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To Øl / Omnipollo Brewmance - To Øl

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To Øl / Omnipollo BrewmanceTo Øl / Omnipollo Brewmance

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-05-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-07-2013 01:41:48 | More by random846
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green bottle with cork and cage poured into a gold-rimmed half acre snifter.

Pours a smoky looking black with a big illustrious dark khaki head with great retention and lacing, very nice pour.

Smells of chocolate, charred wood, coffee, tobacco, roasted malts, and toffee.

Taste is bitter and smokey, with some chocolate, a touch of honey sweetness, some toffee, but tastes surprisingly thin and watery throughout. I don't get much bourbon or barrel character.

Mouth is low carbonation and medium bodied, would've preferred a thicker feel. Sticky finish.

Overall, this clocked in at almost $1/oz and for the taste I don't think it's worth the price of admission. Interesting to try this honey bourbon barrel stout, but all three of those notes were not pronounced enough to carry this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:18:58 | More by MCain04
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a To Øl Teku

The beer pours a deep jet black color, intensely opaque with a thick, tightly packed khaki colored head that has very good retention and leaves a bit of spotted lace behind. The aroma is of roasted grain, molasses, light licorice, bourbony oak, a bit of peat with some rubbing alcohol. It's simple, straightforward, but a bit uninspired and boring. The flavors are of heavily roasted dark grain, licorice, oak, light bourbon, touch of stone fruit and a bit of peat is present on the tongue too. The body is a bit thin, quite lively and active for a bourbon barrel stout, coats the mouth moderately well, but this is by no means silky, rich or terribly smooth. The finish is a bit creamy and soft, but still a bit prickly.

Verdict: A bit of a miss from these two breweries, both of whom have made some beer I really admire. I was hoping for this to have many qualities found in To Øl's Goliat, but it was substantially thinner and less impressive all around. While it is very drinkable and not over the top, it's a far cry from many of the world class bourbon barrel stouts being made these days.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:28:47 | More by kevanb
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4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Full finger of mocha head tops a completely opaque black head.

S: Fruit and booze and fruit and chocolate. What a scent! Vanilla and plum.

T: A boozy, bourbon-y, sort of stout. Lighter and sweeter than expected. More than a hint of fruit (tart and earthy). Vanilla. Has the oak added complexity here? It's hard to tell.

M: How luxurious! How smooth, how ensorcelling, how superlative. The honey adds the requisite weight.

O: An incredible imperial stout from a pair of incredible breweries. Highly recommended. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 06:42:48 | More by AgentMunky
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4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pitch black, somewhat syrupy with a dark chocolaty foamy head. Very nice lacing initially, then the lacing is almost non existent as the head fades.

Smell – Malty, with honey and molasses.

Taste – Malty with a slight bitterness offset by honey.

Mouthfeel – This beer felt a bit watery; I think this style needs a little more alcohol and carbonation. Easy to drink, without much aftertaste.

Drinkability – Easy drinking for 11.2%abv, but I think it needs more alcohol/carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down and left patches of bubbles on the surface along with a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts and a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has.a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength because it manages to hides its alcohol rather well.

Serving type: bottle

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3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The colour is black (120 EBC), the low compact head is bown (good retention). Lots of thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is hoppy and rather bitter. The roasted notes are lighter than expected. Dried apricots, prunes and a touch of raisins. Sweet notes of caramel and molasses. Some alcohol in the background.

The taste is warming with notable clean alcohol flavours. Roasted, salty flavours makes me think of salt liquorice. Apricots, raisins and molasses. Hints of Christmas spices and milk chocolate. Full body. The aftertaste got growing alcohol flavours, salt liquorice, bitter herbs, some grassy hops and a strong clean bitter flavour. The finish is quite short, leaving just some alcohol in the mouth.

The carbonation is quite strong, a bit stronger than I think is appropriate for the style. Lots of small lager-like bubbles. The liquid is medium smooth and a little dry.

My expectations on imperial stouts are high, even more so when it comes from Omnipollo and To Øl. This one is a bit too straggly with too obvious alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 19:43:47 | More by bark
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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a partial cap and splotchy lacework. Pitch black body.

S - Somewhat boozy, with loads of bourbon and even some overt alcohol presence. Base beer is your typical Danish stout, with loads of char, anise, and roasted malts. Thankfully the honey and oaky vanilla help to balance things. Solid, albeit slightly rough.

T - The taste isn't quite similar, with loads of bourbon and oak over top of a very charred and acrid Scandinavian stout full of burnt malts, smoke, and espresso bitterness. Honey is still there, but the sweetness dissipates well before the finish. Alcohol is again present and lingers.

