brown color with at least two fingers of foamy dark ecru head. The head lingers on and on before settling to a half inch thick ring. Nose and flavor are of rich roasted grain, slightly smokey, bittersweet and dark chocolates, medium roasted coffee beans, dark fruits such as cherries, figs, raisins. This stout falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with a lingering bitter roastiness through the finish. Glad I was able to enjoy this one.

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

On-tap at Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Pours straight midnight black with a creamy mocha colored head that lasts and eventually forms a thick ring around the glass. Aroma is milk chocolate and coffee. Very pungent. Flavor is tart fruit, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Its a medium bodied beer that is fairly slick. Extremely enjoyable although maybe a little sweet.

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Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

This impy stout comes courtesy of a great trader, errantnight, thanks for all the trades Derek! Poseidon is ink black with no hope for light to shine through. A soft pour produces a velvety two finger mocha head that shows some good retention, falling no lower than a one finger cap with a fat collar. The lacing left behind is close to the sheet variety with a couple airy holes here and there.

The nose on this RIS is loaded with big, roasty stout complexity. Roasted malts play the major role with a smattering of slightly underripe dark berries, some faint nuttiness, dark chocolate and fudge all coming along at different times during each whiff I take. There is a dash of cream here and a pinch of booze there. There is a solid layer of booziness but it's very clean. I could get lost in the aroma of this brew.

The flavor stands up to the aroma well with all the big complexities. I'll keep it short and sweet because the aroma basically sums it up. Rich molten fudge comes through thick on the swallow and the alcohol is a bit tamer than I expected but otherwise the nose led me in the right direction. This beer comes together really well and shows a great many layers.

The body is rich and decadent with an incredibly velvety mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the low and soft side which makes this beer so smooth. Alcohol tickles the back of my throat and there's a slight stick on each drink.

This RIS goes down incredibly easy. The silky mouthfeel and decadent flavors keep it flowing while the lower than usual (for style) abv gives me permission to have another. Poseidon is a seriously good brew, without a doubt.

I'm very impressed with this RIS from the Northwest. If this is still sold in 750s, I want some. Twelve ounces just isn't enough of this delicious stout. Thanks for the bottle Derek, send more soon!

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

Huge thanks to csmiley for this one. Love getting beer I never knew existed. Thanks, man.

Poseidon's very ominous. It's very dark brown in color, nearly black. No light's getting through even at the edges. A firm mocha colored cap sits on top and easily reaches two fingers in depth. It was slow to recede and left sticky strands of lace clinging to the glass. Impressive stuff.

The nose is equally impressive. It's loaded with sweet chocolate and roasted malt aromas. I can't tell which is stronger. Suffice it say that this one is malted by the gods. At least it smells that way. Coffee and strong espresso notes add quality depth. Alcohol is easily noticeable and could be a little much. I'll reserve judgment on that point for the moment. Overall, it's very impressive. I didn't know what to expect and I'm very pleasantly surprised.

The flavor doesn't have quite the same impact, but it is very good. The first sip confirms it's heavily malted stature. Roasted malts are very flavorful and taste great against the sweet fudge backdrop of chocolate malts. A strong coffee presence certainly rounds the flavor out well. It's not as pronounced as the malt components, but it's very strong and effective. A surprising amount of hop bitterness surges toward the finish. It's a very welcome addition to the mix. The only drawback to the flavor here is the overly noticeable alcohol. It has a definite warming effect and is surprising for an 8% abv beer (as my bottle notes). Otherwise, it has a nice, powerfully malted flavor that's bolstered by strong coffee and hop flavors. Very, very good.

The body feels a little thin (even after it warms a little). It's smooth and carbonation is light, but it'd be better with a little more body. Drinkability is good, but is a little limited by the alcohol presence. It comes across as bigger than it really is and runs a tad too warm.

Fish Brewing's Poseidon is a surprisingly good Imperial Stout. It's a little too boozy and warm, but is otherwise a big time malty brew with a lot of flavor and character. The booziness problem is amplified by the fact that it's only an 8% beer. It's really not strong enough to warrant that, but nonetheless it's here. Iron out that small kink and you've got one stellar stout here. Highly recommended as it is.

