Hypnopompa - Omnipollo

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14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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Sweden

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wordemupg on 10-20-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 82
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jet black, no head at all, zero in the way of lace. Smell is big and roasty, lots of chared malts, vanilla, roasted/burnt marshmallows, bit of a soy sauce like lingering presence. Taste starts off with a malty/soy sauce presence followed by vanilla, burnt marshmallows, chared flavours are a bit overwhelming, lots of burnt and roasted malts, sweet mid palate. Zero carbonation, sticky medium body. Pretty bad and virtually undrinkable, the lack of carbonation and overwhelming burnt flavours make this a strugle to get through even half the bottle, most of this saw the drain. (577 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Dave11899
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, with weird psycho-pomp quackery inferred by the name and spare label imagery, into which I refuse to delve (nothing deserves the blowback from unprepared investigation into my psyche).

This beer pours a solid, faintly cola highlighted black oil hue, bereft of any sort of head, even with the most aggressive of bottle angles, all of which renders zilch in terms of persistent lace anywhere near the vicinity of the glass as it, er, 'settles'?

It smells of sweet, sugary, lightly roasted caramel malt, saccharine toffee, strong candied vanilla notes, of the near-burnt, end-of-stick marshmallow sort, a wee bit of associated char, a hint of grainy two-by-fours, dull anise, and a middling black fruitiness. The taste is more heady, mildly roasted caramel and toffee malt, sweet vanilla-tinged marshmallow candy (me, I'm just missing the Rice Krispies, or Crispy Rice, depending where one shops, for a nice Rice Krispie square effect), mild char, sturdy black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, hollow coffee notes, and a bristling alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are as expected, pretty dead and gone, not even keeping up with their infrastructure contract, the body medium-heavy in weight, but in a sort of kludgy manner, with a smooth and creamy nature that belies expectation. It finishes quite sweet, the caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and general candy sugar essences just too prominent, even as the 22-proof alcohol makes a failed attempt to moderate things.

A sort of plain, if that can be said about this offering, big-ass stout, flavoured as it is. I'm not overlooking the well-intended adjuncts here, I'm just thinking that they need a bit of help, something to flesh things out, something to balance the slightly over the top sweetness. Good to try, I guess, if you're a big fan of that weird Marshmallow Vodka I've seen lately on store shelves. (1,866 characters)

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

Photo of brianthebadger
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night, with much effervescence & a tiny sliver of mocha colored head. Traces of lacing & head retention, nice viscosity

S: Vanilla & chocolate

T: Follows the nose, a little booze warmth, charred grain, molasses, faint hint of marshmallows up front. Vanilla, a touch of dark chocolate, booze heat, dryness & faint hints of oak as this warms. Finishes dry, a little boozey, with chocolate & cocoa, a bit of charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, warming

Pretty decent, but still a touch boozey, this beer's best days are ahead of it. Not worth the price, but glad I got to try it (623 characters)

Photo of beerloverofbham
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasty! Marshmallow, coffee, Tahitian vanilla beans! Easy smooth and rich! (75 characters)

Photo of JamFuel
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of sneth019
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TruePerception
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Omnipollo Hypnopompa, imperial stout brewed w/ marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans. 11% ABV.

A: A little under half a finger of chocolate milk-colored head; slow dissolve. Bubbles are slow to slide down the glass, but just the thinnest bits of lacing form. Some slight sheeting. Black in the glass. Very dark, golden brown in the dimple. Ever so slight inkiness.

S: A mixture of very dark cocoa and marshmallow up front. Very dark toffee, just behind that. Notes of very thick coffee, char, licorice, and smoke; the latter akin to bacon.

T/MF: Very dark flavoring on this one! The darkest of chocolate, coffee sludge, char, graphite, blackened toffee, cigarette ash. Subtle milky/sugary sweetness in the background. A touch of heavily charred oak.

A touch dark for my palate. (783 characters)

Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks the part of a big stout, not much in the aroma though. The flavors didn't overwhelm me, but are solid typical flavors for a big stout. Big dark roast, dark and slightly bittering coffee, and it was smooth with no trace of 11%. Unfortunately the bittering notes lasted too long and it has a slightly watery feel. (320 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. After stumbling upon the barrel aged version last year, I was delighted to find this bottle of the original. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a bare half finger light brown head that dissipates slowly to a thin film. Nice aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate and hints of lactose, almost like a milk stout profile. Flavor follows, with sweet dark toasted malt with a bit of char, dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of lactose and coffee. Nice mouth feel with medium creaminess. A quite flavorful stout that starts almost understated like a porter, but then develops a full, rich stout flavor profile with great chocolate and toasted malt flavors. Finishes chocolatey with light grassy hop bitterness. Well balanced and integrated. I really liked the flavor progression and finish on this a lot. I'll put a few of these away to tide me over until it rolls around again. (934 characters)

Photo of Harkrank
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that bears little retention time before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal wispy surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big hit of charry roasted malt with some faint chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Moderate booze presence.

T- Dear lord. BAM! Probably the roastiest thing I've ever tasted. No wonder they put vanilla bean and marshmallow in this since it's the only thing imaginable that could keep this in the realm of drinkability. Once the palate acclimates, I get some big dark chocolate and espresso notes. Somewhat smoky but mainly just straight char. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Silky smooth and luscious. Low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- If you want a total malt bomb, this is it. They must have used tons of roasted barley to concoct this mammoth of a beer. The good news is it's actually quite enjoyable, though certainly a slow sipper. (1,068 characters)

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout brewed with marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. The beer pours out very black and opaque with two fingers of tight khaki-colored foam. Good retention. Lots of roasty notes on the nose. It's not as sweet-smelling or pronounced as I anticipated. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of espresso.

Full body with a creamy feel and fairly intense flavor. Sweet caramel and chocolate up front with a hint of vanilla, then bitter espresso notes creep in and meld with the caramel, creating a sweet cream flavor at mid-palate. The bitter flavors quickly win out and carry through the finish, which is like a good cup of black coffee. Reminds me a little of Founders Imperial Stout (at three times the price).

A good imperial stout, but probably not quite worth the price. The vanilla is not really featured here, the roasted malt is. I suppose the marshmallows provide some of the sweetness I get on the front of my palate (vanilla too). I probably wouldn't buy this again at this price, but might if it was sold in 4-packs for 10-12 bucks. I'd probably rate it higher too. (1,143 characters)

Photo of djgustafson
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hypnopompa from Omnipollo
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.