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Hypnopompa - Omnipollo

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BA SCORE
86
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Sweden

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wordemupg on 10-20-2013

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
2.36/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of diawol
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate and coffee - just as I want my Imperial Stout!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the stout has natural affinities for sweetness, decadence and sultry taste, Omnipollo brewers have no problem imbibing it with vanilla, heavy cream, silk and candied sweetness.

With its creamy and viscous pour, the head mounts like espresso creme and a pillowy froth. All the while, the savory blend of espresso, chocolate, vanilla and cream lace the nose. As the first sip slathers across the tongue, rich chocolate, vanilla and coffee seep deeply within.

And much the same ensues upon the middle palate. Deep coffee, chocolate, walnut and burnt toast all mingle with the sweetness until a broad bitterness slowly simmers behind the seems and grows to rival its coffee-like offset to balance.

Its fullish of full body is creamy, lavish and somewhat absurd as the ale's texture proves chewy, cloying and decadent. As a carbon burn of roasting marshmallow lead to a bold and woodsy hop bitterness, the beer's finish is long, smooth and calm.

Photo of wordemupg
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 19/10/13

A black as night but shes a dead pour, looks completely still, dump down the middle gives zero head, swirls do nothing but stick a little color to the glass

S roasted marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla, just missing the graham cracker for the smore affect, a little smoke, wood, and booze, faint licorice and prune, smells solid

T more booze and less marshmallow and vanilla, some sweetened espresso and charred wood, the nose takes it in this case

M thick and chewy, sticky as all hell, a little heat but shes dead flat, there's no life in there, numbing on the upper lip with a sweet char finish

O smell was there but plenty of room for improvement, shes pretty much flat and the nose alone couldn't carry it all the way

shes alright but not what I was hoping for, booze popping up here and there and carbonation issues, I think this is a country tic for me though so I'm stoked on that.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cute bottle, which belies what you get when you pour the contents into a glass: A soupy lifeless dollop of motor oil with almost no head, just the odd rusty bubble here and there. Inky black and looks like it would be bad for seabirds. The aroma provides an interesting contrast to the appearance, rather sweet and reminding one a little of red licorice and toffee for a moment, before plunging into much richer and darker territory, wet wood char and singed grain husks sprinkled with fresh coffee grounds. The first taste is a hit of blackstrap molasses and black licorice pipes, which persist throughout but yield a bit to permit some burnt campfire marshmallow to leech over the taste receptors. There is also a curious vinous character as well, like red wine or sour fruit, and some singed maple sugar or something akin to this that coalesces out of the murk. Perhaps I am just confusing this flavor with the aforementioned burnt marshmallow. Rest assured, though, this beer does not taste much like a s'more. Rather smooth velvety mouthfeel is a selling point and I do not mind the rather heavy-handed alcohol presence either. Very low carbonation and finishes burnt, earthy, sour, and with perhaps just a whisper of pine. One of the times when the "exotic" ingredients in a stout actually caught my attention in a positive way, and I will go ahead and give Omnipollo credit where its due, even if the charred flavors ultimately steal the show. This one is best reserved for a special mood methinks.

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Hypnopompa from Omnipollo
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.