M - Smooth medium body, dry and oaky finish. Light alcohol warming and a bit thin for 12%. Carbonation is a bit higher than expected, but not unpleasant.

D - It's a very typical barrel-aged Danish stout. Decent enough, but I'm glad I didn't spring for a bottle at the $14. Drinking an entire 375ml bottle would result in serious palate fatigue due to the char and booze.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 16:37:41 | More by MasterSki
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3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Listed here, not under De Proef as this was "Brewed and Bottled by Omnipollo and To Ol at De Proef", not brewed by De Proef. If we go by the logic of listing this under De Proef, then Mikkeller has never brewed a single beer.

37.5cl green glass (ugh...) bottle with black-foiled over hood and wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at a local SoCal beer store earlier tonight for $16.00 USD and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high, I'm really in the mood for an "Imperial Stout Brewed with Honey and Aged in Bourbon Barrels." I dig the stylish label art. 11.2% ABV confirmed. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served cold, straight from my freezer, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Not paired with food.

Yields an unsatisfying "plip" upon removal of the cork; carbonation seems very under-cooked. I'm worried.

As I poured, undercarbonation became obvious and no head was forming, so I increased vigor substantially.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger height head of nice dark tan colour. Great cream and thickness. Good (~4+ minute) retention for the high ABV. No bubble show. Light thin inconsistent lacing as the head recedes. Fairly soft complexion.

Body colour is a dark opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black, but dark. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty good but far from ideal. It's spot-on for the style and I'm looking forward to trying it, but there's definite room for improvement.

Sm: Evident barrel/wood notes; mellow oak with a touch of vanilla - which comes off slightly artificial as though from vanillicin as opposed to actual vanilla beans. I do get honey, which mellows and balances the aroma nicely; this is an impressive aspect for sure. Not strictly bourbon-y; there are the aforementioned oak and vanilla notes but they don't come off distinctly like bourbon (barrel). I'm a bit let down by this. Dark malts. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Some buried roast. Coffee and accompanying roast. Cream.

As it warms, the vanilla is bothering me more and more, standing out as artificial and contrived. It kind of clashes with the natural cohesiveness of the rest of the aroma. I hope this doesn't manifest in the flavour profile.

Subtly executed. Above average in strength.

T/Mf: Damn, the vanilla sweetness does clash with the rest of the flavour profile. It hits from the open and doesn't die until the climax. Body is your usual chocolate and dark malt combination, complete with a disappointing lack of roastiness. Some cream. Chocolate is lacking; it's sort of a vague unevocative milk chocolate that leaves you wanting more. Not particularly rich. Not getting any oats. The honey aids its cohesiveness but adds a bit too much smoothness, reducing the efficacy of flavour delivery. Flavour duration is average for the style. Flavour intensity is below average for the style. I'm having trouble finding any coffee notes.

I don't get distinct bourbon, but the artificial vanilla is present. Oak is much more buried and lends little to the beer in terms of flavour. Maybe it acts as a guiding undertone, but the honey obscures it.

I don't get yeasty character, oats, notable hop character, smokiness, or wood. Alcohol is quite well hidden, but does poke through somewhat. I like the beer, but it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of complexity, subtlety, and to a lesser degree, balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too smooth, shortening the duration of flavour and restraining depth and delivery of flavour. In this sense, the presence on the palate is troublesome and distanced. I don't feel like the full depth of flavour is presented by the texture. Lightly silky, which isn't appropriate for the type of imperial stout this is. Good body and thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the style fairly well, but it's far from custom-tailored to its flavour profile. It almost feels like an imperial oatmeal stout in its unnatural smoothnesss; I'm not convinced honey was the best choice here.

Dr: Quite drinkable for its high ABV, no doubt about that. It's an approachable enjoyable beer in the style, and obvious care was put into it. But the barrel notes don't come off as evocative, and I'm not sure the base beer benefits all that much from the decision to barrel-age. The vanilla is flawed. I do like it, but I definitely wouldn't get it again at this price point. Interesting stuff with some nice elements, but it never comes off truly great. I'll enjoy finishing it, but I doubt I'll remember it a fortnight from now. Glad I tried it once, but wish it was $10 or less. Of course, we have the Shelton Bastards to blame for the pricetag (and price never affects my reviews). A nice stab at the style, but it needs work to elevate it.

Lowish B-

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 03:56:59 | More by kojevergas
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-07-2013 23:14:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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To Øl / Omnipollo Brewmance from To Øl
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