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Fish Tale Poseidons Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Aged in casks formerly used for Cabernet wine, this big Imperial Stout is brewed from Northwest ESB, chocolate, and caramel malts, with Columbus hops to bitter and Cascade hops for flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4425) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2011
A mighty thanks to Hannont for this one! Bottle @ BBF’11: batch 2: Light brown head on top of a black colored beer. Smell liquorice, sour, hint of salt, light roasted malts, pretty smooth. Taste nicely sour, liquorice, yeast, coffee, hint of alcohol, bitter, dark fruit. Tastes good. Warm roasted malty light sour aftertaste. Low carbo, full body, soft mouthfeel and a light creamy texture. Well balanced and guess the aging worked well on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2011
bottle at Borefts festival 2011 ... deep black ... thin tan head ... deep complex roast malts nose ... dry dak chocolate malts ... little cherry malt ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10206) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2011
Sample from bottle @ BBF 2011, gift from Hannont. Batch # 2, november 2000. Apple syrup and seaweed in the aroma. Full bodied, (still) syrupy and sour. Dried red fruit. Still traces of grassy hops. Very well matured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11842) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Huge thanks to Some Dude who came by the Struise stand at BBF 2011 with one of these babies and generously poured for all. Nearly black color, scant head and lacing. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate. Taste is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, whiskey finish. Thin body. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
A: The beer pours black in color with a big, tan head on it. S: The wine notes really come through quite strongly on this beer. Lots of red fruits and grape aromas along with the expected roasted malts and chocolate. There is a touch of vanilla as well as some oak. T: A light booziness to the flavor, but otherwise quite good. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavors along with tons of wine, berries, and a bit of molasses. Some lightly charred oak with a light tannic feel to it. M: A really sticky feel on the tongue with a very long finish. Quite nice. O: Much better than the regular Poseidon, and better than the BA Leviathan I tried previously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Big thanks to Alex for sharing a bottle I really didn’t think I’d ever come across. Tasted at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip. Pours near black with a pretty good tan head and a than cap as that falls down. The nose is really quite complex with a nice amount of the red wine place some nice fruit and sweet malt plus a bit of chocolate. The taste is really nice and I love the red-wine character in this one. Really complex and smooth. The mouthfeel is pretty full and has held up well over time. Really quite drinkable and tasty; I’m really glad I got to try this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-05-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Thanks to Alex, the King of Obscurity, for this 9 year old beer I’ve never heard of...Awesome pour that is totally black with at least two full fingers of medium tan head that settles to a nice cap with good lacing...Complex aroma of oak, red wine, and chocolate. Great balance...The taste is almost as good but loses a lot of the wine character except for the finish. Enjoyed this. If you like winey stouts this for you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5412) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2011
750 ml bottle (batch 4, Nov. 2002) shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown with a medium sized fine tan head. The aroma was a combination of roasted malt and dark ripe fruits with a strong vinous character. Additional notes of raisins and figs, woody with a splash of vanilla. The flavor is still quite bold with some alcohol showing up, but not in a bad way. There is the same combination of dark ripe fruits and vinous notes sharing time with the dark roasted malts. Additional flavors of sweeter malts, cocoa, raisins and figs, red wine woody, vanilla with little in the way of hops left. Medium plus to full bodied with some oxidation (surprisingly not as much as I would have expected). Thanks Craig for the opportunity to try this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2002 bottle shared by ? at maproom. Aroma is big marshmallow, dark chocolate syrup, sweet. Flavor of tart cherries, cherry pie, brett, chocolate, held up pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2010
750ml bottle, unknown vintage, probably at least 4-5 years old. Consumed at RBWG in March 2010. A surprisingly staunch head of dark brown foam crowns a dark mahogany body with a slight translucency at the outer edges. Fat lacing spots are spaced out on the glass. The nose is exceptionally fruity, giving notes of raisins, figs, and general hints of drier, more tannic dark fruit. Dry oak gives a soft suggestion of vanilla to the rich malt base, which shows deep cocoa, caramel, and nougat. Flavors have held up well, showing just mild oxidation in the cocoa profile, giving notes of stewed figs and earthy raisins amidst the rich caramel malt base. Hops are long since faded, as this one definitely comes across on the sweeter, fruitier side of balanced. Mild vanilla and wood again emerge, but for the most part play second fiddle to the deep malt blend. The palate is big and sugary, coating the mouth in a dense film and feeling considerably viscous and weighty. Somehow, it manages not to finish all that sticky. Alcohol is very well concealed. It was a pleasure to finally get a chance at this long-time want. Why more brewers don’t opt for wine barrel treatment over the ubiquitous bourbon variety is beyond me. While I didn’t think this was as vinous as some others here have, the fruity subtleties that the Cab barrel add are a nice variation from the norm.

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