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Marin Platypus Venom Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Platypus Venom Imperial Stout was brewed to celebrate The 6th Anniversary of City Beer Store in San Francisco in 2012. Our first Imperial Stout brewed at Marin Brewing Company. We added Star Anise and Blackstrap Molasses to the boil for additional flavor & complexity. Huge, black and bold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Somewhat sweet stout with some roast. Aroma has a lot of dark fruit with a bit of roast. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"I like me some anise, but this seems like a bit of a one trick pony. Everything else was very subdued under waves of anise/licorice in the aroma and flavor. subtle roasted malts, molasses, chocolate. Body a little thin and hot, but it went down surprisingly easy. A beer enjoyed in small increments but not one I’d want a bomber of for myself. 1/13 a year later, more molasses, less anise. Maybe a little better than scored originally."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
This is from a bottle purchased at City Beer. It’s about 2 years old, and has been cellaring appropriately. The aroma on this smells like licorice, anise, and cheap Chinese-made plastic swimming pool toys. Burnt rubber is also present. Not a very pleasant aroma on this beer. Opaque black body with a creamy, medium light tan head present. Fairly strong. Starts with anise and licorice flavors, before this becomes a bit chalky in texture with some cocoa power flavors. Rather thin-bodied. More rubbery flavors and anise comes through in the end. No ethanol is detected. This is really not an imperial stout that I find enjoyable. Burnt rubber, anise, and pool toys do not a good imperial stout make.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 21, 2013
651mL. Deep brown pour, near ink, with medium coffee foam. Nose is sweet grape drank, vanilla, cinnamon, mint, black crayon, waxy chocolate. Strange mix. Taste is soy, sugar, apple, ashtray, savory, mild fudge. Not so bad. Thicker palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On tap at City Beer 7th Anniversary party. A keg of last year’s anniversary beer was tapped for consumption this year. It pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a chocolate and vanilla flavor with vegetable notes and a dry finish. A nice reprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1545) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On tap at city beer. Pours black with Brown head. Taste is burnt malt and some licorice. Decent brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle, shared at Clusterfork. Pours a moderate black with small tan head. Aroma is good and plenty candy mixed with chocolate sauce. Taste is more anise/good and plenty candy. Chocolate from a candy bar wrapper and some light vanilla. If you like anise, still stay away from this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13254) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of licorice, roasted malt, graininess and light dark chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of licorice, roasted malt and bakers cocoa with a smooth lingering licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
From the March 2013 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized creamy dark brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet chocolate syrup, vanilla and a bit of roasty malts. The flavor was sweet cocoa, vanilla, faint toasty and roasty malts and touches of anise and booziness. Long finish. Thick and creamy body. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5751) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
On draft at the 2013 SF beer week opening celebration. It pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has some treacle and dark fruits with mild cocoa. A touch phenolic. The flavor is minty chocolate with some brown sugar. Kind of odd, but it turned out ok.

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