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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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Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from the Green Jug in Woodland Hills a few months back for around four dollars, listed at 8% ABV, drinking currently in my New Belgium snifter, color is almost black with just a small amount of red around the edges, small 1/2 inch creamy head that goes away quickly, leaves some legs throughout though, aroma consists of roasted malts, molasses, caramel, vanilla, honey, dark chocolate, and lots of hops and a variety in that, flavor starts out dry and bitter, there is lots of chocolate in the middle with other sweetness, finish is hoppy and more so than most other imperial stouts, by the end there is a nice chocolate flavor blending into a roasty maltiness, warms up nicely without getting boozy, mouthfeel is roasted, sweet, dry, and bitter at times, medium to full bodied, lower carbonation, could drink another few ounces, little heavy on the stomach with its fullness, alcohol is hidden well, smooth once it mellows, after having the barrel aged version, I have to say that I prefer that more than this, also this would probably be better with a little age behind it, other than that it is still a good beer, I would drink it again, recommended

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Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spawned on date notched on? (no notch). 8 percent version. Pours a pitch black, reddish edge, dense khaki head fades to thin layer, coating the glass with translucent brown lacing. Smell: dark and milk chocolate, a touch of nutty coffee, wood smokiness, raisin, roastiness, smells sweet, barely a hint of alcohol. Taste: astringent roasty action, alcohol makes a brief appearance in the form of booze soaked dark fruit, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, grapefruit + earthy hops make an appearance at the end of the sip. I get a wood fire esque smokiness that compliments the roasted flavors. Mouthfeel: the only let down, definitely on the light side for an ris.

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

Bottle sample with/from shigadeyo.

Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing. Heavy roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a dry texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium roasted bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good complex standout brew.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep impenetrable black with ever so slight ruby highlights. Good fizzy tan head stays around for a couple minutes but fades quick to a ring and skim leaving good lace.

Nose is ok, but nothing really stands out. Some roasted malt and dark fruits.

Flavor is much nicer than the smell would indicate. A great roasted malt profile with some edgy bitterness. I like this. Starts off creamy and smooth, quickly jumps into big roasted dark malt flavor. There is next to no dark fruit in here like the nose indicated (a good thing here). Some good bitterness on the finish, and the roast lingers on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but not too bad. Carbonation is right where it should be, maybe a tiny touch over.

Drinkability is pretty solid, the abv is down to 8% now, but it doesnt show up at all. Very drinkable.

Overall I am kind of impressed with this. I wish the finish was a bit more in your face, and kind of held on a bit stronger and longer, but overall a good stout. If you like the roastier ones, with a good dark malt bitterness, this one should be in your fridge. A good brew from fish and one I will revisit. Not sure about the aging potential on this one, as it drinks quite well now, but we'll find out! haha. Good beer.

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

12 oz. bottle. Label says 8% abv.

Inky dark brown body with a small, tight, light cocoa brown head. Good lacing. Rich nose of roasted barley, scorched caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and peat. Roasted coffee bitterness up front. Sugary fruits and molasses mix with milk chocolate mid-palate. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted notes follow. Finish is peaty, smoky, and bitter with notes of vanilla. Very nice. I really like the smoky, peaty flavors. Full-bodied, chewy feel. Recommended.

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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A foam brick of two fingers worth of slowly fading dark tan almost brown head is what you notice first. Leaves a wall of lace as it fades. Body is pure syrupy total blackness. Nose has tones of roasty malt, coco, anise and soft alchol. Enters the mouth and imediatly paints the entire mouth with thick burnt malts, bitter chocolate and black licorice, while all the time being nicely creamy. Deeply dark and thick all the way through the palate. As you let it warm you get a soapy hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick, pillowy soft and creamy. A solid drinkable stout.

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

Very nice beer. Pours dark brown, opaque, and a big, bubbly thick tan head. Rich chocolate cake aroma, lots of malt, roasted coffee, and leather. Big roasty flavor, chocolate malt, and bitter hops in the taste. Some soy, caramel, and vanilla around the edges. Loved it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a tall brown head.

The smell is sweet and spicy and smells like Mexican chocolate with Chile pepper and cinnamon in it. Bit of vanilla and grain scent and some cherry in the ethanol fumes.

The taste starts out sweet and bitter with a milkshake thick texture. Sweet and coffee bitter like Starbucks Coffee Liqueur. Good but not complex.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Well this is an OK beer but it seems to be lacking in complex flavors, worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.56/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The web site lists a OG of 1.101 but only a 8% ABV. That is odd. Pours a black hue with some limited viscosity. Needed help with the pour but some larger tan bubbles came out. Not much on retention and lacing.

The nose has a limited malt profile. To start there is a light roast aroma with some minor chocolate notes. Some minor smoky almost BBQ (weird). Very high ester aromas. Some rose peddles and some vegi. A little bit of dank, or drainage. Some raisin and figs comes out as well. Some noticeable yeasty characteristics, that really are a deterrent.

