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 Kegatron
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3%
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 +6.7%
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%
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 -0.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +0.2%
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%
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 -6.8%
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 -36%
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 -5.8%
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 -7.5%
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 +6.3%
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%
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 +2.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.3%
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%
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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Photo of allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a huge, immovable tan head. Looks promising.

S - Smells promising also. Amazingly fruity smelling - grapes, berries, cherries. Coffee and toastiness including caramel and molasses. Typical RIS aromas I suppose, but very pungent.

T/M - Smooth, light carbonation. Very bitter and somewhat astringent. Coffee is very strong in this - like chewing on coffee beans. Fairly dry as well. Some solid hops in this as well, but the coffee flavour and bitterness really carries this one. It's almost too much - seems to obliterate all other flavours. It's not that I don't like the flavour, but some better balance would be preferred. A light apple seemed to bring in the back end...

D - If you like a big coffee/espresso stout, this really is something to try. For my money though, seems a little one-dimensional.

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Photo of tedpeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

A - Poured black. Huge tan head settled to a half inch.

S - coffee, chocolate.

T - Chocolate, then coffee. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet, Creamy finish

M - light. lightly carbonated, just right.

D - pretty tasty.

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Photo of MAB
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having sampled many Fish Tale products over the years, I would not have even picked one of these up except that their 10th Anniversary bitter turned out to be a super find.
That and I'm usually game for a nice new stout.
In general I find a lot of Fish Tale beers to be kind of watery, but this one held up its own.

Looked very nice in a glass, nice head retention. Classic stout color.
Smelt great. Roasted grains and coffee.
Tasted better than I expected. Mouthfeel was bang-on and the carbonation was just right. Not watery, so I'm a happy camper.

Well worth seeking out. Pricier than most though (organic = extra cost, in my experience).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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 tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one thrown in as an extra from my beer guy Deepak at Kingdom.

A: Pours a deep dark black hue. Medium sized head, tan in color which recedes to a cap. Nice sheet lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt coming at you in waves of coffee and chocolate. Hints of brown sugar and maybe even a bit of hops.

T: The chocolate is apparant from the start. It starts off with a milky chocolate taste. A bit of dark fruits can be noted as can sweet brown sugar. In the middle a bit of burnt coffee comes thru and the finish has tons of hops. One of the hoppiest RIS' out there.

M: Nice rich full bodied beer rather smooth and somewhat creamy.

D: Not too bad at all.

Overall: This is not the biggest or boldest RIS I have ever had which makes it nice to drink. I started off not really liking this one but as it warmed a bit the character really developed. I love the amount of hops in this one. It's a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

This beer pours a dark black with a creamy tan collar.

Smells of dark roasted barley, smokey campfire, cocoa powder and crisp coffee blended with cherries and peach. The balance here is stunning.

Tastes of a slick smokey grape and sweet roasted, smokey barley. There are some blueberry overtones to this too. This too is delightfully balanced.

FEels smooth and easy that's effortless to drink. The hidden but notable carbonation helps tremendously with the smoke.

Wow. Gentle, easy and balanced. Classic!

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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