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Platypus Venom Imperial Stout | Marin Brewing Company

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Platypus Venom Imperial StoutPlatypus Venom Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration City Beer Store for their 6th Anniversary.

Added by KevSal on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Jet black
S- dark fruits
T- Strange old mint. Dark fruit, roatsy malt
F- A bit thin in the body
O- Old mint kills this. Too think. Underststand goal, but not good.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle.

A: Moderate anise (black licorice), followed by slightly sweet dark malt roast.

A: Black color, opaque with a very thin off-white head with adequate retention.

T: Moderately strong anise (black licorice), followed by slightly sweet chocolatey malt roast. The beer finishes semi-dry with an herbally, moderate roast bitterness.

M: Medium-Big bodied, with a thick warming character and light carbonation.

O: The strong anise flavor has become fainter as the beer has matured. However, the anise is still quite prominent and compliments the dark malt roast base. When this beer was released three years ago, the anise (black licorice) character was almost too overpowering for the chocolatey dark malt roast.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pitch-black pour with a very tall and very dense dark brown head. Head fades slowly with nary a trace of lacing. Good retention however.

S: Hmph. It smells like chocolate mint. Reminds me of a mint hot chocolate actually. Nice.

T: Again with the chocolate mint. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but there is a pretty distinct, albeit light mintiness to this. Kinda like Andes mints. Not overpowering, just a nice mix of chocolate and mint from start to finish. No real sign of booze at all. Lingering anise between sips, but still that mintiness creeps in. I think it's the anise that's giving me the minty impression. It's not bad, nothing like Stone Belgo Anise or anything. The sweet chocolate balances it decent I think. Honestly interesting, albeit simple.

M: Pretty heavy and smooth. Borderline creamy.

O: Pretty simple for such a big stout, but tasty nonetheless. Lots of chocolate and mint; sweet overall. I enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. Not a lot of head. Some khaki bubbles well up and form a decent collar.

Smell - Licorice. Just tons and tons of licorice. Chocolate and more licorice.

Taste - And it tastes like licorice too. Way too much. Some chocolate in the middle before a licorice finish blending with a bitter nuttiness that isn't all that pleasant. Thankfully, there's licorice to mask it.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy with a funny unpleasant bitterness. A little sweet.

Overall - Way too much licorice. More than any other stout I've had, really.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 316nuts
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, and while pouring, one finger brown head.

S-Very roasty, even a tad burnt with the malt, Slight coffee, Dark chocolate and slight vanilla.

T-Very roasty, almost too burnt, most everything else follows exactly from the nose.

M-Medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-A decent stout, however the burnt malt was too much for me, and I like some burnt notes in a stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of juankzas
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of uustal
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at City Beer Store.

A: opaque black with slight head and scattered lacing. Imposing and pretty.

S: Huge black-sweet licorice and sickly sweet fruit.

T: Interesting. It's not bad, but still smacks of cough syrup. More sweet-faint than imposing bitter. Raw molasses, sharp anise, and chewy blackstrap.

M: Boozy-thick. Which is not what you want to not remind you of cough syrup.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a great one. It was a little too syrupy and oddly sweet for me. Might conceivably have again but not recommend.

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Platypus Venom Imperial Stout from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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