To Øl / Omnipollo Brewmance
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.2%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
96
From:
To Øl
 
Denmark
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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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-

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Corked and caged 375mL (12.7oz) bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 11.99. No bottling date. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours cola black with a finger and a half light mocha hued head. Very little retention and very little lace.

Aromas of roast malts, dark cocoa, caramel and barrel. Sweetens nicely as it warms up.

Nice bold, roasty flavors. Bitter dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, roasted malt, burnt caramel, coffee, light vanilla, faint honey and a little booze. A pretty solid blend of flavors that keeps the alcohol in check.

Oily medium thick feel with light carbonation. Bitter cocoa and mild bourbon finish.

A well made and enjoyable stout. Not quite as complex as anticipated and priced just beyond repeat purchase but it was certainly worth the try.

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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.

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A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, oak, plum, dark fruit in the nose.

T: Dark fruit slightly tight fruit come out first, followed by oak, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: So much better than the ratings on BA would have one suspect. Well worth the price tag if you can get your hands on it.

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To Øl / Omnipollo Brewmance from To Øl
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 96 ratings