Fish Tale Poseidons Imperial Stout (Batch 5 +)

RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bottled November 2004, Batch 5. This big Imperial Stout is brewed from Northwest ESB, chocolate, and caramel malts, with Columbus hops to bitter and Cascade hops for flavor. This is the first batch to not be aged in oak wine barrels. 10% abv. The 2006 bottling is 8% abv.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Eh...... Doesnt feel very imperial. Lots of malts, sweet, boozy, some roast and a bit of chocolate. Kind of disappointing overall but not terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3840) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, charred malt, sweet molasses, vanilla, booze. Flavor is similar with very sweet, heavy roasted and sweet malts, molasses, sweet dark fruits. Heavy palate and somewhat boozy (I was surprised to see the 8% abv). Meh, a little boring for me and I wasnt a fan of the flavor profile. 7/4/7/3/13 [3.4/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Fish Brewing Company--Poseidons Imperial Stout--Artist Series Batch #5. 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 10.00% ABV--65 IBUs? (4.5 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial--Espresso lacy head. Opaque Obsidian Black Red color. Roasted sweet tangy hop spice front. Sweet mellow big rich roasted burnt mild cocoa rich espresso fruity body. Big hot EtOH hop spice end. Aged Smooth. Sampled 5/26/2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16332) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
A: A beautiful looking pour from a 12 oz bottle. The beer is black and viscous with a fingers worth of tan head. S: The smell is a bit of a let down, especially considering my hopes for this beer. There is a fair amount of alcohol and acidity to the nose which sort of overpower even the coffee and chocolate. T: There isnt any improvement in the flavor, Im afraid. A strong bitterness to the beer and an almost medicinal astringency. Behind that, the chocolate and coffee flavors do come out, but Im having trouble getting past the faults. M: At least the mouthfeel is nice. This is a full bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation. D: Just too much unwanted and unpleasant bitterness in this beer to overlook it. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle, but as for now, I dont think Ill have this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle dated 2008. Nose is sweet and alcohol and coffee. The taste was initially a dark, rich fruity sweetness. It turned to an aspirin bitter, and quickly moved on. Of the remarkable brews shared that evening, this was not the highlight. Not bad by any measure, just not amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense N, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
2006 version. Black with a light brown creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, raisin, coffee and liquorish. Flavour is reasted malt, chocolate, coffee and liquorish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at Stone. Pours pitch black with bubbly beige head. Chocolate chip cookie nose, sweet malt, very inviting, very light smooth taste with chocolate roasted malt and hints of dark red fruit. Very easy to drink and pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (6022) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Dark brown almost black with a creamy tan head and lace. Coffee and chocolate on the nose. Chocoffee flavor with medium malt bitter. Full bodied with good carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2371) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUL 18, 2009
Well, holy shit. Ive been sitting on two bottles of this since the first week it hit the shelves up here waaaaaay back. 2006 Vintage - will it have gone bad? Lets find out. Nope! Wow. I cant wait to do this review so I can just sit back and enjoy.

Black, good sized cap created - dark brown and quite thick with good retention and some sticky, spotty / ropy, silty lacing. Every swirl creates a new lavish carpet of foamWhat would have this been like fresh? The aroma just waffed everywhere: initial impression is quite strong: oak, red licorice that might lean towards a mellow version of cherry Halls, chocolate, creamy, figs... this is making me drool... I dont smell the alcohol but it smells like there would be alcohol. Im trying hard to define the malts, which are there, but they have mellow so much. Sure there is some roasted malts here but... crap... what is this aroma reminding me of? Some sort of orange as well - I think I could come up with scents forever. The taste is just great, even with the straight up bitterness followed by roaming alcohol. The tons of malts that I thought I would find get steamrolled over by the yummy sweet fruit. Ah, there they are... roast and chocolate all at once. Smooth, bitter chocolate, figs, grapefruit hop lingerings, some coffee, more alcohol hotness... well shit, Im fairly drunk and Im rambling adequately. Even more very bitter chocolate in the finish, licorice as well along with an aftertaste that can only be described as the worlds most appealing ash tray. ahahahha I just discovered if I pour the second half of this 650ml bottle into my glass from about 6" away that it creates an estimated 4" cap (if I scoop up the overflow back into a much larger glass). Now the appearance is a 10! I gotta remember this.
After letting the last half sit for quite awhile ive disovered that i can barely type anytmoer. I like this beer alot aside form the overuse of hops.. still, it makes it wahhat it is. Good tasty fruity front that ends in bitterness and lingering coffee. I need to eat some food

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a lasting beige head. Aroma of intense espresso, dark chocolate, brown sugar, black licorice, and sweet alcohol. Very instense and satisfying. Palate is soft and cream, with mild carbonation. Flavor starts with bitter chocolate and coffee, albeit with some minerally notes. Mid-palate is a bit light in flavor, but what it contributes is a nice pairing of vanilla and roasty bitterness. Finish has a really nice roasty component. Overall, this Impy Stout has some fine qualities, but something muddy about the flavors just cant match the excellence of the nose, putting it a bit below other premiere versions.

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