The taste is not as bad but still have the off yeast flavor. The malt comes out a bit more as well, with a stronger roast flavor. Some chocolate and lactic, almost milky flavors on the backend. There is a noticeable white wine flavor that just doesn't work with the roast. Some yeasty notes, rose peddles and raisins.

The body is closer to full than moderate. Some slick textures that I associate with diacetyl. Carbonation was low. Overall, I can't believe the rating on this one. The esters are overbearing, there is noticeable off yeast notes, and the malt backing is limited.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with no head and almost no lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, strong chocolate and some raisins. Fairly strong scent with a nice balance, could be more complex, but it is good nonetheless.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Finishes with coffee and roasted malts. Good strength and balance, but nothing noteworthy.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with good drinkability.

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Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fish Tale Poseidon's Imperial Stout pours black with a thick chocolate milk colored head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a bit of chocolate in the aroma. Chocolate flavors and alcohol dominate. The mouthfeel is nice and thick. Not bad, but it didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown in color with good retent on 2 fingers worth of tan foam, soapy lacing

S- citric hops, sweet, chocolate ice cream and licorice

T- rich chocolate flavors throughout, milkshake like flavor, roasted malts, brownie, burnt malts in aftertaste (with a touch of brownie), hints of citric hops in background throughout

M- smooth creamy fluffy body

D- solid brew that worth a drink, complex chocolate flavors, dessert brew for sure

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Photo of RixBeer
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikeale via Cellar BIF '08 for this beer. Vintage 2006

Dark black if there's such a thing. Mocha colored foamy 2 finger head fades slowly as the aromas of an insane amount of molasses, dark raisins and prunes. Lots and lots of sticking! Great flavor of viscousy bitter chocolate. Coats the throat like motor oil and sticky candy bars. A very nice balanced mouthfeel with a huge amount of after taste. Molasses and BITTER BITTER chocolate. Very smooth going down. It just sticks in the throat! Just name the occasion where it would be ok to drink more than 1 of these. Damn man.

Mikeale, can you get me some more....Vintage '06 please mr.waiter...

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

Picked up a couple of 12 ouncers from Total WIne and More back at the end of February for $3.29 each. Beer is 8.0% abv.

Beer poured black as night into my snifter with a nice tan head initially. Nose is sweet mocha, northwest hops, and a hint of booze. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, finishing with a nice hop blast. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but it is very smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very likeable RIS, that is very drinkable due to the lower abv. It is definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle 2006.
Pours jet black, with a small tan to no head. In the aroma, an oatmeal sweetness, and small alcohol hints. In the taste, sweet roasty oatmeal and small alcohol flavor. A medium to big body with a small bite in the mouthfeel and a dry roasty and alcohol aftertaste. Nice alcohol presence and nice oatmeal presence and good sipper.

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Photo of clickpush
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Small brown head comes up over a black body and leaves nice lacing.

Nose: Aroma of sweet and roasted malts, black cherry, vanilla, chocolate. Smells barrel aged and whiskey-ish (though I don't believe that it is). Very promising.

Mouth: Taste is very roasty with a mildly dry finish. Burnt toast on the exhale. Not as much depth as I would expect, where it's skipping over parts of the mouth, leaving voids of flavor. Lingering lovely roasted and burnt toast flavor. Tons of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, none of the sweetness expected from the aroma. Hot alcohol notes that I don't like so much. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated... would have preferred something creamier. Overall very nice.

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Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. No dating. Bottle clearly reads 8% ABV, no 10%.

A: Pours pitch black with a good viscosity. A good sized tight head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing.

S: Very rich in coffee. Strong, bitter black coffee and spent coffee grounds. A solid molasses and alcohol line plays a good second fiddle. A bit of dry, irish style malt and chocolate linger in the back.

T/M: Again, strong coffee, with the spent grounds a bit more in the foreground. Great bitterness to the drink. There's still a good molasses and alcohol mixture but not quite a potent as the aroma, which is a bit unfortunate. More of the dryness and chocolate side but a bit creamy at the same time. Body is medium full.

D: Pretty damn drinkable and tasty to boot. Only 8%(for a RIS) is definite plus.

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

Recieved this in a trade from MASPuros, thanks much for helping me track this one down. My woman calls this one " blood coffee". I might also add, that the bottle claims the ABV to be 8%, not 10.

Poured from a 9oz. bottle into a tumbler, very syrupy, solid black with a very small bit of tan head that has a few spots of darker brown.

Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, molasses.

Tastes about the same, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar. Bitter as hell.

Mouthfeel is very heavy but carbonated just right.

Drinkability here is good, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had and I'll be seeking more.

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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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