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
Reviews by Dope:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

Black in body and moderately heavy in appearance, with a small dark brown head, that leaves streaks and spots of stick down the glass. Appropriate and pretty.

The aroma is dense with black licorice/anise notes, along with mild roast, and just the hint of bittersweet chocolate. While I can appreciate some black licorice character in my bigger stouts, this is just a bit too much and becomes a little distracting. However, still, this is a complete, pleasant enough smelling imperial stout.

The flavor, too, is very dense with black licorice character, along with a moderate level of bitterness, a hint of chocolate, and some roast. Good enough.

Medium to nearly full in body with moderate carbonation.

I'm glad I got to try this, and can appreciate the attempt, but this is a bit heavy in black licorice flavor for my liking.

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Photo of juankzas
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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 leschkie
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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Photo of KevSal
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap today at City Beer Store in SF their 6th anniversary. This imperial stout was brewed with the help of folks from city beer store for the occasion, brewed with anise I believe (a good amount)

Huge thanks to lechskie for treating me to a glass, thanks Kurtis!

Served in a snifter

a- looks awesome in the glass, very dark hue with a nice dark mocha head. So far so good

S- The aroma is actually much better than I was expecting, subtle black licorice, some chocolate and nice sweet malts. was expecting a licorice bomb this one keeps a nice balance.

T- quite nice Resembles the nose closely but the flavored are more vibrant on the palate. Lots of dark chocolate, big matinees and a nice punch of black licorice, but far from the amount I was expecting. As it warms the flavored intensify.

M- I really liked the mouthfeel on this guy, very rich and creamy. Surprising smooth, did not feel any heat, drinks more like a regular stout.

O- Much better than I was anticipating honestly. Very well executed. This is probably what stone was hoping to achieve with their belgo anise stout. Marin has been impressing me lately and one delivers exactly what it promises.

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black in color with a tan head. Licorice and burnt sugar on the aroma. A decent amount of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. The flavor is very heavy on the licorice, almost too much. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, and lots of roasted malt on the palate, too. A light bitterness and maybe some coffee notes.

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Photo of DruRho
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nkeckhar
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikul93
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Pours black with a nice dark mocha colored head. Nice looking beer.

S Chocolate, roasted goodness, coffee and subtle black licorice

T Very similar to the nose. Chocolate with a nice roast character, some coffee and some subtle licorice.

M Medium-thick brew which coats the mouth with chocolate and roast. Nice carbonation. Very nice.

O Really enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure about it's availability as I got this directly from City Beer, but if you have access you should definitely grab one. Cheers!

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, licorice, anise, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with an almost minty herbal flavor on the finish. There is a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors with the licorice/anise thing going on.

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